The Ohio BWC has extended a grace period for private employers in the state fund workers' compensation system to complete the payroll true up process. Employers now have until September 29th to submit their payroll information to the BWC.
The true- up is the final step in the transition to prospective billing and is a requirement of all state fund workers' compensation employers. To learn more about the True - Up process, visit the Ohio BWC website: Prospective Billing Information and Resources.
First Connect is excited to announce that we have chosen ease@work, an Ohio-based Regional EAP, as our recommended Employee Assistance provider. For employers with a drug free program, having a pre-established relationship streamlines the referral process when an employee is positive on a drug test. Employers in the advanced level of the Ohio BWC Drug Free program, are required to have a pre-established working relationship with an employee assistance professional to which an employee with a substance problem can be referred. Based on ease@work’s 37+ years of experience in the EAP industry, we are pleased to be able to offer, not only their expertise in the field of substance abuse, but their full complement of programs in the areas of counseling, worklife, wellness, and Organizational Development consulting to our valued customers.
Ease@work is a full service employee assistance program that can support the needs of both employees and the organization. They offer a full complement of services that follow strict guidelines to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the employees who voluntarily request the services offered.
Ease@work offers the following services to address any home or work related issues that are preventing employees from being productive, focused and safe on the job.
Core employee services include:
As a leading provider of drug free workplace programs in Ohio, First Connect is excited to be able to have a provider that will work with our clients to better manage not only substance abuse issues that arise in the workplace but other workplace concerns, as well.
Ease@work is offering free consultations for First Connect clients. To learn more, contact Patrick Gaul at 216-325-9375. Be sure to mention that you're a First Connect Corporate Services client!
Just a reminder that all Ohio private employers in the state fund workers' compensation system must complete the True-Up process no later than August 15th. Missing the deadline could mean removal from any workers' compensation rating or discount programs and could result in significant increases in premiums. (see Don't Miss the True Up Deadline)
The BWC is anticipating long delays for employers trying to complete the process over the telephone. To avoid the wait, create an E-Account and complete the True-Up online: Ohio BWC New E- Account . Employers that already have an E-Account, can complete the True up Process here: Ohio BWC True Up.
The BWC has also put together a video to explain the True Up process that is available on YouTube: Payroll True Up . For more information, visit the Ohio BWC website: Prospective billing.
OSHA announced that it is delaying the effective date of the anti-retaliation portion of the new record keeping rule in order to provide additional outreach, education and guidance for employers. For employers that conduct post accident testing, the delay will allow additional time to review blanket post accident testing policies and implement new procedures.
Earlier this year, OSHA's new record keeping rule included an anti-retaliation portion that prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for reporting injury or illness in the workplace. The pre-amble of the final rule addressed automatic post- accident testing and indicated that such policies would be considered retaliation and violate the new rule. The provision was set to take effect on August 10, 2016 but has been delayed until November 1, 2016.
In July, the National Association of Manufacturers, Associated Builders and Contractors and other business groups filed a joint lawsuit in US District Court challenging OSHA's prohibition of mandatory post accident drug testing and employer safety programs. The Plaintiffs allege that OSHA's restrictions on post accident drug and alcohol testing improperly limit an employer's ability to investigate an incident and interfere with state workers' compensation laws requiring or encouraging employers to conduct post accident drug testing. If the court provides injunctive relief, the lawsuit will likely delay the November implementation of the provision.
We will update our blog as more information becomes available.
August is a quiet month when it comes to deadlines, but there is one very important deadline on August 15th that effects all state fund, private employers in the state of Ohio: True-Up. Miss the deadline and your company could be removed from any workers' compensation rating programs and discount programs. For most employers, removal from the rating (group rating, group or individual retro, deductible) or discount programs (like drug free safety or transitional work bonus or industry specific safety programs) will mean dramatic increases in premium costs. You can read more here: The True Up Process .
OSHA has also announced that it is delaying the effective date of the anti-retaliation portion of its new record keeping rule to November 1, 2016.
Private employers in the advanced level of the Drug Free Safety program also must turn in the Action Plan by the close of business on August 31. More information is available on the BWC website: DFSP Action Plan.
Just a reminder that if your company has not yet address the medical marijuana policy at your workplace, there's about a month left before the new law takes effect. You can read more about it here: Employers Should Address Medical Marijuana before September.