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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Statewide Hearing Officer Training to be Held September 10, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH — The Industrial Commission of Ohio announced today that registration will open on June 27 to attend the Fall Statewide Hearing Officer Training meeting at Maumee Bay State Park on Monday, September 10, 2012.

Attendees can register for this event via mail, facsimile or by selecting the “representative” field when logging onto the Industrial Commission Online Network (ICON).

Names will be accepted for a registration lottery beginning Wednesday, June 27, 2012, and ending at the close of business on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

Please include the following information:

  • Registrant’s Name
  • Company or Law Firm
  • Company or Law Firm Address
  • Business Telephone Number
  • Business Facsimile Transmission Number

Please note that registration is limited to one name per entry and no more than three names per organization.

Attendees will be contacted if they are selected in the registration lottery.

The cost is $100. Attendees should not submit fees when registering for the lottery.

CLE accreditation will be requested for this seminar.

For questions, please call (614) 466-8189.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Industrial Commission of Ohio Hosts OPERS Seminar
Q&A Session Provided Answers to Pension Questions

COLUMBUS, OH – With a growing number of questions regarding legislation that will make changes to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), state employees attended an OPERS informational seminar today to find answers.

On behalf of the Industrial Commission of Ohio, Chairman and CEO Karen L. Gillmor hosted the seminar this morning in the William Green Building Auditorium in Columbus.

“As the General Assembly prepares to make numerous changes to state retirement systems, public employees have many questions regarding the changes,” Gillmor said.  “The purpose of this interactive forum was to explain the proposed legislative changes and answer questions.”

OPERS representatives spent two hours discussing recommended benefit changes proposed in Senate Bill 343 and how the changes will affect state employees and their families.  They discussed the challenges that OPERS must overcome, while providing a detailed list of proposed changes to pension and health care plans.  After the presentation, representatives took part in a Q&A session with the 350 attendees.

“Impending changes to the OPERS system will affect the majority of our state employees,” Gillmor said.  “The goal of this event was to keep public employees up-to-date on the magnitude of the changes so that they can make informed decisions that will affect themselves and their families.”

State employees from the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Ethics Commission, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Ohio Department of Youth Services, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services were also invited to attend the event.

“With so many meaningful and impactful changes being proposed by OPERS, we invited our neighboring agencies to participate in this forum,” Gillmor said.

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, the largest of Ohio’s five state retirement systems in asset value, is the 12th largest statewide retirement system and the 16thlargest U.S. retirement plan.  During the presentation, OPERS representatives issued a legislative call to action because continued legislative delays not only affect the ability to continue health care benefits, but also have caused OPERS to forfeit more than $700 million in potential savings – nearly $1 million per day.

“Our employees need to make informed decisions about their futures because changes to OPERS may dramatically alter retirement plans and employees’ options,” Gillmor said.”