For immediate release: July 13, 2012
BWC accepting applications for transitional work grant program
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is now accepting applications for a new grant program
designed to assist employers in developing transitional work programs that return employees to work or keep them working
in some capacity following a workplace injury. The Transitional Work Grant Program provides funds for employers to design
programs that personalize job accommodations for a specified time period to gradually return injured workers to their
"Transitioning an injured employee back into the workplace is an important factor in achieving a full recovery," said
BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "Having a plan in place to ease the transition back to work keeps the employee active
in their own recovery and saves the employer money by reducing the length, and therefore overall cost, of the claim."
The 3-to-1 matching grants are available to companies with more than 11 employees, although BWC will assist smaller
employers in developing their plans. The maximum grant amounts range from up to $2,900 for companies with 11-49 employees,
to as much as $6,300 for those with more than 200 employees.
Participating employers are required to hire a BWC-accredited transitional work developer
to design a customized program. BWC will reimburse 75 percent of covered charges up to the maximum grant amounts after proof of payment to a developer.
Generally, to be eligible, employers must have 11 or more employees, at least one lost-time claim in their claims experience
and been in existence for at least two years. A full list of requirements and details on applying can be found
at http://bit.ly/BWCtw. Employers can email the
transitional work support unit at TWSupport@bwc.state.oh.us with questions.
The Transitional Work Grant Program is one of the programs in BWC's Destination: Excellence initia-tive, designed to help
Ohio employers focus on safety, accident prevention and return-to-work opportunities to bring injured workers back to work
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