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Best Practices Holiday Parties

In the next two to three weeks, most companies will be holding their company holiday parties, and with that will come a lot of risk. Without the appropriate precautionary measures, legal consequences can quickly dampen the festive nature of these company-sponsored events. With the growth of social media, that last thing you want is a picture of yourself dancing on the table posted on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Also, almost 40 percent of all holiday traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Here are a few thoughts as you start planning for your company event.

Whether your business is large or small, we have the products to meet your needs. Every business and industry is unique. As business owners ourselves, we understand the special protection businesses need to prosper.

Do Some Pre Planning

  • Make it clear that employees are not required to attend as a condition of their employment.
  • Remind employees of your harassment policy.
  • Remind employees that the company policies apply to events outside of the normal work hours.
  • Don’t have gift exchanges, they never work. If you must, gifts should be business and family appropriate.

Reduce Your Risk By

  • Do not conduct business at the company party.
  • Do ever have an open bar, always use a restaurant or licensed bar tender.
  • Provide alternative transportation options.
  • Offer food and alternatives to alcohol.
  • Card everyone who attends.
  • You can limit drinks by using a vouchers or ticket systems.
  • Do not hang mistletoe, ever.
  • Invite spouses and even other family members.

We are ready to help you better understand your risks. Please call our office today. We are locally owned and operated out of Overland Park, Kansas and are strongly represented in all areas of the Kansas City metropolitan area including not only Kansas City, but also Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa & Shawnee.  We primarily write business in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas but are licensed in the entire State. We primarily write business in Jackson, Cass and Platt County in Missouri but again are licensed in the entire State to write business.

Our business success depends on how effectively we serve our customers. As a designated Trusted Choice agency, we are dedicated to providing the best service in the industry. Experience the difference by giving us a call today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to assist you in any way possible.

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We are licensed in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

 

 

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The holiday season is filled with fun, parties, food, gifts, overeating and unfortunately some risk. One of the fasted growing risks for many people are stolen packages by porch pirates. According to proopertycasualtiy360, over 26 million packages are stolen during the holiday season. Need more bad news?

Your homeowners or renter’s insurance generally may not cover this loss as it tends to be under your deductible. There could be coverage if you have personal property off premises insurance. Also for theft coverage to apply generally, you need proof of loss by a broker indoor, etc.

Call our office for a review of your homeowner’s insurance, as each policy is unique to your circumstances.

Things To Do

  • Delivery confirmation is a good way to prove the package was delivered.
  • Thieves will follow delivery trucks, waiting for the perfect target.
  • These thieves commonly strike during working hours as many homes are empty at that time.
  • You can insure your packages.
  • Consider having a person there when the delivery is scheduled.
  • Install a security camera.

High Tech Solutions

There are a few high tech solutions to consider.

  • Landport or BoxLock provides a delivery box on your porch that has an electronic lock.
  • Amazon Key, which has a fairly simple premise: When a delivery arrives at your house, and you’re not home, the courier scans a barcode that sends a request to Amazon’s cloud. If it’s approved Amazon remotely unlocks your door and starts recording video through the online retailer’s Cloud Cam.
  • Install a front door camera. Many shippers will not replace the item with this kind of device.

What To Do If A Package Is Stolen

  • Track your package. Check the delivery confirmation and tracking number.
  • Make sure a neighbor did not pick it up for you.
  • Contact the seller. Different retailers have different policies and processes for handling stolen items, but usually, you are entitled to a refund or a replacement item.
  • File a claim with the shipping company.
  • Check your Credit Cards for Purchase Protection.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Brad Runnebaum and Jeff Hartman established PlatinumOne Insurance Agency in 2008. We have established relationships with some of the top carriers in the industry including Travelers, Allied, Kemper, Encompass, Progressive and many others.

 

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Holiday Risks identified

Personal Insurance Update

Did you get an ugly tie or sweater last year for Christmas?  If this Christmas is a repeat of last year, the good news is that you can probably exchange the gift for something you can actually use.  However, many other ugly things can happen during the holidays that you may not be able to take back.  While the holiday season is a great time to celebrate with family and friends, it can also lead to fire, theft, and losses that will dampen your holiday spirit.

