APRIL 23, 2020. COVID-19 UPDATE: SANGAMON COUNTY JUDGE ISSUES TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER BLOCKING CHANGES TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION EMERGENCY AMENDMENT

Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John M. Madonia has issued a temporary restraining order blocking emergeny changes made by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission amid the COVID-19 pandemic from taking effect.  The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) filed a lawsuit earlier this week after the Commission approved of the emergency amendment (explained below in our April 13 news update), arguing that the Commission and its chairman exceeded their statutory authority by enacting substantive changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system through a rule change, rather than through the legislative process. More than two dozen business groups joined the IMA and IRMA in opposition of the changes.

Arguments for both parties are due to the court on April 30, and a hearing is scheduled for May 4. We will provide further updates as they become available.

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