News Digest 7-23-2021


Ohio House bill brings pro-business changes to workers’ comp law

Ohio House Bill 75, which Governor Mike DeWine signed late last month, appropriating budget funding for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for the 2022-2023 biennium, enacts some pro-employer changes to workers’ compensation law, write two Dinsmore attorneys. The bill becomes law September 27, 2021. National Law Review


Washington couple charged with workers’ comp fraud

A Vancouver couple have been charged with theft of workers’ compensation benefits from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, for allegedly falsely stating they could not work due to injuries suffered on the job. Investigators say they recorded dozens of videos of them working at an auto repair shop owned by their son during the time they were receiving disability benefits. Columbian


Lifting and related injuries now second on workers’ compensation cost list

Recent data collected by Liberty Mutual finds construction employee injuries related to lifting have risen to second place in a ranking of most costly injuries, accounting for about one out of five dollars of construction-related workers’ comp claims. Engineering News-Record


Alaska assistant AG reportedly behind bigoted posts

The Alaska Department of Law is looking into allegations that an assistant attorney general with the state’s torts and workers’ compensation section posted racist, anti-semitic and homophobic comments on social media. KTOO