Trumbull employers to get $16M in rebates from BWC

WARREN — About $16.2 million is set to be distributed in Trumbull County this summer as part of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s rebate for Ohio employers.

The rebates are part of the $1 billion the agency is returning to private and public employers across the state, officials said.

Combined, private employers in Trumbull County will receive $14 million. More than $2.2 million is being rebated to public employers.

In all, the Mahoning Valley will collect nearly $60 million. Of that, employers in Mahoning County will see $27.5 million. Employers in Columbiana County will receive $8.4 million.

“These rebates were made possible by our agency’s strong investment returns, and they demonstrate our commitment to help Ohio businesses thrive and grow,” said BWC Administrator / CEO Sarah Morrison.

As part of the rebate, BWC will launch a $44 million investment in new health and safety initiatives early next year to promote a healthy workforce and a culture of safety in Ohio workplaces. This includes a new wellness program for small employers and $2 million a year for two years to help fire departments invest in safety.

BWC started mailing rebate checks to employers July 10 and will continue doing so through the next few weeks. The checks equal roughly two-thirds of an employer’s premium for the 2015 policy year.

The counties of Trumbull and Mahoning will collect $469,188 and $545,919, respectively. Warren’s rebate is $224,885, while Warren City Schools’ is $189,319. Youngstown will collect $452,362, while the rebate going to Youngstown City Schools is $324,368.

Rebate information for the private employers was not available because it is not a public record, according to BWC.

Morrison said employers are free to spend their rebates as they wish, but she hopes they will consider investing in workplace safety.

Gov. John Kasich proposed the rebate, the third in the last four years, in March.