Category Archives: human resources

BIG “I” Statement on Court Decision to Strike Down DOL Overtime Rule

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) recently released the following statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry & government affairs: “Last year the Big ‘I’, working with a … Continue reading

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From Charismatic Persuader to Knowledge Broker: The Evolving World of Sales

Today’s successful sales professional can no longer expect to show up, fill the room with personality, and win based on a persuasive presentation of features and benefits. The accelerated rate of change in the sales environment is evident in both … Continue reading

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Dress Codes in the Workplace

Warmer weather often brings more relaxed dress codes — that’s if your agency hasn’t already adopted a more relaxed dress code year-round. According to a 2016 Employee Benefits Survey by the Society of Human Resource Management, 83% of firms have … Continue reading

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Tips for Avoiding Liability when it Comes to Job References and Background Checks

This article is excerpted from Especially for Texas Employers. Texas law protects from defamation liability an employer who releases information about a current or former employee to a prospective new employer, unless “the information disclosed was known by that employer … Continue reading

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Ransomware Attacks on the Rise

In 2015, victims paid a collective $24 million in ransom and another $325 million to disinfect machines and restore backup data. In 2016, the cost was expected to total $1 billion. Ransomware is malicious software that locks one’s computer or … Continue reading

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In the Groove: 5 Steps for Onboarding New Producers

By Bill Harwood, co-founder and managing partner of New Level Partners, LLC, a learning and development company specializing in insurance New producers face a dual challenge when they join an agency: absorbing the massive range of information about their new … Continue reading

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Balance Technical Expertise with Soft Skills

Insurance agency services are riddled with technical jargon, heavily regulated and vulnerable to litigation. It’s no wonder that there’s such an emphasis on technical expertise and E&O loss control. However, focusing on just the technical and process aspects of the … Continue reading

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Are You Using the New I-9 Form?

Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the 11/14/2016 N version of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986, or for the re-verification of expiring employment … Continue reading

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Texas Judge Blocks New Overtime Rule

As we noted back in May, sweeping new regulations regarding overtime pay were to take effect on December 1, 2016. A federal judge has temporarily blocked the new rule which would have doubled overtime salary thresholds. Texas and 20 other … Continue reading

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New Filing Deadline for W-2s and 1099s is January 31st

The IRS is reminding employers and small businesses that there is an earlier deadline than in the past. Previously, employers typically had until the end of February if filing on paper and to the end of March if filing electronically. … Continue reading

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