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Ohio Employers To Get $1.5 Billion Rebate In Workers’ Comp Premiums

Ohio’s public and private employers stand to get back nearly all of the workers’ compensation premiums that they have paid in the past year. The state on Monday proposed a $1.5 billion rebate in workers’ compensation premiums, the latest in what has been a string of rebates and reductions in premiums totaling nearly $10 billion

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BWC Colleagues

BWC Colleagues,When I returned to BWC, I was pleased to discover various work groups studying issues relatedto the future of our agency. These began with a first–ever strategic planning retreat conducted last year by the Board of Directors. I want to share our progress on one of those issues. There was concern whether the name

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Ohio law firm challenges BWC’s privacy statute

An Ohio law firm, Bevan & Associates, is challenging Ohio’s statute that makes injured workers’ personal information private.  Previously, the names, claim numbers and addresses of injured workers were available to the public via a public records request.  The Ohio BWC changed the law making this information private with an exception for journalists.  The law

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Governor Kasich signs Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act

Governor Kasich recently signed the Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act.  This act creates a rebuttable presumption that a firefighter who develops cancer did so while in the course and scope of and arising out of employment.   To read more about this new law click here.  To see the full text of the new law

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Ohio BWC Enacts New Lumbar Fusion Surgery Rule

The Ohio Administrative Code has been amended to include a new rule governing lumbar fusion surgeries under Ohio workers’ compensation claims.  O.A.C. 4123-6-32 requires numerous criteria to be met prior to a fusion surgery being eligible for approval.  To see the complete rule click here.  The rule sets out two sets of standards for people

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Ohio BWC to give $1.5 billion back to employers.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation recently approved a 1.5 billion dollar rebate to Ohio employers.  The Ohio BWC is doing so despite Ohio BWC service offices being understaffed and overworked.  For a link to the article click here.    The Ohio BWC has issued premium cuts and rebates totaling over 8 billion dollars since 2011. 

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Ohio Supreme Court denies right to permanent partial disability to injured worker receiving permanent and total disability.

In State ex rel. Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, Inc. v. Indus. Comm., 2017-Ohio-7577 the Ohio Supreme Court held: “When an injured employee has previously been determined to be entitled to permanent-total-disability compensation pursuant to R.C. 4123.58, the commission does not have statutory authority to grant in the same claim a permanent-partial-disability award pursuant to R.C. 4123.57(A). Previously an

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Statute of Limitations to File Claims Reduced to 1 year

Governor Kasich has signed House Bill 27.  Among other changes to Ohio workers’ compensation law, the statute of limitations to file a workers compensation claim has been reduced to one year.  Previously, the statute of limitations was two years.  This change goes into effect on 9/29/17 and applies to claims arising on or after this

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