New England Insurance Agent Blog

Overtime rules scheduled for Dec. 1 suspended

Human Resource directors everywhere were braced for a major change in overtime rules that would have affected millions of workers nationwide by increasing the pay threshold to qualify for overtime from $23,660 to $47,476. The change was scheduled to go in effect on December 1, but in an eleventh hour reprieve for employers, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction.

There is a "Watson" in your insurance agency's future

If you're in the insurance agency business, you no doubt know the name of George Nordhaus, an industry veteran who has logged more than 40 years in various roles. Today, like clockwork, George produces The Monday Morning Webinar to kick off a fresh week. It's the only free mini-webinar of its kind in the insurance industry. Recently, president of Renaissance Alliance Bruce Cochrane was featured on the Monday Morning discussing the basics of Artificial Intelligence.

Survey says: Growth fell in Q3 but agents are optimistic about 2017


Agent-broker organic revenue continued to fall in the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest Organic Growth and Profitability Survey from Reagan Consulting but, despite this, another report indicates that most independent agents are planning "moderate to aggressive" growth over the next five year and have an optimistic outlook for the coming year.  Julia Ybarra looks at both reports in Agency Checklists. Here's a summary and links for both.


Thanksgiving, small business, recycling & more: agency social media themes for November

Here’s a simple reason to reach out to your clients this month: thank them! December gets chaotic, but Thanksgiving is generally a family time – and a good time to remind your customers they are appreciated. November’s also a good time to offer winter maintenance tips for car and home and to remind people to get flu shots. It's also a good time of year to offer tips on preventing ID-theft when shopping online and in stores. Remind commercial and personal clients alike to begin preparation for end-of-year/new year financial planning and insurance policy coverage reviews. Plus, think locally - build up to Small Business Saturday at the end of the month by celebrating neighboring businesses. We’ve collected a list of key dates and links to resources that could be helpful to start a dialogue about insurance coverage on social media.

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