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... ]

Retailers and Restaurants Ask Hamilton County to Keep Employees Downtown

Retailers and Restaurants Ask Hamilton County to Keep Employees Downtown They say loss of 1,200 jobs would undercut downtown vitality, create empty parking lots, and plywood-covered buildings FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. CINCINNATI (September 7, 2023) Shocked with the critical lack of weekday returning worker traffic to downtown Cincinnati, the Ohio Council [ READ MORE... ]

OSHA’s National Emphasis Program Fall Protection

On May 1, 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it began a National Emphasis Program (NEP) designed to prevent falls (https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/national/05012023).   Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths.  According to OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), since 2014 there [ READ MORE... ]

Premium installment & true-up reporting for private employers

Employers must pay premiums timely to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to receive and maintain workers' compensation coverage. Through the year, employers have been making premium installment payments based on estimated payroll.  As we near the conclusion of the 2022 policy year (July 1, 2022 through June 30, [ READ MORE... ]

Testimony in Support of HB 118 Before House Ways & Means Committee

Testimony by Lora Miller, Director of Government Affairs & Public Relations Good afternoon, Chairman Roemer, Vice Chair Lorenz, Ranking Member Troy and members of the House Ways & Means Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to appear today and offer the Council’s support for House Bill 118. We thank Representatives Santucci [ READ MORE... ]

Recycling and Your Business:A Little Effort Can Go a Long Way

Recycling and Your Business: A Little Effort Can Go a Long WayArticle by Lora Miller, Director of Governmental Affairs & Public Relations No one should disagree that recycling is good for the environment. Many people recycle at home and many more would do so if it was more convenient for [ READ MORE... ]