March 24, 2020
Responding to COVID-19 has presented employers with several challenges during an evolving and unprecedented public health crisis. IHA Strategic Partner Gallagher Insurance Point, a leader in employee benefits and human resources consulting, offers IHA members insight and resources focused on organizational needs.
In early March, Gallagher released a survey to assess employer response and preparedness to COVID-19. The survey addresses telecommuting, full wage continuation, compensation policy and communication strategy. Early results are available here, with updates provided as more employers respond.
Among over 700 employers so far, the survey found:
77% modified their policies to allow employees who do not normally telecommute to work remotely;
72% developed a COVID-19 communication strategy;
61% are prepared to offer additional pay for healthy workers to take on additional shifts, job responsibilities and/or fill in for workers unable to come to work; and
54% will provide full compensation to employees whose jobs are not conducive to telecommuting or those unable to work due to public health quarantine, office closure and travel restriction.
Gallagher has several resources to guide employers in their response to COVID-19, including pandemic preparedness, employee communication strategies and information on how insurance policies might be affected. You can also read a Gallagher article about the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
With an exclusive focus on organizational well-being, Gallagher can help protect your business and your top resource—your employees. See an IHA video to learn more about Gallagher Insurance Point.