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BWC’s San Allen Appeal

On July 19th, BWC filed their appeal regarding the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas decision in the San Allen case to award the plaintiffs $859,440,258.79 million dollars in restitution. On the same day, an Amicus brief was filed by a coalition of business and labor associations to the 8th District Court of Appeals stating that the bureau acted within its legal Read More

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Ohio BWC Plans to Appeal $860 Million Workers’ Comp Decision

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has issued a statement citing they plan to appeal the decision of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle. The ruling awarded Ohio employers $860 million due to claims that the state insurance fund overcharged Ohio employers for nearly a decade. The BWC claims that their actions were Read More

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Judge Awards Ohio Employers $860 Million in Workers’ Comp Case

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle’s decision involving the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation affects about 270,000 mostly small-business owners, many unaware they are covered by the class action. His order rejected the state’s arguments for paying a smaller amount. Click here to read full article.

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Ohio BWC Group Rating Deadline is Thursday, February 28th

The deadline for Ohio employers that wish to participate in a Workers’ Comp Group Rating Program for the 2013 rate year is February 28th. If you’ve received a Sheakley Group Rating savings analysis and would like to join our group, we must receive your enrollment forms by February 27th at 5:00pm in order to ensure Read More

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House Bill 34 – BWC Biennial Budget

BWC introduced their budget to the House of Representatives yesterday. The bill, HB34, not only focuses on budget decreases but also includes several injured worker related reforms to improve manage care and treatment. Proposed reforms:  Require an injured worker to utilize a health care provider in a managed care organization’s network if within 45 days of Read More

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How Did All This Workers’ Compensation Stuff Start?

Did you know? Prior to any workers’ compensation laws, an injured worker rarely was paid compensation or received any financial relief from the company even though working conditions were extremely hazardous. An injured or disabled worker’s only recourse was to file a civil suit against their employer. Germany became one of the first countries to protect Read More

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Ohio BWC Adds Providers to Improve Medical Care

“BWC takes action to improve medical care for injured workers COLUMBUS – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has taken steps to increase the availability and quality of medical providers who treat Ohioans injured on the job. Changes that went into effect with the New Year include expanding the type of providers who can Read More

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San Allen vs. Ohio BWC – Case Update

On December 28, 2012 a decision was issued regarding the civil action lawsuit against BWC by Judge Richard J. McMonagle from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in favor of the plaintiffs, finding the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in violation of two Ohio statutes. This class action complaint was filed in 2007 stating that Read More

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Green Year Only … Bureau of Workers’ Comp Safety Program Requirements

On November 30th, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Board of Directors approved changes to the Safety Program Requirements for Group Rating Program participants. Employers participating in Group Rating or Group Retrospective Rating that sustain a claim during their green year period are required to either complete a BWC online accident analysis form and associated online Read More

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Are You Ready for OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements? – WEBINAR

The 2012 calendar year is coming to a close and under OSHA’s recordkeeping regulations, some employers are required to calculate and post their 2012 injury/illness summary report(s) by February 1, 2013. Did you know? Every workers’ comp claim is not an OSHA recordable? Every visit to the hospital does not result in an OSHA recordable? Read More