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The Importance of Developing a Safety Culture

02/17/15

By: Antonio Arzate, Consultant – Loss Control Services

Is the safety of your employees important to you? Is the safety of your employees important to their spouse, children, and family? I hope that the answer to the last two questions is an emphatic yes!

ACA Employee Mandate Here to Stay

02/04/15

By: Jennifer Black, Risk Advisor – Employee Benefits

For many businesses, 2015 has brought back the Affordable Care Act employer mandate that was delayed in 2013. Now that we know the employer mandate is not going away, what does a business owner need to know in order to be compliant?

Product Recall Insurance Park of Product Risk Planning

12/20/14

By: Julie Davis, CIC, Risk Advisor – Property & Casualty

E-Verify: Not Time to Panic…Yet

12/10/14

IBTX strives to keep our clients abreast of major changes that may affect their businesses. Some of you may have received an advertisement (cleverly disguised as a fact) that states all Texas employers are now required to begin using E-Verify for all employees. I have to admit, it looks real, but I can assure you that this is NOT the case.

Governor Rick Perry has signed an Executive Order which makes it mandatory for STATE AGENCIES to begin using E-Verify. Private employers still have a choice whether or not to begin using the system.

OSHA Revised Reporting Rule for Worker Injuries

12/03/14

IBTX strives to keep our clients abreast of major changes that may affect their businesses. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.

Under the revised severe injury rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within 8 hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours.

The Final Countdown, Complying with ACA Mandates

11/09/14

As we countdown to the end of 2014, the Obama administration has not yet revealed if there will be any delays to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for employers with 100+ employees. Currently, all the medical insurance carriers in Texas are jockeying for the uninsured businesses with baited breath. Although they may have solutions, the cost may be more than some construction employers will be able to absorb and still remain competitive.

Helping New Managers and Supervisors Succeed

11/07/14

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly – Proverb.

The Major Impact of Proposed EMR Changes

10/20/14

Everyone who is involved with Workers Compensation Insurance is very familiar with the Experience Modification Rate (EMR). This article is to advise you about some possible changes that will be made to the EMRs, and how these changes could financially impact your company. For those of you in the construction industry it may even impact your ability to bid on new work.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Updates

06/01/14

By: Cindy Brenke, Risk Advisor – Employee Benefits

As the 2014 implementation of the Affordable Care Act is upon us in full force, how familiar are you with some of the recent changes to the legislation?

Our goal at IBTX is not only to keep our employers and employees informed of these changes but also to educate. Below are some of the recent changes for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Federal Government Announces another Delay for Employee Mandate

03/10/14

On Feb. 10, 2014, the Treasury Department, in regulations outlining the Affordable Care Act, announced another delay to the employer health care mandate. Companies employing between 50 and 99 full-time workers will now have to comply with the mandate to offer employees affordable health insurance in 2016, a delay of an additional year.

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