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Electronic filing of OSHA logs means employers have 2 deadlines in 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that covered employers maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. A summary of those records must be posted by Feb. 1st each year. Earlier this year (May 12, 2016), OSHA published its final rule on a new requirement for employers to also submit OSHA records electronically through Read More

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1 very important task Ohio public employers need to do before Nov. 21st

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) transition to prospective billing is nearly complete. By default, you will automatically be placed on a monthly billing schedule with your first invoice mailed on Dec. 1, 2016 (due by Dec. 31st) for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2017. However, between Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, you have the Read More

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New payment frequency for Ohio workers’ comp is causing an increase in lapsed coverage.

Prospective billing became effective with the policy period beginning July 1, 2015. However, Ohio employers are just now starting to experience the effects of this new payment policy from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). More than ever before, we are seeing clients with lapsed coverage due to the new payment frequency. In fact, we had Read More

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Ohio Employers: If you had a workers’ comp claim in 2014, you need to complete your safety training by June 30th

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has identified a set of rules within the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). According to OAC code 4123-17-68, if an employer that participates in the group rating or group retrospective rating plan sustains a claim within the “green period,” the employer shall complete either of the following: The bureau’s Read More

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Are you a new employer to Ohio, and need to select your MCO?

Why is selecting an MCO important to my business? Workers’ compensation cost can have an adverse effect on a business’s bottom line. The less lost-time days incurred for your workers’ compensation claims, the lower your premiums could be. Therefore, you should make sure your MCO is a good fit for your business philosophy. When making Read More

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Group Retro is changing, and refunds are expected to go down.

On September 24th, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors approved a change to the group retrospective rating program that will increase BWC’s overall premium income by approximately $15.4 million annually. This represents a 6.3% increase and impacts participants in the group retrospective rating program beginning July 1, 2016. The change adds a Read More

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Some Things You Need to Know About Ohio BWC Prospective Billing

As you may already know changes are coming for workers’ compensation in Ohio that stem from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) moving to a prospective billing system. The change may impact areas of your workers’ compensation program, so we’re here to help you. Prospective billing is an insurance industry standard practice that will enable the Ohio Read More

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ACTION REQUIRED – Ohio BWC Settlement Fund Payout

The San Allen v. Ohio BWC Lawsuit has been a hot topic in the workers’ compensation world, especially this year. In late July an agreement was reached to settle the class action lawsuit filed in 2007 against the Ohio BWC for $420 million regarding “inflated premium” charges (paid by non-group rated employers, with certain manual classifications, in policy years 2001 Read More

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Kasich Asks Ohio BWC Board to Rebate Another Billion

Governor Kasich announced Wednesday that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Net Asset Fund should return an additional $1 billion to Ohio employers as a premium rebate. The rebate will be based on the premiums paid by private and public employers during their 2012 policy year, equal to 60 percent of their premiums. The Ohio BWC Board of Directors will consider the Read More

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Ohio BWC Agrees to Settle San Allen for $420 Million

A class action lawsuit filed seven years ago, known as the San Allen case, has reached a settlement agreement. The lawsuit accused the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation of knowingly overcharging non-group rated employers for insurance premiums to make up for the discounts offered to group rated employers. Judge Richard McMonagle, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas, ruled in 2013 Read More