Back on January 21, 2021, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 308. The bill intended to cover first responders who suffer post traumatic stress disorder injuries in the course of their employment. The bill created a fund for public employers to contribute to fund these benefits for first responders. The bill was passed over ten months ago with the intent that the fund be created and benefits be awarded in short order. Unfortunately, the Governor has sat idle these ten months and no fund has been created. Furthermore, until the fund is created, no benefits will ever be paid out. For the moment, House Bill 308 provide the governor and his friends in Columbus political cover without paying first responders a penny in benefits.
Call Governor DeWine and your representatives in the state legislature-your state representative and state senator- today and demand the state create the first responder PTSD Fund and provide the benefits they promised!
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Matthew T. Hurm, Esq.
Matthew T. Hurm, Esq. has represented employees, their unions, and fringe benefit funds since 2010. He has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. He works primarily on labor and employment, workers' compensation, pension and healthcare, and estate planning legal matters. Matt serves as a contributing editor to the leading labor law treatise, The Developing Labor Law and other significant legal references. He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and has resided in Cleveland for seven years.