New England Insurance Agent Blog

Focus on Workers Comp: Are your MA insureds still paying medical-only claims?

Insured payment of medical-only claims developed in the 1990s as an informal “under the radar” practice between insureds and insurers. It began when the rates in Massachusetts were 65 percent higher than they are today. This experience modification reduction technique required – and would still require – the tacit participation of insurers. However, most insurers in MA are no longer willing to support this practice. As a result, agents need to make sure that their insureds are no longer handling small claims in this manner.

The Uber Chronicles: Who is an Employee?

We have been following the employment status of workers in the Gig economy. From FedEx to Uber and Lyft, innovative companies are challenging conventional concepts of employment. By defining their workers as independent contractors, these companies avoid roughly 35 percent of added costs for unemployment insurance, workers comp coverage, Fair Labor Law standards (minimum wage), along with retirement and health benefits. In terms of the cost of doing business, this is a big deal.

Workers comp: Fraud Through the Roof

In the annals of workers comp fraud, the class code of roofers often provides the headlines. It's not difficult to figure out why: the roofing class code in MA (5545) carries a whopping rate of $37.05 per $100 of payroll. That's over a third of a company's payroll, assuming that their experience mod is below 1.0. If the mod drifts upwards, they could easily owe 50% of their payroll for this mandatory coverage. (That being said, the pool rate for roofers in CT is $60.24 per $100 of payroll!)

Renaissance Alliance wins award for Market Innovation

We were honored, pleased and appreciative to be recognized with the Market Innovation award by the Professional Insurance Agents of CT Young Insurance Professionals (PIACT-YIP). The award was presented last week at the 3rd Annual PIACT-YIP's Golden Gala Awards Night at Anthony’s Ocean View, in New Haven. Nearly 100 industry professionals participated in the event.

Cyber security, crime prevention & Halloween: October events for your agency's social media themes

The leaves are turning, the apple pies are baking, and many little ghosts and goblins are preparing to scare you on Halloween. October is a good time to remind your clients to prep cars and homes for the impending winter weather. There are a number of national observances that you can connect with in your agency social media: Talk about ID theft prevention and cyber insurance for Cyber Security month, offer tips for preventing crime and fires, and plan promos around the Great NorthEast ShakeOut earthquake prep drill on October 20. Plus, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Finally, pre-Halloween, it’s a good time to remind folks about potential goblin safety and liability issues!  

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