As a risk management organization, General Insurance Services is deeply committed to the health and safety of our employees, clients, and communities. Like you, we are actively navigating this unprecedented situation as it develops. In an effort to provide critical tools and resources to our clients and communities, our team has launched this resource page, which will be kept updated with links, tools, and additional resources as they become available.
The 2019 novel Coronavirus ("COVID-19" or "Coronavirus") is a virus that is closely related to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, runny nose, cough and trouble breathing. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some, usually people with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal. The incubation period for COVID-19 varies between 2 and 14 days.
According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet), or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may also be possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has been contaminated with the virus and then touching his or her own mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, and there have been reports of this occurring, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law a coronavirus relief bill requiring employers to provide paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19, among other provisions. This Legal Update summarizes the law.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread rapidly throughout the United States. Keep your employees and their families safe by properly preparing your workplace. Consider the strategies outlined in this checklist to ensure that your workplace is prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace. This Compliance Bulletin provides a summary of compliance issues facing employers in this situation.
This Risk Insights will examine what coronavirus is, how it spreads, and what employers can do to protect their workforce.
Use this guide to outline your company’s telecommuting, or work from home, policy and expectations, and educate your employees on best practices for working from home. Please note that this guide requires extensive customization to reflect your organization's policies on telecommuting.
A business continuity plan, if implemented and maintained, can be the difference between successfully recovering from a business interruption and going out of business. This toolkit outlines the basic components of a business continuity plan, and the steps in developing and implementing the plan.
Use this template to develop your business continuity plan to define how to respond to an emergency situation and establish recovery processes to restore critical business functions.
This policy explains the procedure for dealing with communicable diseases in the workplace. It defines "communicable disease" and explains that the Company does not discriminate against individuals with communicable diseases. This can be a standalone policy or part of an employee handbook.
Use this memo to communicate Coronavirus and Flu prevention measures taking place within your organization.
Because COVID-19 is highly contagious and potentially life-threatening, it’s critical that organizations take the proper precautions to protect individuals. This is especially true for businesses that plan on hosting large events where just one misstep can lead to the quick spread of COVID-19 among attendees.
This HR Insights article provides tips for how your organization can address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Learn how to maintain your mental well-being during a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine with this Live Well, Work Well article.
Criminals prey on unfortunate circumstances, seeking to capitalize on victims during times of panic and hardship. Unfortunately, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is no exception. This News Brief warns about cyber scams related to the coronavirus.
This Live Well, Work Well article explains what you can do if you're sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to have an unprecedented effect on daily life, many business owners are looking forward to the future and a return to normalcy. However, even when stay-at-home orders are lifted and nonessential businesses are allowed to resume operations, there’s a lot for organizations to consider before they reopen their doors.
This HR Insights article explains how employers can help prevent burnout while employees work remotely during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
This document provides an overview of the $2 trillion stimulus package, which is designed to provide financial assistance for those struggling as a result of the coronavirus (COVD-19) outbreak.
A deal was reached early this morning on the third and largest COVID-19 aid bill, a stimulus
package designed to help the ailing economy and ease the burden on families and workers.
This guide can be used as a tool to create a return to work action plan in preparation for reopening a business following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please note that it follows health and safety guidance laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA, but does not account for state, local or industry-specific guidance related to COVID-19.
By taking workplace preparedness steps such as updating office layouts, encouraging new behaviors and evaluating existing policies, employers can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of employees. To get started, employers can review topics on this checklist.