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BWC Program Aims To Reduce Small Employer Premiums

Gongwer News

Monday, June 4, 2018

BWC Program Aims To Reduce Small Employer Premiums

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation Monday announced a new option for small employers to lower their premiums and boost worker safety.

The Policy Activity Rebate program allows employers to earn credits for completing activities designed to improve workplace safety processes, the bureau said.

Employers will receive a 50% premium rebate, up to $2,000, if they earn 11 credits from 33 available activities during the policy year that starts July 1.

"Even small employers can save money and improve workplace safety by better understanding Ohio's workers' compensation system," BWC COO Kevin Abrams said in a statement. "PAR offers a flexible alternative for smaller employers to improve safety and become more engaged in their risk management programs."

The options include attending safety training, bringing an employee back to work on light or modified duty, and enrolling employees in the bureau's wellness program.

Public employers can start signing up for the program July 1.