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Raid of BWC or IC for State Budget Halted

August 11, 2017

After a series of negotiations with the Kasich administration, the OMA with other business groups have agreed to terms in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will prevent the transfer of any funds from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) or Industrial Commission (IC) to the General Revenue Fund (GRF) to help balance the state budget.

The transfer provision was included in the state budget bill and allowed the administration to reach into both the BWC and IC in order to shore up state tax revenue shortages.

The OMA and other major business groups opposed the provision in the budget stating that it improperly transfers employer dollars set aside for the workers’ compensation system, sets a bad precedent and creates constitutionality questions which could leave the state vulnerable to legal action.

The MOU is expected to be executed soon. 8/10/2017

It’s All on the OMA WCS Dashboard

August 11, 2017

OMA members who buy or have applied for OMA Workers’ Compensation Services: Your 2018/19 offer will be posted to your WCS Dashboard at My OMA today.

We won’t snail-mail offers this year; once posted to your WCS Dashboard, your offer will be available to you 100% of the time.

You don’t need to buy OMA Workers’ Compensation Services to experience the dashboard. Just submit a “BWC AC3” form (temporary authorization), and once we process it, we’ll populate your dashboard so you can see if the data, tools and resources will benefit you. We’ll also prepare a workers’ comp proposal with our best recommendations for you to consider.

Here is an overview of the WCS Dashboard so you can see what we built for manufacturers and why we built it. 8/7/2017

5 Tips for Complying with BWC’s DFSP

August 11, 2017

OMA Connections Partner, Working Partners®, offers these five tips for meeting the requirements of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Drug-free Safety Program (DFSP).

If you have questions or need help with the DFSP or any drug-free workplace issue, contact Working Partners® at (614) 337-8200. 8/9/2017

August 4, 2017

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is developing an educational campaign to generate awareness of safety behaviors that apply both at home and at work, specifically related to the areas of slip, trips, falls, overexertion and driving.

The agency wants to educate all Ohioans about avoiding these types of injuries, and ultimately change behaviors to create a culture of safety that follows Ohioans from work to home and from home to work.

Here’s a new Safe at Work • Safe at Home handout from BWC to share. 8/2/2017

BWC Seeks Small Employers for Health & Wellness Program Input

August 4, 2017

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is looking for representatives of small manufacturers (50 or fewer employees) willing to provide input as BWC develops its new small employer health and wellness program.

Earlier this year, the BWC announced that it is providing $6 million, as part of its Third Billion Back, for this new small employer program in specific high risk industries.

BWC is looking for manufacturers willing to speak about their operations and what programs might be implemented. BWC representatives will drive to manufacturers’ locations. Interested in helping? Contact BWC’s John Annarino. 8/3/2017

How BWC Calculates Employer Premium (video)

August 4, 2017

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) created a new video that explains how employers’ workers’ comp insurance premiums are calculated.

OMA members who buy OMA Workers’ Compensation Services can access more tools that help them understand and control their rates and premium. Log into My OMA and access your WCS Dashboard. 8/3/2017

BWC Seeking Safety Innovation Award Applications

August 4, 2017

Has your organization developed a new piece of equipment, tool or process to reduce risk to your workforce? Have you made changes to an existing method to improve safety and health in your workplace? If so, you could earn a cash prize for your ingenuity by applying for a BWC Safety Innovation Award.

The application period for 2018 Safety Innovation Awards is now open. The BWC doesn’t evaluate the innovation based on whether it’s low-tech or high-tech. It’s seeking solutions that reduce risk, create cost savings, and that have potential application to other workplaces, industries or operations.

If you are an Ohio employer – or know one – that has taken an innovative step to reduce risk of injury or illness, check out the award criteria and application. Five finalists will receive cash awards, ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

The entry deadline is September 30, 2017. 7/31/2017

BWC’s ‘Other States Coverage’ Policy Updates

July 28, 2017

Do you send employees outside Ohio to work? Do you wonder if you have adequate workers’ compensation coverage for them? If so, you may want to look into the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Other States Coverage option. This optional policy:

  • Prevents workers’ comp coverage gaps;
  • Protects you from penalties and stop-work orders in other states;
  • Provides peace of mind for you and your workers at an affordable rate.

And if you already have a BWC Other States Coverage Policy, there is special information you need to know about true-up, audits and renewals in this BWC newsletter.

The BWC’s Other States Coverage Unit can be contacted at 614-728-0535. 7/27/2017

State Fund Employers: True-up by Aug. 15!

July 21, 2017

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) annual true-up process is now underway for Ohio private employers. Payroll true-up is an important step necessary for BWC to calculate your workers’ compensation premiums and for you to maintain your policy and participation in rating and discount programs.

True-up means you report your actual payroll for the prior policy year that ended June 30 and reconcile any differences in premium paid. The process is simple. Review true-up instructions here and here (video).

Remember, you must complete the payroll true-up report even if your payroll for the year matches the estimate BWC provided or if you had zero payroll.

BWC will remove employers from their current rating plan or discount program if payroll true-up is not received by August 15. You will also be ineligible for participation in future rating plans or discount programs until all outstanding payroll true-ups are complete. 7/14/2017

BWC Mailing Third Billion Back Rebate Checks this Month

July 21, 2017

Employers’ “Third Billion Back” rebate checks from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) are on the way!

The checks will arrive in a white envelope labeled IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS ENCLOSED and must be deposited before they expire in 90 days.

Employers are free to spend their rebates as they wish, but BWC CEO/Administrator Sarah Morrison hopes they will consider investing in workplace safety.

Here’s Administrator Morrison with the latest on the rebate in this short video.

This is the third $1 billion rebate in the last four years, made possible by an improving safety climate, prudent fiscal management and strong investment returns. Eligible employers will receive checks that total 66% of their premiums for the policy year that ended June 30, 2016.

Read more about the rebate here and learn about the second part of the plan – a $44 million investment in new health and safety initiatives – here.  7/14/2017