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Arthur Law Firm Co., LPA.


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Bordas & Bordas, PLLC


Crandall & Pera Law


Elk & Elk


Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty, LLC


The Gervelis Law Firm


Kisling Nestico & Redick


Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co.,. LPA


Landskroner Grieco Merriman, LLC


Leizerman & Associates, LLC


Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC


Meyer Wilson Co., LPA


Murray & Murray Co., LPA


Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy Co., LPA


O'Connor Acciani & Levy, LPA


Rittgers & Rittgers


Rourke & Blumenthal


Slater & Zurz, LLP


Robert J. Wagoner, Co., LLC


Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd.


Young and McCarthy LLP




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MARCH 14, 2019

Independent contractor truck drivers
OAJ is working to remove or amend from the House-passed transportation budget bill a section that defines independent contractor truck drivers.  The definition is added to Ohio wage and hour law, workers’ comp law, and unemployment comp law.  OAJ has alerted the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO to assist.

Click here to link to HB 62 – transportation budget bill

Scroll to line 1990 and line 2594 for wage and hour law, to line 2594 for workers’ comp law, and to line 2917 for unemployment comp law

Car sharing insurance
OAJ is working to remove a new regulation and insurance requirement for car sharing services from the House-passed transportation budget bill.  Car sharing arrangements are like Airbnb for personal autos.  OAJ needs time to analyze this and identify problems. 

Car sharing section begins on line 1827 in HB 62

First responder immunity
Rick Topper testified for OAJ in support of legislation that eliminates sovereign immunity for municipal employee’s negligent operation of a motor vehicle.  Rick explained how the bill would help protect Ohioans from uncompensated damage caused by a first responder’s negligent operation of a motor vehicle. The bill is pending in the House Civil Justice Committee.

Click here to link to HB 27

Click here to download Rick Topper’s testimony

Improving BWC website
After seeking input from membership, OAJ Section Chair Chelsea Fulton Rubin submitted suggestions to BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud on how to improve the Bureau’s website and make it more user-friendly for injured worker representatives. 

Rename BWC?
In a letter to Bureau employees, Administrator McCloud announced that an internal working group is exploring a name change for the BWC.  “Our name change doesn’t adequately reflect who we are, what we do or what we want to become,” she explained.

OAJ has strong concerns, starting with the cost of such a conversion and then how a new name might misrepresent the Bureau’s mission, which is to compensate injured workers.

Click here to download BWC name change memo

You don't want to miss this year's Annual Convention!
This year's Annual Convention is May 1st-3rd and is one you won't want to miss! We have a great lineup of speakers, informative CLE topics, and a new event on Thursday night. Click here to learn what the new event is and to register. 

March Webinars
We have several great webinars happening this month. Click here to view our webinar calendar.

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