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Quick Tips for Small Businesses: Managing Unemployment Claims

It’s no secret: unemployment claims can be costly. But properly preparing for and expertly managing claims that come through will prevent major headaches in the long run. Consider the following tips to reduce unnecessary unemployment claim payouts and protect your business reputation. Comply with the Law and File On Time Both federal and state laws [...]

By | 2018-05-21T14:55:20+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Blog, Industry Insights|0 Comments

The BWC is Delivering Their Largest Rebate in 20 Years

Have you heard the most recent announcement from the BWC? The bureau is again able to give refunds, but this time it is 1.5 billion! Because the BWC practices prudent fiscal management, has a strong investment income, and has falling claim numbers, they are poised to deliver the largest rebate in 20 years. With this new [...]

By | 2018-04-24T17:05:05+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments

Is the BWC $15,000 Medical Only Program Right for Your Organization?

Protect your Workers’ Compensation Experience Modification Rate (EMR) and Group Rating Discount with the $15K Medical Only Program. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $15K Medical-Only Program offers employers the opportunity to pay up to the first $15,000 in medical and pharmacy bills for medical only claims. By directly paying the medical expenses, employers may potentially [...]

By | 2018-03-02T14:53:32+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Blog, Industry Insights|0 Comments

Measuring a Successful Return to Work Program

What is the #1 cost driver in Workers’ Compensation claims? When an employee loses time from work, costing your company time and money. What is the most controllable cost in a workers’ compensation claim? Loss time. Statistics show that employees who are off work require more loss time and medical treatment than someone actively working [...]

By | 2018-01-22T16:16:44+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments

The Sheakley Center for Youth Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Lighthouse Youth and Family Services (Lighthouse) has a goal to eliminate youth homelessness in Cincinnati by 2020. They got a little closer to that goal with the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Sheakley Center for youth on December 21. Larry and Rhonda Sheakley were present, along with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, and other dignitaries, [...]

By | 2018-01-09T14:10:15+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Blog, Sheakley News|0 Comments

Winter Workplace Safety Tips

As the weather changes and the temperatures get colder, the focus for workplace safety may need to shift. A safe workplace is important to employers for many reasons. It will reduce workers’ compensation injuries, which should then result in lower claims cost. As the temperatures drop outside, the focus needs to change in order to maintain a [...]

By | 2017-12-11T11:44:37+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Blog, Industry Insights|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About Holiday Pay, Bonuses and Overtime.

The holiday season is on its way, and many employers are asking themselves questions about holiday pay and bonuses. Is your company aware of the policies your company practices? Company-Observed Holidays Private employers are not obligated to ensure to non-exempt employees paid holidays. But, if your offices are closed on a holiday, your employees should receive [...]

By | 2017-12-06T11:00:31+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Blog, Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments

4 HR Mistakes Your Small Business May Be Making

When you are busy starting or running a small business, it is easy to push human resource management to the side, failing to give it the proper attention it commands. Even innocent mistakes can carry serious monetary fines, penalties, and costly legal action. Here are a few we see regularly: Mistake #1—Lax Vetting of New [...]

By | 2017-11-30T10:48:48+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Blog, Human Resources, Industry Insights|0 Comments