Appeals court rules only 50% of knee disability work-related

Only half of a workers compensation claims adjustor’s total permanent disability was caused by a fall at work, with the remaining half due to degenerative conditions, an appeals court in California ruled Wednesday in its annulment of a 100% disability award. 

The California Workers’ Compensation Board had previously ruled that the permanent disability suffered by Barbara Justice,

DOL releases guidance on distancing, federal worker reporting

The U.S. Department of Labor released guidance Thursday detailing strategies on implementing social distancing in the workplace. The agency also issued new procedures to make it easier for federal workers in high-risk industries to obtain workers compensation for COVID-19. 

The social distancing guidance, created by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration,

Ohio will defer collection of comp premiums

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will defer collection of comp premiums until Sept. 1, the agency said in a statement Thursday.

Employers will have an additional three months — the second of such deferment since the pandemic — to pay their June, July and August workers comp premium installments.


Ohio House passes COVID-19 presumption, liability

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that temporarily provides health care and emergency services providers qualified civil immunity and expands access to workers compensation for certain employees who contract COVID-19.

Republican-sponsored H.B. 606, which passed in an 83-9 vote, would provide temporary liability protection for health care providers and emergency services providers during a government-declared disaster from lawsuits over COVID-19 acquisition.

Pot users no more likely to be injured on job: Study

Marijuana users are no more likely to suffer injuries on the job than their coworkers who abstain, according to a study published in the May issue of the medical journal Substance Use and Abuse and conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

For the study researchers examined potential links between cannabis use and occupational injury by appraising “all available current literature”