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Why is it Important to Understand Group Retro Ratings?

By Spooner Inc
July 25, 2019 Category: Group Retro

Group retro is a relatively new incentive program designed to help Ohio employers keep their workplace safe. In 2009, the Ohio BWC createdgroup retro, and since then it has worked exceptionally well for employers who either do not have a group rating option or that have the opportunity to get more premium back from this program. However, there have been some changes made to the rules and regulations that structure the group retro rating that can affect Ohio employers. Understanding Group Retro The first this that you, as an Ohio employer, need to understand is what the percentages of refunds are in the group retro program. In the graph, you can see the blue columns represent the standard refund. The standard refund is based on your premium minus the BWC admin fee. If your company pays $100,000 in premium, the BWC admin fee is roughly $15,000, so that is an $85,000 refund. The yellow columns represent the premium that is actually paid. This is a more accurate representation of the

ALERT: Important OSHA and Safety Reminder

By Spooner Inc
January 11, 2019 Category: News

Our safety team has been fielding a lot of questions about Recordkeeping and 300A posting and electronic submission. Here are some pointers for some of the most common questions related to OSHA reporting requirements. As always, please contact your safety team member at Spooner or contact Jon Carpenter. Here is Jons contact info: Jon Carpenter CSM Vice President - Safety Services Cell: 440.759.0519 Tel: 440.249.5284 | Ext: 110 Fax: 440.249.5285 jcarpenter@spoonerinc.com Posting the 300A in the work place: Nothing has changed, clients still need to post the 300A in the work place between February 1st April 30th, 2019. Posting location needs to be a prominent area like breakroom, time clock, etc. where employees can observe the form. Electronic Submission: Quick access Go to OSHA.gov Take Action header on left, scroll down Click on Submit Form 300A Data Electronically Click Launch ITA and follow the instructions You can also check out the OSHA website regarding Injury Tracking

What should I expect from a Department of Labor Audit?

By Spooner Inc
August 06, 2018 Category: Department of Labor Audit

This post originally appeared on SuretyHR.com Like most things related to Human Resources, being proactive is always the best policy. Employers know that the U.S Department of Labor (DOL) can perform an audit at any time. Sometimes these audits are triggered by an employee complaint, but they can also occur in targeted low-wage industries such as agriculture, restaurants, garment manufacturing, guard services, day-care centers and hospitality to screen wage and hour violations. It is crucial for employers to understand the audit process so they can be prepared to handle the situation if it occurs. Below is a basic guide to help employers know what to expect in the event they are audited. Will I Have Advance Notice of an Audit? The DOL does not provide advance notice of an audit. If the DOL shows up to do one, employers may ask for time to gather their records. The amount of time granted to do so is at the discretion of the auditor. Can I Find out Why the Business Being Audited? Employers

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