Workers Comp & Safety News – February/March 2021

Should Employers Make COVID-19 Vaccinations Mandatory?

person getting vaccineNow that the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations has begun many employers will confront the decision of whether to make vaccinations mandatory.
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Workers Comp Payments OK’d for Marijuana in Some States

Rx bottle with marijuanaMedical marijuana is gaining wider acceptance in the medical community as an effective pain-reliever, which can be useful in workplace illnesses and injuries. But is it compensable under workers comp?Read on for details.

Telecommuting Safely

person working from homeThe pandemic has vastly increased the number of employees working from home. Once public health restrictions are lifted it’s expected that a majority of employees will want to continue telecommuting. Read on for details.

Workers’ Comp Basics: Are WC benefits taxable?

According to the IRS, no matter how workers’ compensation wage loss payments are paid out – weekly or in a lump sum settlement – workers’ compensation is not taxable.
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Managing Risk – Winter 2021

Can Employers Legally Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations?

medicine vialsUnless your state government enacts mandatory vaccination laws requiring it as a condition of employment, you could put your company at legal risk.
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Gig Economy Gets Boost with Proposition 22 Win

delivery driversThe California bill won a sizeable yes vote in the elections and its proponents want to take the campaign nationwide.
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Why Almost Every Business Needs Additional Insured Coverage

umbrellasYou have business liability insurance, but it may not provide coverage if you are considered “vicariously liable.”Read on for details.

Should Employees Be Disciplined for Not Social Distancing?

Social distancing and mask wearing have been viewed as important ways to protect people from COVID-19. So, employers enforce these precautions on the job site.
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Personal Lines – Winter 2020

Insurers Handling More Auto Claims with AI

fender benderHigh tech is changing the way claims are processed. Read on for details.

Do You REALLY Know What’s in Your Homeowners Policy?

Are You Covered road signMany homeowners don’t. The Insurance Information Institute surveyed homeowners to find out how well people understand their policies. Here are their findings. Read on for details.

Are You Insuring Your Home to Value?

tiny house modelOkay, you’ve been stuck at home for several months now because of the pandemic and maybe you’ve decided to make the best of your time by working to improve your house. Read on for details.

Why Do People in Horror Movies Never Have Insurance?

Do you ever wonder whether sometimes people in the movies could have avoided a lot of trouble if they just had insurance? Probably not. Only insurance people think about things like that. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to consider how insurance could have been useful in some famous horror movies.
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Insurance Buyers News – November/December 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Property and Liability Insurance

hundred dollar bill with maskWhile estimates vary, the insurance industry is currently expected to pay as much as $110 billion in claims related to the pandemic in 2020, according to Lloyd’s. Read on for details.

Who Doesn’t Need Professional Liability Insurance These Days?

doctor and businessmanDoctors, lawyers and accountants aren’t the only people who need professional liability insurance. Read on for details.

Why Almost Every Business Needs Additional Insured Coverage

umbrellasYou have business liability insurance, but it may not provide coverage if you are considered “vicariously liable.” Read on for details.

How the Pandemic Could Change the Future of Work

Mobile apps will be more common. The pandemic has forced many companies to focus more on remote operations, making the use of mobile apps more important.
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Managing Risk – Fall 2020

Operating Your Business During the Pandemic

open signMany businesses have adjusted to the pandemic by implementing work from home arrangements for their employees. This is often an incomplete or inadequate solution though.
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Get Ready for Parametric Insurance

graphParametric insurance is a type of insurance that does not indemnify the actual loss, but pays when something related has occurred with sufficient intensity to justify payment of a loss.
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How the Pandemic Could Shape the Future of Health Care

telehealth apptThe COVID-19 pandemic has quickly forced the medical community in the United States to rethink how it provides health care. In response to the crisis, new regulations have been enacted and advances in technology fast-tracked.Read on for details.

What is ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and amendments, which applies to employers with 15 or more employees, says employers cannot discriminate against individuals with disabilities in hiring, promoting, retaining and other aspects of employment.Read on for details.

Personal Lines – Fall 2020

6 Steps to Hurricane Preparedness

lightning stormAccording to Swiss Re, a storm identical to Katrina in 2005 would today cost at least $200 billion.
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Car Insurance Premiums Trend Lower

toy car and key fobCar insurance premiums are down as compared to other costs, including insurance cost drivers like hospital rates and repair shop costs. Read on for details.

