(A) Pursuant to division (A)(3) of section 4123.29 of the Revised Code and paragraph (A)(2) of rule 4123-17-14 of the Administrative Code, the administrator is authorized to develop and make available to employers who are paying premiums to the state insurance fund alternative premium plans, which may include, as the administrator may determine for any payroll period, that employers shall be permitted to pay the premium in two installments.
(B) Where the administrator determines for any payroll period that employers shall be permitted to pay the premium in two installments, the only method of reporting payroll and making the initial premium installment payment for this program shall be through the bureau's website, bwc.ohio.gov, using the payroll reports 50/50 payment plan service offering. All payroll for the reporting period and payment information for the initial installment shall be entered in the service offering in the same online session.
(C) An employer electing to participate in this premium payment option shall report its payroll and pay one-half of the premium due by the regular due date in accordance with paragraph (A) of rule 4123-17-14 of the Administrative Code. The balance of the premium shall be paid through the bureau's website, bwc.ohio.gov, using the accounts receivable balance service offering. The balance shall be paid by the first day of May for the July first to December thirty-first reporting period, or by the first day of November for the January first to June thirtieth reporting period.
(D) An employer participating in this payment option shall be considered a complying employer during the installment payments if the employer reports payroll and pays one-half of the premium by the method prescribed in paragraph (B) of this rule by the regular due date, and the balance shall not be subject to penalties or interest under rule 4123-19-07 of the Administrative Code. If, by the regular due date, an employer does not report payroll and pay one-half of the premium by the method prescribed in paragraph (B) of this rule or does not otherwise report payroll and pay the full premium due, the employer's coverage will be lapsed and the employer shall be subject to penalties and interest. If an employer participating in this payment option does not pay the balance of the employer's premium by the prescribed method and by the date such balance is due, the employer's coverage will be lapsed effective the date such balance is due.
(E) Any employer that fails to utilize the bureau's website for this premium payment program as required in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this rule shall not be permitted to participate in the installment premium option provided in this rule.