2009 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

2009 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

Administrative

December, 2009

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 2010.

Administrative

December, 2009

  • The 2010 rates for the Disabled Worker Relief Fund (DWRF) will be the same as the 2009 rates.

Administrative

November, 2009

  • The Industrial Commission will consolidate the Hamilton and Cincinnati offices. As a result of the consolidation, the Industrial Commission will close the Hamilton office on November 6, 2009.

Administrative

November, 2009

  • The BWC selected a new pharmacy benefits manager. Effective November 1, 2009, SXC Health Solutions Corporation is the new pharmacy benefits manager for the workers’ compensation system.

Administrative

October, 2009

  • Effective November 5, 2009, a C84 form signed by the injured worker will be required for all payments, or extensions, of temporary total compensation.

Court

October, 2009

  • The Supreme Court held that an Industrial Commission order refusing to terminate an allowed claim based on an employer’s allegation of fraud cannot be appealed to court under R.C. 4123.512. Read more >>

Administrative

September, 2009

  • The Industrial Commission is making repairs to its William C. Green office building in Columbus. Construction is expected to take 150 days and be finished by December, 2009. As part of the construction, the entrance at the east end of the building has been closed. The west end entrance is currently open. During the construction, an underground leak in the building will be repaired. The Commission will also replace the revolving doors at the east and west ends of the lobby.

Administrative

August, 2009

  • Effective August 21, 2009, the Industrial Commission will consolidate its Bridgeport and Zanesville offices into a new office in Cambridge. The Commission will hold hearings for claims which had been held in Bridgeport or Zanesville in the Commission office closest to the injured worker’s residence.

Administrative

July, 2009

  • Governor Strickland appointed Jodie Taylor as the employer member of the Industrial Commission, replacing Bill Thompson whose term expired on June 30, 2009.

Administrative

June, 2009

  • On June 26, 2009, the Industrial Commission will close its Canton office and relocate it into the Akron office. This closing follows the March, 2009, closing of the Springfield office, which the Commission relocated into the Dayton office.

Administrative

May, 2009

  • The Industrial Commission has redesigned its web site. The new design has quick links designed to make it easier to access information and provides Industrial Commission news on the front page of the site.

Court

April, 2009

  • The Supreme Court found that temporary total is not terminated when an injured workers’ condition has not reached maximum medical improvement, even if the condition will “permanently” prevent the injured worker from returning to their former position of employment. Read more >>

Administrative

March, 2009

  • The BWC and Industrial Commission will close the Springfield Service Office, effective March 27, 2009 and consolidate it with the Dayton Service Office. Injured workers and employers who used the Springfield Service Office will be advised to go to Dayton or Columbus. With the closing of the Springfield office, the BWC and Commission will have only 15 service offices throughout the state.

Court

February, 2009

  • In Thorton v. Montville Plastics & Rubber, Inc., 2009-Ohio-360, the Supreme Court indicated that the 2006 workers’ compensation amendments (Am. Sub. S.B. 7) became effective August 25, 2006. The amendments had previously been thought to have been effective October 11, 2006.

Administrative

February, 2009

  • The BWC amended a number of rules, effective February 10, 2009. Read more >>

Administrative

February, 2009

  • On Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, the BWC Board of Directors will hold an open forum on paperwork reduction. Read more >>

Administrative

January, 2009

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 2009.