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Articles on Public Employees

Non-governmental, for-profit entities with 50 or fewer employees receive reduced fee for the Department of Human Rights’ Training Institute

December
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Amendments were adopted to the Access to Local Records of the Department of Human Rights modifying the Department of Human Rights' regulations regarding the cost for on-site training conducted by the Department's Training Institute.

Illinois-based U.S. Supreme Court case reviews agency fees for public-sector workers

By Matthew Hector
November
2017
LawPulse
Page 14
The plaintiff argues that requiring him to pay a "fair-share" fee to AFSCME compels him to support political speech he opposes.

Pre-2003 Chicago pension plan holders have claims to medical benefits from the City of Chicago

September
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Multiple groups of Chicago retirees have sought to retain health care and benefits coverage, but only pre-2003 Chicago pension plan holders have viable claims.

“Catastrophic injury” as used in the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act is not synonymous with an injury warranting an occupational disease disability pension

April
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 22
Relying on precedent and its assessment of legislative intent, the court held that the phrase "catastrophic injury" in section 10(a) of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act ("Benefits Act"), 820 ILCS 320/10(a), is not synonymous with an injury resulting in an occupational disease disability pension under section 4-110.1 of the Pension Code.

State and local government duties to employees in litigation limited

January
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
State and local government employees are now explicitly denied the benefits of governmental support when involved in criminal proceedings or investigations.

Ten dollar starting wage for state employees working in Chicago

November
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Department of Central Management Services adopted amendments to its Pay Plan. 80 Ill. Adm. Code 310 (eff. July 28, 2015).

A pension crisis ‘for which the General Assembly itself is largely responsible’

By Matthew Hector
July
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
A look at the Illinois Supreme Court's reasoning in In re Pension Reform Litigation.

New Director to administer public use of the Capitol Complex

May
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Prior to recent amendments, only the Director of Physical Services of the Office of the Secretary of State had authority to act in administrative matters concerning public use of the Capitol Complex in Springfield.

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.

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