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Accommodating Anxiety and Depression During the Pandemic

Posted In Coronavirus, Reopening

One unfortunate side effect of coronavirus measures has been an increase in anxiety among our children. Most of the reports are anecdotal, but one study of Chinese students showed a significant increase in anxiety and depression among children quarantined for a mean of 34 days. Closer to home, 30% of parents participating in a May 2020 Gallup poll reported harm to their child’s emotional or mental health. These problems come on top of already rising rates of teen suicide.

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Posted In Bullying, Coronavirus, Reopening

With so many children learning virtually this fall and otherwise having to keep in touch with their friends by electronic, cyberbullying is likely to be a bigger problem than usual. According to an industry study last year, almost 30% of children had experienced some sort of cyberbullying before the pandemic isolated everyone. Another study estimates that cyberbullying has almost doubled since the pandemic began.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Signs Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act Into Law

Posted In Coronavirus, Reopening


On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp signed into law S.B. 359, the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act. The Act limits the liability of businesses, churches, schools, individuals, healthcare facilities, childcare providers and healthcare providers (among others) for certain legal claims under Georgia law related to COVID-19.  Generally, the Act provides businesses protection from liability if an individual claims to have contracted COVID-19 while on the premises IF:

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Pods and Paperwork

Posted In Coronavirus, Reopening

With the coronavirus closing so many schools this fall, “learning pods” have become very popular. Many childcare centers, day camps, and other organizations have developed programs to provide on-site learning pods for children, with tutors, computers, and dedicated rooms. Other groups do not have the physical plant but provide tutors to meet with groups of children in private homes. If your organization is gearing up to meet this need, do not forget some important basic principles.

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What Are You Working Towards?

Posted In Financial Ideas, Reopening

There are some things that don’t matter, and there are some things you can’t control. Your focus should be on neither! With a limited amount of energy to expend each day, why waste it?

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COVID-19 Vaccination and State School/Childcare Vaccination Laws

Posted In Coronavirus, Reopening


Mandatory vaccination laws were first enacted in the early 19th century, beginning with Massachusetts’ smallpox vaccination law in 1809. Generally, courts have ruled that the policing power of States absolutely includes reasonable regulations, such as vaccinations laws, established by State legislatures to protect public health and safety. State vaccination laws are mostly applied to children for school or childcare enrollment or employees of certain health care facilities. With this in mind and in anticipation of a vaccine for COVID-19, many wonder if children and healthcare employees will be the first population sectors in which States will require compulsory vaccination under existing laws. If that is the case, many schools, childcare facilities, parents and community leaders may question if it is a “reasonable regulation” to vaccinate a population sector least affected by COVID-19, being children, to protect the public health and safety of all.

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What to Do When Your Employee Refuses to Return to Work Amid COVID-19?

Posted In Coronavirus, Reopening


The United States is now approximately four months out from when states and localities began to shelter-in-place due to the serious health concerns of COVID-19. Many employers initially scrambled to determine whether to furlough or terminate their employees, while others implemented work-from-home policies and procedures. Although most states have moved into phases two or three of reopening, the ever-growing number of positive COVID-19 cases presents ongoing hurdles for employers seeking to bring employees back into the workplace. So what happens if your employee refuses to return to work? 

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Business Waits for No One, Certainly Not Negative Tests: New CDC Guideline Obviate the Need for Retesting

Posted In Coronavirus, Reopening


Based on previous guidelines and advice, many business owners are telling employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, to not return to work until they test negative. Sometimes, this means waiting weeks and even months. There are numerous reasons contributing to the problem. First, some patients test positive for weeks after full recovery and no longer being contagious. Second, scheduling a test is getting harder and results are taking longer and longer. Third, the tests being used are still unreliable, with the "quick" ones having the highest rates of false positives and false negatives. In the meantime, businesses are seeing an uptick in business, but cannot fulfill orders or client needs because they have no workers. Some have even had to shut down. It is very surprising, then, that the CDC's new guideline saying a negative test is not necessary has flown under the radar.

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Insurance You May Need

Posted In Coronavirus, Reopening

The world has changed dramatically in just a few short months. The true impact of COVID-19 will not be known for years to come. As business owners all over the world struggle to re-open, it is important that we continue to focus on protecting those businesses against a variety of negative forces.

Unsurprisingly, the uncertainty wrought by COVID-19 has left employers at an increased risk of exposure to employment-related claims alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation and many others. Accordingly, your insurance portfolio should include Employment Related Practices Liability. Examples:

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Masks or No Masks

Posted In Coronavirus, Reopening

One vexing question as schools and childcare centers reopen is whether to require children to wear masks.  Although the emerging consensus is that face coverings help prevent the spread of the disease, experienced care providers know that children, particularly younger children, are not likely to wear them properly.  Teachers will spend most of their time reminding children to put on their masks, helping them find their masks, and telling them that masks are not slingshots. 

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