California approved emergency temporary Cal/OSHA standards on COVID-19 infection prevention on
November 30, 2020. These new temporary standards apply to most workers in California not covered by
Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard.
With some exceptions, all employers and places of employment are required to establish and implement an effective written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) pursuant to an Emergency Temporary Standard in place for COVID-19 (California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, section 3205(c)).
Cal/OSHA has developed this model program to assist employers with creating their own unique CPP tailored to their workplace. Here is information on the regulation and a sample program for your use:
Also a link to a FAQ page about the regulation HERE
This is the link to the COVID-19 resources from Cal-OSHA. There are 5 good sections here, there is guidance by industry, FAQ’s page, training and educational materials, webinars and an online training section. All of the sections have good resources that have been helpful to me and others. I think you will find them useful as well.
Stay safe and healthy out there…
With more businesses set to slowly open their doors again, I’m certain that insurance carriers are going to start adding this Communicable Disease Exclusion onto Commercial General Liability insurance policies at renewal. I’ve reviewed various policies of my insured’s to see if this exclusion is tucked away in any current policies and I am not seeing much of it at this time, but I bet it’s coming. Here’s the policy form/exclusion I’m referencing:
It’ll be interesting to see how insurance carriers respond. Will they potentially remove it for an additional premium, or if it’ll be straight non-negotiable?
My suggestion is to keep your eyes open on your general liability policy to see if this is added at renewal and what the potential repercussions are for your business.
I think in due time, new regulations will be put in place within the insurance industry to address communicable diseases, but I feel this is critical to look at now from a Risk Management standpoint.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans
to small businesses.
Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.
The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.
Here are the questions you may be asking— and what you need to know:
Two Things You Can Do Today to Lower Your Business Insurance Premiums to Weather the Coronavirus Storm
Last week was tough. Call after call, I spoke with business owners and others in management roles who are feeling scared and anxious right now for obvious reasons. Due to the effects of the Coronavirus, they’ve already had to either lay off staff or furlough their hours to save on operational costs.
Some were calling to inquire about canceling their insurance coverage entirely until we get through this storm. My advice has been that we might not need to go down that road right now.
Before taking such drastic matters, here are two things you can do today to lower your insurance premiums without sacrificing or eliminating your current coverage:
- Review your estimated annual sales with your commercial insurance agent/broker and make adjustments to your liability insurance policies. Liability insurance premium is typically rated in accordance with gross annual sales/revenues, subject to audit at the end of the policy term. Rather than wait for the audit at the end of your current policy term, adjust your policy now to get the premium down which will help save on your monthly costs.
- For your Workers Compensation insurance policy, review your estimated annual payrolls and make any adjustments now rather than wait for the annual audit or canceling the policy altogether. If you’re at a standstill and do not have any payroll, or very minimal payroll, make the adjustment now.
Insurance carriers are making billing accommodations and extending grace periods for cancellations by as many as 60 days. Call your insurance carrier billing departments right away and explain your situation. Do not wait. They’ll most certainly make accommodations based on the current state of affairs.
Times are challenging for the entire world right now, but I believe we’ll get through this just as fast as we were thrown into it. Although insurance premiums aren’t the only operational cost for a business, they are one that we can control now by taking these types of measures. By doing this and maintaining your coverage, you won’t have to go through the process of re-applying for insurance once things are back to “normal.”
This too shall pass.
Well here we are, Monday, bunkered up in our homes with our tribes self quarantining ourselves from society the to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. It’s eerily slow at work. There’s so much uncertainty in the air. I am positive this will pass soon though. As long as we all follow directions and do our part to help slow the spread of this thing. And the faster we stop the virus, the faster we can get this economy back in motion and pumping again.
I’m personally not worried about getting sick from the Coronavirus, I’m just anxious about the repercussions it will have on society and the economy.
I was skeptical about all the news at first but to those who don’t want to listen to authority, stop being stubborn and just listen to this. It’s 18 seconds of some of the best advice you’ll Get on the Coronavirus:
I don’t want people to get sick but most importantly I think we all can agree that we just want to get back to “normal” life and this is the only way we’re going to get there.
The faster the better