Central Illinois Human Resources Group

Affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management

Champaign, IL

The Cannabis Act & Worker's Compensation in Illinois And a Primer on the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom


  • Free

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

BONUS - if time allows, Toney will respond to questions about COVID-19 at the end of his Work Comp presentation. 

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 were approved in February but we have resubmitted again with the new June date. 

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Guests and non-CiHRG participants - Please use the payment portal on the CiHRG website and select "Guest - Non-Member" to pay the $10 fee:  https://cihrg.shrm.org/membershippay-online

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Central Illinois Human  Resources (CiHRG)

PO Box 7291

Champaign, IL 61826-7291

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