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Practicing Slip and Fall Prevention

Practicing Slip and Fall Prevention A janitorial employee was scrubbing the steps and floors with water and a cleaning agent. An observant worker realized that soon, dozens of employees would be going down these steps for their lunch break. This person then took the...

How to Avoid Heat Illness

Avoid Heat Illness When it is hot outside, your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels. Normally, your body cools itself through sweating. However, in hot and humid weather, sweating is not enough and the result can be a heat illness. Staying Cool Follow the...

What is a Pharmacy Benefit Manager?

What is a PBM?  A Pharmacy Benefit Manager is a third-party administrator of prescription drugs for health plans. Every health plan has one, but many of us do not know who they are and how they operate. I think we can all agree the cost of prescription drugs is out of...

Cyber Risks & Liabilities

The Importance of a Standalone Cyber LIability Policy Over the course of the past decade, many organizations have relied on standard property and liability coverage rather than a standalone cyber insurance policy to provide protection for cyber incidents. In fact, a...

Risk Management: Dash Cameras for Commercial Vehicles

So you installed a Dash Cam, now what? One new trend we have seen continued growth in over the past few years is the installation of vehicle-mounted dash cameras.  These cameras typically face out the front of the windshield but rear and driver-focused cameras can...

The Importance of Certificates of Insurance

No matter what industry you’re in, chances are your organization will, at some point, rely on the help of a third party to fulfill certain business needs. Regardless of who you work with, business arrangements with contractors and vendors can open you up to a number...

Why are my insurance rates going up?

To say the property insurance market in Florida is dramatically changing would be an understatement. There are new underwriting guidelines coming out on a regular basis, carriers dropping policies by the thousands, storms wreaking havoc on rates, litigation issues,...

Homeowners Insurance and the Rising Cost of Building Materials

Recent findings from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) confirmed that household construction costs have surged over the past year. This rise in construction costs is directly tied to soaring building material expenses—namely, the price of lumber....

Making Sense of New CDC Guidelines

CDC Says Masks Are No Longer Required in Most Settings for Fully Vaccinated Individuals The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This long-awaited guidance loosens the CDC’s...

Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

The facts below provide general information to help determine whether interns and students working for “for-profit” employers are entitled to minimum wages and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).1 Background The FLSA requires “for-profit” employers...

A Look Back at 2020

A look back at 2020: Advisen Data Spotlight When the clock struck midnight on the last day of 2020, it marked the end of a year marred by catastrophe—the outbreak of COVID-19, high-profile data breaches, opioid litigation and corporate scandal, to name a few. To put...

Employer OSHA Liabilities for Remote Workers

Employer OSHA Liabilities for Remote Workers

Encouraging remote work has become a new normal for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to reduce costs of operating a physical place of business, address pandemic reasons or allow employees to have a better work-life balance, more and more workers are working from...

Holiday Safety Insights

Holiday Safety Insights

With the holidays in full swing, we wanted to provide you with some quick reminders - especially if you plan to travel over the break. How to Prevent Frostbite Being outdoors during winter months can expose you to cold weather conditions. Exposure to frigid...

Virtual Workplace Holiday Parties

Virtual Workplace Holiday Parties

At the end of the calendar year, workplace holiday celebrations are an experience that many employees look forward to as a highlight of the season. These celebrations are often a long-standing tradition allowing employees to celebrate with their colleagues—and...

Preparing for Flu Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Preparing for Flu Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Each year, the seasonal flu has a marked impact on businesses and employers, causing increased absenteeism, decreased productivity and higher health care costs. The past few flu seasons have seen high hospitalization and mortality rates, which has public health...

Managing Social Media Risk

Managing Social Media Risk

Organizations continue to leverage social media channels to engage and interact with customers on a more personal level. Social media remains a great opportunity for businesses to connect with customers, job candidates and other stakeholders. However, before fully...

Zero Premium Health Insurance Available!

Zero Premium Health Insurance Available!

We have some exciting news! 80% of the people in our County and surrounding Counties qualify for a tax credit for Health Insurance called a subsidy. Zero Premium Health Insurance A subsidy is a credit paid by the IRS to the carrier - the health insurance carrier on...

Preparing for a Crisis

Preparing for a Crisis

Planning is critical in business and can make all the difference when it comes to generating revenue, building a reputation, reducing insurance exposures and satisfying customers. However, while proper planning can help you grow your business, the fact is that—even if...

Preventing Overexertion at Work

Preventing Overexertion at Work

Safety Focused Preventing Overexertion at Work According to the National Safety Council, overexertion is the third-leading cause of injury in the United States—with an estimated 3.5 million overexertion injuries taking place each year. These injuries can happen in the...

Managing in Times of Social Unrest

Managing in Times of Social Unrest

Social injustices, civil rights and discrimination issues affect all employers and employees across the country. Numerous recent events have led to unrest, which has permeated all areas of society, including the workplace. During these times, employees may be...

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