OhioBWC - Employer: (Transitional Work) - Bonus program description
Transitional Work Bonus
Employers with a transitional work plan actively participate in the recovery and return to work of their employees. Injured employees can resume their work functions with minimal time off, and employers
are better prepared to place an injured employee in a job or given work tasks consistent with any medical or physical restrictions. The cost benefits may include reducing compensation payments and lowering claims
reserves. BWC now offers an additional benefit for employers with a transitional work plan participating in the Destination Excellence: Transitional Work Bonus Program.
Employers with an approved transitional work plan may receive a back-end bonus for using the plan to return injured workers back to work. The potential incentive is a 10-percent bonus for using an established
transitional work program; applicable to claims with dates of injury within that bonus year of program participation.
This program is available to any eligible state-fund private employers and public employer taxing districts.
Well developed transitional work plans can save employers money by returning injured workers back to the
workplace in a safe, timely manner. The program provides a back-end bonus of up to 10 percent of the
employer's pure premium based on the successful use of transitional work in eligible claims with dates of
injury within the enrolled bonus period. For the purposes of the bonus calculation:
Note: The snapshot for the bonus calculation will be six months after the close of the program period. This allows injured workers with claims with a date of injury late in the program period
to return to work using the transitional work plan.
- Eligible claim - One in which there's an actual return to work with restrictions for the
job of injury;
- Successful use - The injured worker is returned to work using a transitional work plan verified
by an agreement signed by the employer and the injured worker.
- Be current with respect to all payments due BWC, as defined
in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4123-17-14, paragraph (A)(3)
- Be in an active policy status; this does not include an employer with a coverage status of no coverage or lapsed.
- No cumulative lapses in workers' comp coverage in excess of 40 days within the 12 months preceding the application deadline
As of the application deadline, the employer must have reported actual payroll for the preceding policy year and paid any premium due
upon reconciliation of estimated premium with actual premium no later than the due date. An employer will be deemed to have met this requirement
if BWC receives the payroll report and the employer pays premium associated with the payroll report before the expiration of any grace period.
- Continue to meet all eligibility requirements during participation in the program
Have a transitional work plan that meets one of the following criteria:
We must receive evidence that your company has a transitional work plan by the application deadline.
- A transitional work plan developed with a BWC grant between 2001 and 2006 that has
been reviewed by BWC;
- A company-created transitional work plan reviewed by BWC;
- An approved transitional work plan under the new grant program that began July 1, 2012;
- Signed letter from a company officer stating your company has a transitional work plan.
How to apply
The deadline for receipt of the bonus application is:
Note: We will not automatically enter the company in the next program period. Employers must apply to participate in the bonus program
annually. When applying to participate in the bonus program, employers should verify other BWC programs they're participating in that are
compatible with the transitional work bonus program.
- Private employers - The last business day in May for the July 1 - June 30 program period;
- Public employers - The last business day in November for the Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 program period.
We must receive evidence that your company has a transitional work plan by the application deadline. You can submit your transitional work plan
via fax to 614-621-5758 or email to transitional work support.
Remember to include your policy number in the email or on your fax cover sheet.