Ohio Employers Could See Another Billion Back
For the third time, the Ohio BWC administrator and Governor John Kasich have proposed returning one billion dollars back to Ohio private and public employers in the state fund workers' compensation system.
Webinars Scheduled: Drug Free Safety and Transitional Work Grant and Bonus Programs: Getting Started
For employers thinking about applying for the Drug Free Safety or Transitional Work Grant and Bonus program, we have scheduled two informational webinars.
New Service: Injury Nurse Triage
First Connect is pleased to announce a new service: Injury Nurse Triage. The service is designed to help employers make better initial treatment decisions for injured workers at the time of injury. Injured workers and their supervisors have 24/7 access to a trained registered nurse who immediately assesses the situation. Using nationally accepted guidelines, the nurse makes appropriate treatment recommendations that may include first aid, appointments with occupational medicine providers and, only when necessary, the emergency room.
Second Date Added! "Don't Get Fined! Ohio's Medical Marijuana Law and OSHA's position on Post Accident Testing"
We had such an overwhelming demand on our webinar: "Don't Get Fined: Ohio's Medical Marijuana Law and OSHA"s Position on Post Accident Testing", that we scheduled a second session. To register, click the link below and we thank you for making this course so popular!
FMCSA Establishes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that will establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers. The database will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license holders. (CDL)
Webinar: "Don't Get Fined! Ohio's Medical Marijuana Law and OSHA's position on Post Accident Testing"
OSHA's position on post accident testing could bring big fines if your company is not in compliance and Ohio's new medical marijuana law is leaving employers perplexed. Join us for a one hour webinar where we will review it all!
Ohio's Drug Free Safety Program doesn't exempt your company from OSHA's position on post accident testing
A few weeks ago, we received an inquiry from one of our partners asking about OSHA's position on post accident testing and whether Ohio employers in the Drug Free Safety Program (DFSP) needed to comply. It seems one of his employers had attended an education session where the speaker addressed the new OSHA rule. In doing so, the speaker stated that employers in the DFSP were exempt from compliance with the post accident testing provision addressing automatic testing policies. The generality of the statement by the speaker leads employers in Ohio down a dangerous path.
Anti Retaliatory Rule Injunction Denied by Federal Judge
A federal judge in Texas denied a request from employers and business groups for a preliminary injunction to halt the enactment of the anti retaliatory provision in the OSHA recordkeeping rule. The decision affects an employer’s injury reporting process, including post accident drug and alcohol testing policies and safety incentive programs.
OSHA Announces Second Delay for Anti Retaliation Portion of final Recordkeeping Rule
OSHA has announced a second delay for the Anti-Retaliatory portion of the final Record Keeping rule announced in May. This is the section that addresses post accident drug and alcohol testing policies.
OSHA Issues Guidance on Post Accident Testing
On October 19, OSHA published a memorandum clarifying the agency’s position on incentive programs, disciplinary procedures and post accident testing policies included in the preamble to the recordkeeping rule.
BWC extends grace period for payroll true-up
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.
First Connect chooses ease@work as their preferred EAP provider
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.
Ohio Employers: Don't forget to true-up (updated 8/21)
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.
OSHA Delays Anti-Retaliation Portion of OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule
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.
Change in Requirements for Transitional Work Grant
Beginning July 1, employers that wish to apply for a transitional work grant no longer have to have a lost time claim in their experience in order to qualify. The BWC has also released compelling information from a five year study of participants that shows dramatic cost savings for employers.
Don't Miss the True Up Deadline
Employers Should Address Medical Marijuana by September
New Record Keeping Rule Affects Post Accident Testing Policies - Updated August 2
How HB523 Will Affect Ohio Employers - Updated June 8
Keeping up with Medical Marijuana in Ohio
New Opioid Rule approved; Moves to Joint Committee
Protecting Employees in Summer Heat
MCO Open Enrollment: An Important Decision
Transitional Work Bonus Program Applicants Should Start Now
2/22 9 am
"Transitional Work Program: Getting Started"
3/15 9 am
"Managing a Drug Free Workplace in a Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic"
To register for our Featured Webinars, please visit Webinar Schedule
3/2 DFSP - Action Plan
(Public Employers; Advanced Level Only)
3/31 *DFSP - Annual Training completed
(Private employers Only)
3/31 *DFSP - Annual Report Due
(Private Employers Only)
3/31 One Claim Program - Education Requirement
(Private Employers Only)
*All training must be completed before the annual report is submitted to the BWC. If you have not yet scheduled training at your workplace, please call our offices ASAP to get on our calendar. Note: We can also schedule group webinars at a time and date convenient for your company and our regularly scheduled general drug free webinar schedule is available here: Drug Free Webinar Schedule