5 Legit Workers’ Comp Info Hubs with Free Safety Resources to Manage COVID-19

These resource centers can help employers navigate the public safety, legal and ethical aspects of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and minimize related risks.
By: | August 28, 2020

COVID-19 is here to stay.

Early stay-at-home orders that sought to curb the spread of the virus failed to make it obsolete. Now, as states reopen, it’s all about containing the spread. Governors are issuing guidelines and requirements, like temperature checks, to keep employees safe. 

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People will get sick, but hopefully contact tracing and increased testing can help ensure that as few people get sick as possible.

For businesses that are starting to bring employees back to the office, it can be hard to keep track of all the increased safety requirements, regulations and developments surrounding the virus.

These resources can help make their jobs a little easier. 

1) NCCI COVID-19 Resource Center

NCCI has long been a trusted resource for workers’ compensation professionals. Their COVID-19 resource center gathers analysis on the virus’s impacts on the workers’ comp industry, legal and regulatory updates and more. 

State-by-state guides to presumption laws and an article that tracks pending COVID-19 worker safety court cases can help employers keep track of the guidelines they need to follow and the potential lawsuits they could face if they fail to keep workers safe. 

Overall, this site is a great resource for checking which states have COVID-19 workers’ comp presumptions, keeping track of pending legislation and understanding how coronavirus could affect the future of the industry. 

2) COVID-19 Guidance for Business

Since the pandemic started, the law firm Perkins Coie has run a series of informative webinars on everything from the effects the virus has had on the retail and hospitality industries to how employers can safely and legally test their employees for COVID-19. 

In addition to these webinars, their COVID-19 Guidance for Business page is a robust resource with free articles, podcasts and handy checklists to help employers plan their response to the virus. 

While the site isn’t focused solely on workers’ compensation, their labor and employment section is a great starting point for any business looking to improve their COVID-19 response.  

3) COVID-19 Employee Health Screening Requirements by State

The text-message-based health screening company Picohealth released a free, online tool that helps employers keep track of state health screening requirements. 

The simple-to-use form enables businesses to select their state and their industry to see what is required when screening employees. Once state and industry are selected, the tool generates a list of the current requirements and recommendations that have been issued by governors and other local authorities.

The tool is regularly updated and covers industries from restaurants and bars to medical offices and entertainment venues. 

4) WCRI COVID-19 

WCRI’s COVID-19 hub pulls together articles, blogs, reports and videos on how COVID-19 is affecting the workers’ compensation industry. It brings together reporting from other publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Risk & Insurance®. 

Its resources help workers’ comp teams understand how to respond to the virus and how to prepare for the long-term economic effects it could have on the industry. 

Its video offerings also include panel discussions on COVID-19 compensability and analysis of how market fluctuations affect the industry. 

5) DMEC COVID-19 Resources

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The pandemic brought new paid leave and disability concerns to the fore, and DMEC responded with a wave of resources for helping employers navigate these challenging times. 

Its COVID-19 Resources page compiles guidance from states and the federal government on how to handle COVID-19, as well as information on employment law and industry resources.

The organization has also held several webinars on the topic that are available for members through its resources page. &

Courtney DuChene is a staff writer at Risk & Insurance. She can be reached at [email protected]

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