Business Community Testifies Against Workers’ Comp Expansion

The Senate General Government and Agency Review Committee this week heard arguments against House Bill 308, legislation that would allow workers’ compensation claims for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experienced by first responders when there is no accompanying physical injury. The Ohio House passed HB 308 earlier this year.

Rob Brundrett, the OMA’s director of public policy services, told lawmakers that the bill would compromise the workers’ compensation system and negatively impact Ohio’s business climate. Some have estimated the bill would cost Ohio employers as much as $70 million a year.

The OMA has historically opposed proposals — including HB 308 — that would permit PTSD-related compensation in cases in which there is no associated physical injury or illness. OMA members are encouraged to contact their state senator with this easy-to-use tool to express their opposition to HB 308. Sample messaging is provided. 11/17/2020