April 29, 2020


Illinois State Treasurer
$250 Million added to Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program
State Treasurer Mike Frerichs increased money for the Small Business Bridge Loan Program to assist small businesses in meeting the financial demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Treasurer Frerichs increased deposits in community lending institutions such as local banks and credit unions who agree to loan the money to small businesses at below market rates.  See Treasurer's News Release and Participating Depositories.
Illinois Secretary of State
Deadline Extensions for Business-Related Documents

The Illinois Secretary of State’s Business Services Division filed emergency rules effective April 9th extending filing deadlines for applicable business-related documents (organizational documents, annual reports, other materials) and suspend late filing fees for the duration of the COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation and any extensions of that proclamation plus 90 days.  Small businesses and non-profit organizations required to file documents with the Secretary of State Business Services Division are affected by these emergency rules.  Business Corporation Act (14 IAC 140; 44 Ill Reg 6601), General Not For Profit Corporations (14 IAC 160; 44 Ill Reg 6607), Uniform Partnership Act (14 IAC 166; 44 Ill Reg 6611), Uniform Limited Partnership Act (14 IAC 171; 44 Ill Reg 6615), Limited Liability Company Act (14 IAC 178; 44 Ill Reg 6619), and Uniform Commercial Code (14 IAC 180; 44 Ill Reg 6624). See Illinois Register.
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Releases Model Sexual Harassment Prevent Training

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has released its model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program for Illinois employer in compliance with Public Act 101-0221 (commonly referred to as the Workplace Transparency Act).  Under this Act, Illinois employers are required to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter.  This requirement applied to all employers with employees working in this State.  See IDHR News Release.  Separately and related, the Workplace Transparency Act also requires licensed professionals with continuing education requirements to complete a one-hour CE course in sexual harassment prevention training for all renewals after January 1, 2020.  See IDFPR backgrounder on this requirement. 
Workers' Compensation Commission
Emergency Process Update

The Chairperson of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission posted a memorandum outlining the Commission’s emergency processes with the extension of the stay-at-home order.  Chairman Brennan also addressed the commission withdrawing emergency rules guaranteeing workers' compensation for first responders and front-line workers for COVID-19.  The Commission is forming a committee to examine other possible action the Commission can take in light of Covid-19.  See Memorandum.


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