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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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

What does my homeowners insurance cover? Water is known for penetrating structural cavities and creating growing pockets of saturation without the knowledge of the homeowner. Unfortunately, it often requires sophisticated tools and technology to find the source of such water damage. If the moisture remains undetected, it causes damages that eventually lead to an expensive restoration process. IICRC-certified restoration specialists possess the skills, knowledge and equipment needed to dry a building and stop the source of the damage. They monitor conditions carefully to help prevent future issues and problematic mold. Flood Cleanup Tips Always be sure that it is safe to enter a building that was previously flooded. Look for structural damages that create falling dangers, electrical hazards and other 

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Tips to Winterize Your Home

The chill in the air tells you it’s time to pull out the heavy clothes and brave the falling temperatures. That chill should also tell you it’s time to perform a check of your home to ensure it can withstand the rigors of the upcoming winter. Start with a top down approach by taking a good look at your roof. Inspect it for cracked or missing shingles, worn patches on shingles, missing or damaged flashing, and any other conditions that might permit water to leak through. If your shingles look haggard, try bending the corner of one – if it breaks, it is time for a new roof. Your gutters are another part of your anti-leak prevention system so they 

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