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Many businesses offer college students the opportunity to hold a summer intern position. These can be rewarding for the college student as well as provide some help to the business. Offering paid or non-paid internships can create risk for your business. We wanted to highlight some of the business risks associated with having interns. Before you bring that person on board, make sure your business is well prepared.

  • You should have a written plan. It should include a job description, hours, and line of authority.
  • Check to see if there are any state regulations that might be impacted.
  • If you offer a paid internship, you will need to treat the intern like any other employee. We suggest having a formal agreement indemnifying the terms of the agreement, including the time period of the internship.
  • If the internship is a paid position, don’t forget about workers’ compensation.
  • Make sure you comply with Healthcare Reform relating to employee benefits.
  • Make sure the intern understands they are not entitled to “regular” company benefits, i.e.  retirement, insurance, vacation, etc.
  • The internship must provide similar training that would be given in an educational environment.
  • There must be a “true” benefit for the intern.
  • The internship cannot be for the sole benefit of the company.
  • The intern must not replace regular employees, and should work under the close supervision of existing staff.
  • Unpaid internships for for-profit companies are subject to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act. There are provisions if you offer educational credit. Here is a link to the U.S. Department of Labor.

We recommend you check with the department of labor to make sure your program meets all of the requirements. There have been many businesses who have been sued as a result of improper internship programs.

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Personal Insurance Update

With the summer months approaching, now would be a great time to review your homeowner’s and personal insurance program.  There is a large spike in auto accidents during June through August.  We offer a free review to assess your insurance needs, and we can recommend needed personal insurance coverage like a personal umbrella, cyber liability, and flood insurance.  Summer Risks Are Very Real.

Here are a few of the risks your family may face this summer:

  • Watercraft — Remember, your personal watercraft insurance does not cover racing.  In addition, if your boat is over a certain length, you will need a separate boat policy.  Remember to have personal floatation devices for all people in the boat, and do not drink and drive your boat.  Venture beyond the geographic limits in the policy and the insurance may be nullified.
  • Travel — If you are planning a family vacation, make sure you keep your home safe while gone.  Use timers on lights, cancel the mail and garbage, and do not post vacation pictures on social media while you are gone.
  • Swimming — Never leave a child unattended around water.  If your child does not know how to swim, make sure they have a floatation device on at all times.
  • Bug Bites — If you are heading outdoors, be prepared for annoying critters.  Use EPA-registered insect repellents* that contain at least 20% DEET (products include Cutter Backwoods and Off!  Deep Woods) for protection against mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs.  Other repellents protect against mosquitoes, but may not be effective against ticks or other bugs.
  • Barbequing — Never leave a barbeque unattended.  Do not barbeque inside or in a garage.  If you receive a minor burn, hold the skin under cool running water for up to 15 minutes to reduce swelling or until the pain subsides. 
  • Sunburns — Always use sunscreen, and if your skin is burned, mix one-part whole milk with one-part cool water and gently apply it into the affected areas with a washcloth.
  • Heat Stress — You may be having fun or working in the sun, but if it is hot, keep hydrated by drink plenty of water.  Wear lightweight clothing and take breaks every hour or so.
  • Fire pits — Fire pits are becoming increasingly popular for outdoor entertaining.  While some burn wood, others use propane or natural gas.  Keep kids at a safe distance and teach them that fire pits stay hot long after the flames go out.

Remember to always seek medical treatment if the injury warrants it.

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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Your home will be one of the most significant investments you will ever make, both economically and emotionally. Your family will spend countless hours there, among some of your most prized possessions. In the event of any misfortune, let us give you the peace of mind knowing that you are well protected

Replacement Cost Coverage

You can insure your home and belongings for replacement cost, which pays the actual cost of replacing your home or possessions (no deduction for depreciation) up to the limit of your policy.

Suppose, for example, a fire destroys a 10-year-old TV set in your living room. If you have a replacement cost policy for the contents of your home, the insurance company will pay to replace the TV set with a new one. If you have an actual cash value policy, it will pay only a percentage of the cost of a new TV set.

Insuring expensive items with floaters/endorsements

There may be limits on how much coverage you get for expensive items such as jewelry, silverware and furs. Generally, there is a limit on jewelry for $1,000 to $2,000. You should ask your agent or look it up in your policy.

If the limits are too low, consider buying a special personal property floater or an endorsement. These allow you to insure these items individually or as a collection.

Additional living expenses after a disaster

This is a very important feature of a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. This pays the additional costs of temporarily living away from your home if you can’t live in it due to a fire, severe storm or other insured disaster. It covers hotel bills, restaurant meals and other living expenses incurred while your home is being rebuilt.

You should talk to your agent or company to make sure you know exactly how much coverage you have and how long the coverage will be in effect. In most cases, you can increase this coverage for an additional premium.

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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Builders are building a wooden house.

