03 Aug

July 2020 Illinois HR Legal Updates

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Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois Pass New COVID-19–Related Regulations and Restrictions

What happened?
The City of Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois have all passed new guidance and regulations regarding COVID-19.

What are the details?

The Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, has announced changes to the re-opening strategy of the state. By breaking up the state into 11 distinct “health regions,” each region will be assigned its own mitigation strategies based on two criteria.

  1. If the health region has experienced three consecutive days averaging greater than or equal to an 8% increase in positivity rate.
  2. A sustained increase in positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average and either:
    1. Sustained seven-day increases in hospital admissions for COVID-19–like illnesses
    1. A reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities.

If health regions meet these two criteria, they will be subject to new regulations that scale in how severe they are based on how poorly the health region is doing based on the two criteria listed above.

The full update can be found here.

Cook County

Cook County Department of Public Health has issued travel guidance that now advises certain visitors to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. If the person is coming in from one of their listed states, they will

be advised to adhere to quarantine protocols. This is not a requirement; however, the City of Chicago has passed similar restrictions that are requirements.

The full list of the county provided can be found here.

City of Chicago

The City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health has released an Emergency Travel Order requiring anyone coming from a state with more than an average of 15 new cases per 100,000 residents to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The order does not apply to essential workers. Essential workers are those identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Essential workers will not need to quarantine if they:

  1. Are a non-resident of Chicago and are traveling from a designated state to Chicago for the primary purpose of carrying out their primary work in Chicago and need to be physically present in Chicago to carry out that primary work; or
  2. Are a resident of Chicago and are returning from a designates state, were in the designated state for the primary purpose of carrying out their primary work in that state and needed to by physically present in that state to carry out that primary work.

The list of critical infrastructure sectors can be found here.

The original Emergency Travel Order can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers in Illinois should be mindful of the travel restrictions. Employers within Cook County and the City of Chicago should let employees know about the new travel restrictions to prevent them from visiting a restricted state.


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