For immediate release: March 13, 2017
BWC proposes another $1 billion workers' comp rebate
Rebates and rate cuts since 2011 total $6 billion
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today proposed a $1 billion rebate for Ohio's private and public
employers, the third such rebate since 2013.
Morrison announced the proposal with Gov. John Kasich at Dynamit, a downtown Columbus company that creates web and mobile applications. If approved by
BWC's Board of Directors, the proposed rebate, along with previous rebates, credits and rate reductions, would total $6.3 billion the agency has saved
Ohio employers in workers' compensation costs since the start of 2011.
"By continually looking to reduce workers compensation costs to public and private employers, and invest in workplace safety efforts, Ohio has been
able to create a much better climate for success for job creators, government employees and workers," said Kasich. "Returning yet another $1 billion
back to our businesses, schools and local governments means we will have saved employers as well as taxpayers an impressive $6 billion in our continuing
efforts to make workers' compensation operate better."
Morrison said strong fiscal management and better-than-expected investment returns have increased the net position of the State Insurance Fund
to $9.6 billion, making the rebate possible. She said BWC anticipated a 4 percent return, but enjoyed an annualized return of 7 percent over
the last three fiscal years, including a total net return of 5.8 percent in fiscal year 2016.
If approved by the BWC Board of Directors, more than 200,000 eligible private and public employers would receive a rebate equal to 66 percent of
premiums for the policy year that ended June 30, 2016 (calendar year 2015 for public employers). The proposal will be presented to the board at
its meeting this Thursday. If approved at the board's April meeting, BWC could begin issuing checks in early July.
Morrison also announced the bureau, at Gov. Kasich's urging, is exploring a significant investment in workplace safety across the state, the details of
which should be available next month.
"Gov. Kasich challenged us to invest even more in creating a culture of safety in Ohio's workplaces and ensuring more people return home each day safe
and healthy," she said. "Our goal is to develop a plan that will help protect workers' health and wellbeing on the job and at home."
A fact sheet regarding the rebate proposal can be found here. An overview of the
$6.3 billion in workers' comp savings since 2011 can be found here.
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