Motorcycle Accident Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation
Posted by: Admin on April 21, 2016 in
Ask any motorcyclist, and they’ll likely tell you there are few things they enjoy more than hitting the open road on their iron horse. Given the long winter season here in Ohio, it’s no stretch at all to understand the passion that motorcyclists have for this pastime. With motorcycle season comes the threat of cycle-related injuries. If injuries occur on the road, you or a loved one may be eligible for compensation.
Ohio Senate Passes Law to Give Firefighters Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Cancer
Posted by: Admin on April 14, 2016 in Workers Compensation
Last week, we wrote about pending legislation here in Ohio that would allow firefighters diagnosed with some forms of cancer to receive workers' compensation (WC) benefits. On Wednesday, April 13, the Ohio Senate voted 32-1 to pass that legislation—specifically, Senate Bill 27. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it will be assigned to a committee for review.
Pending Law Would Give Firefighters Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Cancer
Posted by: Admin on April 8, 2016 in Workers Compensation
Firefighters today are being diagnosed with cancer at abnormally high rates. Legislation now pending at the Ohio statehouse would create a presumption that firefighters disabled as a result of cancer incurred while working—and therefore, those firefighters would qualify for workers’ compensation coverage. More than 30 states have enacted laws that recognize a presumption that when firefighters get cancer, it is job related. The legislation is currently pending in committees in both the Ohio House and Senate.
Construction Company Faces Investigation After Recent Trench Collapse Death
Posted by: Admin on April 5, 2016 in Workers Compensation
Construction workers face a bevy of safety concerns in nearly every aspect of their jobs. On March 29, that reality was driven home when a 28-year-old construction worker was killed after a trench in which he was working collapsed at a Mentor, Ohio construction site.
For construction workers engaged in trench and excavation work, safety is a paramount concern, given the large number of potential hazards that exist in these volatile and shifting environments.
New Workers' Compensation Option Now Available to Ohio Employers Operating in Other States
Posted by: Admin on March 24, 2016 in Workers Compensation
No one wants to get injured on the job. When an injury occurs outside the state in which an employee permanently resides, the ensuing claims process can be fraught with pitfalls, potential delays, uncertainty and angst, adding more duress to an already stressful and unwelcome situation.
For years, employees of Ohio businesses who worked out of state faced these very problems when they filed workers’ compensation (WC) claims in another state. Likewise, businesses of employees who filed such claims could also be subject to penalties by the other state.
New Law Increases Threshold to File in Ohio Small Claims Court from $3,000 to $6,000
In November 2015, House Bill 387, jointly sponsored by Rep. Lou Terhar and Rep. Jonathan Dever, was introduced that proposed increasing the monetary jurisdiction of a small claims division of a county and municipal court from $3,000 to $6,000. Earlier this month, HB387 was passed, and with it, the monetary jurisdiction amount was increased to $6,000. It’s worth noting that a similar threshold exists in surrounding states.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdict Opens Door for Additional Wave of Litigation
Do you or a loved one use talcum powder as part of your personal hygiene routine? If so, then you may want to learn more about a recent civil suit that found corporate giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) liable for an Alabama woman’s ovarian cancer—a cancer which she claimed in the lawsuit resulted from using J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder, both of which contain talcum powder.
Differences Between Independent Contractors and Employees are Big: How to Make the Right Call
Posted by: Admin on March 1, 2016 in Workers Compensation Course and scope of employment Independent Contractors - Misclassification by employers
How do you decide whether to bring on a full-time employee versus hiring a contractor, and what implications can that decision have on your business?
Let’s start by acknowledging that the differences between full-time employees and contractors are significant, so they impact employers here in Ohio in far-reaching ways. By understanding the distinctions, you can steer clear of potentially costly legal consequences. Here’s a quick breakdown of each one.
Two Workers’ Compensation Trends to Watch in 2016
As we work our way through the first quarter of 2016, we wanted to highlight two timely trends that may likely impact workers’ compensation this year—and possibly for years to come.
Politics: How Might The 2016 Election Impact Workers’ Compensation Laws?
Curves Ahead: Navigating an Uncertain Regulatory Path in the Coming Age of Self-Driving Vehicles
“Look, Ma – no hands!”
Chances are, a much younger you exclaimed this at high volume as your two-wheeled chariot rolled (somewhat) unsteadily down a neighborhood sidewalk one fine day. Arms extended into the air, feet pedaling madly, you grinned from ear to ear as you unburdened yourself from the tether of hand-controlled cycling. In that fleeting moment, life was good; anything was possible (including scrapped knees, unfortunately).
That was then. But soon – and some say very soon – we all may get another opportunity to proclaim our hands-free navigational prowess, because like it or not, the driverless vehicle is on its way.