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June 23rd, 2016
BWC Core Project update
Click here to read the Cleveland Plain Dealer story: Ohio IT upgrade cost millions more, has taken years longer than planned
OAJ suit nullifies WC law
The Court found that the Ohio legislature violated the Constitution's single subject rule when it inserted an amendment depriving amputees of a lump sum payment for their injury into a state budget bill in 2012.
However, before this court decision the Kasich Administration amended the rules on lump sum awards for loss of use to require lump sum awards to be discounted for present value, which is how the rules stood prior to an OAJ-promoted rule amendment adopted by the Strickland Administration. OAJ is working with organized labor to convince the Bureau to once again permit lump sum payouts without discounting for present value.
Click here to download the 8th District Court of Appeals decision (Jeffrey Kljun v. Sarah Morrison, Administrator, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation)
• Vehicle forcible entry immunity (SB 215): provides civil immunity except for reckless conduct for any damage or injury resulting from the forcible entry of a motor vehicle in order to rescue a child or animal from a “hot” car – enacted, effective August 31, 2016
• Agri-tourism immunity (SB 75): establishes qualified immunity in a civil action for farmers who charge visitors to pick apples or pumpkins, take hayrides, or wander through a corn maze. OAJ amended the bills to clarify that the immunity does not attach if the farmer knew or should have known about dangerous conditions – enacted, becomes effective August 16, 2016
Rule change on commercial dockets
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