Manufacturer and retailer groups in Illinois sued the state to block expanded benefits for so-called essential workers who get sick with coronavirus.
New rules introduced last week -- which allow essential personnel including grocery clerks and nurses to collect worker’s compensation without having to show they contracted the illness on the job -- overstep the state’s authority and will impose significant costs on employers, the trade groups said in a lawsuit.
“These emergency amendments unlawfully create new substantive rights for employees and new liabilities for employers,” the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association said in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Springfield.
The new rule by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission was backed by Governor
Illinois is among at least 18 states that have passed or are considering
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