All unresolved issues involving the financial strength or the administrative ability of the employer to operate as a self-insuring employer will be referred to the Self-Insured Review Panel (SIRP) for a hearing. The Self-Insured Review Panel operates under Chapters 4121 and 4123 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The administrator may authorize the review panel to consider the following matters.
- Granting or denying an application for the privilege to pay compensation, etc., directly.
- Non-renewals of self-insuring status.
- Revocation of self-insuring status.
- Issues of a self-insuring employer's adequacy of contribution to the self-insuring employers' guaranty fund or need for additional security under section 4123.351 of the Ohio Revised Code.
- Any other self-insuring employer matter as authorized and delegated by the administrator under Chapters 4121 and 4123 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The panel consists of three members appointed by the administrator. The members shall consist of persons with expertise or experience in matters relating to self-insuring employers. The panel holds meetings and hearings to determine matters referred to it by the administrator or BWC’s self-insured department. The panel may issue decisions without formal hearing, and may advise the administrator or the self-insured department on issues referred to it. The panel shall afford an employer the opportunity for a formal hearing before the panel upon request.
If an employer requests a hearing before the review panel or the panel determines a hearing is in the best interests of the employer or the State Insurance Fund, the panel will mail a notice of hearing to the employer and its representatives, setting forth the date, time and place of the hearing. The notice shall be mailed not less than 21 days before the date of such hearing. In justifiable cases, an emergency hearing may be arranged with the review panel.
The panel's decisions will be mailed to all interested parties and shall state the evidence upon which the decision was based and the reasons for the panel's actions. If the employer files a written appeal within 14 days of the employer's receipt of the panel's decision, the administrator may reconsider the decision of the panel and may conduct a formal hearing for such purpose.