July 2, 2020

Workers’ Compensation Changes for COVID-19

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CHANGES FOR COVID-19 Under most state workers’ compensation (WC) laws, COVID-19 may be a compensable, work-related condition only if an employee can show that: He or she contracted the coronavirus while performing services growing out of and incidental to his or her employment; and The disease arose out of that employment (work relatedness)....

July 1, 2020

What Are Experts Saying About the Rest of 2020?

WHAT ARE EXPERTS SAYING ABOUT THE REST OF 2020? One of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds these days is: What’s going to happen to the housing market in the second half of the year? Based on recent data on the economy, unemployment, real estate, and more, many economists are revising their forecasts for the remainder of...

June 29, 2020

The Importance of Safety Footwear for Manufacturing Employees

THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY FOOTWEAR FOR MANUFACTURING EMPLOYEES Personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial when it comes to preventing injuries and ensuring the health and safety of your employees. One often overlooked and important type of PPE is safety footwear, which is designed to protect feet from common manufacturing hazards. Depending on the job activity...

Leveraging Benefits in Post-Coronavirus Compensation

LEVERAGING BENEFITS IN POST-CORONAVIRUS COMPENSATION In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many organizations have been faced with making tough decisions—often leading to layoffs, furloughed employees and reduced pay. Post-coronavirus, many employers find themselves torn between balancing fair compensation and the current financial realities of their business—while hoping to return to a new sense of...

June 25, 2020

Determining Whether a COVID-19 Case Is Workrelated

DETERMINING WHETHER A COVID-19 CASE IS WORK RELATED The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created massive change and concern for employers and employees across the world. Even as businesses reopen and employees return to their new normal, the risk of becoming exposed to and ill with COVID19 is still present. When an employee reports they have...

June 23, 2020

Mitigating Construction Risks with Advanced Training Techniques

MITIGATING CONSTRUCTION RISKS WITH ADVANCED TRAINING TECHNIQUES Construction is consistently ranked as one of the riskiest jobs in the United States. Fluid workforces, high-risk scenarios and a communication disconnect between home office and front-line workers all result in the very real possibility of serious injury or even death. One of the major challenges in the...

June 19, 2020

California Issues Statewide Order to Wear Face Coverings in Public

California Issues Statewide Order to Wear Face Coverings in Public or High-Risk Settings On June 18, 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an order requiring Californians to wear face coverings while in various public or high-risk settings—including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care. The order comes following growing concerns from public health...

SBA Releases Streamlined PPP Loan Forgiveness Form

SBA Releases Streamlined PPP Loan Forgiveness Form The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Treasury recently released a streamlined loan forgiveness application called the EZ Forgiveness Application. This newly released three-page EZ application is significantly shorter than the traditional loan forgiveness application and requires fewer calculations and less documentation than the full application. Who...

June 18, 2020

Preparing for a Second Wave of COVID-19 Cases

PREPARING FOR A SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 Even as stay-at-home orders and restrictions are lifted, daily operations won’t be business-as-usual for many across the country. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still going on, despite businesses reopening. Moreover, public health officials and experts are warning of a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases. Of course, no...

June 12, 2020

Hurricanes Don’t Just Affect Coasts

HURRICANES DON’T JUST AFFECT COASTS With the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season activity expected to be “well above average” in intensity; three named storms having formed already; and Tropical Depression Cristobal bringing flooding rains and powerful winds from the South to the Midwest as it made landfall in Louisiana, preparedness should be on the minds of everyone who...