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    B IS FOR BEST: A GUIDE TO THE B CORP CONCEPT

B IS FOR BEST: A GUIDE TO THE B CORP CONCEPT

Socially responsible agencies and insurers take pride in achieving B Corporation status By Elisabeth Boone, CPCU  In today’s business world, the letter B is gaining recognition and acclaim, as increasing numbers of firms are striving to achieve Certified B Corporation™ status. The designation marks their wholehearted commitment to environmental and social responsibility and to the well-being of employees and customers. Among these firms—more than 1,800 exist and the number is

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    SIX TIPS FOR MANAGING THE NEW OVERTIME EXEMPTION RULE

SIX TIPS FOR MANAGING THE NEW OVERTIME EXEMPTION RULE

Prepare your agency for the new policies that roll out in December It could have been much worse for employers. The final overtime exemption changes are more employer-friendly than initially proposed. The compensation threshold amount is smaller, employers can use a portion of an employee’s nondiscretionary bonuses in determining the total compensation threshold, the time to implement the changes is longer, and the “duties” tests under the FLSA were not

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    YOUR 212° MENTALITY

YOUR 212° MENTALITY

The extra degree will change your life  As you read this article, keep the following numbers in mind: Below 32 degrees, water is solid. Above 32 degrees, water is liquid. At 212 degrees, water turns into steam; and Steam powers machines that enhance productivity. Change in your life is dependent upon the level of heat you choose to apply. In the book 212°, the Extra Degree, Sam Parker and Mac

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    Is your business a well-oiled machine?

Is your business a well-oiled machine?

Like routine car maintenance, don’t put off making any plans, decisions or changes to your agency Many people do not stay on top of their car maintenance schedule. They put off getting their oil changed regularly, do not pay attention to the level of transmission fluids, fix a dent, or are reluctant to take the time to change the headlight that burned out last month. The rationale is often: “If

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    Is it Time to Update Your Agency?

Is it Time to Update Your Agency?

Keep all agency systems and processes current On a regular basis my smartphone, desktop, laptop and iPad all check for updates automatically. These system improvements are designed to optimize operational efficiency and performance, and in many cases enhance security. (Not surprisingly, the app updates never seem to stop—I had 24 pending on my iPhone just this morning!) What strikes me is that the majority of independent agencies are probably past

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