Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

Odell Studner has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center to help disseminate important information for our clients and friends. Please check back often as we continue to add news and useful links.

General Resources

Return to Work

Added January 7 — This checklist is a jumping-off point to help employers prepare for the OSHA vaccination-or-testing rule. As the rule is currently facing legal challenges, this checklist will be updated as the situation develops. READ MORE

Added July 24 — The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of the current workplace. Get our seven checklists to help in your return-to-work planning—from workplace preparedness, to communications planning, to workplace cleanliness. READ MORE

Added June 17 — OSHA’s guidelines for reopening nonessential businesses provide general principles for updating restrictions that were originally put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. OSHA’s publication includes charts, examples and illustrations of how safety principles can be implemented for reopening. READ MORE

Added June 17 — In this recent webinar, Lee Moylan of Klehr Harrison and Bryan Schwartz of Odell Studner discussed policies and practices employers should, and in some cases must, implement to protect employees. DOWNLOAD Q&A. DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION.

Added May 13 — This guide provides an overview of the issues employers may face during the recall process to provide a safe environment for their workers to return to work as well as to consider potential compliance concerns that may arise in the process. DOWNLOAD

Added May 6 — Choosing when to reopen your business isn’t an easy task at any time, let alone during the coronavirus pandemic. Check out these six steps to help you get startedWATCH NOW

Added May 6 — In preparation for reopening your business and asking employees to come back to work, it’s imperative that your company construct a return to work action plan for employees to keep everyone healthy and safe following the COVID-19 pandemic. DOWNLOAD

Added May 4 — While you may need to tailor your organization’s COVID-19 return to work plan to employees’ specific needs, having a generalized plan in place can help you safely reopen your business. Get insights into what your return to plan should include. DOWNLOAD

Added May 1Hear Bryan Schwartz from Odell Studner and attorneys Ross Goren and Penelope Caamaño from Weber Gallagher talk about compensability, claim evaluation, medical care, and return to work. LISTEN NOW

Check out our short video, “Best Practices in Managing COVID-19 Risk.” Presented by Odell Studner’s risk management professionals, we review current general recommendations and focus on how your organization can mitigate risk during the COVID-19 pandemicWATCH NOW

Added June 4 — Every employee is unique. Some employees adapt well to a remote environment, while others need more support to achieve a high level of performance and personal well-being. Get tips on how to best support your remote employees. DOWNLOAD

Added June 1 — On May 19, 2020, OSHA announced two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees from COVID-19. Get an overview of the revisions and recommendations employers should consider to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. READ MORE

Added May 15 — In this webinar, hosted by Odell Studner, attorney William Pillsbury discusses the critical elements of business interruption coverage and its issues under COVID-19. Hear about the current state, the status in the legislature and case law, how to file a claim, and what to expect. LISTEN NOW

COVID-19 has caused many employers to make significant changes to their standard procedures, including shifting their employees from working at the office to working from home. This guide serves as an introduction to managing remote employees and includes best practices for keeping employees engaged. DOWNLOAD

Many business owners are looking forward to 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 reopening their doors. READ MORE

This toolkit provides an overview of issues facing employers, including information regarding new federal laws such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, HIPAA privacy considerations, carrier response to the pandemic, layoffs and furloughs, tax credits and more. DOWNLOAD

Business continuity planning is the process of identifying the parts of your company that are most vulnerable in order to create a plan to recover them if a business interruption occurs. This document is a template to help you begin the continuity planning process for your company. DOWNLOAD

OSHA developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. The guidance, intended for planning purposes, aims to help employers and workers identify risk levels in workplace settings and determine any appropriate control measures to implementDOWNLOAD

Legislative Resources

The Paycheck Protection Program is an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Get a list of frequently asked questions published and updated regularly by SBA. DOWNLOAD

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will exercise discretion to defer the physical presence requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) under Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). GET INFO

On March 18, 2020, US Congress passed its second coronavirus relief measure – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – requiring group health plans and health insurance issuers to cover COVID-19 testing without imposing any cost sharing (such as deductibles, copayments or coinsurance) or prior authorization or other medical management requirements. READ MORE

The issues caused by the pandemic have raised an important question for many businesses: Does the COVID-19 global pandemic qualify as a “force majeure” event for purposes of their business contracts? The short answer to this question is: It depends. DOWNLOAD

Construction Resources

COVID-19 has impacted businesses across the construction industry, forcing them to rethink their daily operations to ensure the safety of their employees and the general public. Get this standardized action plan template, which includes general strategies company officials and employees can use to address COVID-19 concerns and remain safe on the job. DOWNLOAD

In construction firms, multiple contractors and tradespeople on a job site may be working in the same space at any one time. In these instances, just one misstep can lead to the quick spread of COVID-19, jeopardizing the well-being of workers. Learn strategies that can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard your staff. READ MORE

Manufacturing Resources

COVID-19 has impacted businesses across the manufactruring industry, forcing them to rethink their daily operations to ensure the safety of their employees and the general public. Get this standardized action plan template, which includes general strategies company officials and employees can use to address COVID-19 concerns and remain safe on the job. DOWNLOAD

Staffing Resources

 Odell Studner recommends that staffing firms review their COVID-19 return-to-work procedures for state compliance; prescreen temporary workers to ensure they meet return-to-work procedures; track which temporary employees meet/do not meet the requirements; and utilize the attached ASA employee questionnaire. DOWNLOAD

The American Staffing Association (ASA) is working swiftly to provide staffing companies with the information they need regarding COVID-19. ASA RESOURCE CENTER

The ASA is asking for relief specifically for the staffing industry and is urging staffing firms to contact their legislators to urge them to support the request. READ MORE

Healthcare Resources

This checklist, provided by the CDC, identifies key areas that long-term care facilities should consider in their COVID-19 planning. Additional information is provided via links to websites throughout this document. READ MORE

Steps you take to prepare your clinic for flu can also help protect your patients and healthcare workers from COVID-19. Follow these steps outlined by the CDC. DOWNLOAD

This interim guidance is intended to assist with assessment of risk, monitoring and work restriction decisions for HCP with potential exposure to COVID-19. This guidance is based on currently available data about COVID-19. DOWNLOAD