North Bay Brokers Can Help Employers Manage Workers’ Compensation Costs

risk-1945683_640A Workers’ Compensation Update

There are over 4.1 million workplace injuries in the Unites States each year, according to OSHA.  Employers spend about $155 billion on work related injuries each year.  There is no doubt workers’ compensation is a big expense for employers.

The good news is there are many actions an insurance agent can do to help employers reduce workers’ compensation costs.

  1. Search the market for options and program designs that fit the individual needs of each employer.
  2. Help build a bridge between the insurer and business.
  3. Educate employers about how workers’ compensation works.
  4. Work with employers in the development of a safety program.
  5. Analyze all classifications to make sure they are correct.
  6. Help the company prepare for the workers’ compensation premium audit.
  7. Provide the framework for an early return to work program.
  8. Help the company review accidents and claims to determine trends and then create safety solutions.
  9. Facilitate a claims review with the insurer to make sure all claims are being processed correctly.
  10. Be a resource to the business by bringing in other service providers to solve problems; i.e., attorneys, safety professionals, and third party claims consultants.

Workers’ compensation is an important part of your business insurance program. It is required by state law that your business has workers’ compensation insurance.

As a business owner, you go to great lengths to provide a safe working environment for your employees. Workers’ compensation continues to be a significant cost driver for most employers, and understanding all the factors that can drive your workers’ compensation cost can often be complex and time consuming.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that mistakes happen. That’s why we’re committed to helping you create a Professional Liability policy that keeps your day-to-day operations protected should your business be held legally liable

 

 

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How Can That Be Stolen?

We have all heard of identity theft as it relates to individuals. Most of us have some form of identity theft protection just in case. However, businesses are now facing the same kind of risk, only as it relates to their business. The emerging risk includes; business tax fraud, trademark issues, website hacks, and credit card fraud.

Experts are telling us that criminals are combining stolen data and creating tax returns in the name of the business. According to the IRS, the total losses in 2017 were $270 million.

We recommend that you have our agency complete a business insurance and risk review to determine your exposure and create a plan of action. Our solutions might include the following.

Cyber Risk Insurance

Cyber insurance can cover your businesses cyber exposure through a cyber breach. This could include a data breach, loss of client’s information and the costs associated with reporting and restoration. Cyber risk insurance can also cover.

  • Media Liability
  • Error & Omission Insurance
  • Regulatory Defense & Penalties
  • Extortion & Ransomware coverage
  • Data Breach Response Costs
  • Business Interruption
  • Network Security Coverage

Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

You Break It You Buy It Works Only On T.V.

egg-943413_1920A North Bay Business Insurance Update

If you are in the business of designing, manufacturing, servicing, selling, and distributing any product there are risks involved. When the product you represent causes injury or damage to a another person or business, you need insurance protection. Depending on the insurance coverage you have, you may not be adequately protected from a product liability claim arising out of your actions. Many “standard” insurance policies have limitations for product liability claims. For example, a contractor installed windows in a custom home, and 9 months later the windows leaked, causing thousands of dollars of damage. The window manufacturer said their windows are fine; it was the installation that was done incorrectly. The contractor may be held responsible for the damage. Product liability insurance would provide protection in this case.

Our experienced and licensed staff will work with you to help find the right commercial insurance and solutions for your business. Our team can work with most business; we know and understand your industry.

What is product liability insurance?

Product liability insurance can provide protection from damages, injury, claims, and other liability arising out of the selling, distributing, manufacturing, servicing and design of products. Damages can include bodily injury, property damage, and even death.

An essential feature of product liability insurance is the legal defense coverage. The cost to defend an allegation can create a strain on your firm’s resources.

Claims can come from any of the following:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Breach of warranty
  • Failure to warn
  • A defect in design or manufacturing
  • Material defect
  • Failure to provide adequate instructions

Classes of businesses we work with:

  • Contractors
  • Artisan Contractors
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurants
  • Distributors
  • Food Processors
  • Wood Products
  • Automotive
  • Sporting Goods
  • And More

We have a number of highly rated insurance companies to select from. Call us today for more information.

Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

 

 

We Know Farm Insurance

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Most traditional insurance products don’t respond the needs of farm, winery, and ranch operations. These can include; special farm equipment, manufacturing equipment, stable liability, dairy exposure, cattle and other livestock mortality exposures, high valued homes, livestock breeder’s floater to name just a few. Farms are exposed to two unique additional exposures: Pollution and Agritourism.

Agritourism activities include everything from a bed and breakfast, weddings, a corn maze, educational field trips, a store or wine tasting, to “pick your own” and roadside farm stands. Liability suits are sometimes large enough to shut entire farm operations down. This is why it is so important to know your clients are properly insured. Your farm has increased liability, by having visitors.

Pollution-Farms and ranches need to manage the environmental impact of    farming on the land, including minimizing waste production and use of water on crops and livestock. Discharges from manure pits and fuel leaks from storage tanks are not covered by your typical insurance policy.

When you call our firm you will get a professional who knows and understand your business. We know you are responsible to your clients for providing the best possible combination of coverage, price and services. We take that responsibility seriously.

