Heyl Royster


Heyl Royster


Legislative Update


Interpreters Provided to Pro Se Petitioners – HB3390

On June 28, 2013, Governor Quinn signed a law amending Section 9 of the Workers’ Compensation Act. It requires that, prior to the approval of any pro se Settlement Contract Lump Sum Petition, the Commission or an Arbitrator shall determine if the unrepresented employee is able to read and communicate in English. If not, it shall be the responsibility of the Commission to provide a qualified, independent interpreter at the time such Petition is heard, unless the employee has provided his or her own interpreter. The law is effective immediately.

“Employment First Act” – HB 2591

On July 16, 2013, Governor Quinn signed a new law requiring Illinois state agencies to work together to make employment for people with disabilities a priority and establish measurable goals for the state. It also requires the Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force (EEOPWD) – created in 2009 – to monitor progress towards this mission. All state agencies will be required to share data and information and ensure all policies, procedures and practices are aligned to these goals and objectives. The EEOPWD Task Force includes advocates, individuals with disabilities, business community members, disability services providers, representatives of state agencies and other stakeholders. The law is effective immediately.

Avoiding Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors – HB 2649

On July 23, 2013, Governor Quinn signed a law amending the Employee Classification Act in order to help protect Illinois workers from being misclassified as independent contractors. The new law provides for liability of officers or other agents who knowingly violate the Act on behalf of an employer. It takes effect on January 1, 2014.