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EM Cap Program

The EM Cap Program will limit the increase to an employer's experience modifier (EM) to 100 percent of the previous year's published EM. The previous year's EM could be an individual EM or group EM if the employer was participating in a group-rating plan that year.

Example: An employer is in a maximum discount group and gets the group EM of 0.47. They're not renewed in a group the next year, so the company would go to base rate (EM of 1.00). However, because the employer is eligible for EM capping, we'll cap the EM for the year at 0.94.

Eligibility requirements

We identify employers who are eligible for the EM Cap. Private employers' EMs are calculated on March 1, prior to a policy year that begins on July 1. Public employers' EMs are calculated on Sept. 1, prior to a policy year that begins on Jan. 1.

We will notify you if you qualify for the program. To qualify, you must:

  • Be a private employer or a public employer taxing district.
  • Not have cumulative lapses in workers' comp coverage in excess of 40 days within the preceding 12 months.
  • Be current with respect to all payments due BWC, including any part-pay agreement. 
  • Have reported actual payroll for the preceding policy year, and paid any premium due upon reconciliation of estimated premium and actual premium for that policy year.

Safety training requirements

You must complete safety training requirements through our Division of Safety & Hygiene. You must complete any one of the following.

  • One half-day industry-specific safety classroom course offered by DSH.
  • Three hours of online safety training courses offered by DSH.
  • Three one-hour safety training courses in-person at the annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.

Register for classes.

Safety training requirements must be completed by the following dates.

  • Private employers, by the last business day of March of the policy year.
  • Public employer taxing districts, by the last business day of September of the policy year.

Note: Employers must complete three hours of online safety classes through this website.