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When to Report a Claim? Immediately!

A claim is an insurance policy’s “moment of truth.” When an event happens that causes bodily injury or property damage to a client or guest, you might be fearful that if you report the claim to your insurance carrier, they may increase your rates or even cancel your policy. Claims handling is our service to…

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Treating Pain Without Opiods

Treating Pain Without Opioids Therapeutic treatments can help you recover You’ve probably heard a lot about opioids lately, and for good reason—the CDC estimates that more than 115 people die from opioid overdoses every day. One of the biggest reasons for widespread misuse of these drugs is that they’re both effective at short-term pain management…

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Cryptocurrencies and What They Mean for Business

Technology has added efficiency and modern conveniences to daily life. Among these conveniences, computer experts have managed to apply digital traits to new, online currencies that are commonly called cryptocurrencies. Simply put, cryptocurrency is digital money that operates independently of a bank and can be used similarly to cash around the world. However, the digital…

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How to Prevent Workplace Retaliation Claims

When employees complain about discrimination or harassment, employers must ensure that workers aren’t retaliated against for raising these issues. Otherwise, businesses may face legal liability even when the underlying claim isn’t proven. Under federal and state laws, job applicants and employees have the right to work free from discrimination based on age, disability, national origin,…

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IRS Issues New Tools for 2018 Tax Withholding

OVERVIEW As of Feb. 15, 2018, employers must use new tables to determine how much income tax to withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the required new tables in Notice 1036 on Jan. 9, 2018. The new tables are also available in IRS Publication 15. In addition, the IRS issued…

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Addressing Sexual Misconduct Allegations with Insurance

Allegations of sexual misconduct against politicians, celebrities and other public figures have become increasingly common in recent years. In fact, social movements and a strong public outcry have led to a marked increase in sexual harassment claims—claims that can be incredibly damaging for organizations themselves. When these claims arise, organizations are expected to handle them…

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Workplace Safety Experts Testify on OSHA’s Role

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should work more cooperatively with businesses and expand compliance assistance programs to help employers have the safest workplaces possible, industry experts said at a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on Feb. 27. “Workplace safety is the responsibility, and should be a chief priority, of all businesses,” said…

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Supreme Court Leaves DACA in Place

The Supreme Court declined on Feb. 26 to review a federal district court decision requiring the government to continue to process Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application renewals. The status of DACA, which grants work permits to those who arrived in the United States as children when their parents crossed borders unlawfully, has been a…

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Guns in Parking Lots Laws by State

When considering whether to prohibit or restrict an employee from storing a firearm in a privately owned vehicle parked on employer property, an employer should first consider state laws. Many states throughout the country have “parking lot storage” laws that give employees the right to keep firearms in their vehicles even when they are parked…

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IRS Issues New Tables for 2018 Tax Witholding

IRS Issues New Tables for 2018 Tax Withholding Starting Feb. 15, 2018, employers must use new tables to determine how much income tax to withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the required new tables, in Notice 1036, on Jan. 9, 2018. The notice contains early release copies of the “Percentage…

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OSHA Log Summary Reminder – Post by Feb.1st

REMINDER: Post your OSHA Log Summary by Feb. 1 It’s that time of year: Feb. 1 marks the deadline for you to tabulate your annual OSHA Log Summary (OSHA Form 300A) and post it in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted. The summary must list the total number of job-related injuries…

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House and Senate Pass Tax Reform Bill

On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is now expected to be signed into law by President Trump shortly. This tax reform bill, drafted based on a tax reform plan that was developed in…

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