Columbus, OH (CompNewsNetwork) - The Ohio Bureau of
Workers' Compensation (BWC) has identified 100 employers who have failed to pay for
workers' compensation insurance. Each of these non-compliant employers owes more than
$10,000 in workers' compensation premiums for the period that was due for payment on Aug.
31, 2007. In failing to pay their premiums, each firm has allowed its workers'
compensation coverage to lapse.
"BWC works aggressively to encourage non-compliant employers to pay their workers'
compensation premiums," said BWC Administrator Marsha Ryan. "The true sufferers are the
compliant employers who operate their businesses in accordance with Ohio law. Because BWC
is revenue-neutral, Ohio's compliant employers are forced to pay more than their fair
share to cover the deficit caused by employers who choose not to pay for workers'
compensation insurance." BWC notified delinquent employers by letter on Sept. 17 and
again on Dec. 7 that they were in violation of Ohio law. The letter also provided
instructions on how to reinstate coverage. BWC works with businesses to reinstate coverage
through phone calls, letters and possible site visits.
BWC will certify the non-compliant employers' delinquent premium amount to the Office
of the Attorney General of Ohio, which assesses interest to lapsed accounts and enacts
future legal action. Further, if an employee is injured on the job, while the business'
workers' compensation coverage is lapsed, the employer must pay all costs related to the