Columbus—Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) spoke out against an effort to undermine the rights of injured workers in Ohio.  A controversial provision of the Worker’s Compensation Budget (HB 27) for FY 2018-2019 would cut the statute of limitations for filing injury claims from the current two-year limit to only one year. 

“This is another example of the Ohio General Assembly chipping away at workers’ rights,” said Senator Schiavoni.  “This time the Republican majority has taken aim at workers who need help recovering from injuries so they can provide for their families.” 

Senator Schiavoni offered an amendment today in the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions committee to keep the current two-year statute of limitations. However, the committee rejected the amendment on a party-line vote with all the Republican members voting to table it. 

“This change will punish workers who try to work through an injury with the hope that it will get better.  Now, if their condition doesn’t improve they can be blocked from filing a claim,” added Senator Schiavoni.  “We’ve also heard from veteran’s groups opposing this reduction to the statute of limitations. They’re concerned that members of the armed forces who are deployed after an injury at their civilian occupation could be blocked from filing a claim if they don’t return home before a year has passed.” 

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