13 Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft

hand stealing card through computer14.4 million consumers were victims of identity fraud in 2018, according to the 2019 Identity Fraud Study from Javelin Strategy & Research.
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When to Create a Home Inventory

Creating a home inventory may seem like a bother. But the day will come when you will be glad you did.
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Workers Comp & Safety News – August/September 2020

COVID-19 Impact on Workers Compensation Industry

graph with viruses in backgroundAccording to a survey put out by health industry guru and strategist Joe Paduda, the workers compensation system could see a 20 percent decrease in new injury claims this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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COVID-19 Liability Waivers

person signing documentAt a recent campaign rally attendees were asked to sign liability waivers to protect against lawsuits related to contracting Covid-19. Many businesses are doing the same with customers and employees.
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How Does Self-Insured Workers Compensation Work?

person with checkSelf-insuring is an increasingly popular alternative to purchasing coverage from traditional providers. There are advantages and disadvantages.
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Excess Workers Compensation Comes in Two Basic Formats

Specific Excess Insurance limits the amount a self-insured must pay for any single occurrence. Read on for details.

Managing Risk – Summer 2020

Most Business Policies Cover Riots, Vandalism and Civil Commotion

protestorDifferent policies cover different kinds of damage to property.
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3 Challenges for Benefit Managers During the Pandemic

man with briefcase and maskProviding benefit portability, helping employees manage their work/life balance and maintain financial stability can help employees during this difficult time.
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D&O Policies and The Coronavirus

empty conference roomEven before COVID-19, insurance for directors and officers (D&O) was experiencing a hard market.Read on for details.

Key D&O Terms You Should Know

Entity Coverage/Allocation Provisions: Claims can get complicated when the corporate entity is named as a defendant along with directors and officers.
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Personal Lines – Summer 2020

COVID-19 Update: How Insurance Companies are Helping Consumers

man holding umbrellaIn addition to payment relief to some customers, insurance companies are maintaining staff and supporting national pandemic relief efforts.
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Despite Its Low Cost, Most Consumers Don’t Buy Cyber Risk Insurance

digital lockA new report by the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) says most Americans underestimate the threat of cybercrime and are not buying insurance against it, despite its low cost.
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New Insurance Concepts That Could Save You Money

digital clockOn-demand insurance is expected to become a fundamental part of the insurance industry.
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CDC Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting against the Virus

Hygiene tips to combat COVID-19.
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Insurance Buyers News – May/June 2020

Business Income Insurance and the Coronavirus

closed signDuring a recent Coronavirus update meeting, President Donald Trump said that he thinks that many insurance companies should be paying business income losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.Read on for details.

Is Your Auto Insurance Delivering During the Pandemic?

pizza delivery personHas your business been declared an essential service during the pandemic? If so, you are probably making home deliveries either for the first time or to a greater extent than before.
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Cyber Security and Working Remotely in the Pandemic

lockNow with so many more people working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a good time to review your off-site cybersecurity practices. Read on for details.

Cyber Security for Mobile Devices

If you use a mobile device for company business, you should:
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Managing Risk – Spring 2020

How to Create a Risk Management Plan

risk management gearsWhen we think of risk, the first thing that usually comes to mind is insurance. But insurance is just one component of a sound risk management plan.
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CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

world mapYour cleanliness and sick leave policies may need to be reexamined.
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Workers Compensation Insurance Execs Look into the Future

person holding crystal ballHere are the five critical trends affecting workers’ compensation identified by the National Council on Compensation InsuranceRead on for details.

Top 5 Workers Comp Fraud Schemes

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, fraud costs insurers and employers over $7 billion a year.
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Personal Lines – Spring 2020

Insurance for When Your House is not Your Home

houseThis can be an important matter in couple of instances: You’re living away from home for an extended period or you’re renting out all or part of your home. Read on for details.

Travel Insurance to the Rescue

woman with passportNot every trip justifies travel insurance, but for that big ticket, overseas, once or seldom in a lifetime excursion, travel insurance is at least worth considering. Read on for details.

Busting Auto Insurance Myths

car accidentMyth 1 — Red Cars Cost More to Insure Read on for details.

Important Travel Insurance Add-ons

Cancel Anytime Coverage: Some insurers offer policies with a Cancel Anytime feature which allows purchasers to cancel their trip for almost any unforeseen reason and even receive reimbursement for all or a portion of their non-refundable travel deposits. Read on for details.