On October 11, 2017 State Representatives Bill Seitz and Larry Householder introduced a bill to the Ohio legislature that would prevent anyone not legally residing in the United States from receiving workers’ compensation benefits. H.B. 380 provides that an employer would be liable for damages suffered as the result of the injury only if an undocumented worker establishes that the employer knew the worker was in the country illegally.
The bill does not bar undocumented workers from bringing an action against an employer for an intentional tort.
Similar language was removed by the Ohio Senate from the workers’ compensation bill signed by Governor Kasich on June 30, 2017.