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Frequent Check-ins: Rethinking Performance Reviews

Frequent Check-ins: Rethinking Performance Reviews

It’s no secret that employees and employers alike have reservations about annual performance reviews. Some employees view them as a waste of time and many employers find it difficult to argue against that. According to management research firm CEB, 42
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ACA Reporting Final Forms for 2018 Released

ACA Reporting Final Forms for 2018 Released

In late Sept. 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final 2018 ACA forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. 2018 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C (and related instructions) are used by applicable large
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What You Should Know About the DOT New Entrant Safety Audit

What You Should Know About the DOT New Entrant Safety Audit

New entrants looking to conduct interstate operations within the United States need to pass a safety audit before being legally registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). What does the safety audit consist of? The safety audit will consist
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Facebook Security Breach Affects Nearly 50 Million Accounts

Facebook Security Breach Affects Nearly 50 Million Accounts

On Sept. 28, 2018, Facebook announced that nearly 50 million user accounts were compromised in a data breach. The breach, which can be traced back to July 2017, is one of the largest in the company’s 14-year history. Facebook Vulnerability
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National Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 7-13 – Safety Matters: Fire Safety

National Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 7-13 – Safety Matters: Fire Safety

October 7th to 13th is National Fire Safety Week and it never hurts to remind yourself how easily a fire could be sparked in your environment. Fires are a serious risk for businesses of all types. It’s up to you
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The Good Student Discount

The Good Student Discount

Teens and young adults often face hefty auto insurance premiums because, statistically, they are more likely to get into car accidents. The Department of Motor Vehicles reports that the crash rate for those between the ages of 16-19 is 2.7
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Night Driving 101 | Driver Safely Work Week: Oct. 1-5

Night Driving 101 | Driver Safely Work Week: Oct. 1-5

Did you know that the rate of traffic deaths while night driving is three times greater than driving during the day? It is more difficult to see hazards ahead on the road, and often the lack of scenery can be
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DOT Audits – What You Need to Know

DOT Audits – What You Need to Know

If you are issued a DOT (Department of Transportation) number to operate certain class vehicles in your business, you are subject to safety audits and compliance reviews administered by the DOT on a periodic basis.  If you have recently been
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Frequency, Severity and Your Commercial Auto Insurance Premiums

Frequency, Severity and Your Commercial Auto Insurance Premiums

Auto insurance rates are based on several factors, frequency and severity of crashes, auto repair costs, medical and hospital costs, lawsuits and court judgments, insurance fraud, vehicle type, and deductibles. This means that while your company’s inherent level of risk
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New Hire Announcement: Vicki Murray

New Hire Announcement: Vicki Murray

Please join me in welcoming Vicki Murray to The Safegard Group! In August, Vicki began her full-time position with us as an Account Assistant in the Commercial Insurance department. We are very confident in Vicki’s abilities and look forward to her
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Fall Protection and Safety

Fall Protection and Safety

Fall protection and safety is a major concern at the workplace. In fact, OSHA cites injuries from falls as one of its top 10 worksite injuries. Falls and falling objects can result from unstable working surfaces, ladders that are not
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ADA Website Compliance to Avoid Lawsuits

ADA Website Compliance to Avoid Lawsuits

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability. This means ensuring that everyone has reasonable access to all areas of public life. Although the ADA doesn’t explicitly mention the internet, the federal government has taken
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Drug and Alcohol Test Standards for CMV Drivers

Drug and Alcohol Test Standards for CMV Drivers

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, professional drivers and others behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) will be subject to drug and alcohol testing in certain situations. Testing may be required pre-employment, post-accident, with reasonable suspicion,
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FMLA Forms Updated by DOL

FMLA Forms Updated by DOL

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released updated model forms to help employers administer employee leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The DOL’s model FMLA forms contain an expiration date in the upper right corner. The expiration
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Security Threat Prevention and Disaster Response

Security Threat Prevention and Disaster Response

Preparing for an unforeseen security threat or disaster is very difficult. Criminal activity, natural disasters and terrorism are all threats to your business, and it is important that you have readiness plans in place to minimize the potential impact of
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