Auto Insurance Rates Are Going Up

Get ready to pay more for auto insurance. A combination of factors is pushing car insurance premiums up across the country. The reasons are varied, but they all combine to result in higher premiums for car owners from coast to coast. Here’s what’s behind the coming rate hikes – and some tips on how you can minimize the pain. More accidents First, the number of fatal traffic incidents has spiked recently. According to information from the National Traffic and Safety Administration, fatal accidents increased nationally last year by 10 percent. That far outpaces inflation and population growth, and reflects the biggest year-over-year increase in traffic fatalities since the 1960s.   More distractions The likely culprit: Texting and driving. Distracted driving 

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4 Types of Insurance for Small Business

There are four types of insurance that most small businesses purchase. The first is property insurance. This type of coverage provides compensation if business property is damaged, stolen or lost. In addition to covering the physical business structure, property insurance covers personal property. This includes inventory, office furnishings, raw materials, computers, machinery and other items that are part of business operations. Property insurance coverage doesn’t end with protecting physical assets. It also affords operating funds when business owners must take steps to get their business back on track following major loss. Property insurance may provide coverage for broken equipment in some cases. It may also provide coverage for water damage, debris removal following a fire and several other specific items. 

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Are your Workers Employees or Independent Contractors?

Before classifying a worker as an independent contractor, it is important for a business owner to do his or her homework carefully. Employment laws today are very strict, so discuss any concerns with an agent. The United States Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service have combined their efforts to help various states share resources and information that will expose worker classification violations. Employers found to be in violation could face paying back taxes, back pay to workers, missed overtime, retroactive benefits, interest, fines, staff effort charges and legal fees. With situations where there are multiple violations or willful negative intent, the penalties and fines are worse. In addition to the money a violation would cost, employers would also 

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How to Prepare for a Workers’ Compensation Audit

Just the mention of a workers’ compensation audit causes fear to some. If you are scheduled for a workers’ compensation audit, there is no need to dread it or be fearful. A small amount of preparation and common sense can save you a lot of aggravation and money. Devoting a few hours of your attention now can save you a lot of time in the future. You need to give your full attention to the auditor and remain with him/her throughout the entire process. The process may take a couple of hours to complete. so make sure that the time and date of the scheduled audit is convenient for you. Call to reschedule the audit if it has been scheduled 

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Insurance for Tattoo & Body Piercing Parlors

Richmond, Virginia loves ink! Richmond has the 3rd most tattooed residents in the U.S. next to only Las Vegas and Miami. The last thing on most people’s mind when selecting a tattoo is insurance but before applying permanent ink, make sure the tattoo parlor and artist have insurance. Insurance Coverage General Liability Professional Liability Property Inland Marine Molestation or Abuse Assault or Battery Tattoo parlors often have General Liability insurance, which provides coverage if you trip and fall in their store, but General Liability does not provide coverage if the artist makes a mistake. Ask for a Certificate of Insurance Ask your tattoo artist for a Certificate of Insurance. This document will show which type of insurance they have and 

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