covid19

August 27, 2020

Jobless Claims Exceed 1M Again, Number Down From Previous Week

The number of Americans who filed for jobless claims exceeded 1 million last week, but it was down slightly compared to the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reported on Thursday (Aug. 27). “There’s lots of pain out there,” Jared Kushner, senior White House advisor to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, told CNBC. “But we...

August 26, 2020

COVID-19 Raises New Risks, Coverage Needs for Security Firms

The COVID-19 pandemic spread uncertainty through businesses in every industry. Fortunately, the security industry adapted early with swift, decisive and flexible responses that allowed them to safely take on new responsibilities while also protecting front-line security officers. However, as the pandemic continues, changing work environments have raised new risk exposures and coverage questions for security firms and...

August 25, 2020

Clarification to the Provision of Face Coverings

While CDC does not consider COVID-19 masks to be PPE, the California Department of Public Health and Cal-OSHA are advising employers to provide face coverings to workers or reimburse workers for reasonable cost of obtaining them. This advisory was noted in their July 29 Guidance for Construction, and the specific language is on page 3. The Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan has...

August 10, 2020

2021 Benefits Planning and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wage on, its effects on benefits planning for next year are being felt—especially as open enrollment season approaches. According to Mercer’s Global Survey #5, 20% of employers surveyed said updating benefits programs to better meet employee needs was an HR area in which companies are seeing an increased need...

July 28, 2020

Construction Must Take Lead and Grasp Opportunity for Change Post-Covid

CONSTRUCTION MUST TAKE LEAD AND GRASP OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE POST-COVID Changing trends in working locations and travel needs, net zero projects, the green recovery and the need for effective strategic planning were just some of the issues highlighted at the latest Infrastructure Intelligence Covid Recovery webinar on Friday 17 July 2020. Hosted by Infrastructure Intelligence editor Andy...

July 23, 2020

2020’s New Reality — Working from Home

2020’S NEW REALITY – WORKING FROM HOME The new reality for 2020 — and maybe for the foreseeable future — is working from home. This is true for many industries and is even more true for the business of insurance since it is easier for us than for most. This new way of doing things...

July 21, 2020

DOL Releases More Q&As on Workplace Laws and Coronavirus

DOL RELEASES MORE Q&AS ON WORKPLACE LAWS AND CORONAVIRUS On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency’s publication of additional guidance on applying federal employment laws in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is in the form of questions and answers added to sets of Q&As the agency...

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...