Bureau of Workers Compensation update, March 26, 2020: To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio BWC is announcing that unpaid insurance premium installment amounts due for March, April, and May for the current policy year can be deferred until June 1, 2020. BWC will consider the issue further as we approach June 1, 2020. BWC will not refund amounts to employers who have already paid some or all of their premiums that were scheduled to be paid during those months. Employers that wish to submit payments for March, April, and May are free to do so, but BWC will not lapse (cancel) coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services- Unemployment Resources The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has set up a special COVID-19 website to answer employer and employee questions about unemployment.
This Federal Bill passed 3/18/2020 and made the following requirements regarding employee leave:
Sets up a paid sick leave requirement for employers with fewer than 500 employees. This is for those employees who have the virus, are in quarantine, are caring for someone in quarantine, or are caring for a child under 18 whose school is closed. Full-time workers receive 80 hours of paid sick leave; part-time workers receive time equal to the average number of hours they work in a given two-week period.
Amends the Family and Medical Leave Act to set up a temporary emergency paid leave program through December 31.
Provides payroll tax credits for employers required to provide emergency paid sick leave or family medical leave under the bill.
Establishes comparable sick leave and family leave income tax credits for self-employed workers.
Provides 100% federal funding, up from 50%, for extended unemployment benefits.