Straight From The Source Blog

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

New OSHA rule gives employers a leg up in protecting workers from falls

December 28 , 2016

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OSHA estimates that U.S. employers pay nearly a billion dollars every week in direct workers' compensation costs for injuries to their workers. And falls, both from height and on the same level, continue to be one of the leading causes of the most serious of those work-related injuries and deaths. The National Floor Safety Institute also reports that slip, trip and fall injuries are the number one cause of workers’ compensation claims, lost days from work and occupational injuries for employees 55 and older.

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Tags: Risk Management

Does your business have crime insurance?

December 20 , 2016

Employee theft crime insurance

On November 20, 2016, a Wichita Falls man was arrested and charged with theft for stealing more than 23,800 pounds of metal from his employer and selling it as scrap, pocketing a good $29,000 in cash. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Ronald Gene Clark, 57, had been stealing large quantities of stainless steel tubing and brass from Motion Industries, where he worked as an office manager, for some time. After completing a thorough review of its inventory, the company concluded they had lost a total of $125,623.81 since May 2015 due to Clark's thefts.

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Tags: Risk Management, Business Insurance

Employee mental health: How to manage this silent exposure

December 07 , 2016

Employee mental health risk

As an employer, how do you know if one of your workers is suffering from a mental health issue? And if you’re aware of an issue, how do you help without creating an uncomfortable situation or violating privacy laws?

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Tags: Health Risk Management

OSHA anti-retaliation rules take effect

December 01 , 2016

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On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit data from their work-related injury records. OSHA included anti-retaliation provisions in the final rule, which takes effect Dec. 1, 2016.

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Tags: Risk Management

How much life insurance is enough?

November 30 , 2016

how much life insurance is enough?

Most people understand how important life insurance can be for their family’s financial security, but few understand exactly how much coverage they should own.

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Tags: Individual Life & Health

FLSA overtime rule blocked by federal judge

November 23 , 2016


A federal district court in Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the new FLSA overtime rule set to go into effect on December 1. Therefore, the rule is halted and will not go into effect on December 1, giving you a reprieve until the matter can be litigated.

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Tags: Risk Management, Employee Benefits

Religious organization risk management: Eight essentials

November 22 , 2016

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As a religious organization, you play a crucial role in supporting the spiritual needs of your congregation and the goodwill of the community. But like any organization, you also have your own practical needs that must be met if you’re going to continue your vital work and maintain your commitment to those you serve.

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Tags: Risk Management