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Say Hello to Workers’ Compensation Management Your Way!

June 15, 2018

The OMA built its workers’ compensation services to the specifications of Ohio’s manufacturers, our only constituents. And members give us high marks for our service.

  • Your OMA account manager is your single point of contact for everything workers’ comp.
  • Your company’s data is online on your workers’ compensation dashboard.
  • There is no extra fee ever for Industrial Commission hearing representation. Representation is by best-in-class law firms of Dinsmore, Roetzel, and Morrow Meyer among others.
  • No charge monthly safety webinars make it easy to keep a focus on safety and comply with BWC-mandated training when applicable.

We understand what both your Human Resources Manager and your CFO require in claims management and cost control.

If you’re not already buying your workers’ compensation management services from OMA, you can easily request a proposal here. 6/14/2018

BWC Introduces New Small Employer Program for Savings and Safety

June 8, 2018

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has introduced a new program that is intended to help small employers lower their workers’ comp premiums and increase worker health and safety.

Private employers can now sign up for the new Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) program.

Under the program, employers earn credits for completing activities designed to improve workplace safety practices and encourage attentive management of their workers’ comp policies. Employers receive a 50% premium rebate, up to $2,000. To be eligible for the rebate, they must select from among 33 available activities and earn 11 credits during the policy year that begins July 1.

Employers of any size can participate but must have an Experience Modifier of at least 1.0, a measurement of an employer’s risk compared to the average risk of like employers. (If you buy OMA workers’ comp services, you can look up your EM on the WCS dashboard.)

Also, employers participating in any of these programs cannot participate in the PAR program: Group-experience rating; group-retrospective rating; individual-retrospective rating; claim cost deductible; 100-percent EM capping; and One Claim Program.

According to Brian Jackson, Managing Director, OMA Workers’ Compensation Services, the PAR program could benefit small employers but generally will not outperform group programs. Contact him if you have questions about what’s best for your company. 6/5/2018

OSHA’s Revised Tracking Regulation at OMB for Review

June 8, 2018

From OMA Connections Partner Jackson Lewis: “OSHA is a step closer to publishing a proposed rule revising the Obama-era regulation, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. OSHA’s proposal has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review under Executive Order 12866. This is the final internal review before the proposal gets published in the Federal Register and signals that OSHA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking may be out by late summer.

“It is anticipated that the proposed regulation will eliminate the requirement that large establishments, those with 250 or more employees, electronically submit the establishment’s OSHA 300 Log and 301 Forms annually and only be required to submit the 300A Form on an annual basis. …

“Employers should follow this rulemaking carefully as it is likely to change the requirements for the electronic submission of recordkeeping forms. Currently, all employers covered by the rule are required to submit their 2017 300A Form electronically by July 1, 2018.”

Read more from Jackson Lewis here. 6/1/2018

June 12 is National Forklift Safety Day

June 8, 2018

National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), will be recognized on June 12 in Washington, D.C., and workplaces nationwide.

Visit OSHA’s forklift web page. And contact the BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene for more training resources. 6/5/2018

Coming soon: BWC Email Payment Notifications

June 1, 2018

BWC has announced that it will soon offer employers the chance to sign up for email notifications that give them access to their monthly invoice as soon as it is available.

Employers will also earn a 1-percent Go-green rebate, up to $2,000, for enrolling to receive email notifications. The target date for the launch of email notifications is late June.

To receive the discount, BWC will require the employer to:

  1. Sign-in to their BWC e-account.
  2. Click Request eNotices and follow the instructions to enroll.
  3. Complete their payroll true-up online by the due date (Aug. 15, 2018, for private employers).

Note: If there is a balance due, the employer must pay it in full when submitting their payroll true-up. 5/31/2018

BWC Board Approves Historic Rebate

May 25, 2018

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) board of directors approved a proposed $1.5 billion rebate today at its meeting this week. The BWC will mail rebate checks to roughly 180,000 Ohio employers this summer.

The agency credits healthy investment income, fewer claims and prudent fiscal management.

A BWC spokesperson said, to receive the rebate, employers must pay any overdue premium amounts and submit outstanding payroll reports before June 8, and verify contact information so checks are mailed to the correct address. Employers can pay outstanding premium, submit payroll reports and verify demographic information by logging into their e-accounts.

The rebate checks will equal 85% of the premiums paid for the policy year that ended June 30, 2017.

The BWC reported that it earned an average 6.7% net return on its investments of the State Insurance Fund over the last five fiscal years, pushing the fund’s net position to $10.9 billion as of March 31 and driving the agency’s latest rebate initiative, the largest in 20 years. 5/24/2018

OMA Opposes Group Self Insurance Bill

May 18, 2018

This week the OMA teamed up with business allies to oppose House Bill 459, a proposal that would enable groups of employers to be granted self-insured status under Ohio workers’ compensation laws.

The group submitted a letter of opposition to House Insurance Committee Chairman Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati), saying: “Our organizations are wary of group self-insurance structures. … During the Great Recession in 2008, the BWC and the self-insured community shared a significant concern that the Self-Insured Employers’ Guaranty Fund would not be adequate to cover current and future liabilities as companies went out of business and others were teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and this included some of the strongest and most financially stable companies. Imagine the potential crisis with groups comprised of much smaller and financially weaker employers.”

The bill has had two committee hearings. 5/17/2018

When is Your Billion Back Check Coming?

May 18, 2018

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) expects to begin processing employer workers’ compensation premium rebates on June 27 for the policy year July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

The measure will have a final vote by the BWC board at its May 24 meeting.

The rebate will equal 85% of the annual premium paid in the 2016/17 policy year.

If approved, the BWC expects to mail checks by the end of July. However, group retrospective rated employers will use individual experience rated premium net of impact of their 12-month premium calculation and will receive their rebate checks in mid-October.

You’ll want to make sure you’re eligible to receive your share by paying any lapsed premium amounts and completing any outstanding true-up before June 8, 2018. Also review your demographic information held by the BWC to ensure your rebate check is mailed to the correct address.

OMA’s Brian Jackson can answer your questions. 5/15/2018

BWC Rolls Out New Website

May 18, 2018

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) this week unveiled its new website. Its stated goal was to provide more relevant, easy to navigate content.

The new site will meet suggested guidelines for accessibility. Examples include color schemes that improve readability and fewer PDFs, which interfere with software for the visually impaired. All pages will be available in Spanish.

This short video provides an overview of the new navigation. 5/15/2018

Next BWC Employer Webinar is May 24

May 18, 2018

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is planning a 20-minute employer webinar on Thursday, May 24, at 11:30 a.m.

Topics include: estimated annual premium notices, rating, Destination: Excellence programs, Better You, Better Ohio! and the monthly safety tip.

Introverts: Register here to view the webinar from the comfort of your office. Extroverts: Register here to visit your local claims office and view the webinar with BWC staff. 5/15/2018