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Dina Marinaro Named President of The Surety Association of Syracuse

On January 12, 2018, our Bonding and Surety Account Manager, Dina Marinaro, was named President of The Surety Association of Syracuse. As the president, she will now oversee all functions of the board as well as the quality of information, compliance changes, and updates. She will also oversee events throughout the year including their annual trip to Washington for [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Kristin Devereaux Discusses Paid Family Leave

On January 8, our Benefits Manager went on WNY Living to discuss what the new laws mean for business in our area. For a better understanding of what PFL means for employers and employees make sure to check out these segments. Devereaux takes a deep dive into the changed regulations and answers the most [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|Categories: Vanner Benefits|

Help Yourself Before Filing A Claim

Accidents and natural disasters can strike without warning, causing costly damage to your home, vehicles and personal belongings. When this happens, you will have to file an insurance claim in order for your policy to kick in and recoup your losses.

By | January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Claims, Health Care, Home Owners, Insurance, Personal Insurance|Tags: , , , |

How the New HR1 Tax Bill Will Affect You

The Senate has now passed its version of a revamp to the tax code (H.R. 1).  The legislation makes significant changes to many provisions of the code, including dramatic changes to corporate and individual taxation. The bill now goes on to a conference committee to reconcile differences with the bill passed by the House of [...]

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner|Tags: , |

Statement of Rights for Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave is employee funded insurance that provides job-protected, paid time off to: Bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child; Care for a family member with a serious health condition; Assist loved ones when a family member is called to active military service abroad. Eligibility: Employees with a regular work schedule of [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner|

Important Compliance Update: OSHA Delays Electronic Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic reporting rule requires certain establishments to report information electronically from their OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301. Under the rule, the first electronic reports were due on July 1, 2017. However, on Nov. 24, 2017, OSHA issued a new final rule officially delaying the first electronic reporting [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Business Insurance|Tags: , , |

The Most Common Construction Fraud

Fraud of all kinds is prevalent across every type of construction project. While cases of construction companies defrauding their clients are the most reported, it is the companies themselves that often lose money to fraud perpetrated by employees, contractors, and partners. To protect themselves, businesses should be aware of the following most common fraud schemes: [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: Construction|

New Proposed ACA Regulations

Proposed regulations will transfer control over key decisions from the federal government to individual states and insurance companies. The proposed regulations do not, directly, make significant changes to the health insurance coverages offered under ACA. However, they set the stage for such changes to occur in coming years.

Important Notice: Your Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare

Please read this notice carefully and keep it where you can find it.  This notice has information about your current prescription drug coverage with [Insert Name of Entity] and about your options under Medicare’s prescription drug coverage.  This information can help you decide whether or not you want to join a Medicare drug plan. Information [...]

By | October 9th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner|Tags: , |

Look Out For These Scams When Improving Your Home

Remodels and other home improvements are an important part of being a property owner. When done correctly, these projects can add value to a home and make it more attractive to future buyers. Unfortunately, hiring a contractor to complete home improvement projects is not always simple. The average homeowner is often unaware of the average [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Construction, Personal Insurance|