Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Each year, Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide an opportunity to significantly reduce workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing awareness of safety and risk-management strategies. A group-rating program is a partnership that includes…

Ban on Texting Implemented

Ohio’s ban on texting and driving took effect August 31, 2012. Activities like typing, sending, receiving and reading emails, tweets, and status updates are now illegal. Drivers who engage in this activity can be ticketed by the police. The law does not carve out an exception for “just a quick email,” responding to an angry…

“Thorough” BUSTR Inspections

The Ohio State Fire Marshall has begun inspecting retail gasoline facilities. According to an AFPD board member, the inspection was “very thorough.” They were required to show proof that they had successfully completed the mandatory training, had trained their Class B and C employees, and met all the requirements of the BUSTR regulations.  Business owners…

Group Retrospective Rating Programs May Refund $48 Million

Premium refunds of $48,000,000 are projected for employer participants in CareWorks Consultants’ workers’ compensation Group Retrospective Rating programs, representing an average of $28,000 per employer. This outstanding performance has spurred more than a 3,000% increase in the number of employers participating in a CareWorks Consultants’ plan since the programs were introduced in 2009. CareWorks Consultants’…

Stage II Vapor Recovery Update

UPDATE: As previously reported AFPD opposed the initial Ohio EPA plan to exempt ground-up, new-to-industry locations from the requirement to install Stage II because we feel current operators should also be exempt if they make the appropriate upgrades. AFPD met with Ohio EPA and industry leaders on Nov. 5, and Ohio EPA has agreed to…

Food Stamp Cutbacks

Some Ohio families will see their monthly food stamp amount cut $25 on average come January 1, but the reduction won’t be as a severe as state officials and food bank operators first feared. A week ago, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services was reportedly planning to cut monthly assistance by an average…

Governor Kasich Unveils New Budget

Last week, Governor John Kasich introduced the details for his biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2014-2015. In it, there are many proposals that are expected to create spirited debate within the Ohio Legislature over the next few months. Some of the highlights include: Income tax reform: In Governor Kasich’s proposal, the administration takes the first…

CCI Paperwork Due Now

In this difficult economy, don’t throw away an opportunity to save your company money. CareWorks Consultants (CCI) consistently offers industry-leading premium savings and competitive marketplace fees through AFPD’s workers’ compensation group rating program. As the February 26th deadline for enrollment into group rating approaches, take a look at your budget for this year. Enrollment into…