Ohio Council of Retail Merchants’ Partnership With Dublin City Schools Wins National Recognition; Earns Praise from Lt. Governor Jon Husted

(Columbus - January 18, 2024) Dublin City Schools has been recognized by national retail leaders and Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted for their effort to improve high school students' understanding of the workplace and the importance of obtaining foundational career skills. Featuring a video about Dublin's program, the 2024 RISE Up Partner [ READ MORE... ]

Safeguarding Machinery

Various types of machines pose hazards to employees that can result in injuries that include crushing, entrapment, amputations, and even death. These hazardous areas, known as danger zones, are machine parts that must be guarded to protect employees from injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a danger [ READ MORE... ]

Sedgwick Cost Containment

As most employers know, the financial and emotional impact of a work-related employee injury can be significant. While the primary goal is to ensure the injured worker receives appropriate care, minimizing the costs associated with the accident should also be a focus for employers. In Ohio, there are three primary [ READ MORE... ]

2023 Forecast of Ohio Holiday Retail Spending

Retailers highly anticipate the holiday season, which retail businesses historically have relied on to generate sufficient sales to realize profits for the year. Historically, “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are recognized as signaling the beginning of the holiday spending season. The additional sales and activity anticipated by businesses leads to [ READ MORE... ]

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that affect the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body. Work-related MSDs are common and can significantly impact a person's well-being and work productivity. If these are not taken care of, they can get worse. Common types of MSDs include: Carpal [ READ MORE... ]

Legislators Introducing FORCE Act to Fight Organized Retail Crime

Legislators Introducing FORCE Act to Fight Organized Retail Crime; $72.8B Annual Retail Losses Also Impact Consumer Safety and Pricing;  Merchants Thank General Assembly and Attorney General Yost for Leadership on National Fight Retail Crime Day (Columbus, October 26, 2023) To combat rising losses from organized retail crime in Ohio, the [ READ MORE... ]

OSHA expands requirements for online data submission

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced it will now be requiring certain employers to submit information from their OSHA 301 - Injury and Illness Incident Report forms on an annual basis.  This is in addition to the previously required information from the employer’s 300A Summary of Work-related [ READ MORE... ]

BWC Bonus & Rebates Incentive Program

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has eliminated their Destination Excellence Program and replaced it with the Bonus & Rebates Program. With this change, BWC has eliminated three programs that were offered under Destination Excellence (now Bonus & Rebates Program) and will maintain four of the programs. Starting July [ READ MORE... ]

2023 Ohio Council of Retail Merchants Annual Meeting

Join us for our Annual Meeting! November 14, 2023  ·  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (ET) The Athletic Club of Columbus   REGISTER/SPONSOR We are pleased to announce that Matthew Shay, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation, will be our luncheon guest. He will join the Council’s [ READ MORE... ]