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Airflow Considerations During COVID-19

September 18, 2020

Public health experts have indicated that airborne transmission of the coronavirus may be possible in certain settings. McKinsey & Company has published this infographic to provide guidance on HVAC and ventilation — based on input from public health agencies and industry groups — in the context of three settings: manufacturing, offices, and retail stores. 9/17/2020

OMA Uses Technology to Find Handicap Reimbursement Opportunities

September 18, 2020

The OMA Workers’ Compensation Services team will soon present arguments to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) legal department in support of employer applications for reimbursement of claims costs under the BWC Handicap Reimbursement policy.

Handicap reimbursement is a BWC provision designed to allow employers to gain claim-cost relief when certain pre-existing medical conditions among injured workers add recovery time and cost to a claim.

In 2020, OMA account managers reviewed more than 1,000 claim files for handicap reimbursement potential using a new, technology-driven process that monitors claims for potential triggers. This new process allows for more efficient claims management, as well as full transparency to the employer.

If you have questions, please contact your OMA account manager or see the “Company Claims” tab on your WCS Dashboard. To see how OMA Workers’ Compensation Services can lighten your load when it comes to claims management, click here — or contact Crissy Roach. 9/17/2020

Summary of BWC Assistance for Employers During COVID-19

September 18, 2020

The pandemic has presented unique issues in the workforce and to employers. Fortunately, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has implemented policies and programs over the last several months to reduce employer hardships. OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore has compiled a summary of pandemic-related BWC policies and how they apply to your business. 9/16/2020

Ohio Workers’ Comp Changes Go Into Effect

September 18, 2020

A new, comprehensive workers’ compensation law went into effect this week. Ohio’s House Bill 81, OMA-supported legislation that was passed and signed earlier this year, contains several significant changes. For details on the new law, read this analysis from OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward. 9/15/2020

1988 Bengals: Beat COVID-19! Wear a Mask in Public

September 11, 2020

The 1988 Cincinnati Bengals — AFC Champions, Super Bowl XXIII participants, and one of the most memorable teams in NFL history.

Members of that standout squad have teamed up again in a new public service announcement from the National Association of Manufacturers and the OMA. The video, which can be seen on Twitter and LinkedIn, serves as a timely reminder that beating COVID-19 will require continued teamwork — including wearing a face covering in public. 9/10/2020

OSU’s Wexner Medical Center to Host Free COVID-19 Employer Webinar, Sept. 16

September 11, 2020

The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center will host a free COVID-19 employer webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (ET). The webinar will include a vaccine development update, as well as real-time pandemic data and advice to help protect your employees and customers. 9/10/2020

OSHA Releases Work-Related Injury, Illness Data

September 11, 2020

OSHA recently released work-related injury and illness data that was electronically submitted by employers for 2016, 2017 and 2018. According to the agency, the release follows two rulings in Freedom of Information Act cases. 9/8/2020

Senate Confirms Harris as BWC COO

September 4, 2020

A Cincinnati native and longtime veteran of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) assumes the role of chief operating officer this week following her confirmation by the Ohio Senate today.

Patricia “Trish” Harris, who joined BWC as an intern in 1991, succeeds Kevin Abrams, who retired Monday after nearly four decades with the agency. 9/3/2020

BWC Sets Sept. Employer Update Webinar Dates

September 4, 2020

In its September Employer Update Webinar, the BWC will cover COVID-19, the proposed premium dividend, non-compliance claim resolution, transitional work bonus program and grant, important dates, and the monthly safety tip. The webinar will last about 25 minutes. Click these links to register:

The recorded webinar will be available for future viewing here. 9/2/2020

BWC Extends PAR Program for Small Employers

September 4, 2020

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has extended the Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) program for another year. PAR provides eligible employers an opportunity to earn a 50% premium rebate, up to $2,000. The program promotes a safe work environment and raises awareness about the most important aspects of workers’ compensation.

BWC is conducting a free 15-minute educational webinar on October 7 at 1:30 for employers to learn more about the PAR program. 8/28/2020