Following up on a hearing we told you about last week in Small Regular, the Ohio Board of Workers Compensation gave its blessing to a proposal of Governor Michael DeWine that the Board pay out employer dividends in the amount of $1.6 billion as a vehicle to help the state’s business community deal with the economic onslaught of the COVID-19 crisis. The BWC met in a virtual emergency session last Friday morning and quickly approved the Governor’s dividend proposal. The dividend amount of $1.6 billion is essentially 100% of the premium businesses paid for workers comp in 2018. The governor’s office also announced last week the creation of the Ohio Office of Small Business Relief, which will operate within the Office Development Services Agency as a clearinghouse of sorts to assist small businesses with navigating the financial and regulatory environment in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.