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Recover from the unexpected with a Business Preparedness Plan

Businesses have learned many hard lessons this year, but maybe the biggest is the need to be prepared for anything, even something as unprecedented as a pandemic. A recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported 34% of employers didn’t have an emergency preparedness plan before the pandemic. For businesses, emergency preparedness planning can make the difference between staying in business and losing everything.

Safety 101: Bloodborne Pathogens

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to protect employees that are reasonably anticipated to come into contact with blood or certain body fluids. While most employers associate exposure to bloodborne pathogens with healthcare workers only, there are a host of other employees who may be at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. 

Legal Update: Mitigate your risks in a volatile supply chain market with contractual management

The construction industry continues to face ongoing challenges related to supply chain delays and product availability due to COVID-19. Dodge Data & Analytics, a leading provider of commercial construction project data, recently reported that the construction materials cost index increased by 6% in the month of April alone, more than the average annual increase. Dodge also reported the anticipated timeline for return to normal stockpiled inventory could be as long as another 18-24 months. Historically, skyrocketing material costs and product shortages were addressed through contract contingency; in current market conditions, this method is proving inadequate to address the monthly cost increases of construction materials.