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Workplace Violence, Harassment & Retaliation Half-Day Seminar

Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work place. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year.…

COVID-19 Employer FAQs and Answers

Last Updated: 4.24.2020 @ 11:15 am DISCLAIMER: The following information is a guide, not intended to be used as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship is established by any communication through this website.  Because every situation and every workplace is different we ask that you contact us with specific questions.     ADA Q: May an ADA-covered employer send…

Industrial Commission of Ohio Announces In-Person Hearings

On June 14, 2021, the Industrial Commission announced it will resume conducting in-person workers’ compensation hearings on July 6, 2021.  However, parties and their representatives have the option to appear and participate by Webex.  It is unclear from the Commission’s website whether in-person attendance at hearings will become mandatory and how the Commission will address hearings requiring interpreters.  Once the…

When Will the Ohio Industrial Commission Resume In Person Hearings?

By: Mark Barnes [email protected] In the last 30 days, the CDC changed its mask guidance and pronounced that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks.  On June 2, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 order will expire, which means individuals and business will no longer be required to have social distancing and mask protocols.  Numerous businesses already…

Sixth District Finds Trial Court Wrongly Denied Judgment to Employer in Intentional Tort Case

By: Mark Barnes [email protected] Under R.C. 4123.74, the benefits provided by Ohio’s workers’ compensation law are an employee’s exclusive remedy for injuries sustained in the course of and arising out of employment. An employer is immune from civil suits for work-related injuries if the employer has complied with the law by paying worker’s compensation premiums or is self-insured.  However, employers remain liable for injuries resulting…

Ohio House Bill 308 for First Responder PTSD Claims Now In Effect

By: Mark Barnes [email protected] As we previously reported, in January of 2021, Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 308, which provides for compensation and benefits to public safety officers (a.k.a. “first responders”) who sustain a disability from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) received in the course of and arising out of employment, but without a physical injury.  House Bill 308…

OSHA’S COVID-19 National Emphasis Program and Enforcement

By: Carl Habekost, Esq. [email protected] On March 12, 2021, OSHA announced the COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP) providing employers with notice of expected enforcement trends under the new Biden administration.  Below are key points for consideration.   One component of the NEP is targeted inspections of high hazard industries which provide a risk of COVID-19 infections. Employers in the health…

Have You Heard of Kids’ Chance of Ohio?

Kids’ Chance of Ohio is dedicated to raising money to provide scholarships for children who have had a parent rendered permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured as the result of an Ohio work-related injury or illness.  Kids’ Chance of Ohio had a rough fundraising year.  Their 2 biggest fundraising events were cancelled.  Our colleagues in the workers’ compensation industry…

6 Common Misconceptions About OSHA Law

By: Carl Habekost, Esq. [email protected] There are misunderstandings about OSHA law, OSHA citations, the burden of proof, and other issues which often result in wasted time and resources.  This article will highlight common misperceptions and discuss the correct understanding of these issues. 1. Serious Citations A “serious” citation does not mean serious in the ordinary sense of the word.  The…

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA for Fiscal Year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020). This list is updated and released annually. Fall Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) Hazard Communication Standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) Respiratory Protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) Scaffolding,…

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