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OhioBWC - Basics:  Ohio Law

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Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4123.35 requires employers with one or more employees to obtain workers' compensation coverage or be granted the privilege of self-insurance for liabilities associated with work-related accidents or occupational diseases.

Employers may not exclude employees from workers' compensation benefits based on age, citizenship, gender, race or relationship.

According to ORC 4123.01, employees receive pay from employers for services performed when the relationship between the employer and employee is created by a contract of hire - written, oral, expressed or implied.

ORC 4123.01 also requires independent contractors and subcontractors to carry workers' compensation insurance for their employees.

Workers' compensation coverage is optional for ministers, officers of family farm corporations, and sole proprietors and partners.

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