The latest novel coronavirus situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO), published on February 12, revealed that no new countries have identified cases of the virus in the past 24 hours, though globally more than 2,000 new cases have appeared over that time. That doesn’t mean US organizations should rest on their laurels when it comes to preparing emergency plans, however, considering the potential workers’ compensation-related risks that can arise from the virus.
“I recommend that companies start planning now and build contingencies to account for absenteeism and the slow spread of the virus because it will help their business in the long run,” explained Jeff Corder, vice president of loss control at AmTrust North America. “Plan for the worst and hope for the best, and it’s not as simple as just writing a business continuity plan. You have to write it and then you have to take it to the next level.”
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