Getting Ohio workers’ comp coverage

On the home page of www.bwc.ohio.gov, select Apply for Coverage.  Read New/Start-up business in Ohio and then click the link.  Read Application for Ohio Workers’ Compensation Coverage (U-3).  Click on each of the links to read about various aspects of starting coverage, like Grow Ohio which enables new policies to qualify for group rating.  Use […]

Pay Ohio BWC premium installment before 12/31/15

If your company pays its Ohio workers’ compensation premium every month or every other month, your next premium payment is due by 5 PM on Thursday December 31. Do not wait until then to make your payment.  The BWC will probably be operating with a skeleton crew because of the holiday weekend and there may not […]

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 […]

Safety congress 2014 Takeaways, part 1

RTW Strategies (Employment attorney presenter): There are two well-known facts: it is completely counter-productive to keep soft tissue injuries off work, and the longer someone is off work, the less likely they are to return to work. Send a valid, specific job offer ASAP, and do not include “we can accommodate any restrictions” language. Keep […]

When paying a little is still too much

My daughter signed up for workers’ comp coverage because she is working as spot labor for a number of people this summer and she wanted to be covered in case she got hurt.  Even before the BWC assigned a policy number, she got a solicitation from a group TPA offering to get her into group […]