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Sandy Loeb Received Leading Lawyers Recognitions

One of our partners at Spiros Law, P.C., Sandy Loeb, was recognized as being among the Top 100 Downstate Illinois Leading Consumer Lawyers, as well as being a part of the Top 10 Downstate Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. In the Leading Lawyers May 2019 edition, Sandy was interviewed and written about, revealing achievements from her […]

Governor Rauner proposes measures seeking to improve business

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently presented proposed amendments to the state’s workers’ compensation system that aim to “rebalance the fee schedule to find savings while protecting access to quality care and still compensating providers fairly.” This has spurred the state House of Representatives Democratic Caucus to draft specific resolutions to make this possible. “While we […]

Florida workers’ compensation panel asks for creation of drug formulary

A state workers’ compensation advisory panel, called the Three-Member Panel, voted on Wednesday, January 4 to ask the Florida Legislature to look into creating a drug formulary to keep medical costs in check. The panel lays down policies on reimbursements and payment levels for health care providers, pharmacists, and medical suppliers who work with workers’ […]

Business interest groups frustrated by high cost of workers’ compensation in Illinois

Groups looking out for the interests of businesses said the high cost of workers’ compensation will continue to impede the growth of industry in Illinois, which will reduce state revenue growth. Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Mark Denzler said an Oregon study published in 2014 showed that Illinois employers have been […]

Illinois reports progress on workers’ compensation fraud investigations

Illinois Department of Insurance Deputy Director of Investigations William Blumthal, Jr. provided an update about their agency’s efforts to battle workers’ compensation insurance fraud. His comments came at the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual educational seminar and membership meeting on Saturday, October 15. According to Blumthal, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud believes there […]

IMA calls for revision of workers’ compensation system

Illinois Manufacturers Association president and CEO Greg Baise said last Tuesday, September 27 that Illinois’ business climate is not kind to the manufacturing industry, which has lost around 300,000 jobs since 2000. Baise noted, “We have seen job losses of 25% to 30% in all the major urban areas throughout the state. The question I believe […]

Illinois Governor Rauner references AG in workers’ compensation debacle

During a press conference on September 19, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said “Even our attorney general [Lisa Madigan] who is a strong Democrat, she has said that we need causation in our workers’ comp system. That’s the No. 1 thing pushing our manufacturing jobs out of Illinois.” Rauner has long been an advocate for lowering the rates […]

Governor Bruce Rauner on Illinois’ business climate

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has consistently praised and denigrated the business climate in the state at the same time. The expansion of the food manufacturing company Richelieu Foods into Wheeling garnered the same mixed reaction. “Too often, when we have a good announcement, we also have some announcements of folks leaving or moving to another state,” Rauner […]

Critics point to need for Illinois workers’ compensation reform

Critics have been saying that the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is inefficient. This complaint occurs largely because of policies that make the system more costly than those in other Midwestern states. Higher costs make businesses reconsider setting up shop in Illinois, which ultimately hurts the chances of boosting the local economy. Annual reports conducted by the IWCC show that […]

OSHA fines Tyson Foods for amputation hazards at its Center facility

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the multinational meat and poultry processor Tyson Foods Inc. $236,498. The charges come after reports that Tyson endangered workers by exposing them to amputation hazards and high levels of carbon dioxide and peracetic acid without providing proper protective equipment. OSHA investigated Tyson’s Center, Texas chicken […]