NFIB/Illinois Workers' Compensation Reform Tool Kit

Date: September 14, 2015

Illinois has the 7th highest workers’ compensation costs in the country. This fact, along with a generally dismal business climate, has helped drive companies and families out of Illinois.

The NFIB/Illinois has made reforming workers’ compensation our top priority. Why? Because our small business members have told us time and again that workers’ compensation costs are one of the most expensive aspects of doing business in our state.  

We believe commonsense reforms–like an injury actually has to occur at the workplace in order to be compensable–should be passed by the Illinois General Assembly immediately.  

Governor Bruce Rauner is on the side of small business. He has made workers’ compensation reform a top priority but he is being thwarted by Big Labor and their friends in the Illinois General Assembly. 

It’s time to let your legislators know that you stand with the governor and his reform package reforms Illinois’ workers’ compensation system, drives costs down, but still protects injured workers whose injuries were primarily caused by their work.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Call your legislators 

Click here and enter your address to find the name and phone number of your state representative and state senator. Please enter the address of your business, too, in case your business lies in another legislator’s district. When you call, say you’re a small-business owner, how many people you employ, and that you want the legislator to fight for a fair causation standard that protects workers and jobs. 

If your business has been forced to cover an injury that occurred outside the workplace, please be sure to let your legislator know.

If your legislator isn’t available, or you’re put into voice mail, leave a message. 

If you get a response along the lines that the legislator already voted and passed legislation to address the causation issue, tell them that all they did was codify the current law continuing the “any cause” standard and keeping your business responsible for workers’ compensation costs where the workplace may be as little as 1% of the cause of the injury. 

Remember: lawmakers voted on sham legislation. Don’t let them get away with saying they voted for real reform.

Tell us your stories 

NFIB is the voice of small business in Springfield. We’re asking you to share your thoughts about workers’ comp reform. The more details you give us, the better we’ll be able to represent you before the General Assembly.

Click here to send us your stories.

Together, we can help pass meaningful workers’ comp reform that helps employers as well as employees.

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