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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.

Who's eligible
This program is available to any eligible state-fund private employers and public employer taxing districts.

Program benefits
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:

  • Eligible claim - One in which there's a release to 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.
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.

Participation requirements

  • Be current with respect to all payments due BWC, as defined in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4123-17-14, paragraph (A)(3)
  • No cumulative lapses in workers' comp coverage in excess of 40 days within the 12 months preceding the application deadline
  • Be in an active, reinstated, or debtor-in-possession policy status at the time BWC reviews the application
  • Continue to meet all eligibility requirements during participation in the program
  • Have a transitional work plan that meets one of the following criteria:
    • A transitional work plan developed with a BWC grant between 2001 and 2006 that has been reviewed and approved by BWC for updates;
    • A company-created transitional work plan reviewed and approved by BWC;
    • An approved transitional work plan under the new grant program starting July 1, 2012;
    • Signed letter from a company officer stating your company has a transitional work plan.
  • Complete a transitional work bonus application by the application deadline for the program period

How to apply
The deadline for receipt of the bonus application is:

  • The last business day in May for the July 1 - June 30 program period - private employers only;
  • The last business day in November for the Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 program period - public employer taxing districts.
Note: Employers must apply to participate in the bonus program annually.
We will not automatically enter the company in the next program period. 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.

IMPORTANT! Your next step is to submit evidence that your company has a transitional work plan. Transitional work grant recipients from 2001 to 2006 may submit their grant plan. You also may submit your own company's plan. Other forms of documentation you may submit include a copy of your policies from your human resource or employer manual, or a signed letter from an officer in your company stating your company has a transitional work plan.

We must receive evidence that your company has a transitional work plan by the application deadline. You can submit it via fax to 614-621-5758 or email. Remember to include your policy number in the e-mail or on your fax cover sheet.

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