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Tuesday, November 22, 2010

Ohio Industrial Commission Will Close This Friday

COLUMBUS – The Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) will be closed for business on Friday, November 26, 2010.

This closure is part of the State of Ohio’s Cost Savings Day Program and is one of many initiatives implemented to address budget challenges.

The closure affects all 12 IC offices located throughout the state.

In case of emergency, please contact IC Communications Director Crystal Hutchins at 614-203-3679.

The Industrial Commission will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 29, 2010.

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Ohio Industrial Commission Will Close This Friday

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ohio Industrial Commission to Workers’ Compensation Representatives: We Need Your Picture!

COLUMBUS — Regular visitors to the Industrial Commission of Ohio’s (IC) headquarters may now opt to have security ID badges issued to them for expedited electronic check-in. Once their badge picture is taken, they’ll be able to simply swipe and go!

“If you decide not to get a security badge, a computer sits next to the security guard and visitors will type in their name to check-in, and then use the computer to checkout when their visit is over,” said Director of Security Services Robert Booker.

This new sign-in system will enhance security and convenience by allowing frequent customers to simply badge in and out of IC buildings. At the same time, it will provide a more efficient way to track who is in IC buildings in case of emergency. In addition, the IC’s Information Technology Department designed the system and used an existing computer terminal, so there were no additional costs to get it up and running.

“Electronic sign-in will save money by reducing paper costs,” said IC Executive Director Christa Deegan. “It has been so successful in Columbus that we are rolling out the sign-in process to our 11 other offices across the state.”

The Columbus IC office will be taking pictures of repeat visitors, such as workers’ compensation attorneys and representatives, from 9-10am on Wednesday, December 1, 8 and 15.

“After we finish taking photos in Columbus, we will notify our customers in other IC offices to set up separate photo shoots for individual security badges,” said Deegan.

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Ohio Industrial Commission to Workers’ Compensation Representatives: We Need Your Picture!

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Industrial Commission Member Orders Are Now Online
New Application Increases Public Access to Commission Member Orders

COLUMBUS – As part of our dedication to open government, the Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) will launch a new application that will publish IC Commissioners’ orders online.

“Now, our customers will be able to quickly search for and view IC Commission member rulings online,” said Chairperson Gary DiCeglio. “It’s just one way that the IC has been working to better serve our customers by increasing transparency and access to workers’ compensation information.”

Beginning Monday, November 15, 2010, Ohioans can visit www.ic.ohio.gov and read the past month’s orders handed down by IC Commissioners. After logging on to IC homepage, users may click on the Quick Links tab that reads “Commission Member Orders” to look through the Commission orders archive. The new application allows users to search by hearing date, injured worker name, claim number, or by a word or phrase in the order.

“The search will be of orders issued from hearings held on or after October 10, 2010, but there will be an ongoing effort to post all IC member orders issued by the Commission from hearings held since July 1, 2009,” DiCeglio says. “We hope to post orders issued by IC members from hearings held in 2010 in the next few weeks.”

Although there are three levels which a contested claim may be heard within the IC, only orders from the Commission level of the Agency will be published online. Orders from the district and staff hearing officers will not be posted on the site.

In order to ensure compliance with the State of Ohio’s Public Records Act, the IC’s Legal Department will review orders and redact confidential information. The hearing orders will not contain the following:

  • Injured worker or employer addresses
  • Employer risk numbers
  • Names, addresses of the parties that receive the information
  • Dates of birth and the names of minors in workplace death claims

“We hope that Ohio’s injured workers, employers and representatives find this new application valuable and easy-to-use,” DiCeglio says. “An open government is a government that works for the people.”

The Industrial Commission of Ohio serves injured workers and Ohio employers through expeditious and impartial resolution of issues arising from workers’ compensation claims, and through establishment of adjudication policy. The Commission, headquartered in Columbus, has five regional and seven district offices throughout the state. The IC conducts more than 180,000 hearings annually.

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Industrial Commission Member Orders Are Now Online