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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chairman Gillmor and Administrator Buehrer Speak with Northeastern Ohio Business Community
Workers’ Compensation Issues Discussed

YOUNGSTOWN/GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH – In two joint appearances at business roundtable discussions in Youngstown and Garfield Heights on August 13, Industrial Commission Chairman and CEO Karen L. Gillmor and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator Stephen Buehrer met with more than 50 business leaders about current workers’ compensation issues, developments, and trends.

“As Ohio rebounds from the economic recession of the previous five years, both the Industrial Commission and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation are looking at innovative ways to operate the workers’ compensation system,” Gillmor said.  “By keeping the public up-to-date on current issues, we welcome input regarding how the agencies can improve the system.”

BWC and IC staff members joined Chairman Gillmor during two business roundtable discussions.

“I am thrilled to speak with businesses and public entities about how the Industrial Commission is striving to make certain that the hearing process is fair, timely, and cost effective,” Gillmor said. “We are more aggressively tracking agency outcomes and monitoring trends to better assess where additional improvements may be needed.”  

Throughout September and October, Chairman Gillmor and Administrator Buehrer will be speaking throughout the state about each agency’s role in Ohio’s workers’ compensation system.  Public and private employers as well as other interested parties are encouraged to attend the speaking engagements.

“While the agency is meeting its legal mandates, I am always eager to hear from interested parties about Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. I am looking forward to working with Administrator Buehrer to further improve the business climate in Ohio.”

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Industrial Commission is Currently Reviewing Nine of its Administrative Rules

The following information is being provided pursuant to the requirements of EO 2011-01K and Senate Bill 2 of the 129th General Assembly, which requires state agencies, including the Ohio Industrial Commission, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined by SB2), and provide opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules.

The Industrial Commission is conducting its five year rule review of the following rules: 4121-3-09, 4121-3-10, 4121-3-13, 4121-3-15, 4121-3-19, 4121-3-26, 4121-3-32, 4121-3-34 and 4121-15-10.

As part of this review, the agency has initially determined that 4121-3-19 and 4121-15-10 need not be changed at this time. It has been suggested that the remaining rules under review should be amended to reflect changes in the subject area affected by the rules.

The Industrial Commission welcomes comments regarding the proposed changes to its rules.

To view the proposed rule actions and the business impact analysis, click on the PDF links below.

Proposed 4121-3-09 - Conduct of hearings before the commission and its staff and district hearing officers. *Proposed To Be Amended*
Proposed 4121-3-10 - Lump sum payments for attorney's fees for securing an award. *Proposed To Be Amended*
Proposed 4121-3-13 - Disputed self-insuring employers' claims. *Proposed To Be Amended*
Proposed 4121-3-15 - Percentage of permanent partial disability. *Proposed To Be Amended*
Proposed 4121-3-19 - Form reference. *Proposed No Change*
Proposed 4121-3-26 - Effect of rules. *Proposed To Be Amended*
Proposed 4121-3-32 - Temporary disability. *Proposed To Be Amended*
Proposed 4121-3-34 - Permanent total disability. *Proposed To Be Amended*
Proposed 4121-15-10 - Standards of conduct for adjudicators. *Proposed No Change*

Business Impact Analysis

If you wish to comment on any of the above proposed rules, please send comments to rulecomments@ic.state.oh.us AND copy the Common Sense Initiative Office on your email at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov by August 22, 2012.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Industrial Commission Rescinds Temporary Resolution On Docketing And Continuances

COLUMBUS, OH – Chairman and CEO Karen L. Gillmor announced today that the Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) rescinded the temporary changes to its administrative hearing policies, specifically those involving the docketing of claims and parties’ requests for continuances. The changes went into effect July 10, 2012, and were to last only 60 days.

“Since the Industrial Commission implemented an improved process to more effectively examine claims and more efficiently prepare them for hearing, a surge of claims became ready for hearing in April and continued through June,” Gillmor said. “The Commission aggressively docketed hearings and passed a temporary resolution in July to assure claims timelines mandated by law were maintained. The Commission felt it needed to put in place dramatic steps in case they were needed to ensure timely decisions for employers and injured workers. Fortunately, through the outstanding efforts of our IC employees, we have addressed the immediate need for action and can now lift those proposed changes and rescind the resolution more than thirty days before its expiration.”

“When we imposed the temporary changes on July 10, 2012, we said that we will continue to evaluate our docketing policy and continuance guidelines so that hearings may continue to be held expeditiously,” Gillmor said. In 2011, the Industrial Commission held nearly 150,000 hearings to adjudicate workers’ compensation claims.

 

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Industrial Commission Rescinds Temporary Resolution On Docketing And Continuances
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