By: Carl Habekost, Esq.
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.Read more
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 have asked us to help spread the word of this all-volunteer organization.Read more
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 became effective on April 12, 2021.
House Bill 308 created a new section in the Revised Code, R.C. 126.
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.Read more
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 from intentional acts of an employer to harm an employee.Read more
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, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.