On June 5, 2019, the Ohio House passed a workers’ compensation budget bill which included a requirement that claimants reveal their citizenship status on the claim application. Providing false information in response to this question would result in an ineligibility to participate in the fund and possibly criminal prosecution for fraud.Read more
In Automation Tool & Die, Inc. v. Medina Hospital, et. al., 9th Dist. No. 19CA009-M, a nurse practitioner was filling out forms requesting treatment and additional conditions using Dr. Terry’s rubber-stamped signature. The company later found claimant was working while receiving temporary total disability compensation and the additional allowances were vacated by the Commission. The company then filed a complaint against the hospital and Dr.Read more
In State ex rel. Mercy Health v. Indus. Comm. of Ohio, 10th Dist. No. 18AP-64, 2019-Ohio-1859 claimant was injured in 2017 and her claim was allowed for strains to the lumbar region and left wrist. The physician assistant treating the claimant completed a Medco-14 certifying she could not return to her former position of employment but could return to work with restrictions as of May 18, 2017.Read more
On May 18, 2018, OSHA issued an internal memorandum to its regional administrators outlining procedures for the use of “drones” during inspections. Despite the fact this memorandum was issued nearly a year ago, very little is known about the practical impact on enforcement activities. Employers need to remember that OSHA does not have unlimited search authority.Read more
The 6th annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls will take place the week of May 6-10, 2019. Falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, yet each one is preventable. The stand-down is a voluntary opportunity for employers to pause work and have a conversation with workers about fall hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.Read more
April 2019 marked the official 18th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). With the recent #MeToo movement, sexual assault and sexual harassment issues have never been such a large part of our national conversation. Our YouTube channel contains an in-depth 1-hour webinar on the important issue of sexual harassment in the workplace which you can view here.
This month, however, we want to give attention to the correlation between workplace sexual harassment and workplace violence.