Governor Signs Firefighter Cancer Bill into Law


Last week, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 27, the “firefighter cancer bill,” into law, making it possible for firefighters with cancer to receive workers’ compensation benefits. For workers’ compensation purposes, the bill presumes that firefighters who develop cancer contracted the disease while performing their firefighting duties. The OMA worked to ensure the bill included protections against potential expansion to other industries. OMA workers’ compensation counsel Sue Wetzel of Bricker & Eckler provides this summary of the final bill1/12/2017