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Workers' compensation: 7 best practices for injury case management

May 22 , 2019

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There’s only one way your business can run on all cylinders, and that’s with every employee at work and functioning at full capacity. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Injuries and illnesses happen. And when you have employees off work due to injury, it can put a real strain on your operation and your bottom line.

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Understanding contractual liability insurance coverage

March 13 , 2019

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Parties to a contract often rely on their insurance coverage to protect them, and sometimes others, from liabilities they assume in the contract (aka “contractual liability”). Often, the parties aren’t concerned with knowing exactly how their insurance policy will provide this coverage; they just want to know that there will be coverage. Standard form Commercial General Liability (CGL) policies include contractual liability protection, which provides coverage for most liabilities assumed in most contracts. Parties to a contract can increase the likelihood of having contractual liability coverage by requiring the party assuming the liabilities to include the other party as an additional insured; in some contracts both parties are assuming liability and therefore both parties are (or should be) required to include the other party as an additional insured.

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How a learning management system can boost your safety training effectiveness

February 28 , 2019

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Your 10-point game plan for OSHA inspections

January 23 , 2019

GettyImages-InspectorAsk business owners to name their least favorite things about running a business, and OSHA inspections will probably be somewhere on the list. Nobody likes that kind of surprise or that kind of scrutiny.

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Company party protocol: 8 tips for incident-free events

December 05 , 2018

GettyImages-Employee Christmas PartyWith the holiday season in full swing, it’s company party time and a great opportunity to celebrate with your team. As you plan this year’s event, be cognizant of what you hope to achieve and what you hope to avoid. We’ve all heard the stories about those who drink too much, say too much or do too much at company parties. Today, in the age of social media, employees can instantly share their colleagues’ bad judgement through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, placing your company’s reputation at risk. And then there are more serious exposures such as sexual harassment, food poisoning and driving under the influence. These risks can quickly turn your festive event into a costly regret. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Some careful planning can ensure that your company party goes off without a hitch – and without a hit to your bottom line. 

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Winter driving tips for truckers

November 14 , 2018

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One of the joys of the trucking business is the ability to travel across the country and experience the beauty of different roads from coast to coast. However, this also means you must prepare for various types of driving conditions. Whether you're driving through a busy metropolis or sparsely populated country roads, there are heightened risks to be aware of in winter. Here are some good practices to keep you and your cargo safe in the winter months.

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Indemnity and insurance disagreement in contracts

October 03 , 2018

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Sometimes the insurance requirements of a contract aren’t in agreement with the indemnification provision. This can result from a simple error due to edits by multiple parties, or it can be an attempt to circumvent anti-indemnity statues – or even bury a provision that, in effect, is a broad-form indemnity. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, many states have enacted anti-indemnification statutes, making certain broad-form indemnifications void as against public policy. Any provision that attempts to circumvent an anti-indemnity statute will also be void, and a conflict between insurance and indemnity can lead to litigation. In this edition of our contract review series, we review some of the statutes that address those provisions and study examples so you can identify such a provision when you see it in a contract.

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Preparing for an active shooter in the workplace

September 19 , 2018

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Is your workplace safe from gun violence? In 2017, 61,839 incidents of gun violence, including 346 mass shootings, resulted in 15,637 deaths and 31,248 injuries, according to the
Gun Violence Archive. So far in 2018, there have already been 40,536 incidents. Data from the CDC shows that the number of homicides committed using firearms is on the rise.

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Protecting your business against employment related lawsuits

August 15 , 2018

 

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Lawsuits can come from many sources, including customers, competitors, vendors and partners. But in many cases, when a company faces litigation, the lawsuit is related to employment practices. To protect your business against these lawsuits, it’s important to understand why they occur.

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Oilfield contract risk management: Louisiana anti-indemnity laws

August 07 , 2018

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In the second part of our contract review series, we discussed the anti-indemnity laws affecting Texas contracts pertaining to a "well or mine service." 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 and how geography can affect them before your company signs a contract. Not knowing how laws from different states can affect your existing agreements can result in significant costs—both litigation costs and potentially out-of-pocket claims costs.

In this edition, we explore the specific laws affecting Louisiana oilfield contracts and compare them with the Texas oilfield anti-indemnity laws. But first, be sure you understand the three basic types of indemnity (limited form, intermediate form and broad form) by referencing the first edition of this series for a review.

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