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Important information for employers about Workers’ Comp initiatives

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is returning more than $1 billion to Ohio's private and public employers starting today, July 10.

More about the specifics of the rebate and eligibility is provided here.

Of equal importance for some employers is that the BWC—with the help and support of partners in the business community—also is planning new health and safety initiatives with a $44 million investment to create safer, healthier workplaces in Ohio.

This includes a new wellness program in which the “BWC will invest $6 million annually in a robust health and wellness program for Ohioans working for small employers (50 or fewer employees) in specific high-risk industries, as well as injured workers with certain types of injuries.

"BWC will contract with a third-party vendor to provide services such as smoking cessation programs, health coaching and chronic disease management.”

As outlined in our 2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda, the Greater Cleveland Partnership continues working to expand and improve safety education and training program assistance meant to reduce workers’ compensation costs for employers while helping injured workers return to their jobs faster through BWC’s transitional work program.

The $6 million health and wellness investment was part of the recently approved BWC budget legislation (HB 27) that set the agency’s appropriations levels for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.

In addition, the BWC bill reduces the amount of time an injured worker can file a workers’ comp claim from two years to one year; a longer window is allowed for occupational diseases that occur over time.

Supporters of the new time frame have stated that reducing the statute of limitations will aid the workers’ compensation system in getting workers back to work as soon as possible by getting proper, timely care.

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Get involved and help build Cleveland’s talent pipeline

From talking and listening to our members of all sizes from all across the region, we know that their single biggest issue of concern is talent.

Educational attainment, a focus on skills development, and improving the level of talent within the workplace are key areas of opportunity for business community involvement.

One way for direct involvement—right now—is for our member companies to offer True2U—a career awareness and mentoring program for Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) eighth-graders—as an opportunity for your employees to volunteer as mentors for the 2017-2018 school year.

Starting in October, they will work with eighth-grade students to create career awareness and goals for success on a monthly basis. The program uses a unique advisory model in which small groups of students are led by a team of two to three mentors and supported by a CMSD teacher.

Why participate?

As you know, the business community is an essential component in efforts to prepare our youth to be successful as adults in tomorrow’s workplace.

One part of the solution to the challenge of attracting and retaining talent lies in early exposure to career pathways and helping students make decisions that best position them for lifetime success.

Our goal: To connect with all CMSD eighth-graders

More than 150 business volunteers recruited by the GCP joined mentors from the wider community in serving approximately 1,700 youth in 44 Cleveland schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

During the 2017-18 school year, True2U’s goal is to serve approximately 2,500 students in 68 schools—every enrolled CMSD eighth-grader—to help prepare them for the transition from middle school to high school.

Three hundred business volunteer mentors are needed.

Getting started with True2U

True2U is the shared vision of community leaders from the Cleveland Foundation, MyCom, the CMSD, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Greater Cleveland Faith-Based Collaborative, Inc., and the GCP, the lead business partner.

Two learning opportunities for business owners

How to make the most of N.E. Ohio’s media production industry

When "The Fate of the Furious" roared into town, it engaged 200 Ohio businesses during production on its way to making over $1 billion worldwide.

That's just what one movie can do.

All current and aspiring media production industry vendors in Northeast Ohio are invited to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s (GCFC) “Film-Friendly Vendor Workshop” on Thursday, July 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Auditorium, One Cleveland Center, 1375 East 9th Street.

Start with networking over coffee and bagels followed by a presentation that covers what you need to know about working with film and other media, an update on Ohio's Motion Picture Tax Incentive, and the benefits of a GCFC Vendor Membership.

Registration is $100 and includes a one-year GCFC membership. Benefits include pre-sale opportunities to GCFC events and two tickets to one Community Screening (advanced screenings courtesy of GCFC partners Allied Integrated Marketing and The Owens Group), as well as recognition as a GCFC Vendor Member.

For more information, contact Laura Stringer at

Tri-C hosts session on its procurement, RFP, bidding process

A special presentation on the Cuyahoga Community College's Master Plan for College-wide Improvements will be held Wednesday, July 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Tri-C’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center, 2500 East 22nd Street.

Contractors, suppliers and vendors from Small Business Enterprises (SBE) Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) Veteran Business Enterprises (VBE) Female Business Enterprises (FBE) LGBTQ Enterprises and others are invited to attend.

The session will be led by Cindy Leitson, the college’s vice president of capital, construction and facilities. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and become familiar with the college’s procurement, RFP, and bidding process.

Please RSVP by July 19 to Magda Gomez, Tri-C’s director of diversity and inclusion, at or 216.987.0204.