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Policy Name:

Go Green Rebate

Policy #:


Code/Rule Reference

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4123-17-14.3; 4123-17-74, Appendix C; 4123-17-75, Appendix

Effective Date:

January 1, 2019


Ronald L. Suttles, Chief Employer Services


Employer Policy


Go Green Discount effective July 1, 2015.


Revised July 24, 2019; August 8, 2016; July 30, 2015; January 31, 2014. New Policy issued April 5, 2013.

Review Date:

January 1, 2014



I.      Policy Purpose


The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) provides a premium rebate to employers who elect to use BWC’s official website to conduct prescribed business transactions with BWC.


II.    Applicability


This policy applies to employers, authorized representatives, BWC Employer Programs, and BWC Finance.


III.   Definitions

There are no policy-specific definitions for the Go Green Rebate.

IV.  Policy

A.    Eligibility criteria.

1.    The employer must be a private employer (PA employer) or public employer - taxing district (PEC employer).

2.    The employer must:

a.    Be current with respect to all payments due BWC as defined in OAC 4123-17-14;

b.    Be current on the payment schedule of any part-pay agreement into which it has entered for payment of premium or assessment obligations;

c.     Not have a lapse in workers’ compensation coverage for the applicable policy year; and

d.    Submit a payroll report no later than the due date set forth in OAC 4123-17-14.

3.    Participation in an installment plan will not disqualify the employer from receiving a rebate as long as all installments are paid by their due date and the employer meets program eligibility criteria.

4.    The following employers are not eligible for the Go Green Rebate:

a.    Employers paying the minimum administrative charge for the applicable policy year as set forth in OAC 4123-17-26;

b.    State agencies; and

c.     Self-insuring employers.

B.    Program requirements.

1.    The employer must use www.bwc.ohio.gov for the following online transactions:

a.    Pay estimated premium (installment payments) for the current payroll period no later than their due date. A premium payment made through 1-800-OHIOBWC (1-800-644-6292) does NOT qualify an employer for the Go Green Rebate.

b.    Report actual payroll for the preceding policy year and, if applicable, pay any premium that is owed, no later than the due date. See the Payroll True-Up policy for additional information. The employer must report payroll and pay premium in a single online session.

2.    The employer must use the electronic notifications service offering on www.bwc.ohio.gov and opt to receive electronic delivery of policy notices prior to completing payroll true-up.

3.    BWC will maintain a list of online transactions that must be completed through its website in order to receive the rebate.

C.   Operation of program.

1.    The Go Green Rebate will be calculated when the employer reports actual payroll for the policy year.

2.    The employer must have coverage that is in an active policy status at the time of calculation.

3.    The rebate percentage is identified in the appendix to OAC 4123-17-75.  The rebate is the lesser of:

a.    One percent (1%) of the employer’s blended premium costs; or

b.    Two thousand dollars ($2,000).

4.    The rebate cannot reduce the employer’s premium below the amount of the minimum administrative charge.

5.    BWC may recalculate the employer’s rebate if there is a subsequent rate adjustment to the employer’s account.

6.    If the employer’s premium payment is dishonored, BWC will bill the employer for any rebate calculated and issued.

D.   Resolution of complaints.

1.    Employer complaints will be processed under the General Employer Complaint Policy.

2.    BWC has not identified any program-specific extenuating circumstances that apply to the Go Green Rebate.