New OSHA reporting requirements for ALL employers

Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA requires that every employer REPORT every incident that results in loss of an eye or amputation (not avulsion) or in-patient hospitalization.  The employer must report to OSHA within 24 hours of learning of the incident. This is in addition to the previous requirement that the employer report every incident that results in death within […]

Why resist a good employee’s treatment requests?

A good employee was rear-ended while driving a company truck.  The BWC denied the claim, so the employer appealed and went to hearing to get the claim allowed.  The employee did not miss any time from work, and continued to work full duty.  After some physical therapy, the employee selected a chiropractor to be his […]

3 ways to meet the March 31 deadline for EM capping

March 31, 2015 is the last day to complete your required half (3 hours) or full day safety training.  Only classroom training is accepted, not online training. Go to www.ohio.bwc.gov and scroll to the bottom of the home page to look up your local service office.  Call the Employer Services line to ask which courses […]

Ohio workers’ comp premiums due 3/2/15

Ohio workers’ comp premiums are due by the close of business on Monday, March 2, 2015.  This is for payrolls 7/1/14 through 12/31/14. If you report your payroll and pay your premiums online at www.bwc.ohio.gov, the BWC will automatically calculate and deduct a 1% Go Green discount. You will not get the discount if you […]

POODLE bug impacts Ohio BWC website

Employers using XP and/or Internet Explorer 6 or 7 will no longer be able to access the e-business portion of the BWC website (dolphin), which means you can’t report payroll or pay premiums.  Dolphin is designed to work with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.  Update IE to the latest version your operating system will […]

San Allen claim form due 10/22/14

If you got a letter in August from San Allen Inc v, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and you are entitled to a refund, your claim materials must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Step One:  Fill out the form, using the company name  and policy number used in 2001-2008, plus your current mailing address, title, and […]