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Independent Contractors

  Does your business use “independent contractors”? If so, are you in compliance with Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law (MICL)? (M.G.L. c. 149, §148B) Established in 1990, the law initially focused on the construction industry; however, changes in 2004 created a very strict “three prong test”, which expanded implications to many other types of businesses. As a result, many businesses that have used “independent contractors” can no longer classify these workers as such. Three Prong Test In order ...

home water damage

Water damage is among the most common reasons for making a property damage claim. Home, condominium, renter insurance and commercial property policies cover a variety of types of property damage caused by water. However, not every instance of water damage is covered by insurance. Damage being covered by a policy can depend on the cause of water damage and the type of policy you have, and whether or not you’ve purchased optional coverages. Water damage causes Causes of water damage can be ...

There's a difference between an insurance company canceling a policy and choosing not to renew it. Learn why your insurance might not be renewed. Auto insurance cancellation Insurance companies cannot cancel a policy that has been in force for more than 60 days except when: You fail to pay the premium You have committed fraud or made serious misrepresentations on your application Your drivers license has been revoked or suspended. Auto insurance non-renewal Either you or your insurance ...

New England winters are known for their unpredictability. Keeping your business operations running smoothly and safely this winter is dependent on being prepared for whatever winter weather might bring. Below are a few of the steps you can take to address the most common problems that cause property damage in winter. Cold air in enclosed spaces Visually inspect concealed spaces for gaps in wall materials; water pipes in these areas can freeze if unprotected Keep these spaces ...

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) offers small business owners free, user-friendly resources that can help assure their business continuity, along with checklists to help them protect their business investments and property when bad or severe weather threatens. “No matter where in America they are located, small businesses face a significant risk from severe weather events. The good news is with some basic, thoughtful planning, these risks can be managed, reduced and often ...

Managing and growing a successful startup takes vision, passion—and the right type and amount of business insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).  “Starting and maintaining a new business can be costly, but the last place business owners should cut corners is insurance,” said Loretta Worters, a vice president with the I.I.I. “Proper business insurance coverage can be critical to—and is often a requirement for—a startup’s success." Understanding the factors used by insurance companies to price a business ...

  Workers' compensation policies issued to Sole Proprietors and Partnerships do not provide coverage for the individual sole proprietor or partner(s) unless they elect coverage for themselves. This can leave a gap in workers’ compensation coverage as shown below:      What does this mean to you?  Sole Proprietors & Partner(s) – Make sure you have elected the proper coverage as most companies already expect that you have it in place. You have bills to pay and could be injured ...

The Internet has changed the way most of us do business and has increased liability exposures. If any of the items listed below apply to your business, you most likely have Cyber Liability exposures. you communicate by email you provide information or services through a website you conduct e-commerce you store and use customer information electronically why be concerned? While there are many publicized hacking attacks against large companies reported in the news, smaller companies face ...

It may sound like a dance craze from the 1950s, but a BOP—a Business Owners Policy—can protect your small business against today’s most common risks. Fire, burglary, liability and business interruption losses are all covered under a BOP. Since a BOP is prepackaged, there is only one policy to review and it can be more cost effective than purchasing separate policies. Additional coverage can be added in the form of endorsements or riders. Since a BOP ...

Four out of 10 small businesses are likely to experience a property or general liability claim in the next 10 years, according to an analysis of The Hartford’s small business claims. Topping the list for the most common claim is burglary and theft, however, the most costly claim for a small business is reputational harm1, which includes libel, slander and violation of privacy. “An unexpected event happens more often than many small business owners realize,” ...

 

The information provided in these articles are only general descriptions and should not be relied upon as complete, correct or accurate for your specific situation. All coverage informaiton is subject to policy provisions, endorsements and may be  subject to your meeting underwriting qualifications. Murphy Insurance Agency is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other noninsurance professional services. Consult an appropriate professional for advice regarding your own situation.