To all the first responders, nurses, doctors, health care workers and those that gave their lives to protect this great nation – we remember, honor, and thank you for your service.
Mothers – You’ve Been Keeping the Family Together During These Trying Times.
We want to thank you for all your efforts and wish you a Wonderful Mother’s Day.
Best wishes and keep safe & healthy from all of us at Henkes Welsh Agency.
Millions of Americans are working at home, holding virtual meetings, educating their children, and communicating with family and friends. But are you exposing yourself to the latest scams.
According to ID Shield, who are tracking spammers. These five scams seem to be experienced throughout the United States.
- Impersonating health care professionals– Beware of emails claiming to come from health professionals along with links. Do not click on any link. Only use official websites if you want more personal health information.
- Fake work-at-home jobs– Beware of emails asking for your personal information, SSN, and bank accounts.
- Stimulus check scams– Emails requesting account credentials in order to deposit stimulus checks.
- Donation/charity scams– Do your research to make sure you are picking a legitimate charity. Beware emails that demand you pay only with cash, money order, or gift cards.
- Virus-fighting product claims– Avoid products that specifically claim to be effective against the coronavirus. There are no approved products to treat or prevent the virus, so beware.
Take care when opening emails and protect yourself by watching for these scams.
Ann Henry, who has worked at home for over 11 years, wrote an article for Gossip That Matters, to offer tips for workers new to working remotely. Here is her advice.
- Sleep In – If you don’t have to virtually clock in by a certain time, take advantage of your ability to sleep until you naturally wake up.
- Eat breakfast and maintain a lunch break – Try to keep a schedule and stay away from snacking.
- Use the TV as a tool – If you have children, make sure that they engage in active play for a couple of hours then they are in a better state of mind to sit and watch the tv and a whole show.
- Go to bed on time – Don’t stay up late working on a computer. Try to establish a schedule that allows you to accomplish your highest priority work during regular business hours. Get some rest.
- Lower your standards. Working from home while the kids are suddenly home from school is new for most Americans. Cut yourself some slack; your sanity will thank you.
We are all in this together. Stay healthly.
OSHA has reminded employers of their reporting requirements for workers with coronavirus, and provided guidance as to how to complete the form. In addition, they created a brochure, “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”, which you can download. If you need any assistance, please contact us at the agency.
Here are five things to remember to help protect yourself from becoming infected with the coronavirus. Follow flu prevention tips.
Top tip: Wash your hands – Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe both at home and at work.
Don’t panic. Don’t hoard but do stock your cupboards with some extra food and cleaning supplies. Every time you grocery shop, buy a few extra items. Think about having enough on hand to last a few weeks.
Check your medications, make sure you have a supply on hand
Think about a backup plan if schools were to close during an outbreak
Ask your employer about a work-from-home option.
Have any questions, give us a call.
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8th. So set your clocks forward one hour to “spring ahead”, which means you lose one hour of sleep.
The deadline for employers to electronically submit their 2019 Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is due March 2nd. To determine if your business, with 20-249 employees, is required to submit this form, use this link.
To combat the opioid crisis and lower drug costs, the National Council of Insurance Legislators adopted the Worker’s Compensation Drug Formulary Model Act. The purpose of the act is to establish a drug formulary for use in states’ workers’ compensation systems in order to facilitate the safe and appropriate use of prescription drugs in the treatment of work-related injury and occupational diseases. Each state will use this framework to establish their own policy.
If you are planning on giving jewelry, we recommend you have it appraised, and then call us so we can protect it with the right insurance. February is also National Heart Month. We encourage you and your loved ones to schedule a check-up to help fight against cardiovascular illnesses and disorders.