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Straight From The Source Blog


Food chain 411: Could your business survive an outbreak or recall?

July 13 , 2017

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We’ve all witnessed the unfolding drama with our food supply in recent years – the recalls of ground beef, spinach, bagged salad, eggs, and other products, and outbreaks of e-coli, salmonella and other contaminants. The bottom line: With an increasingly globalized network of growers, manufacturers, packers and distributors, the supply chain is more complex than ever.

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Tags: Business Insurance


Oilfield contract risk management: Texas anti-indemnity laws

July 05 , 2017

Oilfield contract risk management

In the first part of this contract review series, we discussed the state-specific anti-indemnity laws affecting Texas construction contracts. As we explained, the Lone Star State has specific anti-indemnity laws for the commercial construction, oilfield and common carrier transportation industries. It’s important to understand these laws before your company signs a contract so you can avoid unexpected costs and litigation in the event of a claim.

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Tags: Risk Management


ACA employer mandate and paid family leave guidance

June 30 , 2017

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What happens if the ACA employer mandate is repealed?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees in order to avoid possible penalties. Because this employer mandate has been criticized as burdensome for employers and an impediment to business growth, its repeal has been a central part of Republican plans to repeal and replace the ACA.

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Tags: Health Care Reform


Small business insurance: What should you have?

June 29 , 2017

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Own a small business? Then you know it’s a juggling act. In addition to sales and growth, you have to protect your investment from potential exposures. Because there’s so much on the line, having the right business insurance protection is crucial.

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Tags: Business Insurance


Demand rises for virtual care

June 23 , 2017

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If companies had a way to keep health care costs down while making employees happy, they’d have to pursue it. As it turns out, such an option exists. Telemedicine is a cost-effective care option in many situations. It’s also rising in popularity among consumers.

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Tags: Employee Benefits


Senate releases ACA "repeal and replace" bill

June 22 , 2017

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On Thursday morning, members of the Senate revealed their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Like the AHCA, the majority of the BCRA deals with individual markets and Medicare. Of particular note, the BCRA places the eligibility for tax credits to purchase individual coverage back on income, instead of on age as the AHCA does.

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Tags: Health Care Reform


Five tips for summer road trip safety

June 16 , 2017

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Summer is the perfect time for a relaxed road trip. Just make sure it stays relaxing. Whether you’re planning a short weekend getaway or a long trek across the nation, take a few precautions to keep your road trip fun and carefree.

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Tags: Home & Auto


PCORI fees due by July 31

June 15 , 2017

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With summer in full swing, July 31 will be here before you know it. On or before that date, some employers will need to file an IRS Form 720 and submit the applicable payment for their Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees. Employers with self-funded health plans and those with HRAs are generally responsible for filing and paying the fee. Employers with fully-insured health plans are generally not responsible for the filing or paying, unless they also sponsor an HRA.

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Tags: Health Care Reform


Eight ways to influence workplace safety attitudes

June 07 , 2017

Workplace safety attitudes

Every business owner knows that a safe work environment is the best defense against workplace injuries, costly workers’ compensation claims and higher insurance premiums. But creating a culture of safety in your organization is about more than eliminating hazards and implementing policies and procedures. It’s about changing attitudes.

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Tags: Risk Management


OSHA signals intention to delay electronic reporting

June 06 , 2017

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic reporting rule requires certain establishments to report information electronically from their OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301. The rule also requires OSHA to create a website that can be used to submit the required information. Under the rule, the first reports are due by July 1, 2017.

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Tags: Risk Management


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