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Workers’ Compensation in Colorado: What You Need to Know

Workers' Compensation in Colorado What You Need to Know

Workers’ Compensation insurance is an insurance system that provides medical benefits and monetary compensation to assist employees who become injured or ill as a result of their jobs. The Workers’ Compensation Act of Colorado (WCAC) defines employer responsibilities for the state’s workers’ compensation program. Compliance with this act is monitored by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. One of the purposes of the workers’ compensation system is to reduce the risk of litigation when work-related injuries and illnesses result in employee... Read More

Workplace Safety Needs to Address More than Accidents

Workplace Safety Needs to Address More than Accidents

Workplace injuries are a significant risk for any business. They can lead to lost productivity, costly medical bills and increased insurance premiums. While most businesses have protocols and programs in place to help reduce workplace accidents, but there is another type of workplace injury that may be just as costly as accidents, if not addressed. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are not injuries caused by accidents, but instead from job conditions or activities that lead to or contribute to these conditions. Workplace safety programs need to address more than accidents and... Read More

New Standards Announced for Employing Unpaid Interns

New Standards Announced for Employing Unpaid Interns

The payment of interns has been a much-debated and often-confusing topic recently. The standards for determining whether internships needed to be paid or unpaid have undergone some major changes over the last several years, and have left many employers—and interns—confused about employing unpaid interns. To clarify the situation, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on January 5, 2018, that it would adopt a new standard for determining whether interns and students are “employees” who must be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL clarified that, going... Read More

How Key-Person Life Insurance Fits in a Business Succession Plan

How Key-Person Life Insurance Fits in a Business Succession Plan

A buy-sell agreement is a contract among business owners which, upon the death of one of the owners, requires the remaining owners or the company itself to purchase the deceased’s interest in the company according to the agreed upon terms of the contract. In addition, the deceased’s heirs are required to comply by selling their inherited interest at the previously agreed-upon price. Although there are other options for funding a buy-sell agreement, the smartest method for doing so is through life insurance, most often a key-person life insurance policy. This... Read More

How Key-Person Life Insurance Can Protect Your Business

How Key-Person Life Insurance Can Protect Your Business

Jeff Moses, president of Auto Custom Carpets, was on his way home from a business trip in Ohio when tragedy struck. The small airplane he was riding in lost control and crashed into a creek near Talladega, Ala. The plane exploded upon impact, killing everyone on board. Jeff Moses’ death left a huge void in the company’s leadership team. Not only was Moses the president and co-owner of Auto Custom Carpets, he was also a charismatic sales leader whose product knowledge and extensive industry experience were integral to the company’s... Read More

How to Work Safely in Cold Weather

How to Work Safely in Cold Weather

Winter has officially arrived in Colorado and with it, freezing temperatures and snow. Winter weather brings with it significant health risks, especially for those who may need to work outdoors in cold weather. Among those risks are hypothermia, frostbite, dehydration and muscle injuries. Frigid temperatures can also cause additional pain for those who suffer from arthritis and rheumatism. To prevent injuries and illness as a result of winter weather, it’s important to learn about the causes, symptoms and safety considerations to take so you are prepared to handle winter’s worst.... Read More

What to do First When a Worker is Injured

What to Do First When A Worker is Injured

When one of your employees is injured, it sets in motion a sequence of events that can last for weeks or even months. But no matter how prolonged the recovery period, the first 24 hours after an injury are the most crucial. To respond effectively to an incident, the majority of the action items should occur within 24 hours.It is essential that both you and your staff know what to do first when a worker is injured. Your supervisors may already be experienced in handling injuries. Still, a clearly defined... Read More

HSA & FSA Contributions Will Increase in 2018

HSA & FSA Contributions Will Increase in 2018

Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically increased for inflation. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced cost-of-living adjustments to the annual dollar limits for various welfare and retirement plan limits for 2018. Although some of the limits will remain the same, many of the limits will increase for 2018. The annual limits for the following commonly offered employee benefits will increase for 2018: High deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs); Health flexible spending accounts (FSAs); Transportation fringe benefit plans; and 401(k)... Read More

How to Prepare for Your Cyber Liability Insurance Policy

How to Prepare for Your Cyber Liability Insurance Policy

Do you have cyber liability insurance for your business? If you use computers and mobile devices in your business, especially if you store critical company information or personal identifying information or financial information about clients and employees, you need cyber liability coverage. Every insurance policy starts with an application, and cyber liability insurance is no different. While the underwriting process in long-established insurance lines is streamlined, this is not the case for cyber liability insurance. Currently, application forms for cyber insurance are not standard and can be complex—often consisting of... Read More

Considering a Self-Funded Healthplan for Your Company? Here’s What You Need to Know

self-funded v. fully insured healthplans

Are you looking at different options for your company health benefits? Do you want something other than a traditional fully-insured health insurance plan? All group medical benefit plans fall into one of two categories: self-funded or fully insured. The choice of one over the other should not be made arbitrarily. Each type carries its own set of administrative rules and legal constraints.   What is Self-funding? Under a fully-insured health benefit plan, an insurance company assumes the financial and legal risk of loss in exchange for a fixed premium paid... Read More