Contractor Frequently Asked Questions
Contribution reports are due in this office by the fifteenth day of the month following the month in which the work was performed. Ohio Laborers Benefits permits a fifteen-day grace period to allow for mail delays. If contribution reports are not received (in hand) by the 30th of the month following the month in which the work was performed, you will be subjected to liquidated damages of 10% plus 1% interest per month for each month you are delinquent to cover the additional cost and expenses of continuing administration.
To process the report correctly, the following information is needed:
- The type of work (building, highway, etc.) should be marked in the box provided.
- The county where the work was performed should be marked in the box indicated. This is especially important for building work as different jurisdictions have different funds that are due. If you are unsure which of the above listed funds are due under your agreement, please contact the Laborers’ Local Union in whose jurisdiction you worked for clarification.
- You may report using your forms; however, all of the above mentioned information must be included, and the forms must have legible print. Reports that are difficult to read may result in unnecessary errors.
- Ohio Laborers Benefits is responsible for collecting fringe benefit contributions for the Insurance Fund, Pension Fund, Training & Upgrading Fund, LECET Fund, and LIUNA TriFunds.
- If you are unsure which of the above listed funds are due under your agreement, please contact the Laborers’ Local Union in whose jurisdiction you worked for clarification.
- If you send money to Ohio Laborers Benefits for Laborers’ District Council or the Ohio Contractor’s Association dues, the money is forwarded to those offices.
- If, for any reason, you need a refund of Laborers’ District Council dues, Ohio Laborers Benefits must obtain permission from Laborers’ District Council. A refund of Ohio Contractor’s Association dues cannot be done through Ohio Laborers Benefits. You must contact the Ohio Contractor’s Association for a refund.
- If Ohio Laborers Benefits receives money for other funds, such as union dues, savings, building trades, or regional LECET, we will return the money to your office. If you have questions concerning where to pay a fund owed, please contact the Laborers’ Local in whose jurisdiction you worked.
Work performed outside the jurisdiction of the Collective Bargaining Agreement must be reported to the Fund administrative office in whose jurisdiction you performed the work. Ohio Laborers Benefits has reciprocity agreements with several states, which would allow laborers to transfer their pension and insurance hours to this Fund. You can contact the Insurance Department for Reciprocal Transfer Request forms or download them – Reciprocal Transfer In and Reciprocal Transfer Out. Members can upload their reciprocity form through their MemberXG account. Reciprocity does not apply to contractors operating under an International agreement.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement states that fringe benefit contributions must be paid on all employees who perform work in a laboring capacity. Federal Law prohibits discrimination between union and non-union laborers. If the employee qualifies for benefits, the employee would have the rights and privileges under the Plan regardless of his union membership status.
Our organization is required by Federal Law to verify the accuracy and completeness of your monthly contributions to the Funds. There are two (2) types of audits, “routine” and “for” cause.
- A “routine” audit will be assigned every three years to insure that a contractor is in compliance with their reporting practices. A new contractor can expect to be audited within the first signatory year for the same reason.
- A “for cause” audit will be assigned due to a number of reasons. Delinquency and unpaid shortages and liquidated damages and interest are two (2) of the main reasons.
Affordable Care Act (ACA) FAQs
Generally, once a member has worked at least 450 hours in a six‐consecutive‐month period, the member is eligible for insurance benefits on the first day of the following month (see the Fund’s Summary Plan Description for further requirements).
While there is a period of time in which a member must meet the initial eligibility requirements, there is not a “waiting period” that would be a violation of ACA rules.
As all contributions are considered employer‐paid contributions, the member’s portion of coverage is $0. Therefore, coverage is affordable.
All questions can be directed to Ohio Laborers Benefits, 800 Hillsdowne Rd., Westerville, OH, 43081. Via phone at (800) 236‐6437. Via fax at (614) 898‐9169. Via email at in*******@oh**********.com.
Yes, but only upon the request of the member.