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Coronavirus Bill Requiring Paid Employee Leave Signed Into LawOn March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) into law. The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures. The leave provisions of the Act take effect no later than 15 days after it is signed by the president.

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We are closely monitoring the global COVID-19 outbreak and adapting Gulfshore Insurance’s operations and business to accommodate and respond to your needs. We are addressing the current situation and taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our teammates and their families, while providing uninterrupted support to our clients.

At this time, we have made the difficult decision to restrict visitors at our physical location. Although we truly enjoy meeting with our clients face to face, we are acting with our clients’ best interests in mind. Our utmost priority is to take all responsible action to help stop the virus spreading further and maintain the health of our clients and associates.

To that end, we would prefer that all visitors refrain from visiting our office for the time being, and we will be recommending that our associates refrain from attending any outside meetings as well. While we are disappointed we will not be able to see our clients in person for the moment, we remain committed to serving them and answering any questions they may have about their insurance.

In addition, many of our dedicated associates are now working from home per CDC guidelines. As such, all insurance processing will occur electronically for the foreseeable future. Our service teams are more than happy to speak with over the phone or via email about insurance needs.

We will continue to adapt and implement appropriate measures in line with the situation in our area. There is no mistaking the challenge of these unprecedented times; however, Gulfshore will continue to be here when you need us the most. If you have any questions, please let us know.  

We have entered unprecedented times as we all respond to COVID-19. We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and are working to ensure we meet the needs of our clients as well as provide for the health and safety of our employees. Our goal is to be in a position to serve our clients and even more so in times of uncertainty and confusion.

As such, we have implemented proactive steps to ensure that the continuity of our service is not impacted. We will remain fully operational with all offices open; however, beginning March 16th, a portion of our workforce will begin working from home. All of our colleagues will have access to their direct phone lines and email. In addition, our main phone lines will remain open.

The next few weeks may bring additional unexpected developments and disruption. We are committed to staying focused on those factors that remain within our control including our commitment to supporting our clients needs. Please take comfort in knowing that we are well positioned to weather this storm. 

We will remain vigilant in the face of this adversity and hope that our community remains safe and healthy. Please feel free to contact a member of our service team should you have any concerns or needs.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for EmployersAs the number of reported cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace.

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 Compliance Bulletin linked below provides a summary of the compliance issues facing employers in this type of situation.

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There are a number of steps that employers can take to address the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. In addition to reviewing the compliance concerns outlined in this Compliance Bulletin, employers should:

  • Closely monitor the CDC, WHO, and state and local public health department websites for information on the status of the Coronavirus.
  • Proactively educate their employees on what is known about the virus, including its transmission and prevention.
  • Establish a written communicable illness policy and response plan that covers communicable diseases readily transmitted in the workplace.
  • Consider measures that can help prevent the spread of illness, such as allowing employees flexible work options like working from home. are

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John Keller, CRM ARM CIC AAI is Client Advisor & Risk Manager at Gulfshore Insurance specializing in non-profit and religious organizations. John works with a wide range of business clients to deliver strategic risk analysis and guidance. Comments and questions are welcome at jkeller@gulfshoreinsurance.com