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Deadline to Electronically File Your 300A is March 2

January 18, 2019

March 2, 2019, is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA form 300A data for calendar year 2018. Collection began January 2, 2019.

Special note for establishments with 250 or more employees: Under the current recordkeeping rule, the initial deadline for electronic submission of information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301 by covered establishments with 250 or more employees was July 1, 2018. However, OSHA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its recordkeeping regulation to remove the requirement to electronically submit to OSHA information from the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for establishments with 250 or more employees which are required to routinely keep injury and illness records. OSHA will not enforce this deadline for these two forms without further notice while this rulemaking is underway.

More here. 1/14/2019

BWC’s Next Employer Webinar is Jan. 24

January 18, 2019

BWC’s next monthly employer webinar is Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11:30 a.m. Topics will include the July 1, 2019 premium adjustment factors, My Policy page improvements, enrolling in required electronic notifications for your policy, important account deadlines and program reminders and the monthly safety tip.

Register here to attend online, or you can opt to to visit your local office and view the webinar with BWC staff. 1/15/2019

Small Employers Can Save up to $2K with BWC PAR Program

January 18, 2019

BWC has developed the Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) to raise employers’ awareness and increase understanding of some of the most important aspects of workers’ compensation, including safety, claims and policy management.

PAR provides employers a chance to earn a 50% premium rebate up to $2,000.

PAR allows employers to choose from 33 activities to earn a rebate. Employers must complete 11 credits during the enrolled policy year. The PAR program is not for employers participating in group-experience rating, group-retrospective rating, individual-retrospective rating, claim cost deductible, 100-percent EM capping or One Claim Program.

The enrollment deadline is January 31, 2019 and employers have until May 31, 2019, to complete their activities. You can learn more here. 1/16/2019

McCloud Appointed to Lead the BWC

January 11, 2019

This week Governor-elect Mike DeWine appointed attorney Stephanie McCloud as the next administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).

McCloud has served in a variety of legal roles under former Attorney General Jim Petro and Governor George Voinovich. She has also worked for CompManagement and been in private legal practice.

She will be replacing current BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison who is awaiting confirmation from the U.S. Senate for the position of U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. 1/10/2018

Registration is Open for Ohio Safety Congress 2019

January 11, 2019

Registration is now open the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC19) hosted by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).

OSC is the largest regional safety and health conference in the U.S. and will run March 6-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

OSC19 will feature 200 educational sessions presented by experts from across the country covering topics related to injury and illness prevention, rehabilitation, return-to-work and cost savings. An expo marketplace will also host more than 200 exhibitors.

Attendance is free for Ohio employers and their employees. Registration and course listings are available here. 1/7/2019