When Governor Kasich signed the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) budget bill, a long sought provision was finally won by the employer community. For years workers had two years to initiate a workers’ compensation claim. Under the BWC budget bill (see analysis), a workers’ compensation claim arising on or after the bill’s effective date (unofficially late September) is barred unless the worker makes the claim within one year.
This is a big win for employers. The change has the potential to spur faster treatment to injured workers, cutting down on health care costs and reducing lost time and productivity. 7/13/2017