Recap of HB 81: Important Changes to Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law

OMA Connections Partner Roetzel has published this recap of House Bill 81, recently signed by Gov. Mike DeWine to implement several important changes to the Ohio workers’ compensation system. The new law, which takes effect Sept. 14, includes a reduction in the statute of limitations for filing a violation of specific safety requirement (VSSR) application — reducing the threshold from two years to one.

Roetzel’s experts advise employers: “If an employee waits more than one year from the date of their injury or occupational disease to file their VSSR claim, such claim should be summarily rejected by the employer based upon a statute of limitations defense.” 6/30/2020