As the COVID-19 situation has rapidly evolved we wanted to create a simple webpage that has various resources available to all Intrepid Clients and Colleagues:
If you are not a current client of Intrepid and have questions about your specific organization please CLICK HERE to send us an e-mail and an expert will reach out within the same business day.
*Last Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:45pm PDT*
Updates since last version:
-Added Maynard, Cooper & Gale's COVID-19 FAQ Guide to the top of the "Employment Law Resources" section
Our ERISA Attorney partners at Maynard, Cooper & Gale have been incredible with helping to keep our clients informed of the quick changes happening from a legislative standpoint.
Please take a look at Maynard, Cooper & Gale's informative COVID-19 FAQ Guide for Employers to help you navigate through the constantly changing information we are all seeing right now.
COVID-19 Resources Webinar Series: Ongoing Compliance Support and FAQs for Employers
Date: Tuesday, March 24th @ 8am PST
Leader: Matthew Stiles and Matthew Connova of Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Topic: As part of the TRUE Network Advisors COVID-19 Resources, please join us for our webinar series in which the attorneys of Maynard, Cooper & Gale will provide a timely discussion regarding employer responsibilities and best practices with regard to COVID-19, as well as updates on legislation and guidance from Congress and federal agencies, including CDC, OSHA, EEOC, DOL, IRS, and HHS.
We hosted a webinar on March 17th regarding Employment law implications & response strategies related to COVID-19.
Here is a link to the recording of that webinar: COVID-19: Employment Law Implications & Response Strategies
On Wednesday, March 18th, Congress passed an amended version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The updated FFCRA applies only to employers with fewer than 500 employees. Employers’ obligations become effective within 15 days of enactment (April 1, 2020) and would automatically expire on December 31, 2020.
The highlights of the law provide certain employees with 10 days of paid sick leave for various Coronavirus-related absences from work. Further, some employees forced to stay home to care for children due to school and childcare closures are entitled to expanded FMLA leave at 2/3 pay.
Our ERISA Attorney partners at Maynard, Cooper & Gale have drafted a legal brief of this act. You can click here to read the review
On Thursday, March 19th, we helped facilitate a webinar regarding COVID-19 where they covered work-from-home policies, FMLA, PTO & other relevant topics. Click the links below to access the slides and recording.
Webinar Slides. Click here>>
Webinar Recording. Click here>>
Right now employers feel isolated. But they're not alone. ThinkHR and Mammoth have been fielding thousands of coronavirus-related questions from business owners. And they're jointly making their essential COVID-19 resources available for free to all employers in need. Access their resource page at https://www.thinkhr.com/covid19/
All clients of Intrepid have unlimited access to ThinkHR, which is a fantastic HR consulting strategy. You can log in or call (877-225-1101) at any time, and their experts will help to answer HR questions and resolve workforce issues. This includes questions about how to handle COVID-19 related issues such as employee leave, furlough, layoffs, COBRA, travel, and other industry or job-specific questions. If you would like a refresher about what else ThinkHR provides, you can CLICK HERE to learn more.
ThinkHR understands the biggest challenges facing employers right now, so they have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from their recent webinars to help employers get trusted answers.
The ThinkHR website has a resource center where they have gathered materials to help you stay on top of employee concerns. It includes CDC materials such as posters for employees and other materials including these:
All California medical carriers have committed to waiving any costs related to the diagnostic services related to testing for COVID-19. In addition, many carriers have also announced that they are waiving copays for all telehealth or virtual doctor visits for ALL medical conditions at this time. See below for a carrier by carrier breakdown of what has been announced so far, and we fully expect any carrier who has not yet announced that they are waiving telehealth or virtual doctor visit copays to announce this soon.
Aetna: Aetna has waived the copay for all virtual doctor visits through the Aetna Health app through June 4th, 2020. Members can CLICK HERE to learn more
Anthem Blue Cross: Anthem has waived the copay for all virtual doctor visits via Live Health Online visits through June 14th, 2020. Members can CLICK HERE to learn more.
Blue Shield of California: Blue Shield has waived the copay for all virtual doctor visits via Teladoc through May 31st, 2020. Members can CLICK HERE to learn more.
Health Net: Health Net has put together a website where members can go to in order to find COVID-19 resources for its members. Members can CLICK HERE to learn more
United Healthcare: United has waived the copay for all virtual doctor visits via their app through June 15th, 2020. Members can CLICK HERE to learn more
If you have questions about your specfic medical insurance plan and how telehealth visits are covered, please CLICK HERE to reach out to us!
In the face of the COVID-19, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. We are trying to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of info. Use the guidance below to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued guidance entitled SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus, explaining how the SBA is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Carranza.
“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created a resource page for workers and employers. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has a website that explains how the Family and Medical Leave Act applies in cases of COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Fact Sheet #70 provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding furloughs and other reductions in pay or hours worked.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created a landing page entitled What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19, which provides links to resources and guidance.
In response to COVID-19, the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin regarding HIPAA Privacy and COVID-19.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a COVID-19 website for workers and employers that addresses the disease and provides guidance and other resources for preventing exposure to and infection with the virus.
Topics covered include:
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued:
The CDC has also created the following posters for download:
Keep up to date on CDC guidance for specific industries, latest updates, and resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) main page.