I read with great interest a recent story ''Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation must refund $859 million to Ohio employers.''
I applaud the judge for doing the right thing for Ohio businesses. As an attorney who represents injured workers, we have for years battled the notion that workers' benefits needed to be reduced in order to lower high premium rates. However, this ruling shows that it is not the workers' benefits that should be reduced, but instead the inflated rates being charged by the BWC.
Most disturbing of all is the fact that the BWC had the audacity to claim that money rightfully owed these businesses should not be repaid because it would be a ''windfall'' for them. Yes, you read that right, a ''windfall'' of money they were wrongfully charged in the first place.
I urge the BWC to do the right thing and refund this money quickly. It's time for the BWC to own up to their mistakes and make amends to Ohio employers. Thousands of small businesses across Ohio deserve it.
Attorney Joseph Moro
Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill