The state has until June 30 to appeal the case to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Pay Us Back Ohio BWC says 17,263 employers in the Dayton metro area are owed $52.5 million.
Steve Risner, co-owner of HR Associates in Piqua, which is a temporary staffing agency, said his workers’ comp premiums have easily topped how much BWC pays on claims filed by his workers.
In 2012, HR Associates paid $192,491 in premiums and had $105,394 paid in actual claims, he said. Then in 2013, the company got hit with $211,414 in premiums while BWC paid $19,766 on HR Associates claims, Risner said.
“(The premiums) really are a threat to our company and it’s just not fair,” he said.
The BWC is the largest state-run workers’ compensation insurance fund in the country. It collects $1.8 billion in annual premiums and pays out roughly the same amount for lost wages and medical expenses incurred by injured workers. The system has 1.1 million open claims, including about 105,000 new ones filed each year.
The lawsuit, filed in 2007, argues that the bureau unjustly gave big discounts to employers who were part of groups and required employers not in groups to subsidize them.
The BWC has set aside $854 million in case it loses or drops the appeal.