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Monday, January 31, 2011

Video Hearings Discontinued At Industrial Commission of Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH — The Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) announced today that video hearings have been discontinued, effective January 25, 2011.

“This decision is in response to the concerns that employers and injured workers have expressed about the video hearings,” IC Chairperson Jodie Taylor says. “However, the video equipment will still be utilized in other ways and the decision will not affect the quality of the services that our hearing officers provide.”

Although the IC will no longer schedule hearings conducted with the use of video equipment, the video equipment may be used for hearings in specific circumstances.

The video equipment may be used in three instances:

  • When there is inclement weather.
  • When a hearing officer is ill and cannot attend a scheduled hearing. Another hearing officer may conduct the hearing via video conference.
  • When a prehearing conference is scheduled.

In each of these situations, all parties must agree to proceed with a hearing being conducted by video.

“In each scenario, the hearing officer will ask whether the parties agree to proceed with a video hearing or whether they prefer to have the matter rescheduled,” Taylor says. “If all parties, who are present at the hearing, do not agree to a video hearing, the matter will be continued and reset for hearing.”

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Video Hearings Discontinued At Industrial Commission of Ohio
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jodie Taylor Leads Industrial Commission of Ohio As New Chairperson

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) announced today that Governor John Kasich appointed Commissioner Jodie Taylor as the new Industrial Commission chairperson, effective January 14, 2011.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the chairperson for the Industrial Commission of Ohio,” Taylor said. “I am looking forward to streamlining services and eliminating bureaucracy while continuing to provide a quality service to the citizens of Ohio.”

Taylor was appointed as the employer member of the Commission in July 2009.

“As the new chairperson, one of my main focuses will be providing high-quality, productive and efficient hearings for employers and injured workers,” Taylor said. “If a change means an improvement in our hearing process, then those changes will be implemented swiftly and resourcefully.”

From 1997 to 2000, Jodie served as an assistant to an IC Commissioner. In this role, she performed legal and legislative research, assisted during hearings, and gained an extensive understanding of the agency.

After leaving the IC, Jodie served as an attorney for two Columbus law firms, where she represented state-fund and self-insured employers at all levels of IC hearings and in court actions throughout Ohio. She is also a frequent lecturer on workers’ compensation issues with extensive legal knowledge in both the private and public sectors.

Jodie earned her bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs from Miami University in 1991. While at Miami, Jodie studied overseas in Luxembourg. In 1995, she received her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association. She is also an Ohio State Bar Association board-certified specialist in workers’ compensation. She began her legal career as an attorney with an Akron law firm, where she represented injured workers.

Jodie lives in Columbus with her husband, Michael. In October 2009, they welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, Evan and Elizabeth.

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Jodie Taylor Leads Industrial Commission of Ohio As New Chairperson
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