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HR Compliance Bulletin header image In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states have passed new laws and issued new regulations and guidance about employee leave taken for COVID-19 reasons.

These provisions are in addition to the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, passed on March 18 as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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Coverage insights header image Workers’ compensation insurance not only helps employers cover costs related to employees becoming ill or getting injured on the job, it’s also required in nearly every state.

Yet, some employers have a harder time securing coverage than others. After all, a range of factors (e.g., a poor loss history or involvement in a high-risk industry) can make insurers hesitant to offer workers’ compensation insurance to certain employers. In these instances, employers can utilize assigned risk plans. Such plans provide a safety net for employers who are unable to acquire workers’ compensation coverage from insurers in a standard market.

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Coverage insights header image Employees who face work-related injuries and illnesses commonly have subsequent stress and anxiety.

Oftentimes, this stress is made worse should employers stop communicating with the employee while they’re unable to work. It is important for employers to make their employees feel appreciated and to invest in their well-being. This rapport helps employees feel welcomed, valued and trusted. As a result, if employees are injured at work, they are much more likely to report accidents and injuries.

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News Brief header The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a report concerning the role that large trucks play when traveling through work zones.

In conjunction with National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is taking place April 26-30 this year, the FMCSA is specifically focusing on the number of large trucks that are involved in fatal crashes within work zones.