Learn about the change to hardship distributions employers may consider adopting. New legislation did not change what might constitute an individual hardship, but it does make hardship withdrawals easier to obtain for participants.
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OSHA recently released a memo clarifying how to apply standards when conducting compliance investigations. The federal regulations are still in place and remain unchanged, but the memo raises some concerns about post-accident drug testing.
About three million workers service equipment and face the risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. According to OSHA, compliance with the LOTO standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.
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The end of the individual mandate penalty in 2019 does not change an employer’s 1094C/1095C reporting obligations. The information reported on the 1094C/1095C forms relates primarily to the employer mandate, which is not going away.
Uninsured flood loss from Hurricane Florence is estimated to be between $13 billion and $18.5 billion. Why the large number? Flood damage is excluded on most homeowners policies, and most homeowners do not buy stand-alone flood insurance due to its high cost. While grants and loans from FEMA will help somewhat, much of the loss from Hurricane Florence will be borne by the property owners. Therefore, it’s critical to do all you can to minimize losses now while ensuring the safety of your family.
Being disaster ready is not limited to businesses. Individuals and families also need to plan ahead in order to be prepared when disaster strikes. How will you get everyone out of the house safely? How will you access important family records? How will you get back up on your feet and to return to work?
Whether you have a cabin by the lake, an apartment or other dwelling as a second home, you should consider a variety of factors when selecting the right coverage. The type of coverage will largely depend on the amount of time your home will be unoccupied, liability from renting the property, and its location.
The Insurance Research Council reports that one in seven drivers lacks coverage, which means an accident involving an uninsured driver could create a lot of trouble for you. If you’re in an accident with someone who has no insurance or not enough insurance, your only options are to look to your insurer — or to your wallet.
Ordinary homeowners policies don’t protect you when costs exceed the amount of coverage in your policy, potentially leaving you significantly underinsured after a total loss of your home or property. Families with more substantial homes and assets should look for insurance carriers that offer “guaranteed replacement” coverage, which pays the full cost of rebuilding your home and other structures on your property after a covered total loss — even if that amount exceeds your policy limit.
When the ability of your employees to protect themselves from personal liability is insufficient with personal umbrella insurance (see our article on this type of coverage), you can provide significant value to them and protection for your company by offering group personal excess liability coverage. And as you’ve probably heard, an increasing number of individuals are at greater risk for multi-million dollar lawsuits in our litigious society.
It’s no surprise that in the Upper Midwest, we are considered “high risk” when it comes to winter driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that each year, 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15% happen during snowfall or sleet. Once your vehicle is in good shape for winter driving, practice the following safe-driving tips from the MDPS to avoid becoming another winter-driving statistic.
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