How to Hire Part Time Seasonal Workers

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This is the time of year when your business will be hiring part time workers to help you manage the holiday season. For the most part, you will not need to modify your business insurance, but if you add new classifications or payroll, it may affect your workers’ compensation insurance.  Now might be a good time to have us complete a review of all your business insurance policies.

Here are few tips to help you manage seasonal employees

  • Make sure seasonal employees get the same training as all other employees.
  • Conduct background screenings on seasonal candidates.
  • Unless the job requires it, it is not a good idea to give seasonal employees access to computers or other secure information.
  • Don’t allow seasonal employees to work alone.
  • Remember the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to properly classify workers, pay the legal minimum wage, and pay overtime if applicable.
  • Seasonal employees should also read and sign the employee handbook.
  • Your business is legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, as most fair-employment laws cover seasonal employees.
  • If you notice cliques or bad habits forming, don’t assume that they will self-correct.
  • Employers with 15 or more employees are subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state employment laws. This means your seasonal employees, just like your regular workforce, must receive adequate training on what conduct is illegal, how to report it, and how to request a reasonable accommodation.
  • Maintain a detailed account of where each employee works, the kinds of tasks they are assigned, number of hours completed, and their rate of pay.
  • When it is time to end the seasonal employment, follow the same procedures as you would with a full-time or permanent employee.

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

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The Top Google Searches On Business Insurance

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Your business insurance is an important part of your risk management program. It is important to have the right Business insurance coverage, competitive pricing, and the right insurer.  We have researched the top Google searches regarding business insurance programs, and we thought you might like to see what kinds of questions people are asking.

  1. What are the different kinds of business insurance? Business insurance can be broken down into the following categories; commercial property, general liability, crime, commercial auto, professional liability, and excess liability.
  2. What is employment liability insurance? Employment liability insurance covers claims made by your employees for injury that they suffer due to their work.
  3. Do I need business interruption insurance? Yes, every business should have some level of business interruption coverage. This insurance covers your business in the event you have to shut down for period of time due to a covered loss.
  4. How much insurance is enough? If you own a business, you should always consider liability limits of at least $1,000,000. Depending on your business you may need more. For example, if you own a construction company you will want to have higher limits than someone who owns a laundry business.
  5. Is a packaged insurance policy available? You can build a business insurance policy that combines all the coverage you need for your business.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance.

Workers’ Compensation And Auto Accidents

driving-407181_1920Work related Auto Accidents Cause Can Increases In Your Workers’ Compensation Costs

According to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, both on-and off-the-job motor vehicle crashes cost employers $20 billion dollars annually.  The fact is traffic accident related workers’ compensation claims are about 30% more costly than non-auto accident workers’ compensation claims.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc  (NCCI) noted that traffic accidents are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Here are other facts about work related auto accidents:

  • 90% of auto accidents result in time lost from work.
  • Auto claims are more likely to involve an attorney.
  • Auto claims last up to 60% longer non-auto claims.

The study revealed that almost 87% of crashes and 70% of near crashes resulted from the driver becoming distracted within three seconds of the event.

Workers’ Compensation Prevention Tips

  • Educate employees on the risks of distracted driving.
  • Be sure your employees never drive under the influence of alcohol.
  • Prohibit the use of any kind of mobile devise while driving.
  • Require your employees to use seat belts.
  • Offer defensive driving training.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.