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Two-Day Virtual Safety Symposium, Nov. 17-18

October 16, 2020

OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips is conducting a two-day virtual safety symposium Nov. 17-18. Topics include COVID-19 wrongful death lawsuits, best practices in workplace safety, and a post-pandemic outlook. Learn more. 10/13/2020

Learn About BWC’s Better You’ Program on Oct. 27

October 16, 2020

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. (ET), the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will conduct a free 25-minute webinar to learn more about the Better You, Better Ohio! Program. This free health-and-wellness program is for workers of businesses with 150 or fewer employees who are engaged in higher-risk industries, including manufacturing. Learn more here. 10/15/2020

Air Filtration, Ventilation Get More Attention After CDC’s Revised Guidance

October 9, 2020

Earlier this week, the CDC revised its guidance on how the coronavirus spreads to include airborne transmission. As reported by EHS Today, the updated guidance notes that “poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces” may contribute to the buildup of virus-carrying particles. Air filtration and ventilation systems could be an important piece of the puzzle as social distancing and limiting interactions isn’t always possible at work sites, the article notes. 10/7/2020

BWC Employer Update Webinar Will Spotlight Dividend Payment, Face Masks

October 9, 2020

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will conduct its 25-minute monthly Employer Update Webinar on the following days:

Among the topics covered will be the recently approved premium dividend, additional face masks for employers, payment plans, and tips for identifying fraud. If you’re unable to watch the event live, a recording of the webinar will be available here. 10/5/2020

BWC Names New Claims Chief

October 9, 2020

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has named Shawn Crosby as its new chief of claims services today. A Cincinnati resident who joined the BWC as a front-line clerk in 1993, Crosby most recently served as Cincinnati claims director. She replaces former claims chief Patricia Harris, who was recently promoted to chief operating officer. 10/7/2020

$1.5 Billion to Be Sent to Ohio Employers This Month

October 2, 2020

Up to $1.5 billion in premium rebate checks are scheduled to be mailed to eligible employers in late October and early November after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) board voted last Friday, Sept. 25 to approve the latest dividend payout. The dividend equals the full premium that employers paid in policy year 2019.

Here is the BWC’s FAQ document regarding the new payout. This rebate and the $1.6 billion rebate issued earlier this year are the seventh and eighth dividends worth $1 billion-plus since 2013. 9/28/2020

Webinar: Workplace Safety During (and After) COVID-19

October 2, 2020

OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward will host a free webinar at noon (ET) Wednesday, Oct. 7 to address workplace safety during and after the pandemic. This one-hour webinar will provide a review of new Ohio, OSHA, and other regulatory requirements and guidance, while also covering best practices for staying complaint, dealing with difficult employees, and striving to keep employees safe. 10/1/2020

To Fight COVID-19, This Campaign is Focused on Employee Practices Outside the Workplace

October 2, 2020

As the nation prepares for a potential uptick in COVID-19 cases, the National Association of Manufacturers recently launched the “Creators Respond Commitment” to help employers encourage wider outside-of-work compliance with safety practices. You can access email templates to share this campaign with your employees. 10/1/2020

BWC Board to Vote on $1.5B in Dividends for Employers

September 25, 2020

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation board is expected to vote today, Sept. 25, to provide Ohio employers up to $1.5 billion in dividends. (To be eligible for the dividend, make sure you have performed your true-up for the 2019 policy year by Friday, Oct. 2.)

The dividend would equal the full premium that employers paid in policy year 2019. If approved, checks could be mailed as soon as late October. 9/25/2020

Ohio Safety Congress Will Be Virtual in 2021

September 25, 2020

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has announced that the 2021 Ohio Safety Congress and Expo will be online only. Set for March 10-11, the event will feature dozens of learning sessions and a digital expo, allowing participants to chat virtually with vendors about new and existing products and services.

As always, the event will be free for Ohio employers. Registration will open in January. 9/23/2020