What is the Industrial Commission of Ohio and What is its Process

The Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) is the administrative agency that adjudicates disputes in workers compensation claims. For state fund employers, when a new claim or additional request in an allowed claim is filed with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), in most cases, the BWC will make a determination as to whether the [...]

By | 2018-03-19T16:12:01+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Industry Insights, Policy and Regulation|0 Comments

How Do You Stack Up Against the Competition?

To be successful in today’s business world, companies need to find every competitive edge possible. Some might be surprised to find that Ohio workers’ compensation could be one of those competitive edges. But how would you know? The world just recently witnessed the 2018 Winter Olympics. The athletes that competed in these games trained for [...]

By | 2018-03-19T12:55:19+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Blog, Industry Insights|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

Physician Relations and Why They Are Important for Employers’ Workers’ Compensation Programs

When an injury happens in the workplace, many employers allow the injured worker to choose where to seek treatment. However, your company should establish a relationship with a preferred provider for your workplace accidents. There are many benefits to a preferred provider relationship, which can affect the treatment plan, return to work, and/or the outcome [...]

By | 2018-02-05T15:59:43+00:00 February 5th, 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