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 […]

San Allen claim form answers

Include a cover letter if there are/were any changes to the Business Name or policy number during 2001-2008, and if there is a difference between the Business Name and the name on the bank account number. The bank routing number is unnecessary.  Somehow the Court can deposit money into the account once it is satisfied […]

San Allen claim form questions

If the Sworn Proof of Claim is deficient, you will have 20 days to cure it. Here are the questions I have already asked.  (The person who called back left the toll free number which does not enable you to talk to a human being.) What if the Business Name has changed since you got […]

San Allen is not a scam

If you got an envelope from San Allen Inc v. Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, open it.  If you got more than one form, keep them all. You are part of a class action lawsuit that the BWC has settled for $420 million.  If you return the claim form correctly by October 22, 2014, you will […]

Another rebate if you pay premiums on time

You will get 60% of your 7/1/12-6/30/13 premiums rebated thanks to Another Billion Back. But you MUST report your payroll and pay your premiums by the close of business on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The rebate check will be mailed in October.