This week, the OMA’s Safety and Workers’ Comp Committee held its first meeting of 2021 via Zoom.
Chaired by Matt Shurte, general counsel for Lancaster Colony Corp., the meeting featured a visit from John Logue, interim administrator of the Ohio BWC. Logue said the BWC had approved more than 800 COVID-19-related claims worth approximately $2.25 million, but that claims had recently fallen to an average of five to seven per day compared to 70 to 80 per day earlier this winter. He also said the BWC could allow claims of employees who are required to get COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment if those employees experience adverse reactions.
Other presenters included public health expert Martin Tremmel, who reviewed COVID-19-related considerations for employers as vaccines become more widely available. The next committee meeting is set for June 22. 3/17/2021