The law requires an employer to:
- Buy workers’ compensation insurance or get permission to self-insure
- Post this notice in the workplace that explains workers' rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act and lists the insurance provider, policy number, and contact information
- Keep records of work-related injuries
- Report accidents that cause more than 3 lost work days
- Report any work-related deaths within 2 days
Even though an employer is required to report accidents to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Commission will not act until the employee files a claim.
An employer must not:
- Charge its employee for any part of the workers' compensation insurance premium or benefits
- Discriminate against an employee in any way for exercising their rights under the law. This includes harassing, firing, or refusing to rehire the employee because they filed a compensation claim
An employee can still be disciplined or fired for other valid reasons, even after filing a compensation claim.
Updated: June 2017