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Business Risk – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Oswald Companies is here to help you navigate your risk and insurance challenges and help to create a world of support and protection around your business. The following are business-focused advisories and resources to address critical issues and keep you informed.

If you have a COVID-19-related loss inquiry please connect here.

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New Return to Work Toolkit: Informed Decisions & Protective Measures

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Given the unprecedented and overwhelming nature of the COVID-19 crisis, it is critical to take pause, and thoughtfully consider the impact of your leadership decisions.

The following toolkit, which includes both advisory guidance and templates you can use, is designed to meet you wherever you are in your return to work strategy.

Click to view the toolkit center and visit the section links here, Business Considerations, Planning & Communication, Workplace Evaluation & Controls (including OSHA guidance) and Oswald OnTrack.

 

Client Claims and Further Assistance

Our claim department is staffed and available to assist with any insurance claims you need to make. We are working remotely with full access to your policies. Please continue to report claims as you normally would. Insurance coverage for claims from COVID-19 is very fact-specific and depends on your claim scenario and the terms of your insurance policies. We will help you to understand the specifics of your individual circumstances and collaborate on the best approach to move forward.
Oswald also has access to exclusive partnerships and programs to offer clients in the areas of cleaning, sanitation, and restoration, professional and crisis communications, and more. Please contact us directly for more information.

Insurance Premium Flexibility

If you need insurance premium payment flexibility, please contact your Oswald team member for guidance. We will make sure you are clear on the payment flexibility to which you are eligible.

General Guidance:

 Health Insurance Premiums Grace Period

  • The Ohio Department of Insurance is ordering all insurers in Ohio to allow employers to offer employees a grace period for insurance premiums.
  • The grace period must provide the option of deferring payments interest-free for up to 60 calendar days from the original premium due date.
  • Health insurers must allow employers to continue covering employees even if the employees would otherwise become ineligible for insurance because of a decrease in work hours.

Property & Casualty Insurance Premium Payment Flexibility

  • If you are seeking insurance premium payment flexibility, click here to view full details of the Ohio Department of Insurance bulletin for information on the 60-day grace period for insurance premium payments.
  • For  Ohio clients, premium bills will continue to be sent, however, carriers are waiving any late fees that would typically be assessed, and you cannot be canceled for non-payment of premiums during the 60 day grace period, which will end when the Ohio state of emergency has expired.
  • For clients in all other states, each P&C carrier has their own nuances of how they are handling premium flexibility, and all carriers are complying with state-specific requirements on insurance payments.  If you seek payment assistance, please contact your client management team for guidance and specifics of the position of your insurance carrier. We will make sure you are clear on the payment flexibility to which you are eligible.

Ohio Workers’ Compensation Payment Deferral

  • Employers will be permitted to defer insurance premium installment payments for March, April, and May until June 1. For more information visit the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation 

Resources

The following guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Public Health Information and Business Resource Websites

Compliance and Legislative Resources

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Resources and information will continue to be added each week.
Note: This communication is for informational purposes only. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, Oswald makes no guarantees of any kind and cannot be held liable for any outdated or incorrect information.