Ohio BWC Rebates Are On the Way

As you may recall, on May 2, Governor Kasich and BWC Administrator/CEO Buehrer announced a three-part plan designed to put money back into the pockets of hard-working Ohioans, improve worker safety, and bring up to date the Ohio BWC.  BWC began printing these rebate checks this week and will continue printing and mailing the checks…

Non-compliance of Product Storage Identification resulting in fines

MIRA has discovered the Division of Weights and Measures both county and city are assessing fines for non-compliance of the Product Storage Identification. Product Storage Identification Rule The Fill Connection for any petroleum product storage tank or vessel supplying motor-fuel devices shall be permanently, plainly, and visibly marked as to product contained.    When the Fill Connection…

Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies. Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To…

2013 Group Rating Annual Safety Training

BWC Announces Mandatory Group Sponsor Training DatesAs a group-experience or group-retrospective rating program sponsor for the January 1, 2013 public rating year or July 1, 2013 private rating year, your organization is required to attend annual training as per OAC 4123-17-68.  You may select the one training date most convenient to you. The training will…

Criminal Enterprise Fraud Scheme to Interfere With Retail Stores’ Satellite Communications

MIRA received a bulletin from the Michigan State Police through the Michigan Consumer Protection Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding the “tinfoil on the satellite receiver scheme” along with a “Situational Awareness Bulletin”. These fraud schemes have been migrating from the Southern states toward the North. Therefore MIRA members in…

Prospective Rating Plan Announced

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) recently approved some changes concerning the way they collect premium from businesses.  Currently, companies  pay workers’ compensation premium six-months in arrears.  In other words, employers pay premiums after the six-month coverage period.  For example, in February of 2014 businesses will pay premiums covering the period of July 2013…

Tobacco News

Ohio Attorney General, Mike Dewine is pushing Kroger, Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens and other retailers with Pharmacies to voluntarily stop selling all tobacco products and follow the lead of CVS (Caremark) who announced they will no longer sell tobacco products. It was reported in the Columbus Dispatch; The State of Ohio must boost its efforts to…