News and Analysis
Every month, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) offers employers brief, informative webinars on topics of interest — with subjects ranging from drug testing, to workplace safety tips, to Workers’ Compensation deadlines and notices. If you’ve missed a recent webinar, they have been recorded and are available for playback online. Each lasts approximately 20 minutes. See them here. 9/9/2019
The 12th annual Northeast Ohio Safety Expo will be held Oct. 11 at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. There will be 40 sessions covering a wide variety of workplace safety topics. Also, the event will offer free and confidential biometric health screenings to eligible attendees as part of the BWC’s Better You, Better Ohio!® program. More details here. 9/11/2019
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is reporting that its Cleveland Service Office, located at 615 W. Superior Avenue (Lausche State Office Building), has temporarily moved from the 6th floor to the 7th floor of the Lausche Building. This move is the initial phase of an office consolidation with the Garfield Heights Service office, which will take place in this fall and/or winter. 8/30/2019
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has extended its Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) pilot program for a second year. PAR is an activity-based incentive program that allows employers to choose from among 33 activities to earn a premium rebate. Employers can earn a 50% premium rebate, up to $2,000, by completing 11 credits during the enrolled policy year.
Private employers can enroll now through Jan. 31, 2020. Visit the BWC’s Policy Activity Rebate web page for additional information. 8/30/2019
The “good faith” requirement of a light-duty offer was just examined by the 10th District Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio — with a somewhat surprising result. In its new analysis, OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore writes that employers must remember that “providing employees with menial tasks or requiring them to watch training videos for the majority of their shifts could fail the ‘good faith’ requirement of a light-duty job offer.” 8/28/2019
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has increased the prize amounts for its 2020 Safety Innovation Awards to encourage participation and creative solutions to enhance workplace safety. BWC has bumped the top award to $10,000, while second place will receive $6,000 and third place $4,000. There’s also a new $1,500 honorable mention prize.
If your business has developed advanced technologies, creative use of existing equipment, or unique processes and practices to reduce workplace risks, apply by Sept. 30 for your chance at a cash award. 8/26/2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has published a slideshow analyzing a quarter century of data on work-related injuries and illnesses in America. The findings include:
- From 1992 to 2016, U.S. fatal occupational injuries declined by about 17%.
- Heavy tractor-trailer truck drivers had the most fatal occupational injuries within the manufacturing sector.
- Fatal injuries declined for workers in the 25-34 and 35-44 age groups from 1992 to 2016, but there was an increase for workers in the 55-64 and 65-and-older age groups. (Workers 55-plus made up around 20% of injuries in 1992 and 36% in 2016.)
A BLS report released earlier this year said Ohio’s manufacturing sector has seen “a significant decline” in workplace injuries and illnesses. 8/29/2019
The deadline has passed for Ohio’s private employers to complete their payroll “true-up” reports. But even if you missed the Aug. 15 deadline, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) encourages you to provide your report and pay any amount due as soon as possible. Failure to do so will result in removal from BWC programs and result in a 10% hike to the estimated premium. Late payments will be referred to the Ohio Attorney General’s office for collection. 8/20/2019
A new brochure from OSHA explains how the agency’s no-cost and confidential On-Site Consultation Program can help businesses reduce the likelihood of worker injuries or illnesses, and help save on workers’ compensation costs. In Ohio, the BWC administers this program. The consultation is confidential. According to OSHA, no citations or penalties will be issued — and your only obligation is to correct serious job safety and health hazards. 8/12/2019
This month’s tragedies in Dayton and El Paso — which mirrored events that have become far too common since the late 1990s — have more employers looking at hiring their own private security. In Ohio, security services are required to be licensed through the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) and its Ohio Homeland Security division.
If you are considering hiring contract security for your business, or currently use such services, the ODPS encourages you to use its Private Investigator and Security Guard Services (PISGS) as an informal resource. This will help ensure that a company is operating legally in Ohio, and that security guards are properly trained and registered. See more here or call (614) 466-4130. 8/12/2019