Amended PTSD Bill Is ‘Big Win for Ohio Employers’

This week, Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 308, which creates a fund for the payment of compensation and benefits for first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — but do not have an accompanying physical injury received in the course of, and arising out of, employment.

The OMA played a key role to amend this legislation, helping to avoid a costly expansion of Ohio’s employer-funded workers’ compensation system.

OMA general counsel Bricker & Eckler has published this insight into HB 308 as passed and signed, calling the bill’s solution “a big win for Ohio employers” since private employers will not be responsible for paying into the PTSD fund. 1/12/2021