Your days are long and your to-do list is even longer. Owning a business is more than your full-time job, it’s your life. We understand the day-to-day want to help make things easier for you. That’s why our business insurance is as flexible and hard working as you are.
Why ERIE’s business insurance, coverage can be customized to fit your exact needs. Our expert, independent agents understand your business and are aware of the specific risks you face and our claims team is always available when your need us.
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by Carolyn Sennett on June 2, 2016
Employee terminations and payroll record keeping are just two examples of routine business matters that if not handled properly could quickly spiral into a serious problem for business owners.
Employee termination checklist
The law presumes that employees are employed at will. That means an at-will employee may be fired at any time, for any reason (except for a few illegal reasons). But even when termination decisions are made with good cause, there are hundreds of potential grievances that could be filed by former employees. The defensibility of those claims is often dependent on the actions that employers take before the decision to terminate an employee is made or shared.
Watch a 20-minute webinar that guides employers in how to better manage the process before decisions are made so they can take steps now to mitigate those risks.
Overview of federal wage and hour laws
Federal wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) continue to rise nationwide. Simple errors in payroll or recorded hours worked, while seemingly insignificant on a per employee basis, can lead to significant exposure under the FLSA due to the collective action nature of these litigations.
Watch a 20-minute webinar that guides employers in avoiding common errors and mitigating risks.
The videos were provided under an arrangement with The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company. Contact a local Erie Insurance agent to learn more about affordable ways to protect your business.
by Carolyn Sennett on June 20, 2017
A website is essential to marketing your business. As customers research your products and services, one of their first stops will be your website. It is their first introduction to your business, so naturally you’ll want to do all you can to make their virtual visit a positive experience.
Here is a five-question checkup to help make sure your website is in tip-top condition and gives you a competitive edge.
- Are you using a responsive website design?
With more people browsing websites using their smartphones, tablets and other devices, it’s important to create a website that operates seamlessly on multiple platforms. Google reports that more than half off all searches begin on a mobile device. You don’t want to miss a sale or a customer because of a poor website experience.
- Is your website optimized for search?
A few simple things that you can do to optimize your site for search engines are add keywords and title tags to your web pages and create and regularly post to a blog to help drive traffic to your website. If you are new to search, look for guides for beginners or tips from reputable resources like moz.com.
- Is your site meeting your customers’ expectations?
First impressions of your website are important to keep someone engaged. It’s OK to have graphics on your home page, but do not use complex graphics that may take a long time to download. Be sure your site explains why your business is the best solution for your customers’ needs. Most business websites include at least these four pages: home, product and services, about us and contact us. If you have an interesting business history, add that to your site, too. You may even want to include bios and pictures of yourself and your staff. People like to feel personally connected to the business that they are working with. Check out the infographic from Entrepreneur for more must-have business website features.
- Is your web content clear and up to date with clear calls to action?
Keeping your content current is a smart way to build awareness, generate sales and maintain customer relationships. It’s also important for your site to have clear calls to actions. In other words, what do you want your site visitors to do? Common calls to action are to contact you, make a purchase, sign up for a service or get a quote. Capturing visitors’ email addresses could also help you stay in touch with them if they are not ready to buy right away.
- Is your website (and your business) listed on search directories?
If your business has a physical address, then you will most likely have a local listing in Google, Yelp, Bing, Internet Yellow Pages, Yahoo! Local and other directories. It is important to claim your listing because it can then lead people to you to find essential details like your business’s address, phone number and hours. It can also help your business rank in local search engine results and encourage customers to post reviews about your products or services. Websites like Google and Facebook for Business let you claim and update the information without a fee, but others will charge you for the privilege.
As you can see, a well-designed website is an asset and a necessity for businesses. It’s a way to build relationships and communicate directly with your customers about the products and services that you offer. An effective business website also gives you credibility to show that you’re committed to providing solutions to your clients’ needs. The more you work on your website, the better your chances for business success.
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by Amanda Prischak on March 22, 2017
You typically come across these issues when you’re talking about business insurance. It’s easy to get them confused.
The key difference between a certificate of insurance and an additional insured comes down to whether you have coverage under someone else’s insurance policy. This only applies if you’re named as an additional insured on a policy.
What’s an additional insured?
