2000 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

2000 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

Administrative

December, 2000

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 2001.

Legislative

December, 2000

  • The Legislature passed Am. Sub. H.B. 122, which amends R.C. 4123.54 and provides a rebuttable presumption in certain cases that an injury was caused by a controlled substance. When a controlled substance causes the injury, the injured worker will not receive workers’ compensation. Read more >>

Court

December, 2000

  • The Ohio Supreme Court held that when an injured worker dies while owed workers’ compensation benefits, the injured worker’s estate is entitled to receive the benefits owed to the injured worker. Read more >>

Administrative

November, 2000

  • The BWC’s project for providing internet access to claim information, called the “dolphin project” is now on-line. The BWC’s web site now permits you to file a claim on-line, as well as change some personal information relating to your claim. Additional improvements are expected in December 2000, February 2001 and April 2001.

Administrative

October, 2000

  • The BWC and Industrial Commission adopted a joint rule, O.A.C. 4125-1-02, dealing with electronic submission and acceptance of documents. The rule became effective October 1, 2000.

Court

September, 2000

  • The Supreme Court issued its new decision in State, ex rel. Baker v. Indus. Comm. The new decision holds that an injured worker remains eligible for temporary total after leaving the job they had been doing when injured to work at a different job. Read more >>

Legislative

July, 2000

  • The Governor signed two bills dealing with electronic records which will permit the use of electronic records and electronic signatures. Read more >>

Legislative

June, 2000

  • The Ohio House of Representatives approved a bill which would deny workers’ compensation benefits to employees under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of injury. Read more >>

Administrative

June, 2000

  • The Industrial Commission issued a new policy regarding when hearing officers can make a determination that the injured worker’s condition has reached maximum medical improvement. Read more >>

Court

June, 2000

  • The Supreme Court held oral argument in the Baker case (which involves the issue of whether an injured worker gives up the right to future temporary total benefits by leaving the job of injury). Read more >>

Court

April, 2000

  • The Franklin County Court of Appeals found that the BWC improperly reduced premiums paid by state fund employers. Read more >>

Administrative

April, 2000

  • After public hearing on March 20, 2000, the Commission withdrew a proposed permanent partial rule.

Court

April, 2000

  • The Supreme Court denied a VSSR award where the employer had complied with the safety code requirements and the injury occurred due to the employee’s unilateral negligence. Read more >>

Court

April, 2000

  • Supreme Court denies temporary total when an employer fired the injured worker pursuant to the employer’s drug policy. Read more >>

Court

March, 2000

  • Supreme Court grants reconsideration in the Baker case, which held that an injured worker who leaves the job of injury may forfeit eligibility for future temporary total.

Court

March, 2000

  • Leaving employment of injury for better (or different) job may bar temporary total. Read more >>

Court

March, 2000

  • The Supreme Court decided that an injured worker cannot receive permanent partial and permanent total for the same time. Read more >>

Court

March, 2000

  • Court of Appeals finds MCO program improperly funded. Read more >>

Administrative

February, 2000

  • Commission considers amending permanent partial rule. Read more >>

Court

February, 2000

  • Supreme Court rules MCO program consitutional. Read more >>

Administrative

January, 2000

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 2000.