On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, Senator Bill Seitz introduced Senate Bill 238 to the Ohio General Assembly. If passed, this bill would amend Ohio’s Revised Code to prohibit illegal and unauthorized aliens from receiving compensation and benefits under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law.
Currently, illegal and unauthorized aliens are afforded the same benefits under Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law that other workers are. In other words, illegal and unauthorized workers who are injured in the course of and arising out of their employment are allowed to file workers’ compensation claims and receive benefits and treatment for their injuries.
Since this bill was just introduced this week, it is too early to predict the likelihood of passage or what changes may be added before it is ultimately voted on by the Ohio General Assembly. We will continue to monitor the bill and provide updates as it proceeds through the legislative process.