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The first Friday in March is Employee Appreciation Day. If your company hasn't already made plans to show your employees how much you appreciate them, check out what these companies are doing. Some are doing something special, but some just make sure to show appreciation all the time. 1. READ MORE >>

Cyber hacks are on the rise, cyber criminals are getting smarter and more daring, and there’s seemingly no end in sight. Over 50% of U.S. businesses have experienced a cyber attack in the last 12 months and the costs associated with these breaches can cripple a business if it doesn’t have a cyber insurance policy. READ MORE >>

Your business’s legal liability for injury to a third party may fall under one of a variety of insurance policies. Here is a quick look at some of the most common liability protections business owners may need. Employers liability and workers compensation insurance provide coverage for an employee’s work-related illness, injury or death. READ MORE >>

Lenders require that properties in designated flood zones be covered by flood insurance. But owners of property not in a designated flood zone should not be lulled into a false sense of security. Many businesses are susceptible to damage caused by floodwater or mudflow, even when they aren’t in a flood-prone area. READ MORE >>

Whether you’re the lessor (the building owner) or the lessee (the business renting the property), commercial leases and their insurance provisions and requirements need special attention. Before signing a commercial lease agreement and buying insurance, be sure to get answers to four big questions: READ MORE >>

We certainly think pollution insurance is “a must” for refineries and any business with emissions; however, pollution liability isn’t just assigned to these industries anymore. It’s steadily creeping into nearly every type of construction, installation and product man... READ MORE >>

Internet-controlled tools, equipment, furniture and electronics are becoming the new norm for businesses looking for ways to increase productivity. Often referred to as the internet of things (IoT), this new level of connectivity can also prove dangerous to business owners who rely on constant connectivity to function. READ MORE >>

In Alaska, beasts come in the form of enormous, long-haired, silver salmon-mongering grizzly bears. Recently, while cleaning freshly caught silver salmon creek-side, a hungry grizzly bear appeared. We were not above fleeing to the safety of the garage to finish fileting salmon. READ MORE >>

Big companies like Target, Yahoo and Equifax are typically the unhappy recipients of big news coverage following data disasters. This is not surprising, given the size of the events. At Target, credit and debit card information or contact information for approximately 40 million people was purloined, leading to the resignations of both the CEO and CIO. READ MORE >>

Half of all small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in the U.S. experienced a data breach in the past year — and 55% experienced a cyber attack. So why are so many SMBs not making cyber insurance a priority? According to the Insurance Information Institute, 34% of SMBs do not believe they will be the target of an attack, while 37% cited cost as a reason. READ MORE >>

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