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February 3, 2021

Communicating With Employees About COVID-19 Vaccines

Employee communications related to the pandemic have played a major role in keeping employees safe and healthy while navigating operational changes and challenges. Now, the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines have become available after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for two vaccines. As initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are allocated for people in...

February 1, 2021

OSHA Issues New Prevention Guidance on COVID-19 in the Workplace

On Jan. 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance is intended to inform employers and workers in settings outside of health care of the risks of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19 at work. This guidance is meant...

January 29, 2021

Hard Property Market To Continue in 2021, With Higher Rates, New Exclusions: RPS

The property insurance market will continue to harden through 2021, with rising exposures and reinsurance costs driving primary rates higher, according to a report from wholesale broker Risk Placement Services (RPS). RPS expects rate increases in the high-single digits to 15% range on clean accounts. Increases are expected to be higher on accounts with losses....

January 28, 2021

Most Costly OSHA Violations for the Construction Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps records not only of the most frequently cited standards overall, but also within particular industries. An analysis of the most recent statistics from OSHA reveals the top standards cited in the fiscal year 2020 for the construction industry (NAICS 23). Many of these recurring violations are associated...

January 26, 2021

CDC Provides Guidance on Ventilation in Buildings

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a webpage providing guidance on ventilation in buildings to reduce COVID-19 exposure indoors. The CDC provides recommendations on what heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) strategies employers should use to lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19 throughout the workplace. One of the recommendations is...

January 21, 2021

Insurance Coverage Options to Safeguard Volunteers

Those who volunteer their time to support nonprofit organizations are an invaluable asset. In fact, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, nearly 77.34 million people volunteered through a nonprofit organization in 2019, providing an estimated national value of $25.43 for each volunteer hour. With so much riding on the power of volunteers, how can...

January 20, 2021

OSHA 300/300A Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most Establishments to keep a OSHA 300 logs and to post a OSHA 300A summary to classify and record the severity of work related injuries and illnesses. However, there are two classes of Establishments that are partially exempt from routinely keeping records: 1. Establishments with ten or fewer...

January 18, 2021

5 Mental Health Employee Benefits Trends for 2021

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have reported increases in anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. The toll that the pandemic takes on mental health increases daily. Before the pandemic, 5% of employed workers reported poor or very poor mental health. Now, 18% of employed workers struggle with mental health issues. The COVID-19...

January 14, 2021

Renewals May Mark a Turning Point for Workers Comp

COVID-19, low interest rates and higher claim severity due in part to an aging workforce are among the factors that have reversed a years’ long trend of flat or lower renewals for workers compensation coverage, experts say. “In the rate environment we are starting to see it tick up from a flat renewal to the...

January 12, 2021

OSHA Form 300A Posting Requirements Begin Feb. 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers subject to its recordkeeping requirements to post copies of their OSHA Form 300A between February 1 and April 30 of each year. The OSHA Form 300A, also known as the “Summary of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses,” must be completed by February 1 using data from the...