News & Events

  • The National Labor Relations Board Vacates Joint Employer Decision

    The National Labor Relations Board’s Inspector General issued a ruling that new board member Bill Emmanuel improperly participated in the recent Hy-Brand joint employer decision.  Therefore, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously vacated its decision in Hy-Brand.  As such, the 2015 Browning-Ferris test for determining joint employment is once again the law of the land.

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  • Airline Attendant Injured While Returning From Dinner Not Entitled to Workers’ Compensation

    Injuries which occur outside the employer’s premises generally create challenges for the Commission and courts attempting to determine compensability.  The workers’ compensation statute requires that injuries occur “in the course of” employment and “arise out of employment” to be compensable.

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  • Court of Appeals Finds Internally Inconsistent Reports Cannot Support PTD

    Permanent total disability compensation is compensation of last resort and can be awarded only upon a showing by the claimant that he/she is incapable of sustained remunerative employment.  Although neither the workers’ compensation statute nor the administrative rules define sustained remunerative employment, the Ohio Supreme Court has held that part-time work may constitute sustained remunerative employment.

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  • Bureau Rule Restricting Opioid Use Effective January 1, 2018

    The opioid epidemic in this country, and particularly in Ohio is no secret. In 2016, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation promulgated a groundbreaking rule addressing opioid prescriptions to help curtail opioid addiction among injured workers.  The rule, Ohio Admin.Code 4123-6-27.7, is designed to encourage physicians to incorporate best clinical practices when prescribing opioids for treating injured workers, especially those in the chronic phase of pain management.

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  • Top 10 Charges Filed With the EEOC in 2017

    On January 25, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Fiscal Year 2017 Enforcement and Litigation Data which showed that Retaliation was the most frequent charge filed with the agency, followed by Race and Disability.  Specifically, the charge numbers show the following breakdowns:

    Retaliation: 41,097 (48.8 percent of all charges filed)
    Race: 28,528 (33.9 percent)
    Disability: 26,838 (31.9 percent)
    Sex: 25,605 (30.4 percent)
    Age: 18,376 (21.

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  • Registration for Bugbee & Conkle’s 2018 Workers’ Compensation Seminar is Open!Read more

Seminar Registration

Register for our free Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar on April 13, 2018. A confirmation will be sent separately.