According to Crain’s Chicago Business, opening a breach with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, two of the state’s top business groups have sued to block new rules designed to guarantee sick pay to essential workers diagnosed with COVID-19 even without proof they got the illness on the job.
In a lawsuit filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court in Springfield, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association ask the court to block rules recently adopted at Pritzker’s behest by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. The rules require that workers’ comp benefits be given to those who fall ill with the coronavirus and are working because Pritzker has deemed their job necessary. Employers who are members of the two groups collectively employ millions of Illinoisans at factories and commercial outlets throughout the state, from grocery stores and pharmacies to hardware stores and gas stations.