Your farm is your livelihood, and you can never be too cautious. Since an accident can happen when you least expect it, it’s important to be prepared when potential problems arise. By being proactive with a proper farm policy, your equipment, buildings, and even lost income can be covered in the event that an unforeseen circumstance disrupts your operations.

Whether you’re a local grower or a large cultivator, we understand the value of insuring your greatest asset. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we’re dedicated to providing the agricultural coverage and services you need to keep your farm or ranch protected – so you can focus on maintaining a smooth operation.

 

Shake Rattle And Roll

earthquake-3167693_1920 (1)A California Earthquake Update

May 2018 saw a number of small earthquakes in California. Many experts are predicting a major quale on the west coast in the next 12 months. The only thing we have control over is how prepared we are when an earthquake hits our area.

“California sits at the border between two major tectonic plates—the Pacific plate, which is moving northwest, and the North American plate, which is sliding past it to the southeast. The two plates don’t just meet at a single line, and the state is crisscrossed with dozens of earthquake faults. The San Andreas is the most worrisome, because it generates the quakes that are really dangerous to California residents.”  Sarah Zielinski

What You Can Control

  1. Get earthquake insurance on your home. Earthquake insurance covers damage to your home and your possessions. Most earthquake policies also cover costs incurred to minimize further damage after an earthquake, plus costs for additional living expenses. Deductibles are generally 10-15% of the insured amount. Exterior structures such as pools, irrigation systems, driveways, and detached garages are generally not covered.
  2. Create a disaster plan.
    • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
    • Put together a “go-bag” or disaster supply kit should you need to evacuate, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information.
    • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to blocked roads.
    • Make a family emergency communication plan and review it regularly with members.
    • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
    • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
    • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we know how hard you’ve worked to turn your house into a home. Since your home is one of the most important financial investments of your lifetime, you’ll need proper coverage in order to keep your investment protected and provide your family with the guarantee that they’ll always be safe and sound.

 

 

 

It Is Raining Lawsuits in 2018

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A North Bay Business Insurance Update

We live in a society where there are more lawyers than doctors. It seems that the typical response when someone has been damaged is to hire a lawyer and threaten a lawsuit. Most businesses can’t afford to be in court to defend every action. That is why commercial insurance is so important to your business. Our agency can offer a review of your business insurance coverage and educate you on your risks and how best to protect you. These four risks are at the top of our list and should be on your as well.

Cyber Liability- Cyber liability is the risk posed by conducting business over the Internet, over other networks or using electronic storage technology. It covers third party losses from hackers, theft, and loss of information including sensitive client or individual personal information.

Directors & Officers Liability- Covers costs, damages, and defense protection to directors and officers of a company resulting from lawsuits and judgments arising out of poor management decisions, employee dismissals, shareholder grievances, and other such acts committed in good faith.

Employment Liability- Employment Liability provides protection for an employer against claims made by employees, former employees, or potential employees. It can cover discrimination (age, sex, race, disability, etc.), wrongful termination of employment, sexual harassment, and other employment-related allegations.

Professional Liability- Insurance that is designed to cover third party claims, damages and claims arising out of providing professional advice. Many firms create legal obligations arising out of a professional’s errors, negligent acts, or omissions during the course of providing services to clients.

As a locally owned and operated insurance agency in Sonoma, California, North Bay Insurance Brokers is committed to providing quality insurance products for individuals and businesses. We combine our strong insurance background and product knowledge to assist both current and future clients in managing and planning for all types of risk.

 

In Business Insurance Coverage Is King

insurance-salesA North Bay Business Insurance Update

Buying business insurance is like investing in your business.  While you may never have a claim, if you do the resources provided by your insurer can keep your business going.  That is why it is important to have an agent who understands your needs and can help you design a business insurance program that fits your needs.

Where to Start?

Understand the difference between agents.

  • Captive agents can only provide coverage through one insurer.
  • Independent agents can offer many different coverage options through their many appointed insurers.

Understand the Value of Information

It is important that you provide as much information about your business as possible. Your agent can help you determine which information is needed to get the best possible pricing, coverage, and service.

Coverage Is King

Your agent will have a good idea of what you need after they review your risks. Here is an example of some of the coverage you may require.

Property Insurance: Covers your buildings, equipment, machines, and other property from loss or damage.

Commercial Liability Insurance: Provides coverage for bodily injury and property damage you cause to others.

Commercial Auto Insurance: Covers your company vehicles if they are involved in an accident. It can also cover your business if you or an employee uses a personally owned vehicle on behalf of the business.

Cyber Liability Insurance: This insurance can protect your business from a data breach. If your business stores sensitive or non-public information about employees or clients, you are responsible for protecting that information.

Management Liability Insurance: Management Liability can encompass three important business insurance coverage’s; Professional liability, Directors and Officers Liability, and Employment Practice Liability. These are excluded in most business insurance policies.

Our professionals work diligently to understand our client’s risks, goals, culture & vision in order to develop with you a risk management program to support your mission. Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.