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OH: Workers' Comp Base Rates for Private Employers Down for the Third Year

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors on April 30, 2010, unanimously approved an overall premium rate decrease of 3.9 percent for private employers effective July 1, 2010. The vote places 2010 private employer rates 35 percent lower than policy year...

OH: Mark L. Newman Joins Barron, Peck, Bennie & Schlemmer as a Partner

CINCINATTI, OH - Mark L. Newman joined the law firm of Barron, Peck, Bennie & Schlemmer, LPA, as a partner, effective April 5, 2010. He joins the firm after serving 10 years as a partner in the law firm of Bella, Newman & Associates, and five years at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy. Mark...

OH: Employers' Holdings Executive to Testify Before Ohio Competitive Workers' Comp Task Force

Ann Nelson to Testify on Successful Privatization of Nevada State Fund, Offer Expert Insights into Benefits for Ohio COLUMBUS, OH - EMPLOYERS®, America's small business insurance specialist®, today announced that Ann W. Nelson , executive vice president, corporate and public affairs, will...

OH: Senate Passes Bill to Ban Workers' Comp for Undocumented Workers

COLUMBUS, OH - The state Senate on Thursday passed SB 238 to ban undocumented workers from receiving workers' compensation. The bill now heads to the House for consideration. Source: Vindy.com

OH: Lawmakers Seek Unified Definition of Employee

COLUMBUS, OH - On May 25, 2010, Representatives Phillips and Driehaus introduced H.B. 523, which would create a single definition of "employee" for purposes of Ohio workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, payroll taxes, and minimum wage, and a single seven-factor test to determine...

OH: Industrial Commission Procedural Change to Reduce Time on Appeal Process

COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Industrial Commission has announced that issuing a letter instead of an interlocutory order will provide earlier notification to parties that an appeal from a staff hearing officer order to the Commission has been accepted for hearing, and will also reduce the time needed to schedule...

OH: JCARR Approves Rule on Lump Sum Payment for Workers Who Lose a Limb

COLUMBUS, OH - As reported in the Columbus Dispatch , the Ohio Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review met yesterday to review a wide variety of recent rule proposals, including a rule from the Bureau of Workers' Compensation regarding lump sum payments, instead of weekly installments, for workers...

California WCAB May Lack Jurisdiction Where Out-of-State Football Player Plays a Single Game in California

The California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has recently issued two noteworthy panel decisions related to the WCAB’s subject matter jurisdiction in which the professional football player claimed cumulative trauma but played only a single football game in California. In Vaughn Booker...