News Digest 4-30-2021


Ohio: Workers’ comp MCO open enrollment begins May 3

The open enrollment period for Ohio employers to select a managed care organization to oversee medical management for employees injured on the job begins Monday, May 3, and continues through Friday, May 28. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers open enrollment every two years for employers to select from a network of 10 MCOs that manage claim filings and medical care that injured employees need to recover and return to work. WKTN


South Carolina expected to implement liability shield law

The South Carolina COVID-19 Liability Immunity Act, which provides liability protections against coronavirus-based claims for a limited time period for businesses that follow public health guidance in response to the coronavirus public health emergency, is on its way to Governor Henry McMaster for his signature. To receive immunity under the act, a covered entity or covered individual must reasonably adhere to public health guidance applicable at the time the conduct giving rise to a claim occurs. National Law Review


Oregon county appeals to governor to lift virus restrictions

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners has called on Governor Kate Brown to lift restrictions for counties at extreme risk for the coronavirus. The letter is part of an organized effort with the Association of Oregon Counties to show solidarity with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, which have called Brown’s new restrictions arbitrary and discriminatory. Astorian


Australia: Workers comp considered for food delivery

New South Wales officials are considering how workers’ compensation and compulsory third party insurance schemes serve food delivery riders. A government minister says the consultation would be the first of its kind in Australia. The Mandarin