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Are Missing Ohio BWC Group Retrospective Refunds Complicating Your Budget for 2022?

Back in August, we told you that Ohio BWC wouldn’t be paying Group Retrospective refunds to employers who participated in Retro during the 2018 and 2019 policy years. For the past 12 years, many businesses have counted on those checks to budget for the coming year. Normally, Retro refunds would have showed up last month (October), but this time those employers were left empty-handed. Companies that were anticipating tens of thousands (hundreds of thousands, in some cases) in Retro Refunds are now faced with an end of year shortfall and difficulty budgeting.

Our actuarial department estimates that Group Retro refund totals for all participating policyholders during the 2018 and 2019 policy years would have been as follows:

  • $190,000,000 for the 2018 policy year
  • $155,000,000 for the 2019 policy year

That’s $345 Million in refunds not being paid back!

If you are concerned with how the state is managing your premium dollars – and more importantly, your refunds, you have options.

You can consider self-insuring, or you can look into a partnership with SuretyHR through our Self-Insured PEO program. This provides a lot of the same savings and benefits of self-insuring for workers’ comp, but without the risk and financial burden of directly paying excess premiums.

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