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    Date: February 11, 2020, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    CIHRG Members - $25 (free if full year member prepaid); Guests - $30
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    Due to a family medical emergency, our speaker Toney Tomaso is out of town and not available to present at our meeting on Tuesday, February 11th.  Rather than find a last minute speaker on a different topic, we have made the decision to cancel the February meeting and reschedule this topic for Tuesday, April 14, 2020. 

    All meeting fees paid for the February meeting will automatically transfer to the March meeting.  If there were guests who paid specifically for the work comp presentation, their meeting fees can be transferred to the April meeting. Please respond to this email to let me know if you want your paid meeting fee to transfer to the March or April meeting.

    The March meeting presentation will be: Moving Beyond Performance Management presented by Yutaka Takagi, MBA HCM Technology Manager with Ultimate Software. HRCI and SHRM credits have been applied for. 

    In the meantime, if there was a pressing work comp/marijuana concern that an employer was hoping to have addressed at this meeting, Toney has said they can contact him directly at  He will be more than happy to answer their question.



    The Cannabis Act and Workers’ Compensation in Illinois And A Primer on The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

    On May 31, 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the Cannabis Act), legalizing recreational marijuana for persons 21 years and older, starting on January 1, 2020. H.B. 1438, 100th Gen. Assemb. (Ill. 2019). Specifically, Illinois residents 21 and older can purchase and possess up to 30 grams of raw cannabis, infused products with up to 500 milligrams of THC, and 5 grams of cannabis-concentrate product. Id. at § 10-5, 10-10. Non-residents can possess half those amounts. Many anticipate the Cannabis Act will generate billions of dollars in tax revenue for the state, however, many employers are uncertain about how the new legislation will impact their workplaces. This workshop will provide a detailed review of the  Cannibis Act and Worker's Compensation in Illinois.

    Presented by Toney Tomaso

    Attorney at Law and Partner at Heyl Roster in Champaign, IL

    Toney is chair of the firm's statewide Workers' Compensation Practice. He concentrates his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, third-party defense of employers, workers' compensation appeals, and protecting workers' compensation liens.

    Toney works out of the Champaign and Edwardsville offices covering a vast majority of the state of Illinois for workers' compensation docket and trial coverage purposes. Based upon the current makeup and system put in place by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, Toney has become familiar with most, if not all, of the Arbitrators and Commissioners who have been appointed by the IWCC.

    Toney takes great pride in working directly with employers and their insurance carriers in order to build an important relationship and foster a team mentality and approach to defending workers' compensation claims. This includes consistent and constant communication and on-site meetings to enable and form the trust within the team which has proven to be an important formula in protecting the client's most important asset - the client's business itself.

    Professional Recognition

    • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.

    Professional Associations

    • Champaign County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Will County Bar Association
    • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Illinois Chamber of Commerce / Workers’ Compensation Division

    SHRM and HRCI credits are being requested and will be posted here as soon as they are approved. 

    Reservations are required.  Click on the link below to register, then go to the CIHRG Membership/Pay Online website page to submit your event fee, if you did not include it with your annual dues.