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Stay informed with OAJ's bimonthly e-newsletter containing information from the Ohio Statehouse, OAJ head quarters and newspapers from around the state. Look for the newsletter in your inbox on Thursday mornings every other week.


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Legislative intent statute to be repealed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.

 

Medical negligence bill awaits House vote
After more than a year of intensive OAJ lobbying, the House Civil Justice Committee reported medical negligence legislation that is supported by the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Hospital Association. OAJ was able to persuade lawmakers to significantly amend the bill; two of the worst provisions were removed from the original bill and others were scaled back with amendments. The OAJ still has concerns, and will work on those concerns when the bill is heard in the Senate.

Click here to link to HB 7

Ohio Senate passes notary commission bill
Legislation authorizing electronic signatures and seals on digital documents passed the Senate. The bill also transfers the power to commission notaries from the county courts to the Secretary of State’s office. In order to be commissioned, non-attorney applicants would be required to submit to a background check, participate in an education and training course, and pass a test. Attorneys would have to take some classes. The bill now goes to the House.

Click here to link to SB 263

BWC offers new program for small employers
The Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced a new option for small employers to lower their premiums and boost worker safety. If employers earn 11 credits from 33 available activities during a policy year, they can receive a 50% premium rebate, up to $2,000. One activity is bringing an employee back to work on light or modified duty, an initiative that OAJ has urged.

Click here to link to: New BWC program targets safety at small Ohio workplaces

A Special Edition of the Quarterly is Out!
A special edition of the Quarterly is now live on our website! The issue features a recap of our 2018 Annual Convention and a collection of pictures from each day. Click here to view.

4 Days of Cutting-Edge Strategies
Looking to learn the latest cutting-edge strategies in today's legal world? Then you won't want to miss our upcoming webinar series with David Ball, the nation's most in-demand & experienced trial consultant for teaching CLEs. Each day he will focus on a different topic, allowing you to feel more prepared when taking on clients. The series is July 24th-27th and each webinar will run from 3:00pm-4:30m. The cost per webinar is $125 or you can purchase the 4 day bundle package for $400. Click here for more information and to register.