Ohio House of Representatives to Reduce Claim Filing Timeframe

The Ohio House of Representatives passed HB 27, the workers’ compensation budget, which funds the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

The bill contained an amendment for Ohio employers:  to lower the timeframe which a claim must be filed, from two years, to one year from the date of injury. This would bring Ohio more in line with other states workers’ compensation systems.

HMS Employer Earns OHSA SHARP Recognition

Congratulations to one of our employers, CMI Industry Americas! CMI has become one of just 26 Ohio worksites recognized as a model of workplace safety by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company recently attained certification through OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), which recognizes small employers operating exemplary safety and health management systems.

CMI designs, installs, upgrades and services equipment for the steel-making industry. The company worked closely with Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) safety experts for approximately four years to earn its SHARP recognition by eliminating safety hazards and making improvements to safety and health programs.

Congratulations again on this well deserved recognition!!

BWC Board Approves Third Billion Back

The BWC Board of Directors recently approved the Third Billion Back plan for Ohio employers.

BWC will prepare to send more than $1 billion in rebates to more than 200,000 private and public employers. Eligible employers will begin receiving checks in July totaling 66 percent of premiums for the policy year that ended June 30, 2016. Employers in the Group Retrospective Rating program will be receiving their checks in October. For more information on the rebate program, please click here.

Dates to remember

Private Employers:

June 2017

  • 30 – Deadline for safety council participation requirements
  • 30 – Deadline for Industry-Specific Safety Program (ISSP) loss prevention activities
  • 30 – Industry-Specific Safety Program on-site consultation survey, SH-29, deadline

Public Employers:

June 2017

  • 30 – Deadline to submit offer and acceptance forms, TWB-2s, for January 2016 Transitional Work Bonus Program participants
  • 30 – Deadline for safety council participation requirements