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In a Group Retrospective Plan? Your Billion Back is Coming

October 12, 2018

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has indicated that it will start sending Billion Back rebates the week of October 22nd to employers that participate in a group retrospective rating program. 10/11/2018

New Report: Ohio Workers’ Compensation Costs Drop Sharply

October 12, 2018

According to a new report from the National Academy of Social Insurance: “In 2016, workers’ compensation benefits paid and employer costs as shares of covered payroll dropped dramatically in Ohio compared to the rest of the U.S. …

“In Ohio, workers’ compensation costs to employers as a share of covered payroll declined 13.8 percent in 2016. The decline in employer costs followed another large percentage decline in 2015. Altogether, workers’ compensation costs to Ohio employers fell 29.9 percent from 2014 to 2016, the largest two-year decrease in the country.”

Dr. Abe Al-Tarawneh, Chief of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Division of Safety and Industrial Hygiene, was quoted in the report, saying: “Declines were primarily driven by continuous decreases in the frequency and severity of injuries coming into the system.”

Read more here. 10/11/2018

OMA Safety & Workers’ Comp. Committee Meets Next Week – BWC COO to Speak

October 12, 2018

OMA’s Safety & Workers’ Compensation committee meetings are where members catch up on news and policy to help them manage their programs.

The last scheduled committee meeting of 2018 is October 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The committee meets at the OMA offices (and a nice lunch is provided by the OMA).

Kevin Abrams, BWC Chief Operating Officer and Self Insured Director, is the featured speaker; he’ll provide the latest news and updates for both state-fund and self-insured manufacturers.

Please register here or call (800) 662-4463. (This registration link is unique to you.) Registration is required for in-person or call-in participation. 10/11/2018

Reminder: BWC Communications Down Oct. 13

October 5, 2018

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will be conducting routine maintenance that will impact internet and phone services on Saturday, October 13.

Due to this scheduled shutdown, BWC’s website will not be accessible nor will its automated phone service via 1-800-644-6292. All other BWC phones will go directly to voicemail. Website users will see a static page of information explaining the outage and will not be able to access any of the site’s functionality.

All systems will be up and running by start of business Monday, October 15, 2018. 10/1/2018

Vote for Safety Webinar Topics for 2019

October 5, 2018

We are planning our 2019 calendar of monthly safety webinars.

We want to plan programming that is valuable to you. Please take just a minute to tell us which topics are of the most interest to you. Vote for as many topics as you want.

We will prioritize the topics for 2019 based upon the highest member interest, shown by number of member votes.

Click here to select your topics now! 10/4/2018

$10.8 Million in Uncashed Checks

September 28, 2018

The BWC reports that more than 5,500 Ohio employers are sitting on $10.8 million in uncashed checks that it issued in conjunction with the $1.5 billion back rebate.

The checks have a 90-day life and will begin expiring on Oct. 3.

BWC began sending the checks in batches on June 28. The first of the six batches will expire Oct. 3 and all outstanding checks will expire by the end of October.

BWC has a plan for uncashed checks: BWC will credit an employer’s account the amount of their rebate if they do not cash their check. Credits will apply to any outstanding balances owed by the employer and a new check will be issued for any remaining credit on the account.

Note: Employers participating in group retrospective rating plans will receive their checks in mid-October. 9/26/2018

Upcoming webinar: Active Violence Situation in the Workplace

September 21, 2018

Our October safety webinar is Active Violence Situation in the Workplace, on Thursday, October 4 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

While we hope no one ever needs to use this information, our goal is to increase the overall awareness of participants and prepare them to respond using best practices during any potential incident of active violence.

Register here. No charge for OMA members. 9/17/2018

BWC System-Wide Outage Set for Saturday, October 13

September 21, 2018

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will be conducting routine maintenance that will impact internet and phone services on Saturday, October 13.

Due to this scheduled shutdown, BWC’s website will not be accessible nor will its automated phone service via 1-800-644-6292. All other BWC phones will go directly to voicemail. Website users will see a static page of information explaining the outage and will not be able to access any of the site’s functionality.

All systems will be up and running by start of business Monday, October 15, 2018. 9/20/2018

Workers’ Comp Offers for 2019/20 Now Online

September 14, 2018

OMA members who buy OMA Workers’ Compensation Services can find their 2019/20 policy year offer online on their WCS Dashboard.

Online offers are available 100% of the time.

The dashboard also contains a variety of useful reports and information to help members manage claims and lower premium expense.

Not yet an OMA Workers’ Compensation Services customer? Apply easily here for your no-cost, no-obligation proposal. 9/13/2018

How Manufacturers Can Keep Temporary Workers Safe

September 14, 2018

From OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore, this article by David Flynn, Partner, discusses OSHA requirements and business considerations for keeping temporary workers safe. 9/12/2018