The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will defer business premiums for the months of March, April and May – leaving $200 million to circulate in the state economy, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said Saturday.
The payments are deferred to June 1, but the state could reassess before then as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, he said.
State officials understand the ripple effects on the economy and health when businesses are ordered to close to slow spread of the disease, said Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health.
“There is a cascading effect in the economy,” Husted said. “Businesses are going to suffer, and as a result so are their employees. We’re very mindful of that and always trying to seek a balance.”
The bureau has a resource page for injured workers during the pandemic here.
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