Volume 26 / Issue 4 - April, 2021
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Topic: 10 Most Common Workers' Compensation Mistakes

Todd Keserich, AVP Client Services & Barb Lessman, Account Executive, CompManagement


Meeting Begins @ 9 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: Virtual Meeting




Thursday, May 13, 2021
Topic: BWC Update - Initiatives & Resources

John Wilton, Business Consultant, BWC


Program Begins @ 9 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: Virtual Meeting




10 Most Common Workers Compensation Mistakes

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the April virtual/webinar program  ---  10 Most Common Workers' Compensation Mistakes  -  with keynote speakers Barbara Lessman, account executive, Sedgwick MCO; and Todd Keserich, AVP Client Services from Sedgwick TPA. 

The program is from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021.  This training event is provided to you by the LCSC steering committee.

The Ohio workers' compensation system can be very challenging and at times overwhelming. The webinar will review the most common mistakes, focusing on how to identify and avoid them.

Keserich and Lessman have more than 70 years of combined experience in the industry and will draw on that knowledge to provide insight on how to prevent costly mistakes from happening. Lessman has nearly 40 years of experience in the field of workers compensation; including claims administration, risk analysis and hearing preresentation for the TPA  - and currently serves as an account executive for Managed Care.

While many aspects of the system are uncontrollable, there are strategies and resources available that can be identified to make sure the chances of having a successful program are increased. Keserich and Lessman will identify the top 10 most common mistakes employers make in administering their workers compensation programming and offer educational assistance to mitigate the losses.

Keserich has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of Ohio state funded workers compensation, including; hearing representation, program consultations, as well as managing the claims processing department. His current position is client service manager over a team of eight (8) account executives who are responsible for meeting with individual employers. 

The cause of mistakes on workers compensation issues is the lack of knowledge and the lack of communication. The impact is on the company's/organization's bottom line and profitability. Keserich and Lessman will demonstrate how understanding the system; claims preporting, claim management, rating and programming are all critical to a claim, the program and the organization's/company's success.

Lessman analyzes employer's workers compensation programs to identify needs, build infrastructure, provide training and education and implement strategies to reduce risk exposure and improve outcomes. Keserich and his team meet regularly with both private and public employers to provide policy level consultation including detailed discussion of BWC program selection and discount options.


This is a virtual meeting and the registration information will be sent soon.

Council Director
Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Council Director Elect
Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director
Gordon Levar
(440) 479-1539

Council Advisor
Bob Siktberg
(216) 383-4737

Council Liaison
Chris Weber-Bresky
(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee
Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Jim Ruttinger
(440) 710-5399

Tobin Hawes
(440) 205-3933

Bob Bradley
(440) 639-4494

Mike Orlando

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation Representative

Jennifer Lingafelter
Garfield Heights Office

Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Mark Wainwright for more information.

BWC Board lowers rates for private employers

Private employers covered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) will pay $71.5 million less in premiums next policy year thanks to a rate reduction BWC’s Board of Directors approved. The Board approved a net 7.1% decrease to private employer rates and assessments during its regular monthly meeting Feb. 26, affecting approximately 220,000 employers across the state.

The reduction goes into effect July 1, the start of the 2021 policy year.

“Thanks to fewer injury claims, fairly low medical inflation costs, and our strong fiscal management, we’re in a good position to reduce these rates,” said BWC Interim Administrator/CEO John Logue. “We’re especially pleased to pass these lower costs along to our business community amid the ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

See this news release for more.


Fighting COVID-19, BWC expands Indoor Air Quality program

In the continuing effort to weaken COVID-19’s spread, BWC’s Board of Directors voted Feb. 26 to expand the agency’s Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program to include substance use treatment centers, group homes, and others. Prior to the Board’s vote, the federally funded $28 million program was limited to nursing homes, assisted living centers, and adult day centers that invested in heating, air conditioning, and ventilation improvements that weaken COVID-19’s spread

The Board approved eligible facilities to include: 

  • Intermediate care facilities.
  • Hospices.
  • Senior centers.
  • Adult care facilities.
  • Waiver settings (group homes).
  • Substance use treatment centers.

“The Board’s vote expands our ability to fight this deadly virus and protect vulnerable Ohioans,” said BWC Interim Administrator/CEO John Logue. “We’re grateful to all involved for making this possible.”

For an application and more on this program, visit this BWC webpage. The application deadline is June. 30.


Employers: Get ready for true-up!

As the opening of the BWC's true-up period for private employers approaches July 1, they encourage employers to review their payroll estimates for the current policy year to avoid surprises in the amount they might owe on premiums.

The BWC recognizes the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted business activity beyond expectations since employers estimated their payroll last year. If business activity and payroll exceeded last year’s estimates, for example, employers will likely have a balance due at true-up time. The BWC wants employers to be prepared.

Employers can visit www.bwc.ohio.gov/login to compare their estimated annual payroll for policy year 2020 to their current projected actual payroll. From the My policy page, click Premium installment schedule, and then click Show detail to see a breakdown of the estimated annual premium calculation.

For questions, visit the BWC website at www.bwc.ohio.gov, or call 1-800-644-6292.


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