Get answers to your most urgent questions about COVID-19 and its impacts to employee benefits, human resources, risk management and other issues. Our page provides articles and webinars on critical topics as well as other resources.
Religious accommodations are becoming more common in the workplace as businesses become more diverse. Where possible, employers are effectively navigating their employees’ requests and still maintaining productive workplaces. But this often requires a bit of creativity and thinking outside the box.
We have updated the "Insurance and employee benefit considerations" section of this article, and we will continue to make updates as they become available. While the headlines about COVID-19 may be alarming, employers can be proactive by taking a calm and practical approach to mitigate and respond to the unique risks the pandemic continues to pose to their organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance to help employers respond to COVID-19. Employers should be prepared to prevent infection from entering and spreading in their organizations as well as to answer employee questions about the organization’s readiness plan and how their health plan coverage and other employee benefits will address their needs during this pandemic.
You will find updates throughout this Q&A where indicated, as well as two new questions at the bottom of the list. We will continue to alert you to updates as new information becomes available. As employers respond to COVID-19 crisis, they are urged to rely upon the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and local agencies in determining strategies and common sense steps to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission. In addition, employers should regularly check for updates in the guidance, as the situation continues to rapidly evolve and previously published guidance will be updated regularly.
Ransomware remains high on the list of cyber threats that organizations, both large and small, must prevent and respond to every month. A new bout of ransomware has rolled in with 2020, including sophisticated new threats that target both businesses and government institutions. The Beazley Group’s 2019 Beazley Breach Briefing found that small-to-midsized businesses are at the largest risk because they tend to spend less on information security.
As employers begin to lay off or place employees on furlough, they should consider the many issues that such actions can create. This Q&A includes answers to the most urgent questions we are receiving from employers. The information in this article is likely to change on a regular basis as the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, laws and regulations change, and we receive additional information from carriers and third-party administrators (TPAs). Please check back regularly for updates to our answers or guidance.
A recent remote work preparedness survey from Wrike, a collaborative work-management platform, found that nearly half (49%) of 1,024 full-time workers in the U.S. surveyed said they never work from home, and another 23% only work from home during special circumstances, such as to care for a sick child or during extreme weather. And 40% of respondents said their employer does not have the technology necessary to support working from home. In this article, we will cover some innovative technologies available to assist employees as they make this transition and to ensure employees remain productive.
Coronavirus resources, prevention strategies, best workplace practices — these are some of the most powerful weapons for fighting coronavirus risks and impacts to your organization. Please share your practices and strategies in a brief survey to help other employers learn from your experiences so far. Then register for our webinar “Ask Associated: Critical topics related to COVID-19” in which we will discuss the survey, the latest coronavirus updates, official guidance affecting employers, and related issues.
For many employers, experience proves that investing in a mentally healthy workforce is good for business in a variety of ways. According to the American Psychiatric Association's 2019 Workplace Mental Health report, employers see lower total medical costs, increased productivity, lower absenteeism and decreased disability costs when employees receive effective treatment for mental health conditions. Specifically, the reports shows that 80% of employees treated for mental health conditions reported improved levels of work efficacy and satisfaction.
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