Ward off Phishing Attacks by Training up Your Staff

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Cyber attacks are on the rise, and “phishing” – the practice of tricking insiders into answering e-mails, clicking links or otherwise exposing company networks to criminal intruders – is a leading tactic. Modern encryption can thwart many hackers, so crooks are focusing on the weakest link in the chain – people themselves. A recent study from the Anti-Phishing Working Group logged more than 1.2 million phishing attacks in 2016, an increase of 56% from the previous year. Furthermore, an analysis of known attacks from PhishMe, a company that helps employers guard themselves against e-mail-related frauds, estimates that nine out of…
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How to File a Fire Insurance Claim: 15 Vital Tips

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Every late summer and early fall wildfires rage in many parts of the West and Southwest, as the fires running almost the length of California this year show. Thousands of homes have burned to the ground and thousands of people have been displaced. During this time of crisis, when you’ve lost what is for most people their largest investment, you’ll need to make sure that you get your claim paid fast so you can rebuild your life. Do’s and Don’ts When Filing a Claim If your home or property has been affected by wildfires, you’re likely planning to file an…
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More Breaking News From the White House!

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Last night, the White House issued a statement that the Administration would no longer make payments to insurers for the ACA’s cost-sharing reduction (CSR) program, citing agency guidance that the subsidies were illegal because they were never appropriated by Congress as required by the Constitution. These CSRs – which are separate from the ACA’s larger advanced premium tax credits (APTC) for households up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FLP) – help offset out-of-pocket expenses for silver-tiered plans purchased through ACA marketplaces like CoveredCA, for households with incomes under 250% of the FPL.  CoveredCA prepared for this possibility by…
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After IRS Tweak Be Careful that You’re Complying with Affordability Test

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Now that the final attempt (this year) at dismantling the Affordable Care Act came to a quiet end in the last week of September, employers need make sure that they stay on track with compliance. First and foremost is that the ACA’s employer mandate and shared responsibility provisions still stand. That includes the affordability test, to which employers need to pay special attention, as increases in premium can put some of your employees over the edge into “unaffordable” coverage territory. And this year there’s a twist that you need to be aware of. As it’s almost time for open enrollment,…
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Breaking News: POTUS Signs Executive Order on Healthcare

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This morning, President Trump signed an Executive Order intended to improve access, increase choices and lower costs for healthcare. Below is a brief summary of what we know so far. Directs the Labor Secretary to consider regulations/guidance – within 60 days – expanding Association Health Plans, for the purpose of allowing employers in the same line of business anywhere in the country to join together in offering healthcare coverage to their employees. This potentially allows employers to form AHPs through existing organizations, or create new ones for the express purpose of offering group insurance. This could lead to the sale…
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Employee Assistance Programs in Times of Need

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Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, cause extensive property damage, physical injuries and loss of life. The distress might not end there, however. Mental health experts say that many victims of disasters experience post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety in the months following these events. The loss of loved ones, jobs, material goods and livelihoods are all traumatic experiences for victims, according to one Red Cross official. Employers helping their workers cope with experiencing a disaster will generally find that having an employee assistance program (EAP) in place is invaluable. An EAP is an intervention program designed to help…
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A Window of Opportunity and Focus on Customers Leads to Success

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For Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento, customers are at the heart of what they do. From the company’s window installers all the way to the CEO, the local franchise of Andersen Corp. is focused on helping their clients achieve their vision for their home. The company does this by hiring passionate window experts who exceed the expectations of homeowners in the Sacramento region. A commitment to quality and a focus on their clients is why CoreMark Insurance Services has chosen Renewal by Anderson of Sacramento as its client of the month. We sat down with Karen Meier, Marketing Manager for…
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How Many Seniors Get Medicare Open Enrollment Wrong

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Medicare can be hard to navigate, even if you’ve been enrolled for years. As open enrollment approaches – it starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7 – you’ll want to pay attention to some of the most common mistakes people make. Not understanding the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage – With Original Medicare, there is typically no premium for Part A coverage if you or your spouse paid Medicaid taxes while you were working. However, you do pay monthly premium for Part B coverage. Also, with Original Medicare, you can usually see any doctor or specialist you…
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Three Troubling Trends Affecting Workers’ Comp

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While U.S. employers are seeing fewer industrial accidents thanks to more employers putting a premium on workplace safety, some emerging trends threaten to seriously affect this trend and usher in higher workers’ comp premiums. Today, it’s not enough to just keep a safe workplace. You should have policies in place to avoid these emerging threats – and also instill them in management. Three particularly troubling trends are as follows: More workers injured in traffic accidents This is a biggie and one that’s harder for employers to manage. There has been a significant uptick in motor vehicle accidents in the last…
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Employees Driving Their Own Vehicles on the Job Are Your Liability

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Many business owners don’t think twice when asking a worker to run to the office supply store, to the bank or run another errand for the company while on the clock. But as soon as that employee enters their personal vehicle on a trip for your business, you automatically become vicariously liable for their actions. Think it’s not a big deal? There have been cases when employers have been found liable and ordered to pay up to $25 million for crashes involving employees using their cell phones while driving, according to the National Safety Council. That means if your employee…
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