Increase in FMCSA Offsite Compliance Reviews

The federal government issued pandemic-related regulatory guidance that allows offsite audits to determine carriers safety ratings — Satisfactory, Conditional or Unsatisfactory. Previously, regulations required FMCSA to conduct an onsite compliance review to issue an Unsatisfactory rating. That change has allowed the agency to conduct comprehensive safety reviews of fleets remotely instead of in-person, leading to…

FMCSA Updates/Extensions

New Hours of Service Changes take effect September 29th On June 1st, FMCSA published changes to truck driver hours of service rules in the Federal Register. The new changes – outlined below – become effective September 29, 2020. Short-Haul Operations Extends drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours. Extends the air-mile radius within…

OSHA Revises Its COVID-19 Recordkeeping and Enforcement Guidance

As states begin reopening their economies, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are acting to protect their employees. The policies provide guidance on recording cases of COVID-19 in the workplace and an interim enforcement response plan. The policies became effective on May 26, 2020, and…

The Most Common Employment Practices Claims due to COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread, there has been a massive upheaval of the American workplace. Employers have found themselves implementing policies and procedures to address a wide array of issues including remote work, layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, and workplace conditions. The uncertainty in the wake of COVID-19 has left employers at an increased risk of…

Association Risk – Liability Exclusions for Communicable Disease

Community Association Institute has counseled associations Owners, Board Members and Managers to review the policies to see how they will respond to a claim involving COVID-19. Unfortunately, policies may not be clear on what is covered, but an exclusion clarifies these situations. When reviewing both General Liability and Directors & Officers Liability policies, be sure…

COVID-19 Best Practices for Community Associations

As the warm, sunny weather entices people out of quarantine to enjoy parks, beaches, golf courses, and pools, community associations must decide how and whether to safely reopen common areas and recreational facilities. To help guide your discussions and decisions, the Community Associations Institute developed ‘Healthy Communities,’ a 10-page summary of practical advice and COVID-19…

COVID Resources – Businesses

Guidelines and government directives are changing so fast and each day brings extraordinary new circumstances to test our resolve. We remain committed to sharing the most updated information to support you through this challenging time. Check out these helpful, up-to-date resources: Restaurant COVID-19 Resources Hospitality COVID-19 Resources Maryland COVID-19 Resources Delaware COVID-19 Resources Virginia COVID-19 Resources National…