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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Can you negotiate a new union contract before the old one has expired if it is in the best interest of the workers ?

I am part of a labor union in Illinois. Since COVID, we have lost many co-workers and applicants to higher-paying non-union jobs in our field. Our contract is not up until January, but if it keeps going this way, we will have no labor force left by then because we cannot stay competitive pay-wise.... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Oct 12, 2021

This is a contract law question. Workers' Compensation is an area of law that deals with work-related injuries. Whenever BOTH parties to a contract WANT to make a changes (irrespective of reason), they certainly may.

The Union's response should be "Your hands are NOT tied...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Can HOA require landscaper working on patio submit proof of workers comp? Liability & homeowner umbrella already sent

This requirement is not specifically called out in the bylaws or process for approval. Prior recent like requests were not subject to this requirement and no update to bylaws were made between requests

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs answered on Oct 8, 2021

I'm not sure that requiring a contractor who performs work on the premises would be in any association's bylaws. Generally, the Bylaws are just the rules for governing the association. That being said, this is simply just a good business practice.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: Is 820 ILCS 105/1-15 does not protect commercial drivers in the state of IL?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Aug 26, 2021

It protects ALL employees who are Illinois residents.

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: How long does it take to set up a WCMSA with medicare? Will it take months before I know something?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 29, 2021

If the question you mean to ask is how long does it take to get approval for an MSA, the answer is that it depends how you go about it. If you have the ability and resources to do it yourself, it is possible to get approval in 45 to 60 days. If you use a third-party provider, it could take 6 to 9... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Does salary non exempt allow employers to pay unfair/uneven wages for same job title and description

I have worked here for 5 years in QA department, have had many meetings with PM, HR and my manager about pay. They state merits are the same across the board, take it or leave it. On production floor they are hourly, have a top out rate on pay after 2 years(literally ppl after 2 years make more... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 21, 2021

While your situation seems unfair, the only federal laws governing the payment of wages are minimum wage and overtime laws (if you're paid by the hour and work over 40 hours per week). So, as long as your pay is at or above minimum wage, your employer's pay system is not unlawful.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Would someone loose a lawsuit or not be able to file if they where given choice to resign or retire or be fired

Question had little room to give exclamation. But what I mean is for name sake let’s say Donna works a job. Donnas boss Scott (again for name sake not a real name) gives her three options. Let’s say Donna is retirement aged. So Scott says to make a long conversation short. Donna you can resign,... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Feb 10, 2021

Generally speaking, in order to prove she was unlawfully terminated in your scenario, Donna would need to prove (among other things), that she suffered an adverse job action. Donna could claim she was constructively discharged if she was forced to resign or retire, in lieu of termination to meet... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Products Liability and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: What should I do to get my money back from the seller who owes me money?

It is a long story, but basically I was selling an item through an app with a protection policy of as long as you buy through the app then you are safe, but recently I got tricked into thinking this guy used the app to purchase some items to me, but he didn't and sent a fake email as... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Jan 17, 2021

Nothing in your question makes any sense. Perhaps you are not fluent in English. I have used PayPal since 1999. When someone pays you through PayPal, you receive an email confirmation AND the funds are IN YOUR ACCOUNT. In the days before PayPal, when you won an auction on eBay and paid by... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Can I file bankruptcy on a workers comp settlement loan in Illinois or is that type loan exempt from bankruptcy?
Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Oct 20, 2020

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act prohibits any lien or assignment of proceeds. If you borrow money from a loan company while you have a workers' compensation claim, you are forming a contract, but there is no lien or assignment of the proceeds of the workers' compensation... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: I don't have worker comp. I use sub. how can I put the responsibility on sub if anything happens to its laborer?

as a contractor, I do not have worker compensation insurance. I hire people to do the job. how can I protect myself from job site injuries happening to any of the laborers.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Sep 28, 2020

Easy. You require that any Sub provide proof of WC insurance BEFORE you agree to do business with them and keep a copy on file. This does not mean that you MAY be on the hook if the Sub's WC coverage lapses and someone is injured. It's the best you can do.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Hi. In Illinois, how is unemployment pay calculated after a person comes back from 6 months of worker’s compensation?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Aug 18, 2020

As though you were unemployed for 6 months.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: For the past two months or so I’ve not been payed my proper commission from Pepsi Mid America. I don’t know what to do.

