Bureau of Workers Compensation

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STATE OF OHIO

House Republicans are taking another shot at denying workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants, and the fight now goes to the Senate.

Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says excluding undocumented immigrants from receiving workers’ compensation is just another step to bring uniformity among benefit policies for those who are in the country illegally.

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On the same day the proposed two-year state budget was passed, the state legislature also passed a $581 million budget for the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. But the BWC budget didn’t include controversial language that would have barred coverage of undocumented workers.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

State lawmakers are considering a new bill to reform the Bureau of Workers Compensation. It would make key changes to the program, like reducing extended injured worker benefits for retirees. It would also change the name of the agency.

Republican Rep. Mike Henne says the bill would eliminate red tape for both employers and injured employees.

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The Senate is now considering a proposal that would ban undocumented workers from receiving workers’ compensation if they’re injured on the job.

The measure passed the House but not without a heated debate between two fiery lawmakers.

Democratic Repr. Dan Ramos of Lorain argued that stripping workers’ comp benefits from undocumented workers would encourage bad-employer practices.

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TWITTER

The state’s largest police union wants the Bureau of Workers Compensation to cover more claims for post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders.

Right now, the Bureau will cover PTSD if a first responder has an injury that causes it. But Mike Weinman with the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio says that’s not necessarily how PTSD works.

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