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For immediate release: July 18, 2017
$140 million in workers' comp rebate checks headed to Southwest Ohio employers
CINCINNATI - Employers in the the Southwest Ohio region will collect more than $140 million in rebates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) in checks that BWC began mailing July 10.
BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison, in Cincinnati today, said employers are free to spend their rebates as they wish, but she hopes they will consider investing in workplace safety.
"We work with employers all over Ohio to prevent injuries and illness in the workplace, and they will tell you that investing in safety is a wise business decision," said Morrison, speaking at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. "Safe workplaces mean fewer injuries, fewer medical claims and a stable workforce, all of which leads to a healthy bottom line for a business."
Several business leaders from the region joined Morrison as she presented a ceremonial check made out to Southwest Ohio employers.
"The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation $140 million investment will help keep our region an attractive and vibrant destination for skilled talent and businesses," said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
Others attending the event included Cynthia Eghbalnia, Environmental Health and Safety Manager for the Cincinnati Public School District, and Matt Van Sant, President/CEO of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, as well as representatives from chambers in Fairfield, Lebanon and West Chester. The counties involved include Butler ($28 million), Clermont ($9.5 million), Hamilton ($90 million) and Warren ($14 million).
Ohio Gov. John Kasich proposed a $1 billion rebate for Ohio employers in the BWC system in March. It's the third such rebate in the last four years, made possible by an improving safety climate, prudent fiscal management and strong investment returns. The plan to distribute rebates to more than 200,000 Ohio employers during the month of July was approved by BWC's Board of Directors in April. Visit bwc.ohio.gov for more details and eligibility requirements.
The plan also includes a $44 million investment in new health and safety initiatives to promote a healthy workforce and a culture of safety in every Ohio workplace. This includes a new wellness program for small employers, funding for programs to help firefighters and those who work with children and adults with disabilities, and an education campaign to address common injuries at work and in the home.
"A healthy economy depends on a strong and healthy workforce," Morrison continued. "And when the economy is healthy, we all benefit."
BWC expects most checks to be distributed by early August.
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