• Industrial Commission Amends 2 Rules, effective September 7, 2017

    Effective September 7, 2017, Ohio Admin.Code 4121-15-03 and 4121-3-18 were amended.
    Ohio Admin.Code 4121-15-03 governs the standards of conduct (i.e. ethical conduct) of Commission and Bureau employees, and follows the provisions of the Ohio ethics law contained in Chapters 102 and 2921 of the Revised Code.  Under Ohio Admin.

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  • Ohio Supreme Court Finds the “Consent Provision” in R.C. 4123.512(D) Constitutional

    In a decision which is extremely favorable to employers, the Ohio Supreme Court found the “consent provision” in R.C. 4123.512(D) constitutional, which means claimant must obtain an employer’s consent before voluntarily dismissing an employer-initiated appeal under Civ.R. 41(A).
    Ferguson v. State of Ohio, 2017-Ohio-7844 began as a declaratory judgment action in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas challenging the constitutionality of the consent provision of R.C. 4123.

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  • Bureau Appeals Court of Appeals’ Decision Ordering Lump Sum Payments Under R.C. 4123.57(B) to the Supreme Court

    In Kljun v. Ohio Bur. of Work. Comp., 8th Dist. No. 105340, 2017-Ohio-7724, a claimant challenged the constitutionality of the amendment to R.C. 4123.57(B), which became effective after the enactment of H.B. 487 on September 10, 2012.  The former version of R.C. 4123.57(B), required employers and the Bureau to pay loss awards in a lump-sum payment once all appeal remedies were exhausted.

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  • Workplace Safety During The Flu Season

    OSHA requires employers to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards.   Influenza (flu) is a hazardous contagious viral respiratory disease that peaks in the winter months.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza causes approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in our country each year.   Influenza is easily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing and poor hand hygiene.

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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration & The National Safety Council remind both motorists and pedestrians to use EXTRA caution on Halloween night.  Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to twice as many child pedestrians on the streets.  In 2016, 107 people died on the roads on the night of October 31st, and 21 percent of those killed were pedestrians.  October is the second deadliest month on the roads due to increased pedestrian traffic.

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