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August 11, 2020
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Some insurers of community associations added policy provisions for dealing with viruses in response to past outbreaks, such as SARS and Ebola, to make it clear to associations what would and wouldn't be covered. Due to the latest outbreak, experts foresee a spike in claims relating to virus infections, non-resident rent payment problems and other COVID-19-related issues, but it could be difficult for associations to prove causation.
Full Story: The Cooperator online (8/3) 
Developers of condo high-rises are designing lobbies and other common areas with the idea of minimizing the spread of germs amid the ongoing pandemic. They are using easy-to-clean materials, antimicrobial metals and less furniture to allow for spacious seating.
Full Story: Mansion Global (8/9) 
A bill in the California Senate would restrict HOAs' ability to control rental activities. Currently, HOAs can vote to limit or prohibit rentals, but the bill would forbid HOAs from banning or unreasonably restricting rentals, with the exception of short-term rentals.
Full Story: The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (8/8) 
During the coronavirus-related shutdown in New York City, developers continued to move forward with preparation work for condo construction projects. As a result, condo boards are now each faced with having to possibly put their facade project on hold while negotiating an access agreement with a developer anxious to begin construction on a neighboring project.
Full Story: Habitat magazine online (8/5) 
Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
Credibility is key for leaders who want to build a high-trust environment, but they must use that leverage to be transparent and honest, especially during a crisis, according to a leadership expert. "The reality is that with trust as our currency, we can be far more agile, collaborative and innovative," he says.
Full Story: Chief Executive online (8/5) 
Ethics and Professional Conduct
Companies need written policies on employee mask use that are communicated widely and have management backing. "The biggest thing is to acknowledge their feelings and say, 'I understand how you feel, but we have the responsibility to do business the right way,'" says a human resources manager.
Full Story: Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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