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Important information for employers about Workers’ Comp initiatives

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will return more than $1 billion to Ohio's private and public employers.

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

Equally important for some employers is that the BWC—with the help and support of partners in the business community—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 changes 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.

To learn more about how you can participate in our workers' compensation rate reduction programs, click for more information.