News Digest 1-14-2021


New law provides PTSD benefits for first responders in Ohio

Ohio Governor DeWine last week signed into law House Bill 308, which creates a fund for the payment of compensation and benefits for first responders who become disabled as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder, without an accompanying physical injury, received in the course of, and arising out of, employment. “First responder” has yet to be defined under the bill, but is expected to include policemen, firemen and emergency medical technicians. JD Supra


Pennsylvania: County workers compensation agreement OKd

Lycoming County, Pennsylvania commissioners have approved workers’ compensation coverage of just over $404,000 for 2021, a slight increase from 2020. A greater than expected number of employees filed for workers compensation claims two years ago. Williamsport Sun-Gazette


Report: Upper Midwest construction sector rife with payroll fraud

A report from labor-supported research groups finds 20 percent of construction workers in Illinois, about 52,000 people, suffer from payroll fraud, or “wage theft.” Factoring in lost wages and benefits, the cost in state tax revenue was $186 million in 2018, and the cost to taxpayers in the three states was $362 million in 2018, according to the researchers. Chicago Sun-Times


Ohio doctor sentenced for illegal distribution of opioids, fraud

A southeast Ohio doctor was sentenced in federal court on Friday to eight years in prison for illegally prescribing controlled substances and defrauding defrauding the Ohio Medicaid and Medicare programs, the office of the U.S. District Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio reported. Athens News