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Workers' compensation and farmers: Not all farmers are exempt

It is not uncommon for some Illinois farmers to presume that they are exempt from carrying workers' compensation coverage. While that may be true in some cases, it not always true. During the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting in Chicago this year, Chris Hemenway who is a manager for workers' compensation claims with Country Financial presented a session to explain how the system works.According to the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act there is an exemption for farmers, but that exemption is limited. Farmers who are not exempt under the Act must participate in the worker's comp program or face serious consequences if a worker files a claim. In many cases, claims can run from $30,000 to $150,000 or more. This money, as well as any fines and penalties, would have to come out of the farmer's pocket. In Illinois, the state can assess against uninsured employers (including farmers) between $500 and $2,500.

Companies improve workers' compensation plans

In Illinois and elsewhere, workers' compensation is available for those employees who are injured on the job. It can be used to cover medical expenses for injuries sustained while at work, and even to make up for lost wages while the employee recovers. Lately though, some companies have been considering changes to workers' compensation -- for the better.

Chicago tightening workers' compensation budget (again)

Faced with the same budget shortfalls that are affecting governments everywhere, Illinois' Windy City has a new target. Led by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Alderman Edward Burke, Chicago is cracking down on workers' compensation cases, with the goal of trimming $15 million from the city's $100 million annual tab. The approach is two pronged; taking measures to reduce worker accidents, but also aggressively pursuing fraudulent cases.

Are workers' compensation payments endangered by state debt?

Due to the weak economy and the still continuing aftershocks of the 2008 housing crisis, many state governments are having trouble paying their bills. The State of Illinois is no exception as its overdue bills amounted to $3. 8 billion at the end of fiscal 2011, which fell on June 30. As a result, the ramifications for those receiving workers' compensation may be huge.

Construction workers' accident results in death of one

Each year, thousands of workplace injuries happen across the country. Luckily, most of the incidents are relatively minor. Even so, the injured worker may be entitled to benefits through hir or her state's workers' compensation system. These benefits provide compensation to most workers who suffer from job-related injuries or illnesses and are generally paid regardless of fault. Sadly, in some cases it's not an injured worker who receives these benefits but rather the family of a worker who was killed on the job, such as the case of an Illinois construction worker's accident late last month.

Injured moving company employee fired for filing claim

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act specifically prohibits firing an employee because he or she filed a claim for benefits. And yet, it often happens, as some employers seek ways to cut costs at the expense of employees who have been injured.

Workers' compensation targeted by Illinois city

Workers' compensation claims are costing the city of Springfield, Illinois a lot of money. Its city manager wants to do something about it. The city has paid some $16 million over the past three years to cover medical bills, final workers' compensation settlements and attorney's fees to city workers injured on the job. Lost wages have been paid as well.

Illinois carves out new workers' compensation law

If you injure or kill someone by way of recklessness or drunk driving while on the job in Illinois, don't expect to receive workers' compensation for any injuries you sustain. That is the gist of a new bill signed into law earlier this month by Governor Pat Quinn. In brief, if a person who is eligible for workers' compensation is found guilty of a felony including reckless homicide or causing injuries, or of aggravated drunk driving, that person is disqualified from receiving workers' comp and even from recovering attorney's fees.

Workers' Compensation: fired Illinois man gets $3.6 million

Workers' compensation could be considered a trade-off. When an employee is injured on the job, he or she gets workers' compensation insurance benefits provided by law in exchange for not filing suit against the employer. But when an employee is fired simply because of an injury, the law permits that employee to sue for damages. An Illinois jury recently sent a serious message to one employer, exemplifying the seriousness and consequences of disregarding the rights of employees.

Employee seeks reparation for workers' compensation retaliation

Workers' compensation is a form of insurance. The idea behind workers' compensation is to establish a compromise between the interests of both employer and the injured employee. The worker is guaranteed certain limited coverage for medical bills and lost income and the employer gets a guarantee that the employee will not sue the company for any claimed negligence. So what happens in Illinois if the employee is fired after filing a claim for workers' compensation? A St. Clair County woman is suing to find out just that.

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