Recent complaints at retail giant Amazon's warehouse in Allentown, Pennsylvania, have spurred officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") to investigate allegations regarding extreme working conditions, with no workers' compensation for injuries or heat-related illnesses. Most part-time employees will not complain, for fear of being fired.
Workers' compensation in Ohio is a singular matter, as it is in all other states. That is, the state-run programs that exist across the country are anything but cookie-cutter employee compensation systems. There are variances -- often meaningful, often material -- that exist among the states involving benefit payments, costs to employers, medical care payments, indemnity benefits and many other matters.
If further evidence was ever required that diligent representation and a strong focus on maximum recovery are absolutely essential in a workers' compensation case -- especially one involving an on-the-job back injury -- researchers at Saint Louis University have just provided it.
Some Ohio lawmakers and legislators in other states -- especially those concerned with workers' compensation matters -- have undoubtedly noted what is going on in California as regards professional athletes and the workers' comp law in that state.
"If there weren't a lockout, I'd be in Cleveland," says National Football League defensive lineman Travis Ivey of the Cleveland Browns professional football team.
The "traditional" office or other work environment for many Ohio employees -- as well as for workers throughout the rest of the country -- has greatly changed over the past generation.
Recent maneuvering and rhetoric by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and others concerning the state's workers' compensation system is merely indicative of the fact that the state's Bureau of Workers' Compensation ("BWC") is seldom far from the minds of politicians, business leaders, labor organizers and a host of other interested parties.
Sometimes it is the more out-of-the-ordinary or even sensational stories that really serve to embellish important concepts. Take Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson and Tiger Woods, for instance. Although recent episodes in their lives are most often portrayed for the gaudy media effect they exert on many readers, their tales just as certainly underscore key legal considerations that some people might want and need to be educated about. Division of property in a marriage dissolution proceeding, for example. Child custody where there are accusations of domestic violence.
Although it is easy to take for granted many protections that American workers presently have under state and federal laws, it is worthwhile to occasionally be reminded of the hard and long fight that workers in industries across the county had to wage against employers to earn and then safeguard those rights. Even today -- as much as at any time in the past -- employees across the country need to routinely secure the assistance of experienced attorneys to protect and promote their legal interests in the workplace.