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. 

 

A SPECIAL NOTE TO OUR CLIENTS

During these times of uncertainty, we want you to know that Odell Studner is fully operational. We have activated our business continuity plan to ensure our team members are able to safely serve you and continue operations on an uninterrupted basis. Our team members have the tools and technologies needed to work effectively from remote locations and will continue to seamlessly support you during this time. We will continue to deliver the excellent service you expect from us.

 

We encourage you to contact us with any concerns you may have or any topics you would like to discuss in connection with your Insurance and Risk Management Programs. Please continue to reach us at the same phone numbers and email addresses that you are accustomed to using. We value our relationship with each of you and thank you for placing your trust in Odell Studner. We are committed to staying connected with you as we all navigate these unprecedented times.

Added April 8 — 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 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

If your organization is having employees move to a telecommuting arrangement during the COVID-19 pandemic, you will need to make sure that you formulate a plan. Employers can use this checklist when managing their remote employees. READ MORE

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

Congress just passed a $2 trillion package to provide a jolt to the economy reeling from the deadly virus. Here’s information to help you understand the package’s provisions, as it will offer direct relief to businesses and individuals alike. READ MORE

Employees who are working from home may not have the same safety measures in place as they would in the office to protect your organization’s devices and information. To safeguard your business and employees from data breaches, cyber scams and viruses, this article proposes several strategies. READ MORE

On March 18, 2020, the US Congress passed its second coronavirus relief measure – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act). Effective immediately, the Act requires 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. DOWNLOAD

Your mental well-being plays a huge role in your overall health and well-being, and it should be prioritized. If you’re self-quarantining or practicing social distancing, here are six tips to keep in mind to maintain your mental well-being. READ MORE

On March 12, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on essential health benefit (EHB) coverage and the coronavirus (COVID-19). DOWNLOAD

Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. This bulletin provides a summary of the compliance issues facing employers in this type of situation. READ MORE

It’s important for companies to understand how COVID-19 can impact their insurance policies, review their existing coverage and determine what precautions they need to take in order to control their losses. This piece examines potential insurance exposures associated with COVID-19 and how different forms of coverage could respond. GET INFO

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

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

The American Staffing Association (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

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

During this time, it is important to continuously communicate information to employees about the business. Here is a communication sample intended to be modified to fit your organization’s response to COVID-19. DOWNLOAD

As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, two laws were enacted that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. READ MORE