News and Analysis
ICYMI, this week the OMA’s Workers’ Compensation Services team presented a one-hour webinar covering the basics of claims management.
You can access the recorded webinar at your convenience.
While a one-hour webinar provides a good overview of claims management, claims strategies and tactics are complex. Contact the OMA team for expert insight. 9/22/2021
The Biden administration is expanding OSHA’s efforts to address heat-related illnesses. The initiative prioritizes heat-related interventions and inspections of work activities on days when the heat index exceeds 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It applies to indoor and outdoor worksites.
OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips reports the $3.5 trillion spending plan recently offered by Congressional Democrats proposes much harsher fines for employers that are cited for safety compliance violations.
The $761 billion proposed hike would raise the maximum fine for willful or repeat violations of OSHA workplace safety rules from $136,532 to $700,000; the serious failure-to-abate fine limit would increase from $13,653 to $70,000. 9/23/2021
With Ohio’s new COVID-19 cases averaging more than 6,000 a day, both Columbus and Dayton have re-imposed masking requirements.
Dayton’s new ordinance requires face coverings for anyone 6 or older while in indoor spaces that are open to the public, according to the Dayton Daily News.
Columbus’ ordinance, which also requires masks for indoor spaces accessible to the public, applies to individuals 4 or older. See the summary from OMA General Counsel Bricker and Eckler.
Multiple smaller communities are also requiring the use of masks once again. In Cuyahoga County, officials have announced a mask advisory. 9/16/2021
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, the OMA will host a complimentary webinar to help your business manage workers’ compensation claims and related tasks. If you are new to — or inexperienced in — claims management, this webinar is for you.
Presented by experts from the OMA’s Workers’ Compensation Services team, the webinar will spotlight best practices in claims management and cost containment. Register now. 9/16/2021
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) next employer update webinar is Tuesday, Sept. 14. This 25-minute event will provide updates on primary and secondary e-accounts, experience modifiers and how they are calculated, Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program grants, important BWC dates, and a monthly safety tip. It’s free. Register here. 9/8/2021
While the CDC says more than 95% of U.S. counties are experiencing “high” or “substantial” levels of COVID-19 transmission, southern states — which generally have lower vaccination rates — are seeing an outsized share of cases relative to their populations. The New York Times has published this map showing COVID-19 hotspots nationwide. The Mayo Clinic also offers a map showing which states are experiencing the highest rate of spread.
Meanwhile, OSHA has not updated its COVID-19 guidance for all industries, including manufacturing, since Aug. 13. But the CDC has advised unvaccinated Americans to stay home during the Labor Day weekend. 9/1/2021
Roughly 3,000 employers that did not qualify last December for their share of the $5 billion dividend from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) could soon receive their checks. Gov. Mike DeWine has asked the BWC board to expand the dividend to cover employers that did not perform their 2019 “true-up” in time.
The BWC board must first approve the $30 million expansion, which is expected to occur at the board’s September meeting. If approved, the BWC will communicate directly with eligible employers. 8/30/2021
Earlier this month, on Aug. 16, Stephanie McCloud was sworn in as the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) administrator/CEO. McCloud is returning to the BWC after serving as director of the Ohio Department of Health, now headed by Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff. 8/31/2021
According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths while at work are on the rise. Fortunately, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), through its Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program (SURWSP), offers reimbursement for employee training, policy development, and drug testing to eligible employers that enroll. Learn more. 8/31/2021