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December HR News Worth Review

December 08 , 2017


Update on Overtime Rule

Last May, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new rule that would affect who qualifies for overtime. Since then, the rule has been blocked and is currently being appealed by the DOL.

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Tags: Compliance

Prevent drunk driving during the holidays

December 06 , 2017

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The holidays are here. It’s a time for family, friends and good cheer – not drunk driving. Unfortunately, accidents caused by drunk drivers tend to rise around times of celebration. Keep yourself and the ones you care about safe at this season’s holiday parties with these tips for hosts and guests to help prevent drunk driving. 

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Tags: Home & Auto

How cyber insurance works

November 30 , 2017

how cyber insurance works

Strengths. Weaknesses. Opportunities. Threats. As you plan for 2018, you may be conducting a formal or informal SWOT analysis for your business. When you get to the “Threat” category, make sure to add cyber risk to your list.

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Tags: Risk Management, Business Insurance

Holiday home fire prevention tips

November 21 , 2017

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There’s nothing like a crackling fire to keep you warm during the holidays – as long as that fire stays in the fireplace. In 2016, a home fire was reported to a U.S. fire department every 90 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The holiday season can bring extra fire risks.

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Tags: Home & Auto

Common commercial vehicle accidents and how to prevent them

November 17 , 2017

Preventing commercial vehicle accidents

If your workers use vehicles for business purposes, the risk of a commercial vehicle accident is real. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, representing an increase of 8 percent compared to the previous year. The same year, 415,000 crashes involving large trucks were reported to the police. Commercial vehicle accidents can result in significant loss, and accident prevention is in everyone’s best interest.

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Tags: Risk Management

IRS issues guidance on forthcoming potential employer mandate penalties

November 16 , 2017


Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the employer shared responsibility rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to include information on enforcement. Specifically, these Q&As provide guidance on:

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Tags: Compliance

Long-term care awareness: The other reason to celebrate November

November 09 , 2017

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What do people celebrate during the month of November? You're thinking turkeys, aren't you?

Of course, there's a lot to be said for Thanksgiving. The food is superb, and it's a beautiful time of year. It’s also a holiday about family, which brings us to the other reason to love November.

Welcome to long-term care awareness month: A time to think of your family's future, and your own.

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Tags: Employee Benefits, Individual Life & Health

November HR News Worth Review

November 06 , 2017


Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2018

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a dollar limit on employees’ salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans. This dollar limit is indexed for cost-of-living adjustments and may be increased each year.

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Tags: Compliance

10 Halloween safety reminders

October 26 , 2017

Halloween safety tips for parents

Halloween is supposed to be a scary holiday. We expect to see spooky costumes and terrifying decorations. Some frights, however, are less enjoyable – especially when they involve injuries or lawsuits.

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Tags: Home & Auto

Who needs professional liability insurance?

October 19 , 2017

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With so many insurance products available, figuring out which ones we need can seem daunting. No one wants to waste money on a superfluous policy. At the same time, no one wants to go without an essential policy – then pay the price for it later. One policy you may be wondering about is professional liability insurance.

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Tags: Business Insurance