Workers Comp Group

What Is The Workers Compensation Group?

Established in 1991, the ONMA Workers Compensation Group is one of the first organized in Ohio as a result of House Bill 222 which allows for premium savings through group rating as administered by trade associations. The ONMA Workers Compensation Group Rating Program has provided savings of more than $4 million to member employers since the program’s inception. The rate of premium savings has topped more than 75% most program years.

Eligible employers may enter the ONMA Workers Comp Group during an annual invitation period, based on an evaluation process. Here’s how it works:

Members have an opportunity to participate in multiple programs to reduce workers’ compensation premiums through our partnership with Sedgwick, a seasoned veteran in the Ohio workers’ compensation industry serving and operating in the Ohio community on a statewide basis since 1984.

For more Information on Sedgwick and taking part on the ONMA Workers Comp Group, contact Kathy Redmond at 614.582.4616 or via email at  

Explore Your Opportunities to Reduce Your Organization’s Workers’ Compensation Annual Premium:

Group Rating Program
Enables small employers with better than average claim histories to combine claim expenses and rate calculations to take advantage of premium savings currently reserved for large employers. By participating in group rating, employers enjoy a much lower premium than could be attained on their own. Savings generally range from 25 percent to the maximum discount allowed by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation each year.

Group Retrospective Rating Program
Employers who do not qualify for group rating may want to explore this alternative rating program. The program is designed to reward participants that are able to keep their claim costs below a predetermined amount. Employers continue to pay their individual premium; however, they have the opportunity to receive retrospective premium adjustments. Employers committed to improving workplace safety and accident prevention in order to reduce the frequency and severity of accidents involving their employees, should investigate this program further as an additional savings tool.

As a member, you owe it to your organization to explore all of the savings options available to you. Exploring your options is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

For a free, no-obligation analysis, contact Kathy Redmond at 614.582.4616 or via email at  

Members may also participate in any of the services offered below:

State Fund Worker’s Compensation Management Services
Employers not participating in the Alternative Rating Programs listed above may also obtain Sedgwick’s services to assist them with their Ohio Workers’ Compensation program and the analysis of other incentive or performance based discounts. Services include claims management, client education, coordination of ancillary services, program analysis, customized reporting, industrial commission hearing representation and manual classification review and savings opportunities.

Safety and Loss Control Consultation
Members of the Ohio News Media Association’s Group Rating program have access to telephonic consultation with a member of the Sedgwick Risk Services team at no additional charge to assist them with a variety of risk, health, and safety issues. Risk Services provides risk, health, and safety management support services to help maintain regulatory self-compliance, improve workplace safety and enhance injury prevention. Sedgwick’s professional experts may also be retained to develop an organizational specific safety program that is easily administered as well as highly effective. Assistance is available in identifying areas of opportunity within loss control, safety management/accountability, risk management, regulatory self-compliance, human resources, ergonomics, behavior modification, and drug-free workplace program development.

Unemployment Consultation
Sedgwick provides services in the areas of account management, program administration, claims administration, development of client personnel procedures as related to unemployment compensation, training and education, benefit charge audits, tax rate calculations including common rate programs, voluntary payments, corporate changes as they affect tax exposure, and hearing representation before the Appeals Sections of each state agency where allowed.