2017 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

2017 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

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Administrative

December, 2017

  • See the 2018 rates for Ohio workers’ compensation awards on our rates page.

Administrative

November, 2017

  • The Industrial Commission is considering amendments to O.A.C. 4121-1-02 (Notice of Public Meetings — changes to the method of notice) and O.A.C. 4121-1-03 (Non-adjudicatory Meetings of the Industrial Commission — indicating the method of accessing minutes). The Commission will hold a hearing on the proposed amendments at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at 30 West Spring Street in Columbus (L-2, Room 1).

Court

October, 2017

  • The Ohio Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction in Cirino v. Ohio Bur. of Worker’s Comp., Supreme Court Case No. 2017-0179, over an appeal from the Eighth District’s decision (8th Dist. No. 104102, 2016-Ohio-8323 (12/22/16)) that a class action challenge to the BWC’s EBT program could proceed in the common pleas court.

Legislative

September, 2017

  • The substantive amendments in the budget bill, which include lowering the time limit for filing a workers’ compensation claim to one year, become effective September 29, 2017. Read more >>

Administrative

August, 2017

  • The Governor reappointed Karen Gillmor to a second term as the public member of the Industrial Commission.

Legislative

July, 2017

  • The Governor signed Sub. H.B. 27, the BWC budget bill, which made a number of substantive changes to the workers’ compensation law. Read more >>

Court

June, 2017

  • The Supreme Court held that an Industrial Commission decision that a pre-existing condition has returned to its pre-injury status can only be challenged through a mandamus action, not an R.C. §4123.512 appeal. Read more >>

Administrative

May, 2017

  • S.B. 27, which became effective April 6, 2017, added a new fire fighter’s cancer presumption to the schedule of occupational diseases.

    R.C. §4123.68(X) now provides that fire fighters who contract cancer after at least six years of hazardous duty contracted the cancer due to their employment if they were

    exposed to an agent classified by the international agency for research on cancer or its successor organization as a group 1 or 2A carcinogen.

    The BWC has adopted a new form for fire fighters pursuing such claims. The fire fighter must file the new BWC form, the Presumption of Causation for Firefighter Cancer (form C-265), along with the FROI-1.

Administrative

April, 2017

Site

March, 2017

  • The Ohio AFL-CIO honored Stewart Jaffy at their annual workers’ compensation institute for his lifetime of service supporting Ohio’s injured workers. Read more >>

Administrative

February, 2017

  • The Commission and BWC reviewed joint rules O.A.C. 4125-1-01 and 4125-1-02. They proposed minor changes to O.A.C. 4125-1-01 (Wage loss) and determined that no changes are necessary for O.A.C. 4125-1-02 (Electronic submission and acceptance of documents).

    The proposed amendment incorporates the requirement of a “good faith” job search in the definition of non-working wage loss and adds a requirement that injured workers seeking working wage loss include claim related limitations on their ability to make employer contacts (in addition to the already existing requirement that this indicate non-claim related limitations).

Court

January, 2017

Administrative

January, 2017

  • See the 2017 rates for Ohio workers’ compensation awards on our rates page.