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John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).


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Monday, 03 May 2021 21:35

CIC Speakers Discuss Employment Issues Related to Vaccines, Fire-Related Concerns with EVs

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Chairman Darrell Amberson said the April CIC meeting was among the first national industry gatherings held in-person since the start of the pandemic and was “absolutely terrific.” Chairman Darrell Amberson said the April CIC meeting was among the first national industry gatherings held in-person since the start of the pandemic and was “absolutely terrific.”

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...make the phone call to your attorney,” he said.

 

There are also privacy protection steps to take if an employer collects proof of vaccination from employees. King was asked what an employer should do if an employee asks how many of their coworkers are vaccinated.

 

“I would recommend against [revealing] anything [related to that] unless you have some local or state regulation that says you need to,” King said. “Because that immediately starts the witch hunt: Who’s vaccinated? Who’s not? You arguably could be viewed as disclosing. It’s not worth the risk. I would not go into that. I can’t give a specific answer without researching it to make sure there’s nothing specific to [your] locality. But the general recommendation is I would not be disclosing anything like this.”

 

Equipment, Insurance Issues for EV Repairs

 

A number of speakers at CIC discussed some of the fire-related safety precautions shops should take relative to regularly having electric vehicles---especially those with lithium batteries---in the shop for repairs.

 

“One thing is to call your [business] insurance company and find out how this may impact your premiums,” said Mark Quarto of Futuretech, an electric vehicle training organization. “They probably will have some ideas on other things you’ll need to do with your building.”

 

David Willett with ProSight Specialty Insurance concurred.

 

“It does take additional coverage, and it does take additional risk measures,” he said. “We get asked those questions from the knowledgeable [shops]. The scary ones are the ones that don’t ask those questions. The industry is woefully unprepared for this.”

 

Quarto said it is also advisable to make sure “the fire marshal is alerted to what you’re doing in your building.” He said the National Fire Protective Association is currently...


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