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Returning to Work in 2021: COVID & Vaccinations Raise EPLI Liability Questions

Placing You First Insurance Podcast by CRC Group

Mar 4 2021 • 35 mins


At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers moved quickly to develop and implement remote work-from-home protocols to protect employees. Almost a year since it all began, employers are starting to develop return to work plans. Well-known finance giants, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase, are delaying their return after initially attempting to bring workers back near the end of 2020 only to send many workers home again after employees tested positive for the virus. Other large companies including Ford, Google, Facebook, and Target, have also stated that they’ll postpone return-to-office dates until at least summer 2021.4 As restrictions loosen or expire and vaccines slowly roll out, employers that start bringing employees back to the office will be faced with an increased risk of COVID-19-related Employment Practices Liability (EPL) claims.1 Smart employers will proactively evaluate return to work plans from both a legal and insurance perspective to ensure they are protecting business operations and employee health.

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