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Covered California for Small Business –
New Blue Shield Plans

Starting July 1, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) is offering new Blue Shield plans, providing more options for enrollees. These plans include the Access+ HMO Network with Platinum, Gold, and Silver metal tier options, as well as the Bronze Trio HMO 7000/70. The two most popular Blue Shield High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), Silver Full PPO Savings 2300/25% and Bronze Full PPO Savings 7000 plans, are also now available.

All of these plans offer benefits such as Wellvolution, Teladoc Mental Health, Nurse Help 24/7, LifeReferrals 24/7, and the Blue Card program for when members are outside of California.

For assistance, please contact our Quotes team at or 800.696.4543.

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What is California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy”?

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On August 28 Governor Newsom announced details of a new color-coded statewide system for businesses reopening called “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Each California county falls into one of four colored tiers, with specific rules for businesses reopening:

The San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times both have helpful articles explaining the new system.


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How can the health benefits that small businesses offer their employees help them as they return their teams to the workplace?

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As they return their teams to the workplace, employers want to ensure that employees remain healthy, secure and productive. The health benefits they offer their employees can help. Employers should communicate the value of their benefits to returning employees, and should consider adding these if not part of their current offering:

Each of your client’s needs is situational. Contact us for assistance in evaluating the benefits offerings that best meet their needs.

Where can I find the website for a local Chamber of Commerce?

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Many local Chambers of Commerce provide up-to-date information on local conditions, and reopening and return to work guidance for local businesses.

Both the US Chamber of Commerce and California Chamber of Commerce publish directories of local Chambers of Commerce.

What resources are available to help employers stay HR compliant?

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Claremont partners Mammoth HR (with Think HR) and Paylocity both have very helpful resources to help HR and Payroll teams stay compliant as their business re-open and they return employees to work: 

Mammoth HR (with Think HR) 


What resources are available to help employers manage teams that are working remotely?

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As businesses reopen, some employees will be asking if they can continue to work from home. Below are some helpful resources for employers looking at their remote work policies and practices. 

Mammoth HR (with Think HR) 


 Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 

 HR Morning 


What types of businesses are currently permitted to reopen?

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Both the LA Times and SF Chronicle publish helpful guides on the status of business reopening across the state. Many local Chambers of Commerce also provide up-to-date information. Both the US Chamber of Commerce and California Chamber of Commerce publish directories of local Chambers of Commerce.

Where can I find the website for a particular county’s public health department?

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In addition to the California state government’s guidelines for business reopening, individual counties may have additional criteria, guidelines and rules for reopening.

The websites of each county’s public health department can be found here. 

What return-to-work checklists are available for employers?

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Here are some checklists published by credible industry organizations: 


COVID-19 Back-to-Work Checklist (Society for HR Management, SHRM) 

Return to Work Checklist (Think HR) 

Return to Business and Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist (Seyfarth Shaw) 

COVID-19: Return-to-Work Checklist (Fenwick & West)

Where can an employer find industry-specific reopening guidance?

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The California state government provides guidance for these industries: 


The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides guidance for specific worker groups and their employers:  


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has guidance for the following industries: 


and Health and Safety Steps for Specific Occupations: 


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services. 


The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) maintains industry-specific guidance for businesses to safely reopen: 

Where can an employer find a consultant to help them?

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The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) maintains a Consultants Listing where employers can find local industrial hygiene and environmental health consultants.