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Monday, February 24, 2014

Notice of Public Hearing

The Ohio Industrial Commission and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will hold a Public Hearing on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., L-2, Room 1, 30 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio to consider the following:

The Amendments of the following rules:

  • 4121-2-01  Standards of practice for attorneys, agents and representatives of claimants or employers
    The amendment to the rule changes the language to include the current Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct (Effective February 1, 2007; as amended effective January 1, 2012) and omit the former October 5, 1970 code of professional responsibility. 
  • 4121-15-01  Code of ethics, title and rules covering
    The amendment to the rule omits the term “Employees” from the title of the ethics code in order to properly reflect the current title.  Furthermore, in order to clarify the unique impact this rule has on the members of the bureau of workers’ compensation, the amendment to the rule explicitly includes them.
  • 4121-15-03  Standards of conduct
    The amendment to the rule omits any reference to the ombudsperson or the ombudsperson’s office in order to accurately reflect the independence of the ombudsperson and the ombudsperson’s office.
  • 4121-15-06  Furnishing employees’ code of ethics and rules on improper influence to representatives
    The amendment to the rule omits the term “Employees” from the title of the ethics code in order to properly reflect the current title.
  • 4121-15-07  Representatives’ responsibility relative to employees’ code of ethics
    The amendment to the rule omits the term “Employees” from the title of the ethics code in order to properly reflect the current title.

All interested parties will be given an opportunity to be heard.  Any interested party unable to attend the public hearing may submit written comments via email to rulecomments@ic.ohio.gov prior to the hearing.  Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Industrial Commission will consider a reasonable accommodation to allow qualified, interested parties with a disability to testify where the accommodation is necessary and available and does not present an undue hardship to the Industrial Commission. An individual requiring special accommodations should contact the Office of Human Resources by calling (614) 466-2765.

The full and complete text of the proposed rules is available on the Register of Ohio’s website at www.registerofohio.state.oh.us; and is on file in the office of the Secretary of State at 180 East Broad Street, Suite 103, Columbus, Ohio, the Legislative Service Commission at 77 South High Street, 9th Floor, Columbus, Ohio, the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review at 77 South High Street, Concourse Level, Columbus, Ohio, and all Industrial Commission offices and service offices of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

To view the proposed ammendments, click on the PDF files below.

4121-2-01
4121-15-01
4121-15-03
4121-15-06
4121-15-07

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Wage Loss Rule Goes into Effect February 13, 2014

After a long review involving significant input from stakeholders, the Industrial Commission and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation have successfully enacted a new joint rule for the processing and adjudication of requests for wage loss compensation. 

The new rule contains a definition section which is alphabetized for ease of reading and separate paragraphs setting out the prerequisites for receiving working and non-working wage loss compensation. 

Additionally, the new rule provides guidelines for on-line job searches and codifies case law that created exceptions to the requirement of a supplemental job search for those injured workers applying for or receiving working wage loss compensation.

The new rule also addresses the situation in which an injured worker secures a job that will likely become comparably paying work and/or provides other employment-related benefits.

To view New OAC 4125-1-01, click here.