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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

January 2020

Top New Laws and Regulations Affecting Businesses; Adult Children on Your Policies Can Create Coverage Gaps; Coverage Concerns as Cyber Threat Grows

October 2019

New State Law Alters Employment Landscape; Cities Expediting Minimum Wage Increase; Wildfire Smoke Protection Rules Now in Effect; Protecting Your Home from Threat of Wildfire; Getting the Benefits of Self-Funding without the Risks

July 2019

Don’t Forget Anti-Harassment Training for Your Staff; Avoid Falling Victim to a Staged Car Crash Scam; How to Prepare for Possible PG&E Power Shutdowns; Why Your Staff Needs Disability Coverage

George Petersen Insurance Completes the Re-branding of their Marin County Location

George Petersen Insurance Agency has completed the rebranding of its Marin County agencies. Minto & Wilkie was acquired by George Petersen in February 2017 and Allen, Bettini & Carter was purchased in November of 2017. Since April of 2018, the two agencies have operated under separate names at their shared location in San Rafael. The name change is the last step in fully unifying the three agencies.

Harassment Prevention Training is Live on GPTrack

Update: On August 30, 2019 Governor Newsom has signed new legislation into law (SB778) that extends the anti-harassment training deadline from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021. 

On September 30, 2018 California passed SB1343, greatly expanding the requirement that employers provide harassment prevention training to employees.  Employers with five or more employees must provide harassment prevention training as follows:

April 2019

Preparing for a Wildfire and Claims; OSHA Not Letting Up on Inspections, Penalties; Getting Benefits Right for a Multi-Generational Workplace; High Deductible May Lead to More Comp Claims

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