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Workers Comp 101: Are All Immigrants Covered in Illinois?

The short answer: YES!

That’s where things stood in 2016, and it’s still the law in 2017. Put simply, it’s the right thing to do. And it strengthens the rights of ALL workers – by making sure Illinois does not have any class of cheap, “disposable” workers who could not file a claim if they got hurt.

Every employer in Illinois is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance on every employee. That means citizens, lawful permanent residents, undocumented workers, and any other human being they hire. That insurance must cover medical care for work injuries, temporary disability pay and compensation for permanent injuries—for every employee. (There are a small number of exceptions for seasonal farm workers and part-time domestic servants.)

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) does not ask any worker for his or her immigration papers. No insurance company can do this either.

Here at EE&A we are committed to defending the rights of all injured workers, no matter where they were born. We have attorneys fluent in Spanish and Polish. We work together with labor unions, community groups and attorneys in other fields to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (312) 226-2650 to learn more about your rights on the job.

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