Contractors insurance policies range significantly in terms of what they offer. Most will have a business owner’s policy (BPO) that will provide:

  • General liability insurance
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Commercial vehicle insurance
  • Other insurance products you need

 Why Do I Need Liability Insurance?

Good liability risk management can reduce the chances that your business will be sued, but it can never eliminate the risk entirely. You or a member of your organization can make a mistake that injures someone or damages property. Your mistake could harm the reputation or interfere with the privacy of a customer, client, competitor or member of the general public. When such injuries occur, you may be legally liable to pay damages to someone who suffers a loss due to your actions or inaction.

Everyone in society has a duty to take reasonable care that his or her actions do not injure others. The same rule applies to business entities. Not repairing a pothole in a parking lot, not lighting a dark stairway, failing to train workers how to do their jobs safely and legally or failing to provide directions for the safe use of a product can constitute negligence if a client, customer or member of the general public is injured as a result. The legal meaning of negligence is failure to exercise reasonable care.

The law of the state where the lawsuit is filed sets the rules for the determination of liability and damages. The amount of damages imposed in any particular case is, of course, in part a function of the economic losses the plaintiff can prove he or she has endured due to the defendant’s negligence. In some states plaintiffs may also be awarded damages for

What Kind Of Liability Policy Should I Get?

For small businesses the most efficient and least expensive way to purchase liability insurance is usually as part of the Business owners Policy (BOP) which combines property and liability insurance in one contract. Alternatively, a business may purchase a Commercial General

Your liability insurer will pay damages that you are legally obligated to pay as a result of “bodily injury,” “property damage” or “personal and advertising injury,” up to the policy limits and subject to your deductible. Punitive damages are generally not covered, although there may be some exceptions.

Bodily injury means injury, sickness, disease or death; it may include injuries that are emotional or mental, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome or humiliation.

Personal and advertising injury includes libel, slander or any defamatory or disparaging material or a publication or utterance in violation of an individual’s right of privacy; infringing the privacy or copyright rights of another in your advertisement; wrongful entry or eviction, or other invasion of the right of private occupancy; and false arrest or wrongful detention.

Who Is Insured?

BOP liability coverage insures a sole proprietor, partners or partners named in the policy “Declarations,” but only with respect to their duties on behalf of the business. The spouses of sole proprietors or partners are also covered. If your organization has officers and directors, they are insured, as are your stockholders, but, once again, and this applies to all parties, only with respect to their duties or liabilities in connection with the business. Employees and volunteer workers are insured for acts committed within the scope of their employment in your business.

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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bf6656999A “high-risk” driver is generally defined by the auto insurance companies as someone who has a higher risk of having an auto accident. Auto insurance companies often see high-risk drivers as undesirable, as they may end up costing a great deal in claims.

Why you may be defined as a high risk driver?

  • You have multiple accidents or tickets during a specific period of time.
  • You have a DUI.
  • You have a serious violation.
  • Any accident that results in a fatality.
  • Driving without a license.
  • Driving without insurance.
  • You drive an exotic car.
  • For whatever reason, your auto insurance has lapsed.

How to get auto insurance if you are considered high risk

  • You may need non-standard insurance.
  • SR-22 insurance for specific situations.
  • Allow your agent to shop auto insurance for you.
  • Determine what auto insurance discounts you may be eligible for.
  • Improve your driving skills.
  • Consider a lower risk car.

 

People of all ages can improve the quality of their lives and reduce the risks of heart disease, hypertension, with ongoing participation in moderate physical activity and exercise. Daily exercise will also enhance one’s mental well-being and health throughout life.

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.

We are a full service insurance agency representing individuals, families and businesses in the Kansas City area. We are licensed professionals who are not limited to placing your insurance with just one carrier. We have the flexibility to choose the insurance company that best serves your individual needs. Having choices is our advantage and it benefits our customers.

 

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A personal insurance update

Spring is here and many of us are gearing up for many different kinds of activities that might lead to a claim.  Your homeowner’s insurance is designed to protect yourself and your property from unforeseen injury and/or damage.  However, remember that there are limitations with your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Spring and summer insurance risks

  • Trampolines. If you own a trampoline you may want to call our office to make sure you are covered.
  • Swimming pools. Many insurers will not cover swimming pools. Make sure you are covered, call us today.
  • Renting out your home. If you have decided to rent your home while you are on vacation, you may not be covered. Most insurers exclude coverage for rental property.
  • Watercraft. If you bought a boat or other kind of watercraft, you will need to add it to your policy.
  • Foreign travel. If you are planning any foreign travel, you might want to consider special travel accident insurance.
  • BBQ time. When you barbeque, make sure you keep the grill away from all structures. Limit alcohol use while you are barbequing.

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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Things You May Not Know About Life Insurance

Life insurance can be a great benefit you and your as it provides them with many benefits. These benefits are not just when the individual passes away. There are what we call living benefits. In many cases, these can be very compelling reasons for the client to consider life insurance. These can be used to help you understand the true value of life insurance.

