Tags: Small Business

Small Business Planning

Small business insurance planning for both start-ups and existing small businesses is a must. Once you’ve gone into business, protecting that business is essential. Insuring your small business is a must to protect the assets of both the business and the owner and to provide protection against a variety of risks. Two major areas of coverage needed are property and liability.  Both of these types of coverage and more are available as separate policies or combined in a business owner’s policy. General liability insurance protects the business against a lawsuit... Read More

Why Small Businesses Should Consider Level-Funded Health for Their Employees

Recently, insurances companies, like United Healthcare, returned $1.1 billion in premiums to policyholders under the Affordable Care Act. Workers were notified in form letters from insurers this month that a “rebate” had been sent to their employer, who “must follow certain rules in distributing the rebate to you.” But even when employees paid a significant share of the premium, many employers are still deciding how, when or even whether to share the cash. The law gives employers up to three months and considerable discretion to decide how to spend the... Read More

Why You May Want to Consider Investing In Level Funded Health Plans for Your Employees

Whether big or small, enrolling in employee health coverage for your staff is an important component of running your business. However, often times smaller companies have had a difficult time obtaining affordable coverage since the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was initiated. While some small businesses have found ways to cover their employees, others still struggle to provide sufficient health plans. Good news. There is a way around this problem for small businesses and even bigger companies. They’re called level funded health plans and they’re designed with the small business... Read More

How To Ensure Data Privacy And Cyber Security

How To Ensure Data Privacy And Cyber Security

As we store more and more of our information digitally, especially in the business world, companies need to be aware of and take proper measures to ensure data privacy and cyber security. This applies to both internal company and employee records, and customer data. It is the responsibility of the business owners to protect this critical data, especially to ensure data privacy for their clients. Failing to do so can result in a data breach, which costs companies billions of dollars every year. Understanding the risks involved with data security... Read More

What You Need to Know About Data Breaches

What You Need to Know About Data Breaches

Virtually every company in business today is at risk of a data breach. If you handle any kind of sensitive customer information, have intellectual property, or use computers, your company is potentially a target for cyber criminals. Whether you’re a mom-and-pop shop or one of the Fortune 500, you need to read this and learn what you need to know about data breaches, to protect your company and your customers. Many small business owners mistakenly believe they are too small to attract the attention of cyber crooks, but according to... Read More

How to Manage Job Stress for a Healthier Life

How to Manage Job Stress for a Healthier Life

Job stress is a fact of life. Whether you love your job or aren’t so happy with it, all jobs create some degree of stress, at least periodically. While it’s rarely possible to eliminate job stress completely, there are many things you can do to help reduce and manage the amount of stress you deal with every day on the job. Unmanaged job stress is a common health complaint, and work is often ranked as a higher stressor than financial troubles and family problems, according to the National Institute of... Read More

Are You Helping Employees to Avoid Distracted Driving?

Are You Helping Employees to Avoid Distracted Driving

Every day, more than 1,160 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, the NHTSA claims that driver inattention is the leading contributor in most crashes or near-miss accidents in the United States. One of the chief causes of driver inattention is cellphone use. Cellphone use has become commonplace, and text messaging, emailing and conducting business via cellphone have become routine. While the convenience of cellphones can be enormous, problems arise when using a one while driving. A... Read More

Business Owner’s Policy–What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know About Insurance

Business Owner's Policy--What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know About Insurance

One of the critical needs for every business owner is choosing the right business insurance. Too much insurance means money spent that could have been better spent elsewhere. Too little insurance, or the wrong insurance coverage, can mean leaving your business unprotected and open to risk. Choosing appropriate insurance coverage is key to ensuring that the business remains lucrative, especially if any of those risks become reality. A business owners policy (BOP) takes some of the guesswork out of choosing insurance and can make it easier to safeguard your business.... Read More

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

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