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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Did You Know? A recent study from the University of Minnesota found that talking on a cellphone while driving impairs one’s ability even more than driving while intoxicated. Talking on a cellphone and other driving distractions pose a major hazard to everyone on the road.
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IRS Guidance on COVID Employee Leave Sharing Plans

The FAQs explain that leave-sharing plans permit employees to deposit leave in an employer-sponsored leave bank for use by other employees who have been adversely affected by a major disaster such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Value of Surety Bonds

The way project owners evaluate and manage risks on construction projects and make fiscally responsible decisions to ensure timely project completion are crucial to their success. Since private owners cannot afford to gamble on a contractor whose reliability is uncertain or who could end up bankrupt halfway through the job, a surety bond is a...
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9 Cyber Risk Questions Every Board Should Ask

When a data breach or other cyber event occurs, the damages can be significant, often resulting in lawsuits, and serious financial losses. What’s more, cyber exposures impact businesses of all kinds, regardless of their size, industry, or status as a private or public entity. In order for organizations to truly protect themselves from cyber risks,...
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Common Employment Practices Claims Arising Out of COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, there has been a massive upheaval of the American workplace. Employers have found themselves drafting and implementing policies and procedures addressing a wide array of issues including remote work, layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, workplace conditions and many more. Not surprisingly, the uncertainty wrought by COVID-19 has...
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OSHA Guidance for Reopening Nonessential Businesses

On June 18, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released guidance to help employers plan how to reopen nonessential businesses. The guidance also addresses issues employers should consider as they ask their employees return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. OSHA’s guidelines for reopening nonessential businesses provide general principles for updating restrictions that...
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Protecting Your Home from Wind Damage

Floods, lightning strikes and other common storms can endanger your home, but you also need to consider the risks of the wind damage that accompanies these weather events. High winds can cause significant damage to your home’s roof, windows, doors and siding. And since wind is usually just one factor of dangerous storms, any wind...
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The Story Your Experience Modification Reveals

For many employers, workers’ compensation insurance is all about one number—the premium quoted. Understandably, employers want to pay the lowest amount possible on this mandatory coverage. While some brokers try to compete on a low bid, those who do miss the chance to educate employers on how their mod affects their premium, and how lowering...
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FMSCA FAQs—National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse

On Dec. 5, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule that aims to improve roadway safety by establishing a National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse. Under the final rule, motor carriers and other employers of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must use the Clearinghouse to ensure that current and prospective...
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The Importance of Loss Assessment Coverage

  At most condo communities, a homeowners association (HOA) is equipped with an insurance policy that provides coverage for incidents that occur outside of a condo owner’s personal unit. This is commonly known as a master policy, and some condo owners wrongfully assume it is adequate enough to account for all incidents that occur in...
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Precautions for Better Cyber Security

Business operations in the technology industry revolve around the functionality of computers, network connections and the Internet. It’s no secret that computer use comes with many risks, including damaging viruses, hackers, the illegal use of your system to attack others, the use of sensitive data to steal identities and other illegal actions. As a result,...
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Why Do I Need Employment Practices Liability Insurance?

As a business owner, you strive to hire qualified employees to work for you. Unfortunately, as you are well aware, not every hiring decision goes as planned. Even if an employee is terminated for legitimate reasons— such as poor attendance or unsatisfactory work habits—every termination opens the door for potential lawsuits. Read on to learn...
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OSHA Form 300A Posting Requirements Begin Feb. 1

#RiskSynergy   OVERVIEW By Feb. 1 of each year, employers that are subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) routine recordkeeping requirements must post copies of their completed OSHA Form 300A (“Summary of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses”) from the previous year in visible locations within their employees’ workplaces. The postings must then be...
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Workers Compensation Audits: An Essential Guide

This guide will help you collect the necessary documentation and statistics required during a payroll audit. Because of the nature of the required information, it is recommended that this guide be completed by the accounting department, unless your organization has someone specifically responsible for these documents and the workers’ compensation policy.  STEP 1: Collect Necessary...
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