2013 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

2013 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

Administrative

December, 2013

  • See the 2014 rates for workers’ compensation awards on our rates page.

Court

November 2013

  • The Supreme Court issued two decisions finding that an injured worker’s voluntary abandonment of employment barred them from receipt of workers’ compensation benefits. State, ex rel. Hoffman v. Rexam Beverage Can Co. (10/16/13), which involved temporary total, and State, ex rel. Black, State ex rel. v. Indus. Comm., (10/17/13), which involved permanent total, indicated that the question of whether an injured worker voluntarily retired is a question of fact for the Industrial Commission to decide.

Administrative

October 2013

  • The BWC and Commission are considering a new wage loss rule to replace the current wage loss rule, O.A.C. 4125-1-01. The new rule would also be numbered O.A.C. 4125-1-01. Read more >>

Court

September 2013

  • In State ex rel. Sigler v. Lubrizol Corp., 136 Ohio St.3d 298, 2013-Ohio-3686 (8/29/13), the Supreme Court found that a member of the Industrial Commission can rule on a case without attending the hearing or reviewing a transcript of the hearing. Read more >>

Court

August 2013

  • The Supreme Court recently decided a case limiting workers’ compensation coverage for workers who suffer psychological injuries in their employment. Read more >>

Administrative

August 2013

  • The Governor named employee member Tim Bainbridge as the new Industrial Commission chair. Bainbridge replaces employer member Jodie Taylor as chair.

Administrative

July 2013

  • The Industrial Commission amended three rules: O.A.C. 4121-3-32 (temporary disability), O.A.C. 4121-3-34 (permanent total disability), and O.A.C. 4121-15-10 (standards of conduct for adjudicators). The amendments became effective June 20, 2013.

Administrative

July 2013

Administrative

June 2013

  • The Governor appointed Tim Bainbridge as the new employee member on the Industrial Commission. Bainbridge will replace Gary DiCeglio. Bainbridge’s term begins July 1, 2013.

Administrative

May 2013

  • In 1993 the legislature created the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) to create a safe workplace for public employees. The BWC administers PERRP and you can find more information about PERRP on the BWC’s web site.

Administrative

April 2013

  • The governor of Ohio signed the law creating the Industrial Commission on March 14, 1913. In honor of its 100th anniversary, the Industrial Commission created a poster illustrating the Commission’s history. The poster starts in 1885 with the first voluntary attempt to resolve accidents between employers and employees and ends with the 100th anniversary of the Industrial Commission on March 14, 2013. The Commission will display the poster in its offices. You can also see the poster on the Industrial Commission’s website.

Administrative

March 2013

  • Governor Kasich appointed Jodie Taylor chair of the Industrial Commission. Taylor, the employer member on the Commission, became chair effective February 13, 2013.

Court

February, 2013

  • Two recent Supreme Court decisions have limited an injured worker’s ability to sue their employer for intentional tort. Read more >>

Administrative

February, 2013

  • Industrial Commission Resolution R12-1-03 updated the policy for representatives seeking hearing blocks (times when they do not have any scheduled hearings). The Resolution also updated the Commission’s continuance policy. Read more >>

Administrative

January, 2013

Administrative

January, 2013

  • See the 2013 rates for workers’ compensation awards on our rates page.