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Blog Category: Risk Management

A clear line has been drawn between automatic and manual transmissions in the trucking industry. Most drivers have strong opinions about which semi transmission is better, with arguments ranging from safety to convenience.

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Owning and renting out real estate can be a lucrative business, but certain property management issues can spell trouble. Whether you own a single unit or several housing communities, you face a long list of exposures.

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While looking through a stack of insurance contracts, you’ll likely notice that many include additional insured endorsements – unless you’re looking at workers’ compensation policies. These policies are intended to cover the insured’s employees. Adding an additional insured would require the policyholder to cover an owner or general contractor’s employees for work-related injuries. Therefore, this endorsement is not permitted for workers’ compensation coverage. This restriction has sparked a growing interest in something called the “alternate employer endorsement.”

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For those who own an aircraft, you may have noticed increases in your 2018 aviation insurance renewal. After a decade of declining rates, premiums are now trending upward.

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Winter brings us many joys – holidays, fun in the snow, endless shoveling (well, maybe not the last one). But winter also brings some dangers. Obvious ones are ice-related car accidents and slips / falls. However, there is a hidden threat that is far more dangerous during cold-weather months, yet it’s often given little thought. Carbon monoxide safety should be a top priority when the temperatures start to drop.

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Life can change in an instant. Residents, business owners, ranchers and farmers across Nebraska, Iowa and surrounding states are currently coping with this reality. Historic flooding has devastated our region, sweeping away homes, buildings, roads and pastures. The destruction is unlike anything we’ve seen and it has directly affected our family, friends, clients and colleagues. As I write this, my own home is sitting in water up to its roofline – and there’s nothing I can do but watch and wait.

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The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations can be difficult to follow. Mix in some workers’ compensation laws and things can get really complicated. FMLA protects the employment status and health benefits of an individual for up to 12 weeks under certain qualifying criteria. Workers’ compensation provides benefits and wage replacement to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. It is possible for FMLA and workers’ compensation to run concurrently when an employee misses work due to an on-the-job injury that qualifies as a serious health condition. This can be any illness, injury, impairment or physical / mental condition that involves inpatient care or continuing treatment by a healthcare provider.

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While 2017 was mostly a buyers’ market for commercial property insurance, rates are currently on the rise. From hospitality and storage to development and habitational, the commercial real estate insurance market is firming up. Carriers are responding to natural disasters, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence, as well as recent California wildfires. Events like these have significantly affected the insurance industry, with global insured losses totaling well over $100 billion in 2017 alone.

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The driver shortage plaguing the trucking industry has made truck driver turnover a frustrating problem. It is especially difficult when companies continually lose quality drivers. Retaining safe and reliable drivers is a vital part of your overall risk management strategy. You may be wondering why you are losing good drivers, and it’s important to know the answer. Understanding the problem is key  to finding a solution.

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When running a business, it can be difficult to keep tabs on your commercial property value because your attention is often pulled in other directions. Losing focus on this number, however, can spell big trouble for your commercial property insurance policy. If you experience a loss and file a claim, your insured property value will be the number that either gets you back to business or forces you to shut your doors – so you better be sure that number is right!

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