October 2020

Six Tips for Prepping Your Home for Autumn; New Law Creates COVID-19 Claim Framework; Handling Group Health Coverage for Laid-off, Furloughed Staff; Attacks Grow Amid Work-From-Home Boom

Reporting Non-Industrial COVID Cases

Gavin Newsom signed SB1159 into law on 9/17/20, requiring California businesses to report ALL positive COVID cases to their Workers’ Compensation carrier, whether industrial or non-industrial. The changes apply retroactively to July 6, 2020 and remain in effect until January 1, 2023.

July 2020

Ten Employee Lawsuit Risks During Pandemic; Workers’ Compensation Rules for COVID-19 Reclassification of Employees; Protect Your Home from Wildfires; Life Insurance Is Vital If You Are Self-Employed

George Petersen is Named Best Insurance Company by Spirited Magazine Readers

George Petersen Insurance Agency announced today that it has been named 2020’s Best Insurance Company by Spirited Magazine readers. Now more than ever, the importance of an exceptional insurance agency is top of mind. Today’s environment demands not only resiliency, but hard work and a positive attitude to overcome the social and economic blows we’ve been dealt. Having someone to help navigate the process is one way to ease the pressure.

Workers' Compensation COVID-19 Reclassification of Employees

The California Department of Insurance has approved special rules proposed by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) to provide some relief to employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new rules will allow employers to temporarily reassign the payroll of qualified employees to 8810 Clerical and exclude the payroll for employees who are on paid leave during the Shelter In Place order.  Documentation will be important; below is a brief overview of the documentation that will be required.

George Petersen Insurance Acquires Shaw & Petersen Insurance of Eureka

George Petersen Insurance Agency has announced the acquisition of Shaw & Petersen Insurance. Shaw & Petersen is an independent agency, who has been serving the Eureka community since 1963. As a part of the acquisition, the Shaw & Petersen staff will be joining George Petersen’s E Street location in Eureka under the George Petersen name.

April 2020

Reducing Coronavirus Risk in Your Facilities; The Families First Coronavirus Response Act; More Employers Expand Mental Health Benefits; Smart Home Sensors Can Save You from Calamity