Why is the Ohio BWC Paying Employers to Hire Workers with a History of Opioid Abuse?

On September 10, 2018 the Ohio BWC issued a press release announcing a new pilot program. The BWC's Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties hire, manage and retrain workers in recovery.  The pilot program's launch is scheduled for October 15, 2018. … Continue reading Why is the Ohio BWC Paying Employers to Hire Workers with a History of Opioid Abuse?

Is it a Symptom or a Condition, and Does it Matter?

A recent case out of the 10th Appellate District addressed an issue I've raised many times at hearing, whether a claim can be allowed for "radiculitis".  My argument, which has generally been successful, is that a claim cannot be allowed for radiculitis because radiculitis is a symptom of an underlying condition.  However, the 10th Appellate … Continue reading Is it a Symptom or a Condition, and Does it Matter?

How Can Nurses Certify Temporary Total Disability Compensation????

First off, that title might be a bit misleading. I’m just trying to liven up an extremely dry subject area, so cut me some slack please.  Not all nurses can certify temporary total disability compensation.  However, according to Industrial Commission Policy Memo D8, updated effective July 30, 2018, during the first six weeks following an … Continue reading How Can Nurses Certify Temporary Total Disability Compensation????

Organ Donors Qualify for Leave under the FMLA

This post has nothing to do with workers’ compensation. It has to do with FMLA leave, which is another hat some readers of this blog wear as well.  I’m sure you’ve all heard over and over again about the “Bermuda Triangle” of Workers’ Comp/ADA/FMLA so I won’t belabor that point.  Suffice it to say that … Continue reading Organ Donors Qualify for Leave under the FMLA

Case Update-How Many Hours Can You Work and Still Be Permanently and Totally Disabled?

That’s a simple question, isn’t it? Well, not necessarily.  On first blush, the answer seems obvious: zero, right?  I mean, if you are really permanently incapable of any sustained remunerative employment, then it stands to reason that you cannot work for any part of the day.  As a decision issued last week indicates however, the … Continue reading Case Update-How Many Hours Can You Work and Still Be Permanently and Totally Disabled?

Retaliatory Discharge-Is It Really a Big Deal?

Ok, I’ll admit, that by-line sounds kind of dumb. Of course it is, certainly to the employee who has been terminated.  However, a recent case made me think about whether the specter of a retaliatory discharge action should keep my clients from terminating (or taking other disciplinary action against) an employee who should legitimately be … Continue reading Retaliatory Discharge-Is It Really a Big Deal?

Three Examples of How Employer-Sponsored Medical Examinations Can Get You in Trouble

Following time off to recover from a work-related injury (or from a non-work related medical condition) many employers require a fitness for duty examination before allowing employees to return to their former positions of employment. There are many good reasons for having such a policy. However, as we’ve discussed before, employers need to be mindful … Continue reading Three Examples of How Employer-Sponsored Medical Examinations Can Get You in Trouble

It Happened At Work…Why Isn’t It a Workers’ Compensation Claim? Part II-Personal Errands

A while ago, I wrote a post about an "idiopathic fall", one of several ways an injury that occurred at work could still not be compensable under Ohio's workers’ compensation system.  This post is about what Ohio courts define as a "personal errand", another way a claim that arguably occurred "at work" could not be … Continue reading It Happened At Work…Why Isn’t It a Workers’ Compensation Claim? Part II-Personal Errands

Ohio BWC Proposes 12% Rate Reduction for Public Employers

Last Thursday, the Ohio BWC recommended a 12% reduction in next year's rates for Ohio's school districts, cities and other local-government employers.  This follows the BWC's decision to issue another $1.5 billion in rebates to all employers, public and private.  Those rebate checks have been going out this summer. The BWC attributes the new rate … Continue reading Ohio BWC Proposes 12% Rate Reduction for Public Employers

Why You Need To Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claims Using More Than an SI-42

First, a disclaimer.  The first case I'm about to discuss is from California.  Fortunately (from a defense attorney's perspective at least) I don't practice in California.  I get the impression that a California employee can have a cause of action (and apparently even a workers' compensation claim) for their boss looking at them the wrong way. However, when … Continue reading Why You Need To Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claims Using More Than an SI-42