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Articles on Public Employees

Pay plan amendments for state employees November 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 524 The Department has adopted amendments to its regulations concerning the state employees' pay plan to reflect a memorandum of understanding entered into by the Department and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 700.
Remedying mistakes in public employee benefit calculations November 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 524 Benefits owed to public employees shall now be calculated using newly adopted actuarial tables.
SURS competitive bidding thresholds and election procedures November 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 524 The State Universities Retirement System ("SURS") has adopted two amendments to the Part titled "Universities Retirement."
Board of park commissioners must make pension contributions August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 As of January 1, 2015, the board of park commissioners must contribute to the pension fund in amounts not less than those required by 40 ILCS 5/12-149(a).
Government charge card program terminated August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 As of May 23, 2014, the Government Charge Card program ("program") has been discontinued. 80 Ill. Adm. Code 2800.
Gradual increase in park employee service annuity contributions August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 Park employee service annuity contributions will increase from 6.5% of the employee's salary to 8% beginning January 1, 2015. The contribution rate will further increase to 9% beginning January 1, 2017, and 10% on January 1, 2019.
New benefit increases need to be backed with funding August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 Going forward, any new benefit increases to Article 12 (park employees' and retirement board employees' annuity and benefit fund) must identify and provide enough additional payments to the fund to cover any increase in cost to the fund that the new benefit creates.
Park employee pension fund requires greater employee contributions August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 Beginning in 2015 and continuing through 2016, employee contributions to the park employee pension fund will increase from 1.10 to 1.70 times the amount of employee contributions during the previous 12-month fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.
Changes to public employee benefits June 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 272 Recent amendments to the Illinois Pension Code include changes to provisions concerning employer and employee contributions, annual pension increases, duty disability benefits, and early retirement.
Financial incentives for non-Medicare annuitants who opt out of the State Employees Group Health Plan January 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Department of Central Management Services ("CMS") has extended the financial incentives for non-Medicare annuitants who opt out of the State Employees Group Insurance. 80 Ill. Adm. Code 2106.
Threats to human service providers will be a class 3 felony December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 The Criminal Code of 2012, which previously criminalized threatening public officials, has been amended to specifically include threats made to a human service provider (or to a member of their immediate family).
Charitable solicitors allowed on public roadways. PA 097-0692 August 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Counties Code to restrict the regulation of charitable solicitations (55 ILCS 5/5-1182 new).
Crimes against postal workers can carry stiffer penalties. PA 097-0693 August 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Unified Code of Correction to allow for more severe penalties in relation to crimes against postal workers (730 ILCS 5/5-5-3.2).
Victims of ‘emergency’-related training injuries may qualify for benefits By Adam W. Lasker August 2012 Lawpulse, Page 398 Public safety workers hurt during training can get healthcare benefits, but only if the injuries were caused by emergencies and not planned activities, the supreme court rules.
State agencies must use direct deposits to make employee payroll and some other payments. PA 097-0348 December 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 610 Illinois lawmakers have amended the State Comptroller Act to require state agencies to use direct deposits in making payments to its employees and some vendors. (15 ILCS 405/9.03)
DCFS may not employ sexually dangerous persons. PA 097-0103 October 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 The Children and Family Services Act has been amended to prohibit the Department of Children and Family Services from employing sexually dangerous persons.
Public employee benefits protected during furlough. PA 096-1535 June 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 The Illinois Pension Code has been amended to enable public workers to establish creditable service and earn credits in the public employee retirement system during furloughs.
Medically necessary physical therapy and occupational therapy covered under state employee benefits program. PA 096-1227 February 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Illinois lawmakers have amended the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 to expand the state employee benefits program to cover medically necessary physical therapy and occupational therapy. 5 ILCS 375/6.11A.
State may recover payments for state workers injured by third party. PA 096-1430 December 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 616 The Illinois General Assembly amended the Public Employee Disability Act to allow the state to seek reimbursement of the benefits it must pay to an injured state worker when a third party is responsible for the employee's disability. 5/ILCS 345/1. 
Greater protection for Illinois employees; new penalties when employers fail to pay. PA 096-1407 October 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 508 Illinois lawmakers have put into place greater security measures for Illinois employees who are not receiving their wages.
Illinois amends layoff protocol for merit compensation/salary grade employees February 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (the department) modified the regulations concerning the layoff of merit compensation system employees of state agencies. 
The term “emergency” in the Employee Benefits Act encompasses a variety of situations January 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On November 4, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Lake County finding that the plaintiff was entitled to benefits under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (Employee Benefits Act), 820 ILCS 320/1 et seq.
Substance Abuse Prevention on Public Works Projects Act passed. PA 095-0635 August 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 Illinois lawmakers passed the Substance Abuse Prevention on Public Works Projects Act. 820 ILCS 130/5.5. 
Public Employee Disability Act calls for disbursement of benefits beyond one calendar year August 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 On June 2, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of McLean County, construing the time limitation under the Public Employee Disability Act (Act), 5 ILCS 345/1 et seq, to apply to the time the employee is unable to perform, notwithstanding the calendar period of time that has passed since a duty-related injury.
Illinois Personnel Code updated to include additional positions July 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 334 The Illinois Department of Central Management Services added a new section to part 305 of title 80, 80 Ill Adm Code 305. 
Boundaries set for use of administrative leave October 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 506 The Department of Central Management Services ("Department") has amended Part 302 of Title 80 to clearly outline proper use of administrative leave. 
Where the source of a state employee’s breached duty is his or her status as a professional, rather than his or her employment by the state, sovereign immunity will not attach. June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 On March 18, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court, which reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants on the basis of sovereign immunity. 
State Lawsuit Immunity Act opens Illinois to lawsuits from state employees By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2003 Lawpulse, Page 486 The new law, which allows state employees to bring race, age, and other discrimination suits, has claimants' lawyers cheering.
Organ donor leave implemented August 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 384 The Illinois Department of Central Management Services recently adopted amendments to implement the mandates of the Organ Donor Leave Act (5 ILCS 327).
County must pay judgment against sheriff By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2003 Lawpulse, Page 220 The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that a county must pay judgments entered against a sheriff's office acting in an official capacity.