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RAS Coronavirus Business Update

 

RAS continues to monitor news about the evolving spread of the COVID-19 around the United States and our region.

 

Insured Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

In this difficult time, RAS appreciates that many of its insureds may experience disruption of varying degree. In recognition of these pandemic-related hardships, RAS offers its support and will make reasonable accommodations to its insureds by extending premium payment timeframes, waiving associated fees, not canceling coverage for non-payment, and allowing mid-term audits of payroll for premium adjustments. RAS will keep these accommodation measures in place for as long as is reasonable to do so. Please contact your agent, or RAS directly at 800.732.1486 option 3 or via email underwriting@rascompanies.com, to request specific accommodations. And, please stay safe in this trying time.

COVID-19 - Unemployment Benefit Assistance Information

Many employers may be confronted with numerous HR questions related to employee absences, voluntary or involuntary, as well as workplace closures, related to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the US and its effect on commercial workplaces. In certain instances, employees may be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. To assist in evaluating these topics, please visit your particular jurisdiction’s guidance. See reference links provided below (listed alphabetically):

Colorado
Iowa
Kansas
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada - Dept of Employment and Press Releases 
South Dakota
Utah
Wisconsin

COVID-19 - Workers' Compensation State Resources

State jurisdictions have provided information and guidance related to the issue of potential workers’ compensation impact related to the COVID-19 outbreak. See referenced links provided below:

Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
South Dakota
Wisconsin

RAS COVID-19 Employer Recommendations

Recommendations for Employers

With the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, RAS is providing interim guidance to its insured employers on possible steps for them to take in their workplaces and business operational practices. It is RAS’s recommendation and a best practice to review and follow the advice of experts such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Accordingly, in this guide are some bullet points to follow along with links to the information developed by these organizations specifically for business preparedness. READ THE GUIDE.

Coronavirus RAS Best Practices

Best Practices

RAS has developed Best Practices to assist employers when dealing with and managing COVID-19 to help them reduce their risk of employers' liability related claims.

Dealing With and Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sample Safety Plan
Return to Work Protocol Memo Template
Applicable OSHA Standards
School Reopening - Steps to Take When a Student or Employee Becomes Ill or Tests Positive
School Reopening - Employee Safety Considerations (updated 7/24/20)

 

Exposure to COVID-19 and Workers' Compensation Compensability Issue

There is no universal rule on the compensability of COVID-19 claims and it is too new to have any reported case law to turn to for guidance. As general rule, while it is possible for COVID-19 to be a compensable workers’ compensation injury or an occupational disease, compensability will depend upon the facts of each case, the jurisdiction’s definition of injury and/or occupational disease and that jurisdiction’s case law. As always, the burden of proof will lie with the Employee. READ MORE.

Employer Reporting Instructions

RAS wants to encourage our employers to let us know if an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having been exposed. Because COVID-19 is an ordinary disease of life, and as with all reported claims, a thorough and complete investigation will be necessary to determine work-relatedness and compensability involving COVID-19 exposures. READ EMPLOYER REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS.

CDC: COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.

Click on a state that goes to the Department of Health website.

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