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March 15, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST Dispelling the "Absolute Pollution Exclusion" Myth is the goal of this webinar. To that end, let's answer one question using two situations. Are these claims excluded by the CGL's "absolute pollution exclusion"? • A customer slips and falls in a grocery store after a bottle of Clorox falls off the shelf, breaks open, and puddles in the middle of the aisle. • An HVAC contractor improperly seals a pipe allowing oil to leak, filling a basement with heating oil. Carriers that believe the CGL's "absolute pollution exclusion" – the "APE" – is, in fact, absolute may try to apply the big APE to these...
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You may have heard about the Agents Council for Technology, but do you really know how it can help you with your agency's technology issues? Find out Tuesday, January 17 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. EST (just 30 minutes!) What Every Big" I Agent Should KNow About ACT Technology is moving at the speed of light resulting in many new challenges as well as opportunities. Thankfully the Agents Council for Technology has all the right tools to keep you and your agency well ahead of the curve. On this brief 30 minute webinar you will learn various ways ACT is working for you! From the customer experience, eSignature, the changing nature of risk and security issues –...
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Remote workers are becoming more common in the insurance industry. Innovations in digital communications have prompted widespread use of highly trained experts who, under traditional, on-premises work regimes, would be unavailable outside specific geographic boundaries. Employing remote staff enables an agency to extensively expand its access to talent. These innovations also give employers the opportunity to offer flexible work arrangements—a major factor in attracting and retaining top talent. Combined with collaborative software, secure and remote connectivity permits out-of-office and extra-regional employees to interface as if they are in the...
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With the fresh update to the MIX website, MAIA added a Buy/Sell/Merge classified page. There is no charge to MAIA members. Non-members pay $300 per ad/per month. Submit your ads to Jen Burnett at jburnett@michagent.org.
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Did you know that in just the first four months of 2016, GEICO spent $456 million dollars - a 6.2% increase over 2015. Four Hundred Fifty Six million dollars….that’s a lot of money. How can your independent agent agency compete with that? One way is to utilize your company co-op advertising dollars. Another way is to utilize the Trusted Choice logo in conjunction with your agency’s logo on all of your advertising and promotional pieces. How can that help your agency, you ask? Through localized search engine optimization (local SEO) we are increasing web traffic to the MAIA member directory on TrustedChoice.com. ALL MAIA members are listed...
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Lawsuit seeks reversal of burdensome Department of Labor overtime regulation. The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 12 other national trade associations in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Labor (DOL) to halt its recently promulgated overtime rule. A coalition of 21 states also filed a separate challenge to the rule. “This misguided overtime rule will negatively impact independent insurance agencies and their employees,” says Bob Rusbuldt Big “I” president and CEO. “The Big ‘I’ believes the lawsuit...
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By Bill Wilson Let's face it, even the best and brightest of us sometimes do dumb things and often it's with good intentions to help a customer. But the cold, hard E&O reality of undertaking noninsurance tasks for customers can be dangerous. Read more ...
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InsurBanc recently produced an informational webinar on agency acquisition and perpetuation. In case you missed it, you still have the opportunity to learn valuable information. In this webinar, InsurBanc's President and CEO, David Tralka, shares insight into the current M&A market. Dave discusses the key considerations of financially planning and preparing for succession, tools to maximize agency value and ways to access capital for growth. Check out the webinar here . If you are interested in learning more, contact InsurBanc at 1-866-467-2262.
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In its ongoing efforts to advocate on behalf of small businesses, the Big “I” submitted written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee, outlining the association’s concerns with the new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule which could burden many agencies and their small business clients. Read more ...
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InVEST, a school-to-work insurance program, teams with high school and college educators to provide a useful insurance curriculum for students. InVEST's mission is to improve insurance literacy in students and attract new talent to the industry. With the help of InVEST liaisons (insurance professionals), students have the opportunity to participate in job shadow days, internships or even careers after graduating from InVEST. You can support InVEST® with a few clicks of your mouse. Just head to the Work at Home Vintage Experts ( WAHVE ) Facebook page and share its content. For every share, WAHVE will donate $2 to the InVEST program, supporting its efforts...
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