COVID-19

Tools & Information For Clients and Partners

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Governments, municipalities and employers are taking various measures to help contain the spread. To assist you, this page includes information regarding potential insurance coverage implications and additional resources to monitor this evolving situation.

Potential Insurance Coverage Implications

Property Policies

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, governments and authorities globally have closed venues such as theaters, museums, gyms, among others. This is a unique situation in which closures and “social distancing” will impact businesses directly and indirectly.

Business Interruption

It is anticipated that most claims will likely be tied to income losses from indirect exposures such as supply chain or civil authority-related impacts. This includes the disruption of supply chain, slowdown, or in some instances, complete breakdown.

Management Liability (E&O, D&O, EPLI)

In addition to general liability coverage, many companies may hold errors and omissions (“E&O”) coverage or other professional liability coverage. These specialized insurance policies are meant to protect against damages arising out of the provision of, or failure to provide, certain services.

Workers’ Compensation & Employer Liability

Claims related to communicable and contagious diseases are not generally the intent of workers’ compensation coverage and related statutes. Exceptions may occur depending on how a disease like COVID-19 is contracted.

Employee Benefits

Companies should be as proactive as possible in addressing and minimizing risks for their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, categorizing workplaces according to risk and outlining steps employers can take to help protect their workforce.

Life Insurance

Most life insurance policies will not be impacted by COVID-19. Once a life insurance policy is in force and premiums are paid, the policy will pay out to beneficiaries for most types of death, including death from COVID-19.

Commercial Auto

Thus far, it appears that COVID-19 is having more of a social and economic impact than it is direct physical damage on commercial autos. While current commercial auto policies will cover physical damage on cargo and commercial autos, including the driver, it is likely that most commercial auto policies will not cover COVID-19 impacts in any meaningful way.

Aviation

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the aviation industry as private and public sectors impose travel and flight restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Surety

In the surety market, underwriters are likely to reduce their support for companies that are unable to sustain themselves through this period of business interruption, particularly if the return to normal economic activity is delayed.

Renewals

The longer the persistence of the COVID-19 threat, the more likely it will be a consideration during renewal or buying discussions. Brokers and underwriters should be aware of the changing market dynamics related to any potential impacted coverages.

Understanding, Mitigating and Managing Risk Potential

In addition to following the CDC’s interim guidance, organizations should proactively identify the concerns of their clients and ensure that the organization has done all that it can to ensure the safety of their clients and consistent delivery of product or services they need and expect. As COVID-19 continues to develop daily, employers must make sure clients are informed with any updates.

Webinars

Paycheck Protection Program

Learn about resources that provide small businesses with working capital loans that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Family First Coronavirus Response Act | What Employers Need to Know

Learn about the most recent developments affecting employers from a human resources perspective and gain insights into what legislation may be coming later this week.

COVID 19 | Critical Considerations for Plan Sponsors

Learn about the most recent developments affecting employee benefits and learn what steps employers should be taking to ensure compliance under the new legislation.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Additional Resources

The following includes a roundup of resources to assist in monitoring the most up-to-date information available:

Government and Policy Updates

  • Emory University, School of Medicine – Department of Emergency Medicine:

Human Resources

Operations

In addition, there are other trusted sources for information that may include press releases and information issued by local health departments and municipalities as well as legitimate media reports that can be verified and cross-checked against other sources.

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