January 14, 2021

Renewals May Mark a Turning Point for Workers Comp

COVID-19, low interest rates and higher claim severity due in part to an aging workforce are among the factors that have reversed a years’ long trend of flat or lower renewals for workers compensation coverage, experts say. “In the rate environment we are starting to see it tick up from a flat renewal to the...

December 31, 2020

Understanding the $900 Billion Stimulus Package

On Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. This bill was passed by Congress after months of negotiation, and was attached to a $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government open for the fiscal year. Notably, this...

December 30, 2020

5 Commercial Real Estate Trends to Watch Going Into 2021

2020 is almost over. As many of us emit a sigh of relief, it’s time to reflect on what the year has brought us. COVID-19 and a worldwide pandemic have been at the top of the list for sure, but what has happened with commercial real estate trends? Let’s take a look. Commercial real estate trends...

December 29, 2020

Winter Weather Safety Precautions

Winter weather—such as frigid temperatures, icy conditions and snowfall—can create a wide range of challenges at the construction site. Specifically, it can become more difficult to ensure employees’ safety in such weather. After all, working on icy surfaces can increase the likelihood of slips and trips taking place, while exposure to cold temperatures can lead...

November 25, 2020

Deep Learning Has Reinvented Quality Control in Manufacturing

In 2020, we’ve seen the accelerated adoption of deep learning as a part of the so-called Industry 4.0 revolution, in which digitization is remaking the manufacturing industry. This latest wave of initiatives is marked by the introduction of smart and autonomous systems, fueled by data and deep learning—a powerful breed of artificial intelligence (AI) that...

November 24, 2020

12 Ways to Prevent Slips and Falls in Your Building

Slips and falls are common occurrences that can lead to injury and even death, especially for older adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death for those 65 and older. Each year a reported 29 million falls represent: 3 million trips to the...

November 23, 2020

How Might a Pandemic Change Gen Z’s Approach to Benefits?

Generations are shaped by their experiences, and Gen Z will be no different. For Gen Z, COVID-19 may be the Great Depression, Kennedy assassination, Watergate and 9/11 rolled into one. These are defining before-and-after moments that often change people’s outlook and color their beliefs and actions. Before the COVID-19 pandemic derailed our reality earlier this...

November 19, 2020

Understanding Fall Protection Equipment Warranty Requirements

Employers that are using fall protection equipment (e.g., personal fall arrest systems, connection components or anchors) should understand the manufacturers’ warranty requirements and instructions. Following these warranty requirements is often necessary if the business would like the manufacturer to cover the product when it is damaged or if there is a functional issue. Examples of...

November 18, 2020

5 Steps to Protect Your Vacant Business Premises

When unforeseen events cause lengthy building closures, sparse occupancy, or extended staff absences, the risks to the property can increase. An unattended building is more vulnerable to incidents such as freezing pipes, sprinkler malfunctions, fires, or break-ins. And with fewer people available to monitor the property and do regular maintenance, the dangers to people who...

November 17, 2020

Preventing Cyberattacks on Remote Employees

The COVID-19 pandemic has solidified remote work as a new operational standard. Employers should expect this trend to only grow in the future. In fact, many major companies, such as Twitter and Microsoft, have indicated that remote work will be an indefinite option for their employees. While this is exciting in many ways, remote work...

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