Big Changes Coming to Ohio BWC

The Ohio Legislature took the final steps this week to modernize the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, specifically the revision of its billing system. Both the Senate and the House finalized changes that would shift the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation from a retrospective billing system to a prospective system. Prospective billing is a common…

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Changes Its Premium Collection Process

Historically, BWC has billed Ohio employers in arrears or ‘retrospectively’. Employers currently report their actual payroll and pay their premium on a semi-annual basis for the previous six months of coverage.   Prospective billing is a national industry standard and builds upon ongoing efforts by BWC to modernize its operation. Under prospective billing, BWC will, like…

Attention Ohio SNAP/EBT Retailers

The following information was received by SNAP/EBT retailers in Ohio. The basic information regarding the termination of the FREE equipment to process SNAP / EBT sales applies to all participating retailers. It is vital that you contact your processor to determine the cost of equipment and their policy regarding any fees. You should also refer…

Strong Investment Returns Fuel Another $1 Billion Rebate and Major New Investments in Workplace Safety

Governor John R. Kasich today joined Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer to announce a $1 billion rebate to Ohio’s private and public sector workers’ compensation customers, as well as a major new investment in worker safety research and training. Dubbed “Another Billion Back,” the rebate comes on the heels of last…

Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies. Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To…

Fuel Quality Testing

BREAKING NEWS: AFPD representatives testified before a sub-committee of the Cuyahoga County Commission and were successful in stopping the passage of the proposal addressing Fuel Quality Testing. The committee decided not to vote on the proposal and rather send it back to the Director to reconsider a number of the provisions in the proposal. We…

Ohio Minimum Wage Increase 2015

The Ohio Department of Commerce has announced a 15-cent per hour increase in the state’s minimum wage effective January 1, 2015. For non-tipped employees, the rate will increase from $7.95 to $8.10 per hour. The rate for tipped employees will go from $3.98 to $4.05 per hour. A 2006 constitutional amendment ties annual increases in Ohio’s…

Pay at the Pump Alert

We received this notice from a fuel supplier in Northern Ohio, but the warning should be heeded by all fuel retailers. Inspect your pay-at-the-pump card readers daily to check for possible tampering. Skimmers can be attached to your dispensers and cause immense problems. Several stations along Mayfield Road, in suburban Cleveland, discovered credit card skimming…