News Digest 1-7-2022


CalHHS Secretary Extends Mask Mandate to Mid-February

Mark Ghaly, M.D., MPH, Secretary of the California Health & Human Services Agency, has extended California’s indoor mask mandate by another full month, through February 15. Workers’ Comp Executive


Ohio: Public employer rate cut effective Jan. 1

Ohio’s public employers will pay nearly $17 million less in workers’ compensation insurance premiums next year to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as the result of a 10% rate reduction that went into effect January 1. This rate reduction marks the 13th rate cut for public employers since 2009. There have also been 11 rate reductions since 2008 for private employers. Pike County News Watchman


Do FMLA and workers’ compensation benefits run concurrently?

When a workplace injury occurs, Ohio employers often wonder if Family and Medical Leave Act leave runs concurrently with workers’ compensation benefits. The short answer is: maybe, writes, Sue Roudebush of Bricker & Eckler LLP. JD Supra


Disability income insurance vs workers’ compensation

Many people do not understand the differences between disability income insurance and workers’ compensation. The only similarity between the two is the fact that they provide financial assistance to workers and business owners when they are not able to work due to illnesses or injuries. The Boss Magazine


Postal Service asks for temporary waiver from vaccine mandate

The U.S. Postal Service has asked federal labor officials for a temporary waiver from the coronavirus employer vaccine mandate, setting up a showdown on pandemic safety measures. The mandate takes effect January 10, but Fed-OSHA officials said the agency would not issue citations for violations until February 9. Washington Post