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Straight From The Source Blog


Five megatrends in transportation & supply chain risk management

February 20 , 2017

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Our world economy has exploded in the last half century thanks to globalization, the resulting rise of global trade, and advances in technology. According to 2015 data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, international trade in goods and services grew from around $4 trillion in 1990 to $24 trillion in 2014.

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Tags: Risk Management


ACA and Medicare reports due soon

February 16 , 2017

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ACA Reporting

This is a last reminder (until next year) of the due dates for IRS reporting under the ACA. Filing the 2016 Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS must be completed no later than February 28, if not filing electronically, and March 31 if filing electronically. Further, employee statements required under the ACA are due no later than March 2.

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Tags: Health Care Reform


What savvy homeowners need to know about smart home risks

February 09 , 2017

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Our homes are getting smarter. We can see who’s ringing our doorbell even when we aren’t home. We can control our shades and lights remotely. We can manage other smart devices, shop, play music and get quick answers using devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home.

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Tags: Home & Auto


Reduce Texas workers’ compensation insurance costs with these five steps

February 01 , 2017

Reduce workers' comp costs

Are your Texas workers’ compensation insurance costs growing every year? Then it’s time to take control by getting actively engaged and purposeful with your claims response. Here are five crucial steps:

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Tags: Business Insurance


What to know about insurance before you rent out your house in Texas

January 26 , 2017

Insurance for renting out a home

You’ve been hearing a lot about the new sharing economy. Companies like Airbnb and Uber have changed the way people work, travel and vacation. Now you want in on the action. But before you decide to hop on the sharing economy bandwagon and rent out your Texas house, there are a few things you need to know about local laws and insurance requirements.

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Tags: Home & Auto


Trump signs executive order on the ACA

January 23 , 2017

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On Jan. 20, 2017 as his first act as president, Donald Trump signed an executive order addressing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order states that it is intended “to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of the ACA until the law can be repealed and eventually replaced. The executive order is very broad, and it does not include detailed guidance for how it should be carried out. Instead, it gives federal agencies authority to eliminate or fail to enforce any number of ACA requirements, as permitted by law. As a result, until the new heads of federal agencies are in place, it is difficult to know how the ACA will be specifically impacted.

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Tags: Health Care Reform


10 Texas business insurance exposures to tackle in 2017

January 18 , 2017

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Tags: Business Insurance


Five new year tips to inspire workplace wellness

January 10 , 2017

Workplace wellness tips

With each ringing in of a New Year, business owners face new and evolving challenges. The one thing that remains constant each year is the fact that you need healthy employees to have a healthy business. Research has repeatedly shown that unhealthy workers are less productive and more likely to get injured, and they have a higher turnover rate. Companies that invest in their employees’ health and wellbeing have happier, more productive workers and a healthier bottom line.

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Tags: Health Risk Management


Your 10-point warehouse fire prevention checklist

January 04 , 2017

Warehouse fire prevention checklist

When you operate a warehouse as part of your business, a fire can wipe out your entire inventory and potentially shut down your business. When you lease warehouses to put on concerts or other events, a fire can quickly turn to tragedy. That’s what happened in Oakland, California, in early December when a fire tore through the Ghost Ship, an old warehouse that had been converted into an artists collective, killing 36 people.

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Tags: Risk Management


Surprising a loved one with jewelry? Wrap it in financial protection.

December 30 , 2016

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Another holiday shopping season will soon be winding down, and one of the most popular gifts that will be found under Christmas trees and in stockings again this year is jewelry. As a matter of fact, business is booming for the jewelry industry. According to the 2014 US Jewelry State of the Market Report, overall jewelry sales reached $68.8 billion in 2014, with fine jewelry sales during the holiday season alone topping $19 billion. Jewelry sales for this holiday season are anticipated to be even higher.

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Tags: Home & Auto


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