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Stiff fines for not completing a workers compensation audit will take effect on 1-1-17.  All Wisconsin Workers Comp policies, new and renewal, will be subject to a fine of 2 times the annual premium for failure to complete an audit as requested.  See the WCRB letter for more details.

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PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Ronald Von Haden, CIC
Executive Vice President
Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin, Inc.
6401 Odana Road Madison, WI 53719
800-261-7429

DATE: August 8, 2016
RELEASE DATE: Immediate

MADISON, WI
The 67th Annual Convention of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin, Inc. was held August 3-5, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel & Casino in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Elected to serve as officers for the 2016-2017 term were:
• President: Brian MacGillis, CPIA of MacGillis Agency, Inc., Fredonia, WI
• Vice President: Jodi Cordes, CIC, CRM of A.F. Glass Insurance Center, Lake Geneva, WI
• Treasurer: Matt Cranney, CIC, CRM of M3 Insurance Solutions, Madison, WI
• Secretary: Sean Paterson, CIC of Allied Insurance Centers, Inc., Brookfield, WI

Elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors were:
• Tom Budzisz, of BWO Insurance Group, Oak Creek, WI
• Jodi Cordes, CIC, CRM of A.F. Glass Insurance Center, Lake Geneva, WI
• Matt Cranney, CIC, CRM of M3 Insurance Solutions, Madison, WI
• Julie Ulset, CPIA of Grams Insurance Agency, LLC, Edgerton, WI

The Professional Agent of the Year Award was presented to:
• Ryan Von Haden, CIC, AIS of TRICOR, Inc., Madison, WI

The Company Representative of the Year Award was presented to:
• Michael Ottman, CIC, from Partners Mutual Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI

The Stony Steinbach Achievement Award was presented to:
• Ryan Von Haden, CIC, AIS of TRICOR, Inc., Madison , WI

The Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin, Inc. is a trade association representing over 600 independent insurance agencies in Wisconsin and over 3,500 agents and employees.

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Creating a Home Inventory List

A service of  XXXXXXX Insurance Agency and the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin

Homeowners and renters alike benefit from keeping an up-to-date list of their property’s inventory. Insureds should create and then periodically update such a list to protect themselves in the event of a loss. Having an updated inventory list is essential to ensuring that you carry a sufficient amount of homeowners’ or renters’ insurance coverage. It can also make a difference in how efficiently your claim is processed in the event of a loss.

One factor that varies widely by policy is how much of what an insured currently owns will be reimbursed. If you aren’t sure what your policy covers, contact your insurance agent. Additionally, the property of college students living outside their parents’ home in off-campus housing is often not covered on a homeowners’ policy, so consumers should consult with their agents about whether they need renters’ insurance to cover their collegiate children’s belongings.

Some essential items to include in a home inventory are electronics, like computers, laptops, tablets, e-readers, smartphones, and televisions; clothing and accessories; housewares and other home appliances, including kitchen appliances and sporting and other hobby-related equipment; and other valuables (jewelry, art work, collectibles, etc.), some of which may require an addition (known as a “rider” or “floater”) to a standard policy. A home inventory list is also a good way to keep a record of important documents, including birth certificates, passports, social security cards, etc.  Keep track of account numbers and any other information you may need in the event of an emergency.

Many technology-based resources now exist to ease the burden of this vital task. Thanks to smartphones, it’s easier than ever to narrate a video and/or take still photos of the interior of your home to accompany your inventory list. Once the list has been created, it should be updated regularly, and updating it should take less time than creating it did. Here are a few of the resources that exist to help you create a home inventory of your own:
 
National  Association  of  Insurance  Commissioners  (NAIC)’s app – This free smartphone app is available for Android and iPhone devices and enables consumers to make lists of their valuables, update said lists, and provide easy access to lists after a disaster. Using the app, consumers can store photographs/videos, descriptions, bar codes, and serial numbers of their valuables,  and all the information can be organized by room. For people who don’t use smartphones, the NAIC also offers a downloadable checklist that can be used to create a home inventory list. Both can be found at http://home.insureuonline.org.

Insurance Information Institute’s (III) Inventory app – This free smartphone app is available for Android and iPhone devices and enables consumers to add rooms, items, and photos or videos. It also synchronizes with Web-based software and can therefore be used anywhere via smartphone or computer. For people who don’t use smartphones, the III also offers a printable list, which is sorted by room and is a good way to start thinking about what needs to be inventoried, whether you use this list alone or in conjunction with one of the many available home inventory apps. The printable list can be found at http://www.knowyourstuff.org.

XXXXXX Insurance Agency is a member of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin

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Reasons to Hire a Veteran

  • Accelerated learning curve
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Diversity and inclusion in action
  • Performance under pressure
  • Respect for procedures
  • Technology and globalization
  • Integrity
  • Conscious of health and safety standards
  • Triumph over adversity

Business Symposiums and Job Fairs
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs hosts regular business symposiums and job fairs to connect employers with veterans.

You can find schedules here:
www.dva.state.wi.us www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/jobfairs

You can post jobs at these websites:

 

Veterans Contact Info
Wisconsin Office of Veterans Employment Services www.dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans
DVET Alvin Joyner joyner.alvin.l@dol.gov
VPA Bonnie Briggs briggs.bonnie@dol.gov

Programs for Employers

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (Federal)
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal income tax credit that provides an incentive for private for profit employers to hire individuals of certain target groups, which have traditionally faced significant barriers to employment.

Employers can save up to $2,400 per new hire. For the Long-Term Family Assistance recipients, the employer can save up to $9,000 per new hire, over a two year time period. www.doleta.gov/business/incentives/opptax

Veteran Employment Grant Program
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) offer the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Grant Program to encourage Wisconsin employers to hire and retain eligible veterans.

Employers can receive up to $10,000 in funding over four years when they hire a qualifying veteran full-time and up to $5,000 for part-time. www.dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans/emp_grant.htm

Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Wavier Program
Wisconsin Act 209 created a program whereby the Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) establishes and maintains a program under which 13 State Agencies will grant fee waivers to qualified veterans when issuing initial professional and occupational licenses. Several insurance-related positions are eligible for this program. www.dva.state.wi.us/Ben-feewaiver.asp

This information is provided as a guideline only by the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin.

 

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