Budget Bill Amends Workers’ compensation Law
H.B. 493, the BWC Budget Bill, amended provisions of the workers’ compensation law. Read more about the workers’ compensation amendments.
Commission Revises Hearing Officer Manual
The Industrial Commission revised Hearing Officer Manual Memo I.5, “Processing Compensation and Medical Benefits Issues in Claims when an Original Allowance or Additional Allowance Issue is in Court.” The policy provides a chart listing different issues which may arise in a claim which states whether the Commission can process the issue while the claim is pending in court. You can find the Hearing Officer Manual on the Commission’s website.
Legislature Considers PTSD Amendment
The Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 252, which would amend R.C. 4123.01 to provide workers’ compensation benefits to police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical workers who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) due to their employment. The law currently prohibits workers’ compensation coverage for any psychiatric claim (including PTSD) unless the psychiatric claim arose from an allowed physical injury or occupational disease. The bill is now pending in the Ohio House of Representatives.