Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chairman Gillmor and Administrator Buehrer Speak with Northeastern Ohio Business Community

Workers’ Compensation Issues Discussed

YOUNGSTOWN/GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH – In two joint appearances at business roundtable discussions in Youngstown and Garfield Heights on August 13, Industrial Commission Chairman and CEO Karen L. Gillmor and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator Stephen Buehrer met with more than 50 business leaders about current workers’ compensation issues, developments, and trends.

“As Ohio rebounds from the economic recession of the previous five years, both the Industrial Commission and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation are looking at innovative ways to operate the workers’ compensation system,” Gillmor said. “By keeping the public up-to-date on current issues, we welcome input regarding how the agencies can improve the system.”

BWC and IC staff members joined Chairman Gillmor during two business roundtable discussions.

“I am thrilled to speak with businesses and public entities about how the Industrial Commission is striving to make certain that the hearing process is fair, timely, and cost effective,” Gillmor said. “We are more aggressively tracking agency outcomes and monitoring trends to better assess where additional improvements may be needed.”

Throughout September and October, Chairman Gillmor and Administrator Buehrer will be speaking throughout the state about each agency’s role in Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. Public and private employers as well as other interested parties are encouraged to attend the speaking engagements.

“While the agency is meeting its legal mandates, I am always eager to hear from interested parties about Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. I am looking forward to working with Administrator Buehrer to further improve the business climate in Ohio.”