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        Workers’ Compensation

        Horwitz Attorney Marc Perper Wins Supreme Court Victory for Illinois Labor

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        Injured Worker Rightfully Paid

        After fighting the employer and their insurance carrier at every level, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has won a solid victory for working people throughout the State of Illinois.

        The employer, Interstate Scaffolding, fired the injured worker, Jeff Urban, and then refused to pay benefits, claiming that Mr. Urban had been fired “for cause.”

        Horwitz attorney Marc A. Perper convinced the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse this decision and force the employer to pay the injured worker his benefits.

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        Workers’ Compensation “Reform”

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        Workers’ Compensation in Jeopardy

        Workers’ Compensation law is under attack. False claims of “rampant fraud” are being used as a Trojan Horse to sneak in “reforms” that would eliminate significant workers’ rights. It is essential that we join together to fight for and protect the Workers’ Compensation Act. Illinois workers fought long and hard for the rights we enjoy, we can’t sit back and let greedy insurance companies steal those rights merely to increase their own profits.

        The following letter to the editor by ITLA President Todd A. Smith appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, April 29, 2011 in response to a Tribune editorial on workers’ compensation.

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        Chicago Work Injury Attorney

        Changes in Workers’ Compensation Law Affects Your Rights

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        Changes to Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

        On June 28, 2011, Governor Quinn signed into law Public Act 94-0018, which made a number of significant changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act that will affects the rights of injured workers across Illinois in a number of ways. This article is meant to provide you with the basic information regarding these changes in your rights. Of course, there are many details each of these issues that we do not have room to cover here. If you have any questions regarding your rights, it is best to consult an attorney. read more

        Unions v. Non-Union “Independent” Contractors

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        How Unions can Level the Playing Field with Non-Union “Independent” Contractors

        Union contractors in the construction trades have long fought an uphill battle, forced to compete at a financial disadvantage with non-union contractors who pay their employees less, offer few, if any benefits, and have historically reduced their overhead by not providing legally mandated workers’ compensation insurance.

        Amendments in February 2006 to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act significantly improved the law and imposed, among other things, stiffer fines for contractors who failed to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees.

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        Leaders Unite Against Wal-Mart Policies

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        Last month in Chicago, union and labor representatives joined political and faith-based community leaders in a first of its kind forum to discuss the alleged unfair labor practices and policies of America’s #1 private employer, Wal-Mart.

        Wal-Mart’s ability to battle back against its critics is the most successful corporate campaign of divide and conquer — laborers against consumers. Hosted by the Illinois State Labor Press Association, proponents of fair employment practices and living wage agreements hope to turn the tide in a public arena. A complete audio capture of the landmark event can be found on-line at http://www.outreachradioonline.com, which was sponsored by Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, LTD.

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