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Workers Comp Cost Containment Starts With Accident Investigation

Developing a strategy to effectively manage and contain Workers’ Compensation claim costs requires an integrated, holistic approach.  This approach should include cost containment strategies applied before an incident occurs, during disability, and when the worker returns to work.  These strategies offer solutions to help implement and strengthen your programs. For the Employee: Immediate reporting of Read More

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Safety Grants $5M to $15M

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation recently approved a funding increase from $5M to $15M for the safety grant programs. The approved increase is part of the Billion Back plan established by BWC and Governor Kasich. Below are changes to the Safety Intervention Grants that went into effect on July 1st: BWC is matching every employer dollar with Read More

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Summertime & Questionable Claims – Watching Out for Fraud

With the arrival of warmer temperatures most employers will start to question an increase in subjective injuries.  This is with good reason since some employees would like to enjoy a little extra R&R without having to take time from their vacation bank of hours.  So what can you do to remain proactive on these claims Read More

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No Light Duty Available? Consider Trying the Non-Profit Company Search

If you have an employee that has been returned to light/modified duty by the physician of record and you have no job available under these restrictions.  You may want to consider loaning your employee to a non-profit organization. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation allows employers to send/loan injured workers who are unable to perform Read More

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BWC Announces Lowest Rates for Public Employers Since 1983

 On October 26th, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced a 5% decrease in the average rates for public employer taxing districts. Twelve of the 14 public employer types will benefit from this decrease. While 5% is the average decrease, base rates for public libraries, joint vocational schools and special public universities will all Read More

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All Sheakley 2010 Group Retro Participants Received Better-Than-Expected Refunds

Refund checks for 2010 group retro participants have been mailed by the BWC. Sheakley is proud to report that all our clients in the program received significantly better refunds than originally projected: Commercial group — 22% more Manufacturing group — 25% more Service group — 25% more Construction group — 60% more This refund is in Read More

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Virtual Work Comp File For Your Employees!

If you are an employer who has employees in various areas of the State or Country and find it difficult to keep these employees all on the same page for reporting an injury then Sheakley may have found an answer. Google Docs can allow an employer to upload workers’ compensation forms and other documents to one Read More

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8 Questions You Should Ask of Any MCO

Workers’ Compensation costs can have an adverse affect on a business’s bottom line. The less time days incurred for your workers’ compensation claims, the lower your premiums should be. Therefore, you should make sure your MCO is a good fit for your business. When making this decision, here are 8 questions you should ask of Read More