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How Injury Data can Help you Prevent Workplace Accidents

Preventing workplace accidents can save your business time and money. One of the easiest ways to reduce accidents immediately is to analyze data to make smarter decisions. Get the Right Workplace Injury Data Employers can gather injury data on various different aspect of a claim for their Ohio workers’ compensation programs: Type of claim Number Read More

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3 Simple Steps to a Safer Workplace and Fewer Claims

A safer workplace is important for employers for many reasons. A safer workplace will reduce worker injuries which should then result in lower workers’ compensation claims costs. The key to reducing injuries is to have a systematic approach with regular review – by stepping back and looking at the big picture you may be surprised at Read More

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Quick Guide: Workers’ Comp Group Rating vs Group Retro

For Ohio employers, the group rating and group retrospective rating (or group retro) programs allow employers that are similar in business type to combine their individual claims to act as one employer and achieve lower premiums. There are two ways savings are calculated: Upfront, with group rating; Look-back, with group retro. What’s the difference? Group Read More

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Governor Kasich Names New Administrator and CEO of BWC

This week, John Kasich named Sarah Morrison as the new administrator and CEO of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Since Steve Buehrer’s departure, she has been serving in the position in an interim capacity, overseeing all Ohio employers. Morrison joined the bureau in 2012 as chief legal officer and was previously named an Ohio Rising Read More

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Workers’ Comp Coverage Options for Out-of-State Employees

Employers who have the majority of their business in Ohio but do have some business/employees out of state now have another option to provide workers’ compensation coverage.  Although the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) typically provides coverage for employees working temporarily outside of Ohio, the BWC also recognizes there can be issues when the Read More

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Steve Buehrer Resigns as Ohio BWC Executive

Effective April 15, 2016, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator and CEO, Steve Buehrer, will be leaving after more than five years with the agency. Governor John R. Kasich said, “I am grateful to Steve for accepting my challenge in 2011 to help Ohio reduce the cost of workers’ compensation and reform the bureau to help get Read More

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Ohio BWC Prospective Billing – WEBINAR

The Ohio BWC announced last year a three part plan for improving workers’ compensation for Ohio. Watch this presentation as we discuss what to expect for Ohio employers, how this will impact claims, and when to expect the transition credit.

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Check Your Emergency Exit Routes for OSHA Compliance

The design requirements for exit routes are found in 29 CFR 1910.36. Here’s a quick look at the basic requirements. Is each exit a permanent part of your facility? [1910.36(a)(1)] Do the construction materials used to separate exits have at least a one-hour fire resistance rating if the exit connects three stories or less? [1910.36(a)(2)] Read More

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Combine Wellness with Risk Management to Help Curb Workers’ Comp Costs

Employers are always looking for ways to reduce business costs while improving productivity. One way to accomplish this is by including a wellness program in your employee benefits package. This type of program can be as simple or elaborate as you make it and the results will be good for you and your employees. Wellness Read More

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Suspect Workers’ Comp Fraud? Check Facebook!

Michael Mallory, formerly of New Bremen (Auglaize County), pleaded guilty in Franklin Common Pleas Court to workers’ compensation fraud after relocating and posting on Facebook photos of his work for an Arizona employer.  Mallory was ordered to pay BWC $7,644.08 in restitution and investigative costs to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). “Injured workers Read More