This new requirement will present a difficult burden of proof for an employee to overcome when seeking compensation for an injury suffered while working from home. (Credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com) This new requirement will present a difficult burden of proof for an employee to overcome when seeking compensation for an injury suffered while working from home. (Credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com)

In June, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a first-of-its-kind bill into law, House Bill 477.  The bill brought about a long-anticipated amendment to Ohio law, dealing with eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits when an employee is working from home. The bill is effective on September 23, 2022.

The Ohio Revised Code §4123.01 provides that, subject to certain exceptions, an employee’s injury is compensable in the Ohio workers’ compensation system when that injury was suffered in the course of, and arising out of, the injured person’s employment. Up until September 23, 2022 and the enactment of H.B. 447, the section highlights four exclusions for injuries that may otherwise be compensable under workers’ compensation when sustained in the course of, and arising out of, employment:

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