Now would be a good time to have us review your personal insurance to make sure you understand your coverage and provide optional coverage for you to consider.

Typical Holiday Mishaps

House fires – Due to increased use of electrical cords, home fires rise during November and December.  Make sure you use only UL approved appliance and electrical cords. Do not over-use outlets to the string inside or outside lights.  If you have a natural tree, keep it watered. Invest in a fire extinguisher, and keep it in the kitchen.  The median cost of fire damage due to candles and fireplace claims can be around $9,000.

Theft –Criminals love the holiday season because they know you may have expensive items in your home. Keep your doors locked. Do not place gifts next to windows. It is not necessary to post all your holiday purchases on social media.  Criminals love to “like” your posts, and then steal your gifts.

Use of alcohol – Resist the pressure to drink or serve alcohol at every social event.  Designate a driver before the party begins.  Offer non-alcoholic beverages at your party.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Brad Runnebaum and Jeff Hartman established PlatinumOne Insurance Agency in 2008. We have established relationships with some of the top carriers in the industry including Travelers, Allied, Kemper, Encompass, Progressive and many others.

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#MeToo And Employment Liability

A Business Insurance Update

When people work together, there is going to be both appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. The #MeToo movement has impacted Hollywood, Fox News, The NFL, and many other high profile companies. This has opened up an overdue discussion on sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The Basis of Harassment Claims

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or religion. Employees know their rights, and it is time for all employers to be more informed about how to protect their companies. There are many reasons why you need to make Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) part of your commercial insurance program.

Insurance Option

An EPLI policy covers claims made against directors, officers, employees, the company, and its subsidiaries. The policy can cover a long list of claims including wrongful dismissal/termination, sexual/racial/disability harassment, sexual/racial/disability/religious discrimination, employment-related libel, slander, defamation and invasion of privacy, wrongful failure to employ or promote, and retaliation.

We can design a specialized coverage according to your needs. We are also proactive in identifying any factors that may increase your premiums or change your risk, and provide consulting and risk management options to protect your business. We are ready to help you better understand your risks. Please call our office today.

We are ready to help you better understand your risks. Please call our office today. We are locally owned and operated out of Overland Park, Kansas and are strongly represented in all areas of the Kansas City metropolitan area including not only Kansas City, but also Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa & Shawnee.  We primarily write business in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas but are licensed in the entire State. We primarily write business in Jackson, Cass and Platt County in Missouri but again are licensed in the entire State to write business.

 

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Personal Umbrella Insurance

You’ve worked hard to earn your lifestyle. Consider adding additional liability protection to your Auto, Home, Renters or Condo policy. Personal Umbrella Liability coverage added to your other policies can protect you, your spouse and any relatives living in your home.

Umbrella Insurance Protection

Umbrella Insurance provides extra protection or limits above the liability insurance you currently have. Just as an umbrella protects you from heavy rain, an umbrella insurance policy protects you from losing the entirety of your wealth and assets in the event of a claim. Umbrella insurance can provide limits above your business insurance, personal auto and home policies.

Umbrella insurance provides broad insurance beyond traditional insurance. It provides additional liability coverage above the limits of your primary insurance policies. It can also provide coverage for claims that may be excluded by the primary policies

It is true that personal umbrella insurance may not be for business or individual, but if you are a business, wanting to protect your company’s resources, building financial resources for your future, are a professional, own your home, boat or recreation vehicle, you should consider an umbrella insurance policy.  Having the added protection of an umbrella insurance policy is coverage no one should go without. Call us today, for a free review.

High Net Worth Individuals

Do you own a boat, second home or have other expensive toys? Often high net worth individuals need higher liability limits to protect personal assets. A simple rule is, the more you own the greater risk you may have of losing it. The nice thing about an umbrella policy is that it is competitively priced. Usually, it costs about $300 per year for each $1,000,000 increment of insurance that you buy, and it can bring you great piece of mind.

Remember to call our office today. We will work hard for you. It is important to note that not all homeowner’s policies are created equal, and what one company offers may not be the same as another company. Also keep in mind, if you bought your policy online, who really knows what coverage you have?