1. Show Me The Money

Some permanent life insurance policies include a cash value, meaning there’s financial potential that can be applied towards college tuition or even supplemental income for retirement.

2. Allows You To Pay Less In Taxes

Proceeds are generally income tax-free to beneficiaries. And when properly structured, are not considered part of your estate and therefore safeguarded against estate taxes. Plus, there’s room for tax-deferred growth, tax-favored loans, and tax-friendly withdrawals

3. The Price is Right

Most people overestimate the total cost to be almost twice what it really is. Term life insurance rate are coming down; in fact, they have never been more cost-effective.

4. More Valuable Than You Think

Imagine a family of four living off a single 60k annual income. If that income was to suddenly disappear at the age of 40, it accumulates to a total loss of 1.2 million over only 20 years. That’s well over the amount the average person could save on their own.

5. It’s Portable

Most life insurance products can follow you from job to job. This allows you to adjust limits and other terms as you need to.

6. Receive A Guaranteed Income In Retirement

While you are alive, you can also get an annuity from permanent life insurance instead of later providing a death benefit to relatives and others.

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.

See which companies we represent.

We are licensed in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

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Common Claims For Property Managers

Property managers have a need for proper insurance coverage. Property Managers often get caught in disputes between owners and tenants. Property managers can not only be sued by their own employees, but also by the staff of the property owner. Also, property managers who have an equity interest in property have increased risks that often lead to conflict of interest claims. There is increased litigation holding all professionals to a higher standard, including property managers.

If our clients own property that is leased to others, whether one small office or an entire manufacturing complex, Lessors Risk Insurance is a must-have. Lessors Risk Coverage is necessary to adequately protect your client’s investment from litigation as the result of an accident.

We thought it would be helpful to identify a few common claims made against property managers.

Common Property Managers Claims:

A property manager managed a small retail mall that had 12 retail businesses, including a restaurant and coffee shop. The property manager failed to maintain the property as contracted, which included maintaining the exterior and parking lighting.  A customer of the restaurant was injured while exiting the parking lot at night, and sued the restaurant and property management company for $15,000. The property manager was held responsible for the loss and settled the claim.

A property manager of a commercial building failed to maintain and update the building as required under the agreement. As a result the owner was forced to lower rents, and the building owner sued the property manager for loss of income.

A property manager hired an office manager to help with accounting and other functions. The office manager was fired due to poor performance. The office manager sued for wrongful termination. The defense costs exceed $25,000.

Who needs property management insurance coverage?

If you are involved in the following types of activities you will need the right kind of insurance:

  • Renting or leasing real estate to others
  • Managing real estate for others
  • Selling, buying or renting real estate for others
  • Lawsuits in this area continue to climb. Don’t leave your business exposed by not having this type of protection in place.

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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Driving distractions are an increasing occurrence due to the growing use of hand-held devices.  Driving is a skill that requires your full attention to safely control your vehicle and respond to events happening on the roads around you.  Any event or thing that prevents you from operating your car safely is considered a distraction. For example, driving while using a hand-held device increases the likelihood of a car accident by 400%.

While using cell phones behind the wheel is one of the most talked about driving distractions, it’s not the only one out there. There are many other things that we do behind the wheel that you may be surprised to find are considered driving distractions!

If you do need to report a claim, we are ready to help you! We offer a complete range of personal auto and home insurance products.

While the list could be endless, the main types of driving distractions are:

  • Texting
  • Reading a book
  • Using a cell phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Smoking and dealing with lighting up
  • Grooming
  • Reading maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Talking to passengers
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio

Driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle crashes and near-crashes. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction. The distraction occurred within three seconds prior to the vehicle crash!

When you are driving, the condition of the roadway you are on and the behavior of other drivers can change abruptly leaving you little or no time to react. When you are driving, follow these rules:

  • Stay focused.
  • Pay attention.
  • Expect the unexpected.

Fifteen minutes could save you time, but a thorough review of your auto history will allow us to bring you the best value for your money. 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.

 

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An Insurance Update

If the last time you had an insurance review was when the Dallas Cowboys won a super bowl, it is time to have us review your business and personal insurance. Our team is ready to help you understand how your insurance needs have changed over time.

Here are a few examples of how life changes may impact your insurance.

  • How often do you travel out of the country?
  • Do you have any domestic employees?
  • Has there been any changes in marital status?
  • Are you involved in any nonprofit organizations?
  • Do you own a business and operate from your home?
  • Do you own a second home?
  • Do you drive for Uber?
  • Do you own any unique collections of art, wine, cars, or guns?
  • Are there any children in college?

Your insurance needs to change with your life. We offer a broad range of personal insurance products that are designed to meet your individual needs. We can help you find am insurance product that suits your individual needs. Don’t wait for another second to ensure your home is adequately insured. Call us today for more info on your options for personal insurance coverage.

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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