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BHI provides insurance brokerage and risk-management consulting services to clients in the mid-Atlantic region. We offer business insurance, home and auto insurance, employee benefits, and are adding safety and human-resources consulting within the last two years. Our foundational principles are: Communicate, be accountable, act with integrity, and constantly evolve. Through these principles, we hope to show our company’s philosophy of “our product is our people.”
What have been the biggest obstacles your company has faced over the past three years, and how did you overcome them? In
February 2016, I purchased the company and rebranded. Executing a new vision with a new leadership team was challenging, yet very exciting and successful.
Looking back, what’s the biggest mistake you made and what would you do differently if you could?
I prefer not to look back. We are where we are today thanks to our past decisions, both good and bad, and I would not change where we stand today.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned over the past three years?
A work/life balance is a must not only for employees, but those responsible for making very tough decisions on a daily basis. One must take the time to celebrate victories.
How do you keep your team inspired and focused on the future?
Our culture is a top priority and we reward our team for working hard. Our common goal is to take care of our clients. Our client-service model is born from my obsession with providing the absolute best service experience every time.
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With so many different types of insurance to choose from, it can be overwhelming to determine what type is best for your business. B+H Insurance, LLC is here to help explain the types of insurance policies available and how they can help protect you, your employees and your business’s bottom line.
Commercial Property Insurance
In the case of a catastrophic event such as a fire, explosion, burst pipe, storm or theft, commercial property insurance compensates you for losses or damage to your building, leased or owned equipment, and other property on the premises. In fact, commercial property insurance can cover items such as furniture, inventory, computers and anything that would be considered necessary for performing normal business operations.
Commercial property insurance is typically purchased as a stand-alone policy or as part of a comprehensive business owner’s policy that includes property and general liability coverage. Commercial property insurance is offered on either a replacement cost or actual cash value basis.
General Liability Insurance
General liability insurance policies typically cover an organization for claims involving bodily injuries and property damage resulting from its products, services or operations. What’s more, this form of insurance can help cover medical expenses and attorney fees resulting from bodily injury or property damage claims for which your organization may be legally responsible.
General liability insurance policies typically have four coverage elements:
Premises liability covers you in the event that a person who is not employed at your business becomes injured on your property. If someone sued your business because they tripped and fell on your property, liability insurance can help cover those expenses.
Products liability covers you if a product or service causes injury to someone’s body or inflicts damage on a consumer’s personal property. If you’re a tech company that broke a customer’s computer while performing a service on it, those damages could be covered.
A personal injury is when your business inflicts a physical, financial or mental injury to a third party. For instance, let’s say you take action in detaining someone who you had reason to believe was stealing from your store. If it turns out your accusations are false and the person decides to sue you, you’d be covered under your general liability policy.
Advertisement injuries are caused by alleged misinformation, copyright infringement or slander made by your company. If you were advertising a product that claimed it could help clear acne and it ended up making a consumer’s acne worse, that could be considered an advertisement injury.
Overall, a general liability policy is beneficial for covering any medical bills or legal costs that accrue if the injured third party decides to sue your business.
Employment Practices Liability
Employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) is a form of insurance that covers wrongful acts that occur during the employment process. The most frequent types of claims covered under an EPLI policy include claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment and retaliation.
These policies will reimburse your company against the costs of defending a lawsuit in court, and for judgments and settlements. EPLI covers legal costs, whether your company wins or loses the suit. However, these policies typically do not pay for punitive damages, or civil or criminal fines.
Workers’ compensation is important in the event that an employee suffers a work-related injury or illness. This type of insurance is required in most states and is used to cover medical bills or wage replacement for employees who experience a work-related injury.
For example, if a worker pulled a back muscle at work and was unable to perform their duties, workers’ compensation would help in covering any physical therapy costs as well as compensating the employee for any lost wages.
Having worker’s compensation insurance can also protect your business from civil suits made by employees against your company related to their injuries.
Cyber Liability Insurance
If any part of your business is on an online platform, it is crucial to obtain cyber liability insurance. This type of coverage can protect your business from a cyber attack or interruption that can cause a loss in data, revenue and the trust between you and your customers. Cyber liability insurance is not only there to protect the internal information of your company, such as employees’ social security or financial information, but it also protects your customers’ personal and banking information.
Most cyber liability policies include both first- and third-party coverage:
- First-party coverage is for the business itself— helping the business recover from any losses after a cyber attack.
- Third-party coverage is to cover claims by people who have been injured because of your business being hacked.
Restoring compromised or lost data can be very costly, so cyber liability insurance is there to help cover financial losses to your business and the costs of claims made against your company by clients or other third parties who were affected.
