Elena Merino, a benefits broker, is hoping she can help rescue colleagues from COVID-19 paralysis.
Merino, president of The Meridian Group of Alpharetta, Georgia, has come up with some steps that almost any benefits firm can take.
Here’s a look at five things she has done, is doing, or is trying to do.
1. Build relationships with local benefits lawyers and accountants in the good times.
Merino already knows some attorneys, and she has had them help her with writing analyses of all of the new laws and programs coming out, to avoid looking as if she’s trying to give anyone legal advice.
2. Work with legal advisors to develop articles, webinars and other materials explaining the Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act provisions in the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
The Meridian Group, for example, began briefing clients on the Families First legislation while it was still in House, before it had even passed into the Senate.
3. Brief employer clients about any relevant new state insurance regulations, orders or guidelines.
Merino’s firm has made sure clients have copies of the directives and other documents sent out by Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King.