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Meet Bennett – Insurance People’s Newest Team Member

By Business Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina, Personal Insurance

Name: Bennett Sterling Age: 25 Hometown: Durham, NC Fun Fact: The only type of seafood that Bennett eats is fried shrimp! Bennett is a Durham-native and is a licensed Property and Casualty Insurance agent. He joined Insurance People in early 2020, only three days prior to the initial Covid-19 stay-at-home order. Bennett has a background in Sales and Customer Service Relations, stemming from his passion to serve others. He received an academic scholarship to attend High Point University, his freshman year, where his focus was Business Administration. Bennett enjoys the industry because it is continuously evolving and there is something…

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Consider Safety Before Taking Your Restaurant Outdoors

By Business Insurance, Insurance

Restaurants across the country are taking the necessary steps to ensure that their businesses remain operational during the winter. Because so many restaurants are unable to support indoor-dining, procedures have been put in place to provide outdoor-dining to their customers. Whether it is a plastic-pod or a tent, outdoor-dining options provide these businessowners a chance to serve their customers while limiting exposure to Covid-19. However, these outdoor-dining solutions are not free of liability concerns. These outdoor structures are valuable in the sense that they provide restaurants an opportunity to serve their patrons; however, there are procedures that should be followed…

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Work Comp Wednesdays – How to Make Workers’ Comp Employee Friendly

By Insurance, Workers Compensation

This article is from our friends at the Institute of WorkComp Professionals: Both in the media and in general conversation, we often hear people refer to the workers’ compensation laws in various states as being very “employee friendly” because they feel that it’s easy for injured employees to get more than they “deserve” from the workers’ comp system. This may be true; as certainly there is little or no question that there are laws in some states that are more business friendly as opposed to employee friendly. But employers would do well to ignore this debate because in reality when…

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How to Protect Vacant Commercial Buildings

By Business Insurance, Insurance

Now, more than ever, commercial buildings are being left vacant because businesses are working remotely. Although the vacancy may be temporary, commercial property owners should still take the time to ensure that their vacant building is protected. These buildings face a variety of risks, including: Crime, Water, Fire, Pests, and Contamination. Whether businesses are closing for the holidays or due to Covid-19, there are eight steps property owners can take to secure their vacant commercial building. Below, you will find those eight steps: Secure the Building – alarm system, security cameras, motion-activated lights, etc. Tell the Local Authorities – Let…

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9 Key Elements of a Data Security Policy

By Business Insurance, Insurance

In an increasingly virtual world, data security has never been more important. Regardless of where they are working, employees must understand their obligation to protect company information. It is crucial that everyone works together to avoid a date breach as well a cyber related claim. Travelers Insurance believes there are nine essential elements of a data security policy. Below, you will find the nine elements. For more information on each element, please follow the link to Travelers Insurance. Safeguard Data Privacy Establish Password Management Govern Internet Usage Manage Email Usage Govern and Manage Company-Owned Mobile Devices Establish an Approval Process…

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Insurance People Mails Out Dividend Checks

By Insurance People of North Carolina, Specialty Insurance

Insurance People is thrilled to announce that Utica National Insurance Group has declared a dividend for the Charter School Safety Program. As a result of low claims in 2018, Utica has declared an 8% dividend for charter schools as a result of claim activity between April 2018 – April 2019.  On Monday, Insurance People mailed out over $100,000 to 65 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Members of Utica’s dividend program are committed to keeping school’s safe. Insurance People partners with Utica for this very reason, they provide unmatched resources to ensure their schools are leaders in risk…

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NC Workplace Injury & Illness Rate Below National Average

By Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

North Carolina continues to impress with their historically low workplace injury and illness rates. North Carolina, with a rate of 2.3 cases per 100 employees, is below the national average of 2.8. NC’s Labor Commissioner, Cherie Berry, credits the two decades of success to a safety culture commitment. When speaking specifically in regards to the private construction industry, Berry states, “We are especially pleased that private industry construction saw a significant decrease in its total recordable rate from 2.5 to 1.6 and is significantly below the national rate of 2.8 per 100 full-time workers.” North Carolina has gone above and…

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Post-Claim Communication

By Business Insurance, Workers Compensation

In August, we posted a blog about the importance of promptly reporting claims. Today, we continue this theme by emphasizing the value of “Post-Claim Communication”. As vital as it is to quickly report claims, it is equally as necessary to keep the communication going with all on-going claims. Because the claims process can be so arduous for the company, it can be easy to forget about the well-being of the injured employee. Employers should take it upon themselves to check-in with the employee to see how they are doing and ask if they need anything. This communication will go a…

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Is Your Business Parking Lot Safe?

By Business Insurance, Insurance, Insurance People of North Carolina

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), each year, over 50,000 auto accidents take place in either parking lots or garage structures. These accidents are the cause of nearly 60,000 injuries and 500 deaths. Many of these accidents are preventable, as the NSC states that nearly 66% of driver’s nationwide user their cellphone while driving through parking lots. Even if a driver is responsible for the accident, the owner of the parking lot or garage could be held legally liable. Selective Insurance states, “Whether the person is exiting or entering a vehicle, walking or driving, their safety is your concern”….

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