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August 29, 2022

Summer safety tips to avoid work injuries

No matter the time of year, when business owners think about the common risks involved with owning a business, the safety of their employees should always be top of mind. However, the summertime can bring unique hazards, with its soaring temperatures, busy travel times and potential for strong storms. In the summer, it’s important that employers take...

August 22, 2022

Mitigating risk & reducing employee claims for commercial clients

According to Dun & Bradstreet, in Q2 2022, the Global Business Impact (GBI) score increased to 315, up from 297 in Q1 2022. The GBI ranks the biggest threats to business based on each risk scenario’s potential impact on companies, assigning a score to each risk. As businesses continue to acknowledge the rising risk landscape, it is...

July 5, 2022

Proposed Overtime Rule Expected in October 2022

In its recent spring regulatory agenda, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its plans to issue a proposed overtime rule in October 2022. According to the agency’s regulatory agenda, this proposed rule is expected to address how to implement the exemption of executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA)...

June 17, 2022

Combating Rising Benefits Costs During Periods of High Inflation

The U.S. inflation rate has increased by 8.3% over the last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This has led to significant price increases across various consumer goods as well as employee benefits such as health insurance. In fact, one-third of U.S. employees have already seen an increase in their health costs...

August 27, 2020

Jobless Claims Exceed 1M Again, Number Down From Previous Week

The number of Americans who filed for jobless claims exceeded 1 million last week, but it was down slightly compared to the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reported on Thursday (Aug. 27). “There’s lots of pain out there,” Jared Kushner, senior White House advisor to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, told CNBC. “But we...

July 23, 2020

2020’s New Reality — Working from Home

2020’S NEW REALITY – WORKING FROM HOME The new reality for 2020 — and maybe for the foreseeable future — is working from home. This is true for many industries and is even more true for the business of insurance since it is easier for us than for most. This new way of doing things...

July 14, 2020

5 Ways COVID-19 Is Reshaping HR

5 WAYS COVID-19 IS RESHAPING HR The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the entire world, it seems. With fluctuating infection rates and conflicting official guidance, organizations will need to adapt quickly if they want to succeed in the post-coronavirus landscape. HR teams stand at the forefront of these efforts. For years, HR departments have been...

July 8, 2020

Statewide California Construction Employment: How Has it Fared with COVID-19?

STATEWIDE CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT: HOW HAS IT FARED WITH COVID-19? Construction employment declined in more than nine out of 10 metro areas from March to April, a time when industry employment typically increases in most locations, an analysis by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America of new government data shows. The San Francisco area...

July 2, 2020

Workers’ Compensation Changes for COVID-19

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CHANGES FOR COVID-19 Under most state workers’ compensation (WC) laws, COVID-19 may be a compensable, work-related condition only if an employee can show that: He or she contracted the coronavirus while performing services growing out of and incidental to his or her employment; and The disease arose out of that employment (work relatedness)....

June 18, 2020

Preparing for a Second Wave of COVID-19 Cases

PREPARING FOR A SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 Even as stay-at-home orders and restrictions are lifted, daily operations won’t be business-as-usual for many across the country. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still going on, despite businesses reopening. Moreover, public health officials and experts are warning of a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases. Of course, no...