Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Waives Several Employer Program Requirements
A news release issued from the Ohio BWC stated that due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Ohio’s business community, they are waiving several requirements for employers participating in programs that lower their premiums as a reward for creating safer workplaces and doing BWC business online and on time.
BWC is waiving all safety education and training requirements for this policy year — July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, for private employers; calendar year 2019 for public employers — for participants in the following programs:
• Drug Free Safety Program.
• EM Cap Program.
• Grow Ohio.
• Industry Specific Safety Program.
• One Claim Program.
• Policy Activity Rebate Program.
Discounts offered through these programs will be applied automatically.
Additionally, the annual report deadline submission for Drug Free Safety Program participants has been extended to June 1, 2020.
The waivers follow Governor Mike DeWine’s signing Friday of Ohio House Bill 197 granting the state numerous provisions designed to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on Ohioans. It also follows BWC’s announcement last week that its private and public employer members could defer their monthly premium installment amounts due for March, April, and May this policy year until June 1, 2020, at which time the matter will be reconsidered.
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