Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill (SB1480) that—effective immediately—amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) to, among other things, impose new requirements on employers that perform criminal history checks on their employees. For employers that currently have a multistate-compliant background check system in place, the new Illinois requirements do not pose significant additional compliance obligations, for two reasons.
The Small Business Advocacy Council and Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Senator Ram Villivalam have worked to file H.B 0801 & S.B 2490 that will provide a tax incentive to businesses that retrain and hire new employees. This legislation will help both Illinois workers and employers get back to work after the global slowdown. Small businesses in the technology, healthcare, and manufacturing spaces, as well as other small businesses may be in the position to train and hire unemployed individuals. This proposed tax incentive will help small businesses transition potential employees into new fields. read more
Over the past several weeks, HCAOA has worked with state chapters to drive recognition for the direct care workers who have kept the country's most vulnerable populations safe at home throughout the pandemic. Georgia, Michigan, California and Illinois all have passed resolutions to honor these important caregivers.
The Illinois Department of Public Health launched the Vaccine Appointment Call Center to assist people who do not have access to or who have difficulty navigating online services in making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As Illinois begins to receive significantly more vaccine from the federal government and appointments become more widely available, this call center will be critical in bridging the digital divide and ensuring the vaccine reaches all communities. read more
All members in Illinois are asked to complete a brief survey ASAP. HCAOA continues to look at the availability and access to PPE equipment in Illinois. Every state has different resources available to them and we hope to provide quality resources and special PPE pricing for HCAOA members. Please take a few minutes to help us understand your particular PPE supply chain and pricing. Click here to complete the survey.
The Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike provided a detailed breakdown last week of how Illinois’ vaccine distribution will work. Illinois expects to receive 109,000 doses the week following the FDA’s Dec. 10 meeting, if approved. A portion, 23,000 doses, have been specifically earmarked for Chicago as a major population center in the state.
ILLINOIS: Chapter Joins Coalition to Urge Health Department to Prioritize Home Care in Vaccine Plan
The HCAOA Illinois Chapter teamed up this week with the Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers (IACCPHP) and the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council (IHHC) to pen a letter to the Illinois Department of Public Health urging the department ensure that home care workers providing are prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to view the letter.
The Home Care Association of America, Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council, and LeadingAge Illinois are partnering to present the Private Duty Symposium virtually on December 2-3. Early bird registration has been extended until Wednesday, November 25.
The Home Care Association of America, Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council, and LeadingAge Illinois are partnering to present the Private Duty Symposium. In its 6th year, the Private Duty Symposium brings together experts and thought leaders in the home care industry to inform, inspire and enlighten attendees.