Medical Marijuana Symposium

Yes. No. Maybe? Medical Marijuana Your Drug-Free Workplace Program

Employers need to decide how they will respond to medical marijuana before the system to recommend and dispense it is fully operational on September 8, 2018. Employers need to decide how they will respond to medical marijuana before the system to recommend and dispense it is fully operational on September 8, 2018. To give insight into this important decision, we?re offering a presentation to:

Raise awareness of business and operational issues from legalization under Ohio H.B. 523
Increase understanding of the related drug-free workplace program issues for employers and employees
Review key decisions that need to be made – particularly relating to policy, operations and employee/supervisor awareness

The content of the presentation is meant for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a legal professional or other competent advisors. Please contact a licensed attorney to obtain advice with respect to any legal issue discussed in this presentation or regarding a situation specific to your business.


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Women in Business

The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce announces that Women in Business is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City Club on the 3rd floor of the Center for Business Services building located at 144 S. Main St. in Lima.

Women in Business is a quarterly networking event designed for today’s business women featuring speakers and presentations that are relevant to personal & professional development, leadership and education.

Thank you to the sponsors for making this event possible: Lima Memorial Health System, 92.1 The Frog, The Ohio State University, and Sign Pro Imaging,  and Wright Consolidated Inc.

Tickets are $25.00 for Chamber members and $40.00 for non-members and the ticket does include lunch. For tickets call the Lima Chamber at 419.222.6045 or register online at

***Table sponsors are being accepted at $100.00 each, this includes one event ticket with a discount of $15.00 each additional ticket and able space. Please contact for more details.


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*Registration cancelations MUST be received one (1) week prior to event for refund*



BWC Automated Phone System Upgrades Security

Businesses and injured workers who use the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s automated phone system, 1-800-644-6292, will soon see improved security to better protect their sensitive information.
Beginning Feb. 15, 2017, callers will need more than just their policy or claim number. Injured workers will also be asked for the last four digits of their social security number and their date of injury. Businesses will also be asked for their federal tax ID number (FEIN or SSN) and the ZIP code for the mailing address on the policy.
We encourage callers to have this information handy when they call. While it may require a few more taps of the finger, they can feel confident their sensitive information is more secure.

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 8 to 10 at the Columbus Convention Center

Registration is now open for the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 8 to 10 at the Columbus Convention Center. Click here to view event information, including the event schedule, hotels, directions and free online registration.

Days one and two (Wednesday & Thursday) offer general sessions, educational sessions and the Expo Marketplace. Day three (Friday) of the safety congress delivers full-day workshops and in-depth training. Attend the number of days which best meet your training needs.

We look forward to seeing you at OSC17!

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Are your OSHA logs ready? New electronic filing means covered employers now have two deadlines.

Are your OSHA logs ready?

New electronic filing means covered employers now have two deadlines.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that covered employers maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. A summary of those records must be posted by Feb. 1st each year. Earlier this year (May 12, 2016), OSHA published its final rule on a new requirement for employers to also submit OSHA records electronically through the OSHA website. The electronic 300A Summary report must be submitted for the 2016 calendar year by July 1, 2017.

This means employers now must meet two requirements/deadlines: Feb. 1 for the 300A paper summary and July 1 for the electronic version of the 300A summary.

Did you know?

  • Not all Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) workers’ comp claims are OSHA log recordable.
  • Not all emergency room visits are OSHA log recordable.
  • Non-compliance in recordkeeping and submission delays can cost your company thousands of dollars.
  • Employers are required to retain their current records plus records from the previous five years.

OSHA uses records of injuries and illnesses to determine the effectiveness of existing safety and health standards. Sheakley can help you understand the requirements of OSHA Recordkeeping, industries that are partially exempt from recordkeeping forms, and the fines associated with non-compliance.

Learn more by attending an upcoming webinar on OSHA Recordkeeping

Dec. 9, 2016 at 10:30am OR Jan. 9, 2017 at 10am 

Register today! ·      Online: Go to, choose the Monthly Safety Webinar option then scroll to the December sessions.

·      Email: to let us know which session you’d like to attend

Who should attend? Employers with more than 10 employees, Human Resources Personnel, Operations Managers, Payroll Personnel, and Safety Representatives.


  • 31, 2016 — January/February premium installment due to BWC.
  • 31, 2017 — BWC enrollment deadline for group retrospective rating, one claim program, individual retrospective rating, and deductible program.


The Lima Chamber offers both group rating and group retrospective rating programs to reduce your Ohio workers’ comp costs. We are currently sending out quotes for the group retro program to qualified employers. Sheakley, the group administrator, has been helping Lima/Allen county companies improve workplace safety and reduce their workers’ comp and unemployment costs for more than 50 years. A strong focus on client service and strategic claims management, paired with solid underwriting, has provided Chamber members tremendous savings opportunities year after year through a variety of cost saving programs.

If you are not already a Sheakley client, request your Chamber savings analysis. It’s free, and there is no obligation to join, so it’s simply smart business to know your options.

800.877.5055 ext. 5070 or