Senate District 33
Michael A. Rulli
Rulli Applauds Workers' Comp Rate Reduction for Ohio's Employers
Focus on Safety, Fiscal Management Means More Opportunity for Hiring and Growth
January 25, 2019
COLUMBUS—State Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem) is applauding a recent proposal by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for a 20-percent reduction in the average premium rate it charges private employers—its largest rate cut in nearly 60 years if approved by the agency’s board of directors.

Prudent fiscal management and a focus on worker safety and wellness has enabled BWC to reduce rates and provide $8 billion in rebates to employers over the last several years.

"It is always a step in the right direction when we are able to put more money back in the hands of local businesses to create new job opportunities, hire qualified employees and expand operations," said Rulli. "Healthy and safe working environments are a crucial piece of that equation, and I am proud of the BWC's efforts to work closely with businesses and continue to lower rates in an impactful way."

If approved by the board at its meeting on February 22, the rate reduction would be effective July 1 and save private employers $244 million over premiums for fiscal year 2019. The proposed cut would follow a 12 percent reduction last year and a pattern of no increases since 2006. It would also follow a 12 percent rate reduction for public employers — counties, cities, schools and others — that went into effect January 1.

Overall, the average rate levels for the 242,000 Ohio employers in the BWC system are at their lowest in at least 40 years. For more information on the BWC’s rate reduction announcement, click here.
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