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Brad Runnebaum and Jeff Hartman established PlatinumOne Insurance Agency in 2008. We have established relationships with some of the top carriers in the industry including Travelers, Allied, Kemper, Encompass, Progressive and many others.

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Save Money on Your Auto Insurance

We are always searching for ways to help our clients save money on their auto insurance. Saving money on auto insurance is a relatively quick way to lower the cost of operating your car, and can be accomplished with a quick phone call to PlatinumOne Insurance. There are many ways to lower your insurance costs without eliminating needed coverage. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Use an independent agent to provide a quote. PlatinumOne Insurance is independent and has access to many markets that provide competitive premiums.
  • Multi-vehicle discount (if you have more than one vehicle on the policy).
  • You can receive discounts if you combine your home and auto with the same carrier.
  • Good student discount.
  • Good driver discounts.
  • Consider raising your collision and comprehensive deductibles if your vehicles are older.
  • Customer loyalty- if you stay with a company for a period of time, you can receive discounts each year.
  • Maintain good credit. Credit scores have an impact on your premiums.
  • Drive safely and don’t get tickets.
  • Consider insurance when making your car purchase. Some vehicles are more expensive to insure.

As your independent agent, PlatinumOne Insurance is here to help you find the best possible combination of price and coverage. Whether your company needs to purchase Commercial Auto Insurance on one vehicle or a fleet, there are solutions for you. We understand why. We are locally owned and operated out of Overland Park, Kansas and are strongly represented in all areas of the Kansas City metropolitan area including not only Kansas City, but also Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa & Shawnee.  We primarily write business in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas but are licensed in the entire State. We primarily write business in Jackson, Cass and Platt County in Missouri but again are licensed in the entire State to write business.

 

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Your Personal Assets Are At Risk

Uber, Airbnb and VRBO may increase your personal liability risk

We live in a digital world that now allows us to share everything from our car, bike, boat, apartment and even our home with total strangers. Smart phones, and the applications that can be added, offer many useful tools, but some of these things create new and increased liability for you. Your personal insurance may not cover these risk, so call our office.

Before you decide to jump into the sharing economy consider the following:

  • Do these sharing sites have the ability to protect your confidential information? Many times you are giving your credit card information to companies that may not have the ability to protect it.
  • If you use Airbnb to sublease your apartment, you might check your lease. Many lease agreements have “no sublease” clauses that do not allow for this kind of activity. Also, some big cities are now actually considering outlawing the Airbnb services as it reduces hotel/motel taxes.
  • Uber offers a taxi service where individuals can offer rides to those who subscribe. Are you confident that these individuals have had proper background checks? Are they experienced drivers? Do they have the correct insurance? Remember, even in states that have mandatory auto insurance laws, over 25% of drivers don’t have insurance.
  • Personal auto insurance issues should be considered if using your car for hire. There is a big difference in the auto insurance world between a car pool for work and being paid to deliver people.
  • If you rent your primary home to others, it may limit your personal insurance coverage. Call out office for a review.

The use of the new sharing economy will most likely continue and may be a good way to make money. However, if you have an uninsured claim, the cost may be much greater.  Be aware that using these services may increase your risk of loss.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Brad Runnebaum and Jeff Hartman established PlatinumOne Insurance Agency in 2008. We have established relationships with some of the top carriers in the industry including Travelers, Allied, Kemper, Encompass, Progressive and many others.

 

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Is Your Business Adequately Insured?

Insurance coverage is available for almost every conceivable risk your business might face. Cost and amount of coverage of policies vary among insurers. PlatinumOne Insurance can advise you on the exact types of insurance you should consider purchasing. The right insurance policies will go a long way toward helping you safeguard your earning power and your future. If you are a business owner there are a few insurance products, you may not have considered.