They have told me they needed time to get to the bottom of this issue, but as I stated before it’s been roughly two months. I have a wedding soon and frankly I don’t have two months to be missing close to 500 on every paycheck. My base pay is 550 before taxes a week and my area sales manager... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 11, 2020

More information is necessary to analyze your situation. Do you have an employment agreement that includes your base pay and commission structure? You should contact an employment attorney in your area to discuss this issue. An attorney can assist with communicating with your employer to ensure... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Testing me for marijuana years after the initial incident.

I had a work injury a few years ago. I would like to start smoking weed, as it is legal and would help with my injury, can they stop paying my workmans comp if I start smoking weed?

Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on May 29, 2020

I am not sure from your question whether you have had the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission issue an award or if you are still on weekly benefits due to temporary total disability. However, the general answer is that since cannabis is a legal substance, as long as the doctor does not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Filed a workman’s compensation with my attorney over 1 year ago. Haven’t heard anything about my case?
Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Apr 29, 2020

Please contact your attorney and ask for a status report. There are many reasons you may not hear from the attorney, but if you make an inquiry, the attorney should respond in a reasonable amount of time. This is simply a matter of communication. Good luck.

Q: What type of legal document do I need to file to request that a court ORDER Unemployment Agency to take paper Applicatio

I am from Illinois and I recently tried to file for unemployment due to COVID-19 by mailing a paper copy of the official IDES unemployment form(which I downloaded and printed from a PDF file on their website).

I received a call days later that they would not accept paper applications and... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 12, 2020

In general, an agency has the ability to promulgate administrative rules. If their refusal to accept a paper application effectively denied your benefits, it might be possible. Under the current circumstances where the majority of the population is under a stay-at-home order, nearly all government... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: My father has been diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer and he was exposed to asbestos can he sue ?

When my dad was younger he worked in an installation company and he believes he was exposed to asbestos. Although his cancer is non small cell can he still sue even though it’s non mesothelioma

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Mar 29, 2020

Worker's Compensation is an area of law that deals with injuries sustained work. It is a statute that is administered by the Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission. if someone sustains a work injury, Worker's Compensation is the exclusive remedy. In other words, they CANNOT sue... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Health Care Law for Illinois on
Q: I had a belly button hernia at work..Workman's Comp wants 10 years of medical/work history released to company&insurance

I have only worked at this company 1 year, and really don't work to share my medical history with company.

Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Mar 5, 2020

Your employer or its insurance carrier may investigate any past medical records for the condition you claim is work related, but does not have an unfettered right to any and all medical records. Any medical authorization form you sign should be limited to the condition you claim is work related.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Public Benefits and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: Can I file for TTD benefits while I work w/ a laywer to file workmans comp if my employer wouldn't report my injuries?

After an incident at work over the holidays I saw my DR & found out I have bilateral carpal tunnel w/severe damage in my right wrist. She advised me not to return to work until after seeing an orthopedic specialist for possible surgery. I told her that I couldn't afford to & she agreed... Read more »

Steven Sigmond
Steven Sigmond answered on Mar 4, 2020

Yes, you can.

As long as you've reported the work-injury to your boss right away (and you have), you have up to three years to file a workers compensation case. Your employer can't file the case for you. All they can do is turn the matter over to their insurance company or not....
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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: If I decide to take ptd wkly pymnts instead of taking a lump sum in my wc case is that still considered a settlement
Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Feb 19, 2020

A hearing before the Commission wherein a worker is awarded permanent total disability benefits will be paid weekly for life. The added benefit of a hearing award is the right to future medical benefits for life for the injury and entitlement to the payments from the rate adjustment fund that are... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Trying to figure out an estimate on a workers comp ptd settlement. My wkly ptd rate is $484, my life expectancy is 37.5
Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Feb 18, 2020

When was your accident? There is a minimum rate for permanent total disability. You should be able to download a present value calculator to do the computation. A lawyer who is not actually representing you should not be second guessing the lawyer who is representing you.

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