10/06/2022
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

2022 Taft Dayton Safety Seminar

Join us for the annual Taft Dayton Safety Seminar where we'll discuss the latest developments surrounding workplace safety issues, including updates and trends in OSHA compliance, workers' compensation benefits, independent contractor misclassification liabilities, recent Ohio Supreme Court cases, and tips for enhancing your safety program.


Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 
3 p.m-5 p.m. EDT
Networking happy hour to follow.

Marriott at the University of Dayton

1414 S Patterson Blvd,
Dayton, OH 45409


To register for the in-person option, visit here
To register for the virtual option, visit here

Pending 2 hours of SHRM professional development and CLE credits available for Ohio and Kentucky.

Seminar Agenda:

3-3:30 p.m.
How to Proactively Manage the Top Areas of OSHA Citations 

Bob Dunlevey

What are the latest OSHA rules and trends impacting employers today? Discover how to combat OSHA’s “public shaming” press releases describing your citations and inspections, gain insights on the perils facing employers consenting to OSHA auditing jobsite safety setups through video submissions, and learn more about OSHA’s new 2022-2025 National Emphasis Program on heat-related hazards in this informative session. 

3:30-4 p.m.
The Confusion in Eligibility for Temporary Total Disability Benefits Continues 
Jennifer Harrison

In 2020, the Ohio legislature codified a significant change regarding eligibility for temporary total disability benefits (TTD). The intent was clear: eliminate the ambiguity of judicially-created exceptions to the doctrine of voluntary abandonment that barred the payment of compensation where a workers’ compensation claimant’s own “voluntary” action prevented a return to work. The enactment of R.C. 4123.56(F) was meant to expand and simplify this defense. Unfortunately, it has done just the opposite. In this session, we will review the current status of the voluntary abandonment defense and provide you with tools to prevent payment of compensation where a claimant abandons the workforce.  

4-4:30 p.m.
Proper Classification and Best Practices for Independent Contractors
Nick Davis

More businesses than ever are using independent contractors, preferring the greater flexibility and fewer tax obligations over hiring full or part-time employees. However, misclassifying independent contractors as employees may subject a business to significant penalties and fines, as well as liability to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. In this session, we will discuss the criteria used by the Court to determine whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or an employee, as outlined in the The Ohio Supreme Court in State ex. rel. Ugicom Enterprises v. Bureau of Workers’ Compensation ruling, and review the risks associated with misclassification and best practices to avoid misclassification.

4:30-5 p.m.

Preparing for an Informal Conference with OSHA: 5 Essential Steps to Maximize Your Opportunity for Success
Jeffrey Mullins 

You've received a citation from OSHA. What's next? One consideration is to promptly schedule an informal conference. In this session, employers can discover five essential steps to maximize your opportunity for success when preparing for an informal conference with OSHA - enabling organizations to better manage their outcomes and further educate OSHA about their safety practices.

Questions? Contact jburke@taftlaw.com  

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