Entries by Carol LaCombe

Tips for Workers’ Compensation Policyholders During COVID-19

Presented by: Acadia Insurance The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many businesses to adjust or reduce their operations.  Workers may have transitioned to working from home, having reduced hours, have been furloughed – some with or without pay, or have been laid off. With this upheaval, it is important to maintain accurate payroll records to ensure […]

Stop Leaks Before It’s Too Late

Fire might be a homeowner’s greatest fear, but some insurance company will tell you that water is the far more common cause of property damage, even if you don’t live in an area subject to flooding. And it can come from many sources: A failing water heater, a burst pipe, a broken supply line under your […]

Tips to Avoid Finacial Stress

Whether you worry about contracting COVID-19 or not, chances are you share in the financial stress felt by millions during the last few months. There are steps you can take today to help put some of your fears to rest. But first, a look at why controlling stress is important. Tips to manage stress In the […]

5 Summer Wellness Tips

Summer is an exciting time of the year that is typically filled with cookouts, outdoor activities, and other events.  To promote a happy, healthy summer, try following these five wellness tips: Drink plenty of water.  Dehydration in the summer months can make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.  To avoid symptoms of dehydration […]

Workers Compensation and COVID-19 Related Furlough Payments:

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance recently approved a new classification that will exempt COVID 19 related furlough payments to employees from Workers Compensation payroll. This means that furlough payments will not count as payroll when used to determine Workers Compensation premium. There are some very specific qualifiers for this program: The insurance carrier needs to […]

Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and the various measures designed to contain its’ spread has had an unprecedented impact on the business community.  Many businesses, such as those in the hospitality sector, have had to cease or drastically curtail operations with uncertain prospects for a restart.  Not-for-profit organizations are seeing fewer donations at a time when many […]

Time For Spring Home Maintenance?

    You may want to start with simple spring cleaning tasks: Change and/or service your furnace filters, HVAC, smoke and CO detector batteries Deep-clean your oven, dishwasher, coffee maker and outdoor grill, as well as drapes, upholstery, cabinets, floors, vents and baseboards Clean your mudroom, garage and outbuildings, and, in the process, inventory items […]

Simple Ways to Improve Your Health

  Get Active: Did you know that exercising regularly could help you fight off chronic conditions and diseases? Exercise can help control your blood pressure, blood sugar and weight, raise your “good” cholesterol, and prevent diseases such as colorectal cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. If you’re ready to get active, keep the following […]

Financial Moves to Consider During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  The COVID-19 outbreak has spurred an economic crisis as well as a health-related one. Millions of Americans are now unemployed, frightened, and wondering how they’ll pay their bills in the coming weeks or months. And while it’s a scary time to be living through, there are a few moves you can make to protect […]

HR Compliance Bulletin: IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave

Small and midsize employers may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 20, 2020. This relief is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act), […]