Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) News

Cogan Appointed Chief Legal Counsel at Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison has appointed Kevin Cogan as the bureau’s chief legal counsel. Cogan will be a member of BWC’s executive staff, responsible for coordinating all legal activities for BWC, providing legal advice and …

New Ohio Workers’ Comp Opioid Prescription Rule now in Effect

A new rule governing the prescribing of opioids to treat Ohioans injured on the job took effect on Oct. 1, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) reported. The changes target the prevention of opioid dependence by encouraging appropriate prescribing …

Ohio Woman Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud, Owes $94K

A Youngstown, Ohio, woman has been ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $94,000 in workplace injury benefits she collected illegally. The Ohio BWD reported that Zelma Forro pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in the …

Buehrer Resigns from Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau

The head of the Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers is stepping down from his job this month. Gov. John Kasich’s office announced that Steve Buehrer is resigning as administrator and CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Buehrer …

Payout of Ohio Workers’ Comp Settlement Delayed

Thousands of employers in Ohio who were overcharged for workers’ compensation insurance premiums will have to wait at least a few more weeks before collecting a share of the $420 million court settlement, according to one of the attorneys involved. …

Ohio BWC Proposes Private Employer Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is proposing to reduce overall premium rate levels for private employers beginning July 1, 2015. The 10.8 percent reduction would result in a decrease in projected annual premium of $153 million, the BWC. If …

Millions Unclaimed in Ohio Workers’ Comp Overcharge Case

The law firm handling a $420 million state settlement over Ohio employers being overcharged for workers’ compensation premiums says millions of dollars weren’t claimed by the deadline. The Bricker & Eckler law firm tells The Columbus Dispatch that 35,000 claims …

Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau: Rates for Local Governments Falling

Ohio public employers applauded an average 9.1 percent reduction in workers’ compensation rates for local governments that was approved by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors. The new rates covering 3,800 cities, counties, townships, villages, schools …

Ohio BWC Board Approves Additional $1B Rebate to Employers

Ohio employers will receive another $1 billion rebate and workers will benefit from a major new investment in worker safety research and training, according to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The BWC’s board has approved “Another Billion Back,” …

9.1% Drop in Local Government Workers’ Comp Rates Proposed by Ohio BWC

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) proposed to its board of directors an average rate reduction of 9.1 percent for Ohio’s 3,800 cities, counties, townships, villages, schools and special districts covered by the BWC. Overall, due to the proposed …