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The First Day Formula: Setting Up New Hires for Success

When it comes to applying for workers’ compensation insurance, having a formal hiring and training procedure is not just a box to tick; it’s a strategic approach that can enhance your eligibility for preferred rates and additional discounts. A well-structured new employee orientation process not only streamlines your hiring and training but also sets a solid foundation for your team’s future success. Here’s how you can utilize a comprehensive New Employee Orientation Checklist to ensure you can confidently answer “Yes” when asked about formal hiring and training procedures during the insurance application process.

Protecting Against Slips, Trips and Falls During Winter

While slip, trip and fall hazards are present year-round, there is an increased potential for them in the winter months due to snow and ice. As a property owner or manager, you must make a reasonable effort to reduce the potential for injury to your guests, employees and patrons. Any business that has people visiting its facility (e.g., hotels, apartments, manufacturing firms, shopping centers, supermarkets, office complexes) can be susceptible to this hazard and the associated liabilities. The first line of defense against slip, trip and fall incidents includes having a well-planned strategy and implementing a snow and ice removal… Read More »Protecting Against Slips, Trips and Falls During Winter

5 Risks Every School Has

…and how to lower it.

1. Harassment and Bullying Spark More Lawsuits

All school personnel should receive misconduct alertness training so they can spot the signs of abuse and intervene early.
Anonymous reporting tools can also help drive earlier intervention.

2. Title IX Expansion Increases Due Process Liability.
Title IX is a law that was meant to bar discrimination based on sex in educational program activities and athletics that received Federal financial assistance.

Higher ed institutions should have a Title IX adviser on staff who understands the law and can advise schools on the best course of action to take when a complaint is filed.Read More »5 Risks Every School Has

Ordinance or Law Insurance Coverage

Generally, Ordinance or Law insurance coverage provides limited protection for costs associated with repairing, rebuilding, or constructing a structure when physical damage to the structure by a covered cause of loss triggers an ordinance or law.

According to Adjuster’s International Disaster Recovery Consulting, compliance with ordinances and laws after a loss can add 50% or more to the cost of the claim*.

Insureds should take a proactive approach to their insurance program and the coverage provided by the program. Learning about important exclusions and limitations after a catastrophe strike will cause the Insured to experience frustration and anxiety. Insureds should always read their policies, and in some states, may be required by law to do so.

Ordinance or Law Exclusion

Most property insurance policies will have an Ordinance or Law exclusion. The exclusion applies to both physical damage and time element coverage.Read More »Ordinance or Law Insurance Coverage

11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping

11-tips-for-effective-workplace-housekeepingTo some people, the word “housekeeping” calls to mind cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter.

But in a work setting, it means much more. Housekeeping is crucial to safe workplaces. It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity and morale, as well as make a good first impression on visitor. It also can help an employer avoid potential fines for non-compliance.

The practice extends from traditional offices to industrial workplaces, including factories, warehouses and manufacturing plants that present special challenges such as hazardous materials, combustible dust and other flammables. Experts agree that all workplace safety programs should incorporate housekeeping, and every worker should play a part. In addition, housekeeping should have management’s commitment so workers realize its importance. Here are 11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping.Read More »11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping

Be Safe for Halloween

Get your sidewalk neat before they trick-or-treat – Walk the path from the street to your door and clear anything that trick-or-treaters could trip over or slip and injure themselves. This includes gardening equipment, hoses, toys, potted plants, lawn ornaments and even Halloween decorations that block the path to your front door. Make your yard spooky, not dangerous – Be sure to clean up before candy-fueled children charge through your yard. Remove dead branches, sticks and acorns, rake up the leaves, fill in holes and trim your hedges to prevent any injuries. A well-lit driveway can still be scary – There’s nothing scarier for… Read More »Be Safe for Halloween

Insurance for Multi-Family Real Estate

overcoming-the-challenges-of-placing-multi-family-real-estateThe real estate sector consists of many different types of premises-related accounts, including office buildings, shopping centers, malls, industrial warehouses, and apartments. Due to the frequency and severity of losses, habitational properties or apartment schedules are most commonly placed with E&S markets. This also applies to shopping centers and malls that are located in geographic areas where the crime scores are typically higher than the national average, or where the risk has a higher frequency of claims and is suitable for taking a retention and employing an aggressive third party administrator (TPA).

But the majority of real estate accounts placed in the E&S marketplace are multi-location apartment schedules. In recent years, many casualty markets have struggled with being profitable on these risks, and some have stopped underwriting this class entirely. What makes this class so difficult for carriers to be profitable, and why have so many markets either exited the space or tightened their guidelines?

Obviously, profitability is tied to thin rates and/or overly generous claims settling, but there are several other factors when it comes to this class:

1. Unique claims = general liability? Not always.

One factor is that there are so many more unique claims which ultimately get tagged to the general liability (GL) carrier. Just about anything that goes wrong – other than traditional property losses such as fire, wind, flood, etc. – is considered a GL claim. While it used to be that the owner or manager had to be negligent in order for a GL claim to be paid, that’s hardly the case anymore. Carriers have traditionally been the most concerned with “typical” GL claims including slip-and-falls, violent attacks, and sexual assaults; they now have to also deal with unique, obscure claims for which a GL carrier is ultimately held liable. This diminishes any chance of the account being profitable.Read More »Insurance for Multi-Family Real Estate

Potential Exposures for Construction Owners ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Potential Exposures for Construction OwnersAs always with construction projects, it is important that owners of new developments understand insurance coverage to ensure that there is adequate insurance to address any potential risks during and after the construction of the project. While most owners maintain commercial general liability policies or rely on project-specific policies, these policies may not fully protect the owner against any and all risks that they may face during and after construction. This article addresses two unique areas in which owners should take special note to ensure that they are covered for these particular risks: third party action over claims and products-completed operations coverage.


Third Party Action Over Claims

Owner contracts with Roofer to assist in the construction of the roof of a commercial building. During construction, Roofer’s employee falls and injures himself on the project site and collects workers’ compensation benefits under Roofer’s workers’ compensation policy. Typically, Owner would not consider any risks with respect to this injury as Owner required Roofer, in the subcontract, to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. However, despite receiving workers’ compensation benefits, Roofer’s employee files an action against Owner alleging negligence for failing to properly maintain a safe work site.The action filed by Roofer’s employee is considered a third party action over claim. The employee is unable to sue Roofer because workers’ compensation is the employee’s exclusive remedy against his or her employer. Thus, the injured employee brings an action against Owner alleging that Owner’s negligence in failing to maintain the project site contributed to the employee’s injuries.
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Optometrist and Optician Equipment Price Guide for Insurance

Use this guide to help evaluate the new replacement cost value for office and optometry equipment. To get an insurance quote fill out a really short form: Exam Rooms Examination chair and instrument stand $4,500 – $20,000 Chart projector $1,000 – $4,000 Slit lamps $3.000 – $10,000 Lensometer/lens analyzer $ 1,000 – $4,000 Keratometer $2,000 – $7,000 Retinal camera $15,000 – $25,000 Phoropter, or optical retractor $5,000 – $15,000 Tonometer $5,000 – $10,000 Corneal topography system Placido-disc type $15,000 -$25,000 Slit scanning type $40,000 – $50,000 Vision perimeter testing $10,000 – $20,000 General Office Furniture and Equipment Retail Area Display cases $500 – $1,500 per item Frame racks $500 – $1,500 per… Read More »Optometrist and Optician Equipment Price Guide for Insurance