Ohio Bill Would Limit Access to Workers’ Comp for Workers Here Illegally

May 22, 2017

The Ohio House has approved a workers’ compensation budget that blocks workers living in the country illegally who get hurt on the job from accessing compensation benefits.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the bill was approved after a strong debate.

Democratic Rep. Dan Ramos is Ohio’s longest serving Latino state officeholder. He says the proposal would lead to unsafe working conditions and make it cheaper for businesses to hire workers who are in the U.S. without legal permission.

Republican Rep. Bill Seitz says the bill only requires the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to verify an injured worker’s legal status. He says it also means workers’ compensation isn’t being taken away from legal immigrants and workers.

The proposal is headed to the Ohio Senate.

Latest Comments

  • May 24, 2017 at 4:22 pm
    Agent says:
    Please spare us your pro-illegal immigrant rhetoric. That ship sailed a long time ago. MAGA
  • May 23, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Counterpoint says:
    I don't think this is the best idea. It was my understanding that workers comp is paid for (or at least was designed to be paid for) by marginally increased prices across all ... read more
  • May 23, 2017 at 11:44 am
    Agent says:
    Sue, flawed reasoning. An illegal is here because he broke our laws. Need to stop with the "rights" argument. Illegals should not have the rights of citizens. Here legally... read more
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