When you’re named an additional insured on a policy, you are typically insured for covered claims arising from the Named Insured’s negligence (or your joint negligence) with regard to the premises, project and equipment that’s described in the additional insured endorsement. This commonly will include defense costs should you need to hire an attorney if the claim falls within the terms of the additional insured endorsement.
Businesses typically request to be named as an additional insured on a policy if another business’s negligence could affect them. Two examples could include:
- A general contractor hires a subcontractor to help with a project. The subcontractor does negligent work, which leads someone to get injured and file a lawsuit against both the general contractor and the subcontractor. By being named an additional insured on the subcontractor’s policy, the general contractor may obtain coverage under the subcontractor’s policy within the policy’s limits.
- A wholesaler-distributor distributes products manufactured by another company. A product injures someone, and the injured person files a lawsuit against the wholesaler-distributer and the manufacturer. By being named an additional insured on the manufacturer’s policy, the wholesaler-distributer may obtain coverage under the manufacturer’s policy within the policy’s limits.
A business is usually added as an additional insured via an endorsement to a business insurance policy. Many contracts spell out who should be named as an additional insured on a business’ policy.
There are two ways most policies treat additional insureds: on a specific basis and on a blanket basis. A specific basis is just that—a specific person or business is named as an additional insured on a policy.
Meanwhile, a blanket basis covers anyone who meets the definition of “additional insured” as it’s spelled out in the policy. The policy typically names broad types of parties like “contractors” or “landlords.”
What is a certificate of insurance?
A certificate of insurance is a document that shows that insurance coverage is in effect. It shows the dates of coverage, the limits, and the line of business that’s covered.
The certificate shows that a policy is in force—but that doesn’t mean the person or business requesting it is covered as well. As a certificate holder, you are only receiving proof that the insurance policy exists; the certificate of insurance is not an insurance policy and does not provide coverage or serve to amend or alter the terms of an insurance policy.
A certificate of insurance is usually requested by one party in an agreement, contract or transaction to make sure another party has the appropriate insurance coverage. A certificate of insurance does not entitle you to rights as an additional insured. For example, you aren’t provided any coverage under the other party’s policy in the event of a loss, unless the policy has been endorsed to provide coverage. For that reason, the best way to verify that you have been added to a policy as an additional insured is to request proof that the additional insured endorsement has been added to the insurance policy. If the policy has been endorsed with the additional insured form, the certificate will often include the form number and specific information about the endorsement that reflects what has been added to the policy. Proof may therefore be a certificate with this information listed or an actual copy of the declarations showing the endorsement.
As you can see, additional insureds and certificates of insurance can be pretty tricky. And not having the right information can put you (as well as your business) at financial risk. That’s why it’s so important to have an insurance professional like an Erie Insurance agent in your corner. An Erie Insurance agent in your community can help you make sense of these issues and more.
Why ERIE for Restaurants? Right Coverage, Right Price. Call us at (317) 420-2867 to discuss how we can help your business or visit us on line at Scott Lynch Agency.
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If you were ever a Boy Scout as a kid, you know how important it is to be prepared. Prepared for what? For anything that life throws at you. It’s true when you’re camping in the woods, and even more true when you’re running a business.
We really hope that your business is never affected by an earthquake , tornado, freak meteor from the sky or other natural disaster. But these things do happen, and an ounce of preparation before the unexpected can make picking up the pieces much easier.
- Back up your data early and often at an offsite location. An external hard drive won’t help you if it is damaged or destroyed in a storm. Consider offsite data storage or storage in the cloud.
- Make a comprehensive list of all of your equipment, furniture, and fixtures. It’s much easier to file your claim with a full list of your property. Pictures are even better!
- Have a disaster preparedness plan. Do your employees know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency? What if you have customers in house when disaster strikes? Click here for more information on creating a plan, and make sure to store it both on and offsite. It’s estimated that 40 percent of businesses never reopen after a natural disaster. With a little planning and some help from an Erie property insurance policy, you’ll be back on your feet before you know it. Call us to talk about how you can protect your business at (317) 420-2867 or visit us online at Scott Lynch Agency.
Being an auto service provider means you’re committed to providing your customers – and their cars – with reliable, quality service. With the Erie Insurance Custom Collection Auto Services Program you can count on ERIE and your agent to protect the business you’ve worked so hard to build. Contact me to learn more, (317) 420-2867. Or Visit us on line at Scott Lynch Agency
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