Illinois Bar Journal Illinois Law Update, November2020
On July 22, 2020, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court dissolved a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring the disclosure of information about persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, since the parties requesting the information had no right to it.
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 Information Privacy Act in looking to do the same.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced relaxations to their enforcement policies—but it is important to note that neither excuse regulatory non-compliance.
Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Transportation,September2020
The Treasury Department and IRS have recognized that COVID-19 is responsible for construction delays and disruptions in global supply chains that may impede renewable energy projects and jeopardize the financing for such projects by threatening the significant tax credits on which those projects may depend or for which they would otherwise qualify.
Although it may seem natural to want to implement a mandatory vaccination program as soon as a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available to ensure employee health and safety, employers considering doing so should proceed with caution.