Commission Updates Policies
The Industrial Commission updated the following policies in the Hearing Officer Manual.
- Memo G.5: Guidelines for Permanent Total Disability Tentative Grant Orders (new)
- Memo O.3: Staff Hearing Officers Review of Settlements (revised)
- Memo R.7: Use of Audiovisual Evidence (revised)
The Commission also adopted Telephone Hearing Request Guidelines. The new policies became effective April 4, 2014.
2013 Rates Updated
The BWC corrected the 2013 statewide average weekly wage calculation, which has slightly changed the rates for 2013 given on the back cover. Our rates page has the updated rates.
New Wage Loss Rule
The BWC and Industrial Commission have adopted a new wage loss rule, O.A.C. 4125-1-01, effective February 13, 2014. Read our summary of the new rule.
Commission Holds Rules Hearing
The Industrial Commission scheduled a hearing on January 3, 2014, to consider amendments to O.A.C. 4125-1-01 (wage loss) and O.A.C. 4125-1-02 (electronic submission and acceptance of documents). You can read our summary of the proposed wage loss amendments. The proposed change to O.A.C. 4125-1-02 adds Revised Code Chapter 4125 to a listing of situations where electronic signatures can be used when a signature is required.