As a result of Safety Council meeting cancellations, the BWC has acknowledged that many participants will not be able to complete the program’s FY20 rebate eligibility requirements.
Therefore, the BWC will provide the FY20 rebate to safety council members who, as of Feb. 29, 2020, had attended at least FOUR safety council meetings. This determination was based on crediting each member with one meeting credit for each cancelled meeting, the maximum of two external training credits and waiving the CEO attendance and calendar year 2019 semi-annual report requirements.
While the BWC realizes that a small number of safety councils host more than one meeting a month late in the program year, they are granting relief for only one safety council meeting credit per month in March, April, May, and June. This resolution reinforces the program’s goal of active participation for the purpose of education, networking and resource sharing and, unfortunately, members who condense participation to the latter part of the program year will not appreciate relief from this solution.
Ultimately, employers determined to have earned the rebate under the revised guidelines will receive the maximum percentage rebate allowed per their BWC group-rating status:
- 2% for employers enrolled in BWC’s Group-Retrospective-Rating Program and eligible for the participation rebate.
- 2% for employers enrolled in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program and eligible for the performance bonus – there will be no claims data measurement calculation.
- 4% for employers not enrolled in a BWC Group-Rating Program.
Your safety council sponsor will submit July 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020 attendance records to the BWC when normal business operations resume. The timeline for the processing of these rebates is yet to be determined but the BWC will continue to update safety council sponsors when you should expect FY20 safety council program rebate checks.