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    Looking at a new piece of jewelry? Make sure to look at your insurance, too

    Whether it’s a gift from someone special or a gift to yourself, a new piece of jewelry can bring some sparkle to your life. However, many people who find themselves victimized by burglars—or worse, a fire or some other disaster—also find out too late that they didn’t have enough insurance to replace their jewelry. Here’s […]

    January 9, 2019

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    Is your home as efficient as it could be? An energy audit can tell you

    Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues in homes across the country, and they’re not just annoying—they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program estimates that homeowners can save 5% to 30% on annual energy costs by incorporating technologies […]

    December 29, 2018

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    The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Travel

    Nobody really enjoys traveling during the holidays, do they? OK, you might if you’re going on vacation, or you’re visiting family in Hawaii or something. But for everyone else, it’s a slog—whether you’re battling airport crowds the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or fighting through highway traffic on Christmas Eve, getting anywhere can be a massive hassle. […]

    December 13, 2018

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    Safe Driving in Winter Weather

    Millions of Americans will be traveling this holiday season, and if it’s anything like previous years, a lot of that travel will be on the road. Last year, AAA estimated that more than 100 million Americans were planning a trip of more than 50 miles during the holidays—and that was just between Dec. 23 and […]

    November 29, 2018

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    Keep Pets Happy and Safe on Vacation

    You’re not just imagining it—a lot of people are traveling with their pets these days. According to a TripAdvisor survey of more than 1,000 travelers, 53% of those responding said they take their pets on vacation, and 52% stay only at places that welcome pets. (For some people, the “welcome” part doesn’t matter: 20% admitted […]

    November 8, 2018

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    5 Common (and Potentially Costly) Homeowners Mistakes

    Owning a home is usually a great experience. But it can also be a hassle, especially when unexpected issues pop up—whether you have a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to require time and money to fix. In many instances, however, those “unexpected” issues shouldn’t really be a surprise at all, […]

    October 23, 2018

  • ICE on Course to Increase I-9 Audits by 400% This Year

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been stepping up its enforcement by more than doubling the amount of investigations it was doing in 2017. The drive is likely to continue and intensify under ICE’s push for a “culture of compliance” among businesses. As part of this push, it’s expected that ICE will conduct 400% […]

    October 16, 2018

  • Do Return-to-Work Programs Work?

    Employers who have an injured worker are caught in a bind – especially if the injury occurred on the job. As the worker recovers, employers are faced with a decision. Here are the options: Settle the workers’ comp claim and let the employee go, Continue to have the worker stay home, pending a full recovery, […]

    October 16, 2018

  • California Workers in Danger of Valley Fever

    If you have outdoor workers in the golden state or the Southwest, particularly in construction and agriculture and to some extent landscaping, you need to be aware of the big increase in Valley Fever cases. The number of reported cases of Valley Fever in California has spiked in 2017. The Cal/OSHA Reporter, a trade publication, […]

    October 16, 2018

  • Getting a Head Start on Open Enrollment

    As open enrollment is right around the corner, now is the time to gear up to maximize employee enrollment, help them make the best selections for their own personal circumstances, and stay compliant with relevant laws and regulations. It’s a lot to take in as uncertainty has been a constant during the last many years […]

    October 16, 2018