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Resources and events for employers offered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) hosts monthly webinars for employers to learn more about workers’ compensation topics. The brief webinars help employers stay up to date on developments in the workers’ compensation system. You can visit the employer webinar webpage on the Ohio BWC website to learn more about upcoming webinars and register to attend.

In addition, the BWC is hosting its Fourth Annual Workers’ Compensation Medical and Health Symposium on April 26-27, 2019 at the Great Columbus Convention Center.  There is no cost to attend.

Attendees of the provider clinical education track will have access to state …

Workers’ compensation law aiming to reduce appeal time is constitutional

The Ohio Supreme Court has definitively decided that an employee cannot unilaterally dismiss an employer-initiated appeal in a workers’ compensation case; rather, the employer must consent to the dismissal.

After a workers’ compensation claim proceeds administratively before the Industrial Commission, any party may appeal the Commission’s decision to permit the employee to participate in the workers’ compensation system to the Court of Common Pleas. After an appeal is filed, the employee must file a petition/complaint within 30 days.

Regardless of which party files the appeal, the employee is the plaintiff in the workers’ compensation case. While the court case is …

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Finds Ohio BWC Group Rating Program Resulted in Overcharges to Non-Group Employers, Orders Restitution

Beginning on August 20, 2012, a bench trial was conducted before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard McMonagle in a class action lawsuit against Stephen Buehrer, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator, in his official capacity in which a class of employers alleged that they were unlawfully excluded from participating in, or were dismissed from, the Bureau’s group-rating program during the years from 2001 to 2009. As a result, the plaintiff companies alleged that they were overcharged by the Bureau and sought restitution of the excess premiums paid. Judge McMonagle issued his decision last week finding in favor …

Ohio BWC Board Approves New Grow Ohio Incentive Program

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors has approved a new Grow Ohio Incentive Program (Grow Ohio) in an effort to encourage economic development and job creation in Ohio.

Grow Ohio offers eligible new employers a 25% discount on their workers’ compensation premium for two years, or immediate access to participation in the group rating program, which was normally not accessible to new employers until the first policy year following the date of obtaining workers’ compensation coverage.

A new employer to Ohio is defined as any new business entity in the State of Ohio, or an out of state …