In short order, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) this week approved the request of Governor Mike DeWine to authorize dividends for Ohio employers of monies paid to fund the state unemployment compensation fund. DeWine requested that the BWC rebate as much as $5 billion to help businesses and other employers in the state cope with the economic fallout and ongoing challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. DeWine had previously requested – and the BWC had already authorized – separate rebates of $1.54 billion in late April and another $1.34 billion just last month. With the approval of this latest $5 billion request, the BWC will have reduced worker compensation premiums for Ohio businesses totaling almost $8 billion in workers compensation premiums this year alone. The agency will apply the dividend to unpaid balances and send a check for the balance to businesses by year-end.