What Else is at Issue in the BWC Budget Bill?

As regular readers know, the Ohio House and Senate are currently at odds regarding provisions contained within the most recent budget bill.  The Senate rejected the bill passed in the House, and a stopgap spending measure was approved, funding the BWC through July 30, 2019.  I addressed two controversial provisions in the House bill in … Continue reading What Else is at Issue in the BWC Budget Bill?

BWC Budget Bill Fails to Pass Due to Disputes About PTSD Claims and Citizenship Information on First Report of Injury Form

The Ohio House and Senate failed to reach agreement on the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Budget Bill.  On June 30th the chambers approved a 30-day budget extension for the BWC in the form of SB172. The House version of the BWC Budget Bill included a  provision that would allow first responders to file claims for … Continue reading BWC Budget Bill Fails to Pass Due to Disputes About PTSD Claims and Citizenship Information on First Report of Injury Form

Should the Ohio BWC Be Collecting Citizenship Information on a First Report of Injury?

Two weeks ago I posted about a provision in Ohio's BWC budget bill to provide workers' compensation coverage for PTSD sustained by first responders in the line of duty.  This week I'll address another provision in the bill, which would require injured workers to provide their citizenship status when applying for workers' compensation benefits. Specifically, … Continue reading Should the Ohio BWC Be Collecting Citizenship Information on a First Report of Injury?

PTSD Claims for First Responders: Opening Pandora’s Box?

Ohio law has long held that employees are not covered under the workers' compensation system for mental conditions that do not arise from a physical injury.  Provisions in the  BWC budget bill (Sub. H. B. No. 80-passed by the Ohio House on June 5, 2019) could change that.  If Ohio legislators watch "Tomb Raider: The … Continue reading PTSD Claims for First Responders: Opening Pandora’s Box?

2018 Workers’ Compensation Top Ten

While it may not be as exciting as other 2018 top ten lists you've seen, here are 10 of the most significant developments in Ohio Workers' Compensation law in 2018. Klein v. Precision Excavating & Grading Co., 2018-Ohio-3890 In the Klein case, the Supreme Court specifically overruled its decisions in State ex rel. Reitter Stucco, … Continue reading 2018 Workers’ Compensation Top Ten

Ohio BWC Proposes 12% Rate Reduction for Public Employers

Last Thursday, the Ohio BWC recommended a 12% reduction in next year's rates for Ohio's school districts, cities and other local-government employers.  This follows the BWC's decision to issue another $1.5 billion in rebates to all employers, public and private.  Those rebate checks have been going out this summer. The BWC attributes the new rate … Continue reading Ohio BWC Proposes 12% Rate Reduction for Public Employers

The Ohio Workers First Act-PowerPoint Presentation

This post is the long version of the PowerPoint presentation regarding the Ohio Workers First Act I gave at the CMBA Workers' Compensation Section meeting in January.  I'm posting it in particular for those who are going to see the shortened version of the presentation at the SIGO Education Day on March 16th, and are looking for some more information regarding the … Continue reading The Ohio Workers First Act-PowerPoint Presentation

State-funded Ohio employers can get a workers’ compensation premium credit in motor vehicle accident cases

As part of Ohio House Bill 207 , the Ohio Bureau of Workers' compensation will now credit the risk experience of state funded employers for claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents in which their employee was not found to be at fault.  The provisions of HB 207 became effective for accidents occurring on or … Continue reading State-funded Ohio employers can get a workers’ compensation premium credit in motor vehicle accident cases

Ohio House Bill 27

House Bill 27, which became effective September 29, 2017, made several substantive changes to Ohio workers' compensation law, including: Reducing the statute of limitations for filing a claim to one year for claims involving injuries or deaths. The law does not change the statute of limitations for filing an occupational disease claim, which remains two … Continue reading Ohio House Bill 27

Ohio House passes legislation barring undocumented workers from receiving benefits. How has this played out in other states?

On Tuesday the Ohio House voted 62-30 in favor of legislation that would block undocumented workers injured on the job from collecting workers' compensation benefits.  The bill now moves to the Ohio Senate.  A link to the full text of the House Version of the Bill from the Ohio Legislature's website can be found here. The … Continue reading Ohio House passes legislation barring undocumented workers from receiving benefits. How has this played out in other states?