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Head Out To Into Open Waters Without Injury

Water sports, relaxing in the sun and splashing in the water are great ways to make memories with family and friends. Sea lovers must be careful near the marina and dock, though, to assure that their getaways are safe ones. If you are hitting the open waters this season, don’t forget these safety tips! Docking [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Marine|

7 Safety Tips for Bike Commuters

7 Safety Tips for Bike Commuters As the snow is melting and the weather begins to warm up, more commuters may consider biking to work. If you work in Downtown Buffalo, there are even a few main roads with designated bike lanes. Biking to work is not only a great source of exercise, but you [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Personal Insurance|

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law – Time to Get Ready

Starting in 2018 your employees will be eligible for paid family leave to care for family members under New York State’s new family leave law. The law is far-reaching - it applies to every (nongovernmental) employer in New York State with at least one employee. And, the law provides for very generous benefits; when the [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner|Tags: , , |

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule Overturn

On March 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law H.J. Res. 37, a bill that nullifies the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule. This rule, also known as the “blacklisting rule,” was staunchly opposed by federal contractors. Among other things, the rule required federal contractors to disclose previous labor law violations when [...]

2017 Open Enrollment Checklist

To prepare for open enrollment, group health plan sponsors should be aware of the legal changes affecting the design and administration of their plans for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Employers should review their plan documents to confirm that they include these required changes. In addition, any changes to a [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Employee Benefits Compliance Checklist for Small Employers

Federal law imposes numerous requirements on the group health coverage that employers provide to their employees. Many federal compliance laws apply to all group health plans, regardless of the size of the sponsoring employer. However, there are some compliance exceptions for group health coverage provided by small employers. For this purpose, a small employer [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner, Uncategorized|

Neglecting Your Boat – An Insurance Nightmare

This past week, an insurance horror story was published in regards to a Vermont boat owner. A brief synopsis: Insurers said they will not cover the loss of a boat owned by a Vermont man that sank off Rhode Island with his mother aboard. The man and his mother left on a fishing trip in [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Marine|

Preparing for Boat Season on WNY Living Buffalo

Peter Stevens, Vice President of Stevens Marine Agency a division of Vanner Insurance, was featured on WGRZ Channel 2 WNY Living hosted by Janet Snyder. Steven's discussed the importance of holding your insurance year round and how you can prepare right now for the upcoming boat season. Boating insurance policies are different across the industry. Not only is it [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Marine|

New Recommended Practices for Anti-retaliation Programs

In the wake of OSHA’s new electronic injury and illness reporting and anti-retaliation rules, the Department of Labor (DOL) recently released new recommended practices for anti-retaliation programs. The initial rule requires employers to electronically submit information from work related injury to OSHA. More importantly, the rule solidifies employee anti-retaliation protections for reporting work-related injuries and [...]

New Training Standards for Entry-level CMV Drivers HIGHLIGHTS The final rule requires entry-level CDL holders to meet new training standards. New training requirements also apply to certain CDL upgrades and endorsements. Affected individuals will need to obtain training from a qualified training provider. IMPORTANT DATES December 8, 2016 The final rule requiring entry-level driver training was published [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Business Insurance|