Update on employer program reporting/requirement deadlines
Q: Will BWC be extending program reporting/requirement completion deadlines?
A: BWC is waiving all safety education and training requirements for this policy year -- July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, for private employers; calendar year 2019 for public employers -- for participants in the following programs:
- Drug Free Safety Program.
- EM Cap Program.
- Grow Ohio.
- Industry-Specific Safety Program.
- One Claim Program.
- Policy Activity Rebate Program.
Discounts offered through these programs will be applied automatically. Additionally, the annual report deadline submission for Drug-Free Safety Program participants has been extended to June 1, 2020.
Update for professional employer organizations
Q: How does BWC’s deferral of premium installment payments apply to state fund employers that are Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs)?
A: PEO employers are required to report actual payroll and pay premiums on a monthly basis, but as state fund employers operating under the COVID-19 climate, they may defer reporting and payments for March and April until June 1st, 2020. As for the May payroll report and premium payment, it will be due as normally scheduled, on or before June 15, 2020. The deferral is automatic, there is no “opt in” requirement to take advantage of this option. Please note this scenario may change as the matter will be reconsidered for direction after June 1, 2020.
Q: How does this impact state fund clients of PEO employers?
A: A client of a PEO employer must maintain active workers’ compensation coverage throughout the duration of any type of PEO agreement. Client employers will be treated the same as all other state fund employers and will have the option to defer payments until June without a lapse in coverage.
We've prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document to provide information about the coronavirus' (COVID-19's) impact on BWC operations.
We're monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary.