In an effort to relieve vulnerable homeowners of financial burdens due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Bill SB0685, which was approved during the spring 2020 legislative session.
As businesses and their advisors have had a chance to work through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Employee Retention Credit, and the family leave credits, section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code has become increasingly relevant for businesses looking for ways to aid employees and shareholders now that other forms of stimulus have dried up.
While Illinois courts implement various temperature screening methods in re-opening for in-person hearings and other court services, any “private entity,” which includes individuals, must take particular heed of the Illinois Biometric Policy Act in looking to do the same.
The U.S. Supreme Court enjoined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from enforcing his executive order setting 10- and 25-person limits on occupancy on religious services during the pending appeal pursuant to the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo.
In People v. Radford, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the trial court did not violate the defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights to a public trial when it partially closed the courtroom during the jury selection process.
The disruption caused by COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn sent a lot of businesses reeling. March 2020 began a dark time in almost every business sector. However, some businesses used these disruptions to generate creative sparks. The creative sparks manifested in different ways. Some businesses finally got to those great ideas they never had time to explore before. Others reshaped their business models. The prevailing theme in these changes was the creation of Intellectual Property to spur growth and find new sources of revenue. In other words, Innovation Transformation. The great thing about Innovation Transformation is that it has unlimited potential.
Illinois Bar Journal Illinois Law Update, December2020
The Department of Insurance adopted a new Part titled Temporary Health Coverage Requirements During an Epidemic or Public Health Emergency. The rulemaking aims to protect insured individuals’ access to timely, affordable healthcare during public health emergencies.