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Employer on Hook for Retroactive Comp Premiums

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation can retroactively reclassify a company's workforce and collect more than $1 million in back premiums regardless of whether the employer was at fault, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Aaron's Inc., formerly Aaron Rents Inc., is an Atlanta-based rent-to-own retailer that has done business in Ohio for more than 20 years, court records show. When the company first applied for workers comp coverage, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation assigned it occupational classifications of 8044 and 8810 for furniture and clerical workers, respectively.

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