Can your Business Survive the Loss of a Key Employee?

In today’s economy, the value of your key employees is becoming one of the most important questions on small business owners’ minds—and businesses need to come up with the answer to this question sooner rather than later, or their business survival could be in jeopardy. “Take away all my factories and my equipment. Take away my wealth. But leave me with my key people and in a short time I’ll have it all back again.” – Attributed to Andrew Carnegie Business owners should take stock of who their key employees are and ask themselves how (or whether) their business could…

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The Importance of Employment Practices Liability Coverage

Every employer, no matter how small, faces the specter of being sued by a past, present or prospective employee at some time. In fact, such employment practices claims are widespread – so much so that most businesses are much more likely to have an employment practices liability claim than a general liability or property loss claim. Nearly three-quarters of all litigation against corporations today involves employment disputes, which can be extremely costly. The expenses associated with an employment practices claim are significant. In 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission resolved 90,558 charges of discrimination and recovered about $505 million in…

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Drive Other Car Coverage: Protect Your Officers

When it comes to driving a car you don’t own, the auto coverage situation can become complicated. That’s when drive other car coverage, which broadens coverage for named individuals, comes in. For example, say Linda is a junior partner in a law firm. She drives a car that the firm owns and insures, and she doesn’t own another car. Since the Rental Auto Coverage Most of the time, this doesn’t create any problems for Linda. However, when spring break rolls around, she decides to take her kids to Disney World. She rents a car at the Orlando airport without giving…

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Questions About Fire Sprinkler Systems

Now that you know more about how to reduce your homeowner’s premium, it is time to learn about how to save money and save lives with your fire sprinkler system. Automatic fire sprinkler systems can end up saving lives and preventing disasters from occurring. However, you may have questions about how fire sprinkler systems work and why they can be so effective.  Point blank, fire sprinklers are effective--according to the National Fire Protection Association, there are no records of fires resulting in more than two fatalities in areas that had adequate sprinkler systems. In these cases, the deceased were typically…

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Annual Insurance Review is Crucial to Your Growing Business

As a business owner, do you have the right insurance policy?   Let’s say you started your business 10 years ago with just a small space and computer desk. Today, you have an office full of employees and equipment. If you still have the same insurance coverage as you did a decade ago, or even just a few years ago, the chances are high that you are underinsured.   One of the biggest mistakes owners of growing businesses make is not keeping up their insurance coverage to account for the expanding assets and potential liabilities. To avoid this mistake and…

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Does a Homeowner’s Policy Cover Your Home Business?

Thanks to advances in technology, more and more people are running home-based businesses. But will a homeowner’s policy cover the risks of a home-based business? In nearly every case, the answer is no. The only exception to this might be if a homeowner’s policy has a special endorsement, such as to run a catering company from your home. Yet few companies offer such endorsements. Additionally, some policies may give a very limited amount of coverage for business property, such as a computer. According to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, roughly 60% of home-based businesses lack adequate business…

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Supply Chain Disruption Lessons from Pandemic

Besides the health and economic devastation that the COVID-19 pandemic has left in its wake, it has also caused supply chain disruptions that have affected a number of industries. The fallout for companies of all types illustrates the fragility of most businesses' supply chains. The pandemic has left retailers with half-empty shelf space because product manufacturers couldn't keep operations going due to raw material or personnel shortages, while a number of carmakers and other manufacturers have had to suspend operations because of a global semiconductor shortage. But it's not only large companies that suffer, and small businesses are especially vulnerable.…

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Working Professionals Don’t Want to Go Back to the Office

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the nation's workforce, and one of the biggest changes is in the amount of people that are now working from home. A new survey has found that the majority of working professionals who were forced to start working remotely due to the pandemic would like to continue to do so after it has subsided, while 29% of professionals said they would quit if their employer decided not to allow telecommuting. The study by LiveCareer.com found that going forward 62% of professionals when looking for jobs in the future would look for companies…

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