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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 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.
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
Eligibility requirements

  • 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
Plan requirements
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 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.
We must receive evidence that your company has a transitional work plan by the application deadline.

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

  • 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.
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.

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.

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