• Supreme Court Holds Mandamus is Appropriate When Commission’s Continuing Jurisdiction is Challenged

    When the Commission issues a decision on the allowance of a claim or an additional condition, such a decision is appealable to a common pleas court under R.C. 4123.512.

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  • Court of Appeals Finds A Logger is an Independent Contractor

    Independent Contractor status always depends on the facts of the case.  The important question for the Commission or a court is whether the worker has control over the means and manner of the work.
    In Green v. Bur. Of Work. Comp., 2018-Ohio-2618, the 4th District Court of Appeals examined whether there was sufficient evidence to find that a logger was an independent contractor, as opposed to an employee under the workers’ compensation law.

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  • Industrial Commission Updates Adjudications Before the Industrial Commission

    The Industrial Commission updated Policy Memos D8 and S11, effective July 30, 2018.
    Memo D8 pertains to acceptable certification for temporary total disability compensation.  As a general rule, compensation must be certified by doctors, chiropractors, and psychologists.  However, during the first 6 weeks after an injury, a certified nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or physician assistant may provide certification of disability.

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  • 10 Humorous Safety Quotes for Your Next Safety Meeting

    Humor is an excellent teaching tool and often helps to begin or end safety meetings. We want to share the following 10 comical safety quotes with you. Even though they will make you snicker, remember that these sayings are also a great way to wrap up any meeting.

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  • Beware: OSHA’s “Look-Back” Period for Repeat Violations is Unlimited

    Until 2015, it was the practice of OSHA to look back only three (3) years to prior citations to establish “repeat” violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.  In 2015, OSHA modified the look-back period in its Field Operations Manual (FOM) from three (3) years to five (5) years.  Violations of OSHA regulations are classified in several ways, including willful, repeat, serious, or other than serious.  The higher the classification, the larger the penalty.

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  • Mark Barnes and Carl Habekost to Speak at Workers’ Comp, Safety & Legal SeminarRead more


  • Mark Barnes and Carl Habekost to Speak at Workers’ Comp, Safety & Legal SeminarRead more

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