Commercial auto insurance helps cover the costs of an auto accident if you or an employee is at fault. This coverage can help pay for damaged property and medical expenses.
Your business should consider a commercial auto policy if any of the following are true:
- Your business owns, leases or rents vehicles such as cars, trucks or vans.
- Your business has employees who drive their own vehicles to conduct business.
- Your business has employees who operate leased, rented or owned company vehicles.
Professional Liability Insurance
Professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, can protect your business against claims that a service you provided caused a client to suffer due to a mistake on your part or because you failed to perform a service.
Professional liability insurance can cover the cost of defending your business in a civil lawsuit for an alleged error or omission. What’s more, depending on your industry, professional liability insurance may be required by law. While many types of businesses need professional liability insurance, you should especially consider this type of insurance if your business works directly with customers while providing services.
Contact B+H Insurance, LLC to help you analyze your needs and decide on the right coverage for you and your growing business.
Audits Don’t Have to Be Scary
Take a look at this video that was designed to help you understand General Liability and Workers Compensation Audits. Understanding the Audit Process can help you be better prepared for future Audits to come.
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Sexual harassment is a serious problem in the workplace and unfortunately, has been for years. Times are certainly changing as now five states in the U.S. have mandated that companies conduct sexual harassment training – California, New York, Maine, Connecticut and Delaware. Regardless of a training requirement, many companies can easily fall into the “not us” trap of complacency. This mindset leads managers and leaders to overlook claims or not investigate them properly, and employees to not report them all.
In October of 2017, the #MeToo movement went viral. This movement has been around since 2006, but gained large-scale traction once actress Alyssa Milano encouraged victims of sexual harassment to tweet out their experience. This showed the magnitude of the problem and led to an outcry of messages from people all over the world, including several high-profile celebrities. According to the EEOC, in the following year 2018 the amount of charges for sexual harassment claims had risen 13.6%. EEOC counterpart state agencies have seen even greater increases.
If a company’s culture does not truly value respect, open communication, and psychological safety, the company is at risk for sexual harassment behavior. Leaders must understand that the cost of dealing with a mishandled sexual harassment claim can be significant, and more than just monetary. The company’s reputation, culture and overall productivity and success are on the line. There’s a risk of losing customers and investors, and it could affect the company’s ability to recruit and retain new talent. This pain can be prevented by proactively approaching this difficult topic.
Methods of Prevention:
- Establish strong anti-harassment policies
- Develop an anti-harassment policy together with employees and managers.
- All managers and supervisors must understand the policy and their responsibility to foster and maintain a harassment-free work environment.
- Show you mean it – communicate that the policy applies to everyone, including managers, supervisors, top leaders and owners.
- Train employees to assume an active role in prevention.
- Ensure they fully understand the company policy.
- Train them to be aware of subtle forms of harassment.
- Stress the importance of bystander awareness and paying attention to others’ response to situations.
- Provide protection and support for employees who feel they are being harassed
- Reiterate that all employees must report claims, and give them multiple avenues in which to do so.
- Do not tolerate retaliation of any kind.
- Create and maintain a safe work culture by encouraging employees to speak up against harassment.
Sexual harassment is not something to look past; it harms the victims and the employer. Take proactive steps to prevent it, such as policy development and training, so your employees do not become part of the 70% of workers who do not report incidents, according to the EEOC.
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From hiring new workers to assigning duties, each of your decisions affects employees in a unique way. Although these actions are critical to running your business, they also create exposures that could lead to costly claims by employees or governmental regulators. Even if they are not warranted, claims for wrongful employment practices can disrupt operations, damage your business’s reputation, hurt employee morale and negatively impact your bottom line.
Thankfully, businesses can rely on employment practices liability (EPL) insurance to protect against a wide range of wrongful employment practices claims, including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.
It’s safe to say social media isn’t going anywhere anytime soon—millions of people around the world use social media on daily basis. Even more importantly, it has become a daily business function for sales and marketing departments, and a powerful tool for reaching new customers and increasing brand awareness as it has never been easier. My name is Logan Worsh; I have been with BHI for a few months now as a Client Experience Specialist and have been handling their social media platforms. Continuing reading for what I have found to work best during that time.
“Phishing,” a type of cyber attack in which a hacker disguises himself or herself as a trusted source online in order to acquire sensitive information. It is a common and technologically simple scam that can put your employees and business at risk. However, more resourceful criminals are resorting to a modified and more sophisticated technique called “spear phishing.” This technique uses personal information to pose as colleagues or other sources specific to individuals or businesses.