Are Critical Workers Permitted To Continue Working After Being Exposed to COVID?

We are often asked by our staffing work comp solution clients this question. According to OSHA, “To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.”

As more workers get Covid-19, it is ever more important that your clients and your employees follow best practices for minimizing the impact of COVID -19 while working for your clients. Here is link to the OSHA report that will help you follow best practices.

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA4050.pdf

The Work Comp Staffing Solutions team of Licensed Agents are glad to secure Workers Comp policies, to cover these increasingly “in-demand” COVID -19 staffing positions. Same day indications, with binding of coverage typically in 3-5 business days. Our Agents can also make sure your G/L and P/L policies are appropriate for these new risks as well.

Please feel free to contact us at
202-302-1212, david@StaffingCompSolutions.com and visit us at
www.StaffingCompSolutions.com

Stay Safe,

David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Can Robots Decrease Your Work Comp Costs?

The short answer is “maybe.”  AI researchers and clinicians are in the early stages of  developing testing and rehab  measurement tools that can help encourage some workers to get back to their jobs in less time.

Researchers reported that robots with machine learning capabilities have the potential to accurately reproduce the physical activities workers experience while on the job.

“This research will hopefully improve the assessment of work ability and rehabilitation treatments, and lead to safer and more sustainable return-to-work efforts after injury” according to the article below. As the rehabilitation processes and tools get more sophisticated, injured workers can return to work sooner; thus decreasing the comp costs of the injured worker’s benefits.

Here is the link to a the full article.

https://techxplore.com/news/2020-06-robots-workers-recover.html

The Work Comp Staffing Solutions team of Licensed Agents are glad to secure Workers Comp policies, and always shop for the lowest rates and best programs. Same day indications, with binding of coverage typically in 3-5 business days. Our Agents can also make sure your G/L and P/L policies are appropriate for these new risks as well.

Please feel free to contact us at

 202-302-1212, david@StaffingCompSolutions.com and visit us at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com

Stay Safe,

David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Work Comp Rates May Be Heading Much Higher in 2021

We are getting more and more questions about where work comp rates are heading in 2021 as a result of the pandemic.

A handful of states, including California and New York, have introduced bills requiring compensation for first responders, health care workers or what are considered critical workers rendered critically ill by COVID-19. A close look at data from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) provide estimates on costs to employers for first responders and health care workers that could go as high as $16 billion. The cost for non-essential workers could range from between $2.7 billion to $80 billion for all states NCCI tracks data. See the NCCI report below.

https://www.ncci.com/Articles/Pages/Insights-COVID-19-WorkersComp-Modeling-Potential-Impacts.pdf

This could mean higher costs for staffing companies as they try to navigate what the various states are doing.

The Work Comp Staffing Solutions team of Licensed Agents are glad to secure Workers Comp policies, and always shop for the lowest rates and best programs. Same day indications, with binding of coverage typically in 3-5 business days. Our Agents can also make sure your G/L and P/L policies are appropriate for these new risks as well.

Please feel free to contact us at  202-302-1212, david@StaffingCompSolutions.com and visit us at  www.StaffingCompSolutions.com

Stay Safe,

David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

How to Test Employees for COVID-19

Work Comp Staffing Solutions’s clients employees are slowly being called back to work. Now though, our hundreds of workers compensation solution staffing clients are often required to test the employees for the virus at their clients sites. Here is a link to a great article that details “best practices” for an employee COVID – 19 testing program.

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=b7317f10-4e98-4334-bb9a-89b93554b5f2&utm_source

Please know that the Work Comp Staffing Solutions team of Licensed Agents are glad to secure all types of workers’ comp policies. We have same day indications, with binding of coverage typically in 3-5 business days. Our Agents can also make sure your G/L and P/L policies are appropriate for these new COVID-19 risks as well. Please feel free to contact us at 202-302-1212,  david@StaffingCompSolutions.com and visit us at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com

All the best

David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

State Funds – Your Best Bet For COVID-19 High Risk Positions

Lately we have found that many carriers are electing not to provide work comp coverage for staffing/contract positions related to the COVID -19. These positions typically include (direct and indirect exposures) related to:

  1. Medical personnel in hospitals and clinics.
  2. Temperature takers at access points for stores and offices.
  3. Cleaning crews at hospitals with COVID patients.
  4. Other essential medical related workers.

The Work Comp Staffing Solutions team of Licensed Agents are glad to secure Workers Comp policies to cover these increasingly “indemand” medical COVID -19 staffing positions. Same day indications, with binding of coverage typically in 3-5 business days. Our Agents can also make sure your G/L and P/L policies are appropriate for these new risks as well.Please feel free to contact us at 202-302-1212, david@StaffingCompSolutions.com and visit us at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com

All the best

David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Are Work Comp Claims Related To COVID -19 Compensable Under Work Comp Laws?

We are getting asked this question often now- which is certainly understandable.  Here is what one of our main work comp solution carriers told us:

Any claims made for COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) will have to be considered based on their specific circumstances and the jurisdictional statutes and case law for communicable or infectious diseases. In general, COVID-19 is considered as an “ordinary disease of life” since the general public is equally exposed to this illness outside of work (just like the flu or a cold). In most cases, any claim for exposure or illness would likely be denied.

However, in the event that a claim is filed for COVID-19 by an employee who may have a workplace that created an increased risk/hazard for exposure to the disease (such as a healthcare worker who treated a patient who is known to have the COVID-19 virus), this may be considered an occupational disease and may be compensable.

If a healthcare worker has not treated a patient known to have COVID-19, then this would likely revert back to being considered an ordinary disease of life since the source of infection is unknown. Again, all cases will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and compensability will be determined by jurisdictional rule and likely with input from defense counsel based on the circumstances of the case.

https://www.ncci.com/Articles/Pages/Insights-COVID19-WorkersComp.aspx

Please let us know if you have additional questions about staffing work comp in this very challenging time. Always feel free to contact us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com, or 202-302-1212, or visit us at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com.

Finally please be safe, and we will all get through this pandemic together.

All the best

David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com