Unreported Changes Can Mean Big Costs, Be Sure to Tell Your Insurer of Any Material Changes

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One important risk that many policyholders are not aware of is failing to notify their insurer or broker about material changes that could affect their coverage. Various events should trigger you to inform your carriers – for example, if you purchase new equipment, hire new staff, buy a new building, or expand your operations. And depending on the type of change, it could cut across different lines of insurance, like workers’ compensation and employee benefits. Here are a few examples of how these potential changes can affect your policies, both commercial and personal. Workers’ compensation Hiring new employees – While you…
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New Law Reduces Ownership Requirement for Coverage Exemption

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A new law taking effect this year aims to ease the confusion caused by the implementation of new rules that define what constitutes an owner or officer who is exempt from having to carry workers’ compensation coverage. The new law, which was in the form of SB 189, last year once again changed the definition of employees and the permissible exclusions for workers’ comp purposes. Current law excludes from the definition of employee: • An officer or member of the board of directors of a quasi-public or private corporation who owns at least 15% of the issued and outstanding stock…
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