April 30th, 2018

Workers’ Comp Managed Care Open Enrollment

Dear Ohio Council of Retail Merchants Member, For Ohio State Fund employers, choosing the right Managed Care Organization (MCO) is an important decision in managing your Ohio workers’ compensation claims and costs. If you are already a CareWorks MCO customer, the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants highly recommends you continue to stay enrolled with CareWorks […]

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April 24th, 2018

BWC Discount Programs

BWC Discount Programs: The BWC offers many programs and options for saving money, and here is a general overview of what these programs are and their compatibility with the various alternative rating programs available. Drug Free Safety Program (DFSP): This program allows employers to implement a drug and alcohol policy, testing, and safety training program […]

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March 14th, 2018

Ohio Bakers Association Awards Scholarships

Ohio Bakers Association Awards Scholarships

The Ohio Bakers Association awarded $500 scholarships to five culinary students. The scholarships are funded from the OBA and GCRBA annual joint golf outing is awarded to the scholarship application winners. The applicants have to be second year culinary students at Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Each scholarship winner is awarded $500 toward their tuition. […]

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February 23rd, 2018

Potential Changes to Remaining 2017 BWC Premium Installments

A number of employers’ BWC premium installment invoices were recently adjusted by the BWC.  The adjustment increased the remaining installment payments for the current July 1, 2017 rate year. The reason being that when BWC initially calculated the July 1, 2017 rate year premium installments, they were based on the July 1, 2015 rate year payroll. […]

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January 4th, 2018

2018 Retail Promotional Calendar

Use this calendar of special days, weeks and months to plan out an effective promotional strategy. DOWNLOAD 2018 RETAIL PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR >>> JANUARY January Clean Up Your Computer Month January Financial Wellness Month January Get Organized Month January National Hot Tea Month January National Skating Month January Oatmeal Month January Be Kind to Food Servers […]

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November 27th, 2017

Federated Insurance: November 2017 Education Articles

Valued Association Partners: In order to make the email size smaller, attached is a link to articles provided for you by Federated Insurance designed to be short awareness pieces for member education: Risk Management Corner – Property/Casualty and/or Workers Compensation subjects HR Question of the Month – a Human Resources-related question and answer from independent HR legal professionals It’s Your Life – concepts […]

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November 16th, 2017

Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program

Why you should apply for Safety Grants If you are an employer wanting to ensure the safety of your workers when carrying out the services they provide to developmentally disabled children and adults, you have a partner in BWC. Our Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities Grant Program (EWPDD) provides financial assistance to purchase […]

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November 16th, 2017

Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Increases for 2018

Ohio employers will be paying more unemployment taxes in 2018 mainly due to an increase in the taxable wage base. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has raised the taxable wage base from $9,000 per employee to $9,500 per employee. In addition to this increase, the tax table used by ODJFS has shifted […]

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September 28th, 2017

Our Philosophy Regarding Cost Containment Strategies

At this time of year as you are making workers’ comp program decisions, there are factors to consider beyond fees and group savings.  You also want to be absolutely confident that your TPA has a dedicated cost containment team that is focused on minimizing the financial impact of claims to reduce your premium dollars. Here’s […]

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August 16th, 2017

New Payroll Reporting Caps

For the 2017 policy year (7/1/17-6/30/18), BWC has updated the payroll reporting caps for corporate officers. The minimum reportable wage per person/per week is $451, and $1353 is the maximum. Those affected by the payroll reporting limitation are defined by BWC as such: Active executive officers of a corporation Note: Officers are considered active if […]

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