News Digest 9-17-2021


Ohio BWC wants to join truck driver’s lawsuit against township

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has asked a Perry County judge to let the agency switch sides in a personal injury lawsuit, which was filed against Pike Township in July by a commercial truck driver injured in a 2019 road accident. The BWC has asked that, rather than continuing as a defendant in the case, it be allowed to join the plaintiff in suing the township trustees and a township tractor driver. Perry County Tribune


10 key benefits of hiring employees with disabilities

People with disabilities have long been excluded from or underrepresented in the workforce based on low expectations and preconceived notions about their capabilities. They shouldn’t be, writes Randy Crabtree. Accounting Today


Hanford workers sickened by toxic exposure will wait another year more for benefits

At least 937 nuclear workers nationwide, including some from Washington’s Hanford nuclear reservation, seeking federal benefits for conditions resulting from their work are facing yearlong waits, as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health wrestles with cyber vulnerabilities even as new benefits applications stack up. Additionally, the Biden administration on Tuesday announced it plans to continue a Trump-era legal challenge to a Washington state law that makes it easier for ailing former employees to access benefits. Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)


Postal employees to follow agency’s vaccine guidance: White House

The Biden administration has tightened the leash on federal employees and businesses, issuing a number of vaccine mandates in an attempt to curb COVID-19. But some on social media are claiming not everyone is beholden to the new rules. USA Today