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May 26, 2009

The Industrial Commission of Ohio Launches New Web Site

The new www.ic.ohio.gov will better serve our customers

COLUMBUS – The Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) is accelerating our service to customers by launching the newly redesigned www.ic.ohio.gov. The new Web site features streamlined navigation, “Quick Links” for ease of use, improved accessibility, plus the latest IC news and events on our home page.

Making its first appearance on our home page is “Agency News”. Now, there’s no need to search through our site to find the most current news and events pertaining to the IC. We’ve also done our spring-cleaning and reorganized www.ic.ohio.gov to help you find information in a more orderly manner. Web site sections have been compressed and links have been streamlined to make navigation easier.

Our new “Quick Links” speed up access to the areas of our site that you visit most. With just a few clicks, you can logon to the Industrial Commission’s Online Network (I.C.O.N.), learn more about the IC, or visit one of our online manuals that have been updated to user and printer friendly PDFs.

In addition, our new and improved Web site is restructured to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Guidelines as well as the State of Ohio Executive Branch Web Site Standardization Policy. The Web Site Standardization Policy requires cabinet-level state agencies to build sites that look similar to Ohio.gov, so that customers grow accustomed to using similar navigation tools when they visit state agency Web sites.

A team of IT and Communications staff members designed and built the site from the ground up, utilizing only the cost of labor. Please explore our new site and call us with any questions or concerns at 1-800-521-2691.

The IC conducts hearings on disputed workers’ compensation claims, determines violations of specific safety requirements, and determines if an injured worker is permanently and temporarily disabled due to a work-related injury or occupational disease. Three Governor-appointed Commissioners lead the agency---headquartered in Columbus--which has 5 regional and 10 district offices throughout the state.

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May 26, 2009

The Industrial Commission of Ohio Consolidates Canton and Akron Offices

Merging of Two District Offices to Save More Than $460,000 Per Year

COLUMBUS – In an effort toward greater efficiency and cost effectiveness, the Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) is relocating our Canton office operations into the Akron district office, effective Monday, June 29, 2009.

This consolidation will eliminate current service and operational redundancies, and result in reduced office lease expense, reduced payroll cost, and reduced cost for security. Over the next ten (10) years, the total cost savings for the consolidation of the Akron and Canton IC offices will be $4.64 million.

The Akron office is located in a state building and is less than 24 miles from the Canton office, which is currently housed in private office space. The rent paid in Canton is the highest of any properties leased by the IC across the state. The relocation of the Canton office’s twelve (12) employees to Akron will be performed by Industrial Commission staff, and will not require any additional expenditure. The Akron office space is more than adequate to house the combined thirty-five (35) employees of both offices, and all employees will keep their jobs.

In FY 2010 alone, this consolidation will result in a savings of $464,384. As our operations are directly funded by employer premium dollars, this significant cost savings may not be ignored. Furthermore, hearing workloads have progressively decreased during the last ten (10) years in Canton and Akron, and technological advances no longer require the IC to be housed in the same location as the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).

“The Industrial Commission of Ohio is always striving to provide quality services while using our resources and staff in the most efficient ways possible,” said Executive Director Christa Deegan. “I look forward to making this a smooth transition as we continue to look for new ways to utilize available space among our district offices while ensuring that customer service does not suffer.”

Accessibility and quality service to IC customers is of the utmost importance to us. After June 26, hearings previously conducted by the Industrial Commission in Canton will be held in the IC office closest to the injured workers’ residence. Employers and injured workers may also access their ICON accounts online at www.ic.ohio.gov, or may speak to a customer service representative by calling 1-800-521-2691.

The IC conducts hearings on disputed workers’ compensation claims, determines violations of specific safety requirements, and determines if an injured worker is permanently and temporarily disabled due to a work-related injury or occupational disease. Three Governor-appointed Commissioners lead the agency---headquartered in Columbus--which has 5 regional and 10 district offices throughout the state.

(Click on the link below to open the official press release. Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view the file)