Comp Connection

  • Industrial Commission Amends 2 Rules, effective September 7, 2017

    Effective September 7, 2017, Ohio Admin.Code 4121-15-03 and 4121-3-18 were amended.
    Ohio Admin.Code 4121-15-03 governs the standards of conduct (i.e. ethical conduct) of Commission and Bureau employees, and follows the provisions of the Ohio ethics law contained in Chapters 102 and 2921 of the Revised Code.  Under Ohio Admin.

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  • Ohio Supreme Court Finds the “Consent Provision” in R.C. 4123.512(D) Constitutional

    In a decision which is extremely favorable to employers, the Ohio Supreme Court found the “consent provision” in R.C. 4123.512(D) constitutional, which means claimant must obtain an employer’s consent before voluntarily dismissing an employer-initiated appeal under Civ.R. 41(A).
    Ferguson v. State of Ohio, 2017-Ohio-7844 began as a declaratory judgment action in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas challenging the constitutionality of the consent provision of R.C. 4123.

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  • Bureau Appeals Court of Appeals’ Decision Ordering Lump Sum Payments Under R.C. 4123.57(B) to the Supreme Court

    In Kljun v. Ohio Bur. of Work. Comp., 8th Dist. No. 105340, 2017-Ohio-7724, a claimant challenged the constitutionality of the amendment to R.C. 4123.57(B), which became effective after the enactment of H.B. 487 on September 10, 2012.  The former version of R.C. 4123.57(B), required employers and the Bureau to pay loss awards in a lump-sum payment once all appeal remedies were exhausted.

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  • Court of Appeals Finds Substantial Aggravation a Question of Fact

    In Rowland v. Buerhrer, 2nd Dist. No. 27412, 2017-Ohio-7096, the claimant had an allowed claim from soft tissue neck and low back conditions, and later filed a motion to additionally allow substantial aggravation of left shoulder supraspinatous tendon tear.  The Commission disallowed the claim throughout the administrative proceedings, prompting the claimant to appeal to the trial court.

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  • New Workers’ Compensation Legislation

    On June 30, 2017, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 27 into law, which law amends several provisions of the workers’ compensation law.  The law becomes effective on or about September 29, 2017.  Some of the highlights are below.  On September 6, 2017, attorneys Robert L. Solt, III and Gregory B. Denny will host a webinar discussing these amendments.  It is not too late to attend, so register here.

    Statute of Limitations (R. C. 4123.84).

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  • Ending Forced Arbitration in Sexual Harassment ActRead more


  • Bugbee in the Community: Mark Barnes Top Fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell RunRead more

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