One of the greatest awareness campaigns in history turns 49 today. Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day 2019 spotlights the rapid reduction in plant and wildlife populations and the complicit role we play. It is not a new concept, and while most of us understand species loss to be a terrible thing, many view it in an abstract way; sad, but distant and not of any direct or immediate concern.
Our commitment to excellence is an ever-evolving process. It can be arduous, but the rewards are always worth the effort. Over 20 years ago, SilverStone Group joined PAR, Ltd. and put quality management at the forefront of our operations initiative. This prompted some significant changes in the way we consult with our clients, communicate with everyone and manage internal issues. This action was taken in steps, some large and some small. New processes were put in place that are still being adjusted today. These adjustments are a vital part of our development and growth.
Portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs) went into effect on January 1, 2019. It expands the availability of AHPs, allowing small businesses to band together and negotiate better deals when buying insurance for their members by broadening the definition of “employer.” States are reacting in extremely different ways. Learn more here.
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.
Each year Omaha Magazine gives companies a chance to vote on other area organizations in the Best of Business-to-Business (B2B) contest. It’s an opportunity to showcase some of the top performing companies in Omaha. SilverStone Group is honored to receive the 2019 award for Best Employee Benefit Company. It's our 11th year in a row and this recognition is particularly meaningful, as it comes from our clients and colleagues. We appreciate all who took the time to cast their votes and recognize our team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When determining a home’s value, homeowners tend to think about “market value” or what it might sell for. This number can fluctuate considerably and is primarily dependent on what buyers believe a home is worth. When insurance carriers determine a home’s value, they look at the numbers from a much different angle. Replacement cost coverage is based on the total cost of reconstruction. This number is usually steadier than a home’s market value, with a typical annual increase of 4% to 5%.