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JUNE 21, 2018

Distracted driving penalty increased
If distracted driving is found to be a contributing factor to a moving violation, an additional $100 fine will be added to the penalty for the violation.  The legislation passed the Senate and after concurrence by the House, will be sent to the Governor.  OAJ supported the bill. 

Click here to link to HB 95

Legislative intent statute to be repealed
A bill to eliminate the rule of construction guiding courts in determining the intention of the legislature when a statute is ambiguous has been introduced.  The author, Senate President Larry Obhof, says he introduced the bill because he believes the statute is an invitation to judicial lawmaking.  Former Justice and current Judicial Conference Executive Director Paul Pfeifer endorsed the bill, saying he was unaware of its existence and in his 24 years on the court, he never saw anyone write an opinion relying on the statute.  The bill was referred to the Senate Rules and Reference Committee.  OAJ is studying the legislation. 

Click here to link to SB 307

Notice of intent to settle workers’ comp order
The BWC advises that a completed Notice of Intent to Settle (C-512) must be faxed to 614-621-3395.  The notice extends the time to file an appeal to 150 days, and implements a positive change in law supported by OAJ.  You must file this form with the BWC if you want to use the provisions in the new 150-day extension law (RC 4123.512) to settle rather than appeal an Industrial Commission order into court.

Click here to link to the Ohio BWC – injured worker forms

New WC health assessment rule
A new health and behavior assessment and intervention (HBAI) services rule promulgated by the BWC takes effect on July 1, 2018.  HBAI services are intended to identify and assess behavioral barriers slowing the injured worker's recovery and return to work, and to assist the worker with intervention services.

Click here to link with Rule 4123-6-33 Payment for health and behavior assessment and intervention services

New WC PPD dismissal rules
A BWC rule to implement dismissal of C-92 applications, which are for determination or increase of percentage of permanent partial disability awards, when the claimant fails to attend medical exams, and a rule governing temporary total exams, both take effect on Jun 18, 2018.

Click here to link with Rule 4123-3-15.1 Dismissal of an application for the determination of percentage of permanent partial disability

Click here to link with Rule 4123-3-15 Claim Procedures for Subsequent Allowance

Click here to link with Rule 4123-3-32 Temporary total examinations  

Webinar Series with David Ball: 4 Days of Cutting-Edge Strategies
Don't miss our upcoming webinar series with David Ball, the nation's most in-demand & experienced trial consultant for teaching CLEs! During the series, you will learn the latest cutting-edge strategies in today's legal world. The series is July 24th-27th and each webinar will run from 3:00pm-4:30pm. Click here for more information and to register. You can sign up for individual days or purchase the 4-day bundle package.

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