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Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin
6401 Odana Rd.
Madison, WI 53719                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATTN: Ron Von Haden
Phone (800) 261-7429

Homeowner Liability When Hiring Contractors Or Other Help

MADISON, Wisconsin (July 1, 2015)    Anyone you hire to help around your house, such as the neighbor boy who mows your lawn, a babysitter, a contractor or other outside services, opens you up to potential legal headaches.  If anyone is injured while performing work on your property, you may be financially liable for the person’s injuries and disabilities.

         “Many homeowners assume that their homeowners insurance policy will protect them If someone is injured on their property,” says Ron Von Haden, CIC, Executive Vice President of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (PIAW).  “That is not necessarily true. Contractors such as builders or landscapers should be covered by their own workers’ compensation, health or disability insurance.  However, if they do not have coverage, you could be held liable.  That’s why it’s important to thoroughly check out any contractor you have working on your property.”

            “Some homeowners policies may provide limited coverage for the minors that mow the lawn and even domestic workers like maids, nannies or cleaners.  If yours does not, it might be a good idea to purchase an umbrella liability policy to supplement your homeowners liability insurance.  Discuss your policy and your needs with your professional independent agent to determine whether or not you are adequately covered.”

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Professional Agents of Wisconsin Encourage Vets to Consider Insurance as a Career Opportunity

MADISON, Wis (November 3, 2014) – The Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (PIAW) realizes it can be difficult to find a job with our unsettled economy and urges veterans to consider the field of insurance as a rewarding career option. According to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) more than 125,000 people in Wisconsin are employed in the finance and insurance industry. “The average wage is $66,000, nearly 70% above the Wisconsin wage average, and incomes in the six figures are common,” said Ron Von Haden, CIC, Executive Vice President of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (PIAW).

“While most people think of insurance as primarily sales, there are so many more opportunities within the industry such as:

·         arson investigators

·         IT and applications engineers

·         mathematicians/accountants

·         marketing/social media pros

·         customer service representatives

·         civil engineers

·         automotive appraisers

·         and more

In addition, veterans who wish to become licensed professionals may be eligible to receive one initial license fee waiver through Wisconsin Act 209.

            “The PIAW website, (www.piaw.org) lists employment opportunities from our members. Simply click on the careers and resume button on the right hand side of the page,” explained Von Haden.

“Another key benefit to joining our industry that is that insurance professionals are valued members of the community … giving back to those who need it most. And, when disaster strikes, we help make things right and provide hope and compassion to the families who have been impacted.”

We are encouraging our members to hire our Veterans and so they can benefit from the quality of the employee they receive,” said Von Haden.

If you are interested in an insurance career, or would like more information, look for the PIAW logo or go to www.PIAW.org.

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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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Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin
6401 Odana Road | Madison, WI 53719
Phone: (608) 274-8188 | Toll Free (800) 261-7429
Fax: (608) 274-8195 | Toll Free (866) 203-7461