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June 19, 2017

New York State Paid Family Leave Client Prep Checklist for Success

Beginning January 1, 2018, New York State will require all in-state employers to comply with the New York State Paid Family Leave Policy (PFL). Designed to provide financial stability for state residents through major life changes, the new policy will provide guaranteed paid leave for families in three life circumstances including:

  • The addition of a new child into the family home
  • The care of a family member with a serious health condition
  • Spending time with a family member being called to active military service

Categories: Disability Benefits

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June 12, 2017

Insurance industry evolves with increasing exposures and losses

On December 21, 2016, the social media team at Netflix woke up to see their Twitter account had posted the following tweet:
"Hey, it's OurMine, Don't worry! We are just testing your security. Contact us to tell you more about that."
OurMine, a security group who took credit for the attack, was quoted as saying its members are “just trying to help the world’s  security” and to remind folks that “no one is safe from hackers.” They also explained that they were able to take control of Netflix’s account by targeting and exploiting a single Netflix employee’s account. Other “victims” of OurMine include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichal – who had their Pinterest and Quora accounts hacked, respectively.

Categories: Cyber Liability

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April 19, 2017

How lumber businesses benefit from an annual coverage review

By Angelo Ganguzza

When it’s time for your annual insurance review with your agent, remember: the more prepared you are, the more likely you are to obtain the pricing and coverage to meet your needs.The marketplace for lumber manufacturers, wood products and building material dealers continues to undergo a lot of change. Double-digit insurance rate increases, higher deductibles and restrictive coverage terms, conditions and endorsements are becoming more common at each renewal.

Categories: Agent Resources , Lumber Specialty

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April 12, 2017

How to avoid public Wi-Fi security risks

By Robert Pizarro

It seems easy and convenient to use public Wi-Fi – there are free connections in almost any airport, hotel, restaurant
 or coffee shop – but remember the risks. Can you really afford to expose valuable business or personal data? There’s no need to if you use these safeguards to avoid becoming a victim and putting your business at risk.

Categories: Agent Resources , Cyber Liability

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April 6, 2017

Improper hiring practices can lead to a discrimination suit

By Robert Pizarro

An employment practices lawsuit – for failure to hire, promote, fire or demote –  is very common and can be costly to companies. It’s true that even good companies make innocent errors that can be construed as discrimination, an exposure that can lead to lawsuits. By following proper background investigation protocol, you can reduce the risks.

Categories: Agent Resources , Employment Practices Liability

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March 20, 2017

Employers, how safe is your workplace sound level?

By John Lysy

Making sure noise levels in the work environment are safe is an important part of an employer’s workplace health and safety program. Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the U.S., with 22 million workers at risk of losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. The good news is hearing loss is preventable. And now, monitoring your workplace noise levels just got easier with the unveiling of the Sound Level Meter mobile application from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Categories: Loss Prevention

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