Tags: Small Business

Is Your Business Prepared for a Flood?

Is Your Business Prepared for a Flood

September is National Preparedness Month. In Colorado, this September is also the third anniversary of the greatest floods in Colorado history. Parts of Colorado received up to 17 inches of rain over a four day period, nearly equal to the annual precipitation of some affected areas. Flood waters spread over an area of almost 200 miles and affected 17 counties. In addition to thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, nearly 1000 businesses were also damaged or destroyed. Many of those businesses never recovered. While we would like to think it... Read More

How to Make it Through a DOL Audit

How to Make it Through a DOL Audit

At any given time, your company could be selected for a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) civil investigation (commonly known as an audit) to make sure your employee benefit plans are in compliance. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) establishes standards governing the operation of employee benefit plans and grants the DOL investigative authority. In the past, DOL audits of employee benefit plans have focused primarily on retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans. Now that the DOL has started enforcing compliance with the Affordable Care Act, health... Read More

Colorado Grants New Protection for Pregnant Women

Colorado Grants New Protection for Pregnant Women

New Law Applies to Both Employees & Applicants Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on June 1 that makes it an unfair employment practice if an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations to a pregnant job applicant or an employee for conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law goes into effect on Wednesday, August 10. This new provision within the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant job applicants, or be subject to discrimination claims if the employer does not provide reasonable accommodation or otherwise discriminates against... Read More

10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks

10 ways to prevent cyber attacks

High-profile cyber attacks on companies such as Target and Sears have raised awareness of the growing threat of cyber crime. Recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority, and several leading cyber security companies suggest that many small business owners are still operating under a false sense of cyber security. There are many things you can do to prevent cyber attacks in your business and businesses of every size need to be protected. The statistics of these studies are grim; the vast majority of U.S. small businesses lack a formal Internet... Read More

8 Easy Steps to More Secure Passwords Now–Infographic

8 Easy Steps to More Secure Passwords Now

Are you an easy target for password hackers? Were you aware that more than half of all corporate data breaches are caused by weak or stolen passwords? According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report  63% of company data breaches happen because of weak or stolen passwords. Did you know that the average Internet user has 25 accounts to maintain? Despite the large number of accounts, most users only use an average of 6.5 different passwords to protect them, according to a Microsoft study. With identity theft and data breaches an ever-growing... Read More

Smart Phones Can Create Cyber Risks–Are You Protected?

Smart Phones Can Create Cyber Risks--Are You Protected

Smartphones and tablets have become essential in the modern business world. As usage soars, it is increasingly important to protect your company from mobile threats. The need for phone security is no different from the need for a well-protected computer network. According to computer security software company McAfee, cyber attacks on mobile devices increased by almost 600 percent from 2011 to 2012 and show no signs of slowing. Gone are the days when the most sensitive information on an employee’s phone was contact names and phone numbers. Now a smartphone... Read More

Top 10 Threats to Small Businesses—Part 2

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Top 10 Threats to Small Businesses—Part 2 In our last post, we outlined some of the potential threats to small businesses. In order to develop a plan to manage and minimize risk, it is important to first know what those risks are. Some small business threats may be obvious such as theft, vandalism or fire hazards. Other risks are not so readily visible, such as the possibility of work injuries, data breaches or other legal risks. Part 2 of our Top 10 threats to small businesses outlines five more threats... Read More

Top 10 Threats to Small Businesses—Part 1

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Optimism is the fuel that drives the entrepreneurial spirit, so it isn’t surprising that most small business owners consider themselves optimists. Too much optimism, however, can get a small business owner into trouble. A business plan built solely on the “best case scenario” is like a house of cards—one gust of wind (or fire or wrongful termination lawsuit) and the entire business can come crashing down. That’s why smart business owners temper their innate optimism with a healthy dose of reality. In other words, they learn to manage risk. The... Read More

7 Unusual Ways to Save Money on Your Workers’ Compensation

7 Unusual Ways to Save Money on Your Workers’ Compensation

Do you pay too much for your workers’ compensation insurance? Have you taken all of the obvious steps to reduce the cost but wish there was still something more you could do? Sometimes it helps to get a little creative when considering ways to make your workplace safer and reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries. Here are seven unusual ways to save money on your workers’ compensation. While the benefits of these may not seem immediately obvious, over time you will be able to recognize their usefulness.   Choose a... Read More

How to Save Money on Your Workers’ Compensation Insurance

How to Save Money on Your Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Workers’ Compensation Insurance can be one of the largest insurance expenses for small businesses—and it’s not an optional coverage. All businesses with employees must carry Work Comp Insurance. Just because it’s mandatory, though, doesn’t mean you can’t control your costs. There are many things you can do to help keep workplace injuries down and Work Comp costs under control. Here are three areas where you can make a difference and save money on your Workers’ Compensation Insurance. For more information about controlling Work Comp costs, give Roper Insurance a call today... Read More