Last Updated 9.21.2020

It is important for employers to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations whenever possible. This page contains links to a variety of resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Effingham County Health Department, the U.S. Small Business Administrationg, adn the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has obtained permission to share this powerpoint on Mask and Face Covering Requirements that was conducted by the McLean County Chamber and with permission from the presenter from Meyer Capel Law Firm in Champaign and Bloomington. The information reviews state guidelines that have been issued regarding mask wearing and also contain information on how to handle customers who refuse to wear masks. The powerpoint also coveres this issue as it relates to the American with Disabilities Act, Illinois Human Rights Act, and Illinois Workers Compensation Act. An accompanying video of the presentation on Mask & Face Covering Requirements is available to Chamber members, if interested. To obtain a copy of the webinar presentation, please contact Norma Lansing,

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Minimum Wage Increase on July 1 to $10/hour
This increase does not require an update to the Illinois department of labors required postings, provided your business is displaying the poster effective January 1, 2020.

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The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (along with many agency partners) has developed a web page for communities with resources to help them address child care needs for essential workers. They will be updating it a great deal over the coming days as more resources become available.

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