Monthly Archives: February 2021
  • Ohio Workers’ Compensation Trials Likely to Resume in 2021

    Under R.C. 4123.512, employers and claimants alike may appeal orders of the Industrial Commission regarding the allowance of a claim or condition to the common pleas courts.  Once the court has jurisdiction over the case, the case proceeds like any other civil litigation.

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  • Is the Ohio Industrial Commission Planning to Resume In-Person Hearings?

    Since the Spring of 2020, the Industrial Commission has conducted hearings by telephone in light of the continuing health pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19.  The Commission has yet to release any public statement about the resumption of in-person hearings.  However, on January 20, 2021, the Commission updated its hearing officer manual, known as Adjudications Before the Industrial Commission to reflect the Commission’s policy regarding the use of electronic devices in hearing rooms.

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  • Proposed Workers’ Compensation Coronavirus/COVID Legislation Stalled in Committee

    Shortly after the inception of the pandemic, Ohio state lawmakers got to work proposing legislation to cover coronavirus in the workplace.  House Bills 571, 573, 605, 633, 667, and 668 propose amendments to the occupational disease provision of the workers’ compensation statute (4123.68) to include COVID-19 as a scheduled disease for first responders, essential workers, health care workers, grocery store and food processing workers, and corrections officer.

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  • Are Injuries Sustained at Home During Telework Compensable?

    Since the onset of the pandemic in the Spring of 2020, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, through its orders, has encouraged employers to permit “as many employees as possible to work from home by implementing policies in areas such as teleworking and video conferencing.”  As a consequence, many Ohioans have been working from home in accordance with the orders from ODH to curtail the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.

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