2010 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

2010 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

Administrative

December, 2010

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 2011.

Administrative

November, 2010

  • The Governor named State Senator Steve Buehrer the new Administrator of the BWC.

Administrative

October, 2010

  • On October 1, 2010, five new Commission rules regarding confidential personal information became effective. The rules are
    1. O.A.C. 4121-4-01: Definitions;
    2. O.A.C. 4121-4-02: Procedures for Accessing Confidential Personal Information;
    3. O.A.C. 4121-4-03: Valid Reasons for Accessing Confdential Personal Information;
    4. O.A.C. 4121-4-04: Confidentiality Statutes; and
    5. O.A.C. 4121-4-05: Restricting and Logging Access to Confidential Personal Information in Computerized Personal Information Systems.

Administrative

October, 2010

  • BWC will permit representatives limited access to claims information by social security numbers (for employee representatives) and claim numbers (for employers and employer representatives). Read more >>

Administrative

September, 2010

  • The Commission is now providing email notifications of orders, notices and letters. Representatives can sign up for email notifications on the representative profile page on I.C.O.N. (the Industrial Commission Online Network). Representatives also have the option to stop receiving printed copies of such notices, but are not required to do so.

Administrative

August, 2010

  • The Commission updated three memos in its Hearing Officer Manual:
    1. Memo E.7 (Processing Applications for Benefits Pursuant to O.R.C. 4123.57 when Allowance Question is in Court);
    2. Memo I.5 (Processing Compensation and Medical Benefits Issues in Claims When an Original Allowance or Additional Allowance Issue is in Court); and
    3. Memo K.1 (Allowance – Dismissal Order v. Merits).

    The changes became effective August 2, 2010. Read more >>

Administrative

August, 2010

  • The Commission has begun holding video hearings between the Portsmouth and Columbus offices. For video hearings, instead of the hearing officer being in the hearing room with the parties there will be a video monitor. Video hearings are being held three days per week.By the end of July, the Industrial Commission intends to have equipment for video hearings installed in its Cambridge, Logan and Cincinnati offices. Eventually, the Industrial Commission plans to expand the video hearing process to Mansfield and Logan.

Court

July, 2010

  • According to the Supreme Court, the average weekly wage of a worker who held more than one job at the time of injury should be based on the earnings from all jobs, not limited to the earnings of the job the injured worker was performing when injured. Read more >>

Administrative

July, 2010

  • The Industrial Commission will hold a hearing on Friday, July 30, 2010, to consider new rules relating to confidential personal information. The Commission will hold a hearing at 1:00 p.m. at 30 West Spring Street in Columbus in training room B on the third floor to consider the following rules:
    1. O.A.C. 4121-4-01: Definitions;
    2. O.A.C. 4121-4-02: Procedures for Accessing Confidential Personal Information;
    3. O.A.C. 4121-4-03: Valid Reasons for Accessing Confdential Personal Information;
    4. O.A.C. 4121-4-04: Confidentiality Statutes; and
    5. O.A.C. 4121-4-05: Restricting and Logging Access to Confidential Personal Information in Computerized Personal Information Systems.

Administrative

June, 2010

  • The Commission changed its procedure for notifying parties that it has decided to accept an appeal from a Staff Hearing Officer order. Instead of issuing an interlocutory order, the Commission will issue a “Notice of Acceptance of Appeal for Hearing” letter. The Commission claims that this change will speed up processing appeals by up to 14 days because parties will not have to wait for an order.

Administrative

May, 2010

  • The BWC will hold a public hearing on Friday, June 11, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1 on the 2d floor at 30 W. Spring St. in Columbus to consider amendments to O.A.C. 4123-3-15 and 4123-3-37. The amendments would increase the time before a claim becomes inactive from 13 months to 24 months. The amendments would also change the procedure for amputation/loss of use awards. The rule would permit payment of the award based on information contained in the file (such as the initial injury report) and change the method of payment to pay the award as a lump sum.

Court

April, 2010

  • In two decisions announced on March 23, 2010, the Ohio Supreme court found that the intentional tort statute is constitutional. (April, 2010) Read more >>

Administrative

March, 2010

  • On Friday, April 2, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Monday, April 5, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Industrial Commission will hold training sessions for its new docketing and continuance procedures. The training sessions will take place at the William Green Building at 30 W. Spring St. in Columbus.

Administrative

February, 2010

  • The BWC Board of Directors will hold a public forum on managed care organizations in the William Green Building, at 30 W. Spring St. in Columbus on Friday, February 26, 2010, from 10 a.m. to noon.The forum will review MCO/BWC rules and contract requirements and consider possible improvements.

Administrative

January, 2010

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