Ohio BWC Keeping Employer Costs in Check
Agency extends $65 million private employer rate cut
Last week, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) extended the $65 million in rate cuts enacted last year for Ohio’s private sector employers to the 2013 policy year that begins Jul. 1. The BWC Board of Directors, chaired by former ORA Chairman Nick Zuk, approved the proposal to maintain the statewide average rate at the current level, therefore maintaining last year’s 4% average rate reduction over the 2011 rates for private employers.
“Stable rates provide employers with more opportunities to predict costs and contribute to the kind of jobs-friendly climate they need to expand and create more jobs for Ohioans,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer.
The rates for the 2013 policy year will be effective Jul. 1. Each employer’s actual premiums incorporate overall claims cost experience within their specific industry and job classifications, as well as their own individual performance.
The board also reviewed a recommendation to reduce assessments for the Administrative Cost Fund, which funds the operating expenditures of BWC. Cost savings initiatives in recent years are allowing for the recommended 3% decrease in the assessment for private employers. The amount each employer pays into the Administrative Cost Fund is calculated as a percentage of their premium.
“Careful cost controls are allowing BWC to apply $35 million to future operating expenses and reduce the amount of employer premiums going toward those expenses,” added Buehrer. “We continue to look for innovative opportunities to save, from renting unused space in the William Green building to reducing operating expenses through capital improvements and better managing our recycling program and trash collection.”
The board will vote on the Administrative Cost Fund proposal during its next meeting scheduled for Jun. 15, 2012.
“Under Nick’s leadership, the BWC has made improvements to Ohio’s system of compensating workers injured on the job and returning them to work as soon as possible,” said Richard Mason, Director of Government Affairs for the Ohio Restaurant Association. “We’ve also seen the BWC make the process for assessing premiums to employers more clear and predictable. Many of these changes have come about as a result of what the ORA sees as a more open, transparent and inclusive process.”
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