During the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have had to find ways to continue doing business while keeping their employees and customers safe from the virus. To ensure that employers do all they can, several states and cities across the United States, including Colorado, Philadelphia, New York and Virginia, have enhanced their protections for whistleblowers. The healthcare industry, where employees come into direct contact with COVID-19 patients, has been particularly affected by the changing legal landscape.
Increase in Claims Against Companies in the Healthcare Industry
According to the National Law Review, the number of whistleblower claims against companies in the healthcare sector increased significantly during 2020. Types of claims include:
- Denial of leave requests
- Lack of protective measures and equipment
- Alleged employer retaliation against objections to unsafe working conditions
- Failure to make special accommodations for disabled employees
Companies that lack employment practices litigation insurance can face huge costs. For example, the average legal fees in an EPLI case are between $200,000-$300,000 and the average amount awarded by the courts is $2.7 million.
EPLI Provides Protection Against Litigation
Thus, obtaining the coverage offered by healthcare EPLI is more important than ever. The policy covers settlements, judgements and legal fees regardless of the outcome of the case. However, it does not pay punitive damages or criminal and civil fines.
Employment practices litigation in the healthcare sector is on the rise. EPLI can help businesses working in this field to safeguard against the costs associated with these claims.