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Temporary Rules for FSAs

Unlike the first coronavirus relief legislation, the CARES Act, the new bill signed into law on December 27 includes not only stimulus payments to offset the effects of the pandemic but general funding for the federal government for the coming fiscal year. Hence its name: The Consolidated Appropriations Act. In addition to the hotly debated…

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The Hard Market: What Can You Do?

In a previous post we covered the factors leading to the current ‘hard market’ in the insurance industry (read it here). Essentially, this year has seen an overall tightening of the market, with premiums going up and insurers less willing to take on new risks. The factors resulting in the current state of affairs are…

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WHY is it a “Hard Market”?

By now you might have heard that in the always cyclical insurance industry, this year has marked the return of a ‘hard market.’ Also called a seller’s market, a hard market essentially boils down to a more difficult proposition for insureds: premiums are higher, underwriters have less appetite for taking on new risks, and there’s…

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Cybercrime and Your Benefits Plan

With cybercrime front and center in the news again thanks to the ransomware attack that closed Baltimore County’s public schools, it’s a good time to take a new look at the risks and how to mitigate them. While many organizations focus their attention on their operational data – and rightly so – there’s another very…

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E-Sign of the Times: Signature Scams

This year has seen many changes to the technology we use to stay connected, as so many have had to work from home. Zoom meetings have replaced conference room gatherings, companies have scrambled to get employees connected from home … and every single change has presented new opportunities for hackers and phishers. Now joining that…

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HSA, FSA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2021

It’s the season when health care and retirement plans are re-evaluated, and as usual there are changes in the wind as the New Year approaches. Here’s a look at what the IRS has announced about revisions to plan limits in 2021, all effective as of January 1. HSAs/HDHPs: Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Health…

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Be Smart about securing your Smart Home!

Smart devices for your home offer a wide range of conveniences, but every one also offers a new opportunity for hackers to gain access to your home network. This 90-second video offers six great tips to help keep your home secure.

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Managing Employee Stress in Difficult Times

It’s been a year like no other for all of us, and your team of employees has no doubt been feeling the stress. Besides working remotely, maybe for the first time ever, many are simultaneously trying to handle a full-time job and supervise online learning for their children, or caring for preschoolers or older relatives.…

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How to Save Money on Home Insurance

While it may seem like a viable option to lower your property insurance coverage to save some money, this may end up costing you big in the long run. If your policy limits are too low, the cost to fix your home may exceed your limits. Limits on your homeowner’s insurance are established to protect…

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Pandemic Coverage Gap? We have an answer!

The tragic COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the significant coverage gap that traditional insurance has not been able to solve:  non-damage business interruption as a result of an epidemic.  Most standard property damage policies require business interruption to be from physical damage and also typically exclude communicable diseases. To close this coverage gap, we have partnered…

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