State Agencies Partner to Help Injured Workers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will partner with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to help Ohio’s injured workers return to employment.

The BWC/OhioMeansJobs Program will link workers whose injuries restrict them from performing their previous job responsibilities, or who want to learn new skills, with the job-placement resources available at the OhioMeansJobs website, Steve Buehrer, BWC administrator/CEO announced Tuesday.

“BWC’s No. 1 priority is to help injured workers recover from their injuries and return to work in order to ease the disruption to their lives and the lives of their families,” Buehrer said. “Choosing a new career path can be particularly intimidating following a workplace injury, so we’re pleased to partner with ODJFS to link injured workers with opportunities at Ohio businesses seeking to fill in-demand positions.”

Beginning May 4, all injured workers receiving job placement services within a vocational rehabilitation program will be required to use the state’s online resources for their job searches. The site will assist injured workers who need job placement services to navigate their job search and will allow employers to search for them on the website based on their skills and work experience.

Workers not in a vocational rehabilitation program will also be encouraged to use OhioMeansJobs online and will be referred to their county’s OhioMeansJobs Center for  one-on-one support and guidance.

More information on the program is available at the BWC website. Injured workers can also learn more by contacting their employment specialist or an OhioMeansJobs customer service representative at 888 296 7541.

SOURCE: Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

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