Business Income or Loss of Rents

Depending on what you do with your building may depend on the specific kind of insurance you need. If you own a building and have tenants you will want to consider loss of rents coverage. Typical the coverage includes reimbursement for loss of rent or rental value in case of fire or other serious incident covered by insurance. Business Income coverage increases a business’ ability to survive a substantial loss. If your business suffers a fire, that stops all operations for three months, the business will want to continue to pay salaries, utilities, rent and other fixed costs necessary for operations. In order for the business to become whole, the business is entitled to reimbursement for net income and operating expenses paid during the recovery period.

Data Breach or Cyber Liability

If your business stores sensitive or non-public information about employees or clients on your computers, servers or in paper files you are responsible for protecting that information.  If a breach occurs either electronically or from a paper file a data breach policy will provide protection against the loss.

Umbrella

Standard business liability coverage will take care of you in most situations, but when serious situations arise, commercial umbrella insurance will help ensure that your business is protected. Here is one example:

  • You have a serious fire and are involved in multiple lawsuits that exhaust your primary limits.
  • Your delivery truck is involved in an accident with multiple deaths or injuries.

We are ready to help you better understand your risks. Please call our office today. We are locally owned and operated out of Overland Park, Kansas and are strongly represented in all areas of the Kansas City metropolitan area including not only Kansas City, but also Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa & Shawnee.  We primarily write business in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas but are licensed in the entire State. We primarily write business in Jackson, Cass and Platt County in Missouri but again are licensed in the entire State to write business.

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Many businesses buy commercial insurance thinking that the policy they have covers most if not all things that might go wrong and cause a loss to their business. That kind of thinking can lead to an uninsured loss.

We take the time to educate ourselves on your risks, and then design an insurance program to meet your needs.  Here are examples of insurance coverage options that you should consider.

Business Income and Extra Expense

Commercial property insurance covering loss of income suffered by a business when damage to its premises by a covered cause of loss causes a slowdown or suspension of its operations. To put it another way, business income insurance covers the loss of income that a business suffers after a covered loss, (fire, etc.), while its facility is shut down or in the process of being rebuilt.

Extra expense covers the additional costs, in excess of normal operating expenses, that an organization incurs to continue operations while its property is being repaired or replaced after having been damaged by a covered cause of loss.

Equipment Breakdown

Equipment breakdown covers loss due to a mechanical or electrical breakdown of equipment, machinery, including pumps, motors, heater and other kinds of equipment.  Coverage applies to the cost to repair or replace the equipment and any other property damaged by the equipment breakdown. Equipment breakdown insurance is increasingly replacing traditional boiler and machinery (BM) insurance, in part simply because the title is more descriptive of the coverage provided.

We are ready to help you better understand your risks. Please call our office today. We are locally owned and operated out of Overland Park, Kansas and are strongly represented in all areas of the Kansas City metropolitan area including not only Kansas City, but also Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa & Shawnee.  We primarily write business in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas but are licensed in the entire State. We primarily write business in Jackson, Cass and Platt County in Missouri but again are licensed in the entire State to write business.

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Many homeowners have experienced premium increases. Our agency works very hard to bring our clients the best possible combination of premiums, coverage and service.

How many of you have actually read your homeowner’s insurance policy? We guess not too many. We do recommend that you read your policy to help you understand what coverage you have. Most homeowners are familiar with the basic coverage found their homeowner’s insurance policy; including coverage for the home itself, personal property and liability associated with owning a home.

What Can We Do To Help?

We are an independent agency.  This allows us to search the market for the best possible combination of premiums, coverage and service. We compare the insurance company’s rates and use the competitive market to your advantage. Here are some ways to save on your premiums:

  • Purchase all your insure through our agency
  • Ask us about additional discounts
  • Consider increasing your deductible
  • Keep your home well maintained
  • Replace your roof, water heater and other equipment when needed
  • Review your policy regularly- you may not need the same kind of coverage you did a few years ago

Remember to call our office today. We will work hard for you. It is important to note that not all homeowner’s policies are created equal, and what one company offers may not be the same as another company. Also keep in mind, if you bought your policy online, who really knows what coverage you have?

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Brad Runnebaum and Jeff Hartman established PlatinumOne Insurance Agency in 2008. We have established relationships with some of the top carriers in the industry including Travelers, Allied, Kemper, Encompass, Progressive and many others.

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