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  • Ohio BWC Updates – Docket Expansion and New Administrator

    Industrial Commission to Expand Hearing Docket in December
    Beginning on Monday, December 14, 2020, the Ohio Industrial Commission will begin adding a 4:00pm hour to some dockets to more efficiently eliminate the backlog of claims that has developed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • BWC Approves 10% Rate Reduction Amid Declining Injury Trends

    On Friday, August 21, 2020 BWC Board of Directors approved a 10% rate cut amounting to $14.8 million less in BWC premiums for Ohio public employers. The reduction was made possible by declining injury trends and relatively low medical inflation costs. The 10% reduction represents an average statewide change to premiums and does not include costs related to the administrative cost fund or other funds BWC administers.

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  • BWC To Ship 23 Million More Masks To Employers

    The Board met virtually on August 21, 2020 and approved Governor DeWine’s request to send another round of face coverings to employers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The BWC shipped 20.6 million masks to 197,000 Ohio employers as part of their Protecting Ohio’s Workforce — We’ve Got You Covered campaign. BWC will begin sending approximately 23 million masks to employers this fall, who will not be billed for the items.

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  • Ohio Employers May Receive Checks in October if BWC approves Governor DeWine’s $1.5 Billion Request

    The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors will vote at its monthly virtual meeting Sept. 25th on Governor Mike DeWine’s proposal to send Ohio employers up to $1.5 billion in dividends to ease the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio’s economy and business community. If approved, the dividend would be the second one this year to ease the pandemic’s impact.

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  • COVID-19 Claims in Workers’ Compensation Arena

    By: Mark Barnes
    mbarnes@nullbugbeelawyers.com
    Since March, 2020, when Governor Mike DeWine declared a state emergency due to the novel coronavirus, the Ohio Workers’ Compensation system effectively slowed to a halt. The Director of Health’s Stay at Home order and increased spread of the virus dictated that the majority of Ohioans remain at home for several months.

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  • Ohio Supreme Court Denies Self-Insured Employer Reimbursement of Underpaid PTD Compensation from Overpayment of DWRF BenefitsRead more

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  • The Path Forward: Legal & Safety Considerations to Prepare Your Workplace for Return Amid the COVID-19 PandemicRead more

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