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Deborah Cooper Appointed to Chief Human Resources Officer, Oswald Companies and Unison Risk Advisors

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CLEVELAND – April 28, 2021 – Oswald Companies has announced the appointment of Deborah Cooper to the position of Chief Human Resources Officer. Cooper joins the 128-year-old risk management and insurance brokerage firm as a member of the executive team and will be based at the firm’s Cleveland headquarters. She…

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Fortify a Workplace Culture that Values Women: Now and Post-Pandemic

Most days over the past year, my calendar has looked like a crazy quilt of overlapping and wall-to-wall Zoom meetings, something that was barely on my radar during my “old life.” Early in the pandemic, my kids made plenty of uninvited appearances as they adjusted to having Mom’s office in…

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Benefits Trends Shaped by COVID-19 in 2021 and Beyond

While brighter days are on the horizon, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on employees and their benefits continues to be the main topic within Human Resource departments. The year 2020 was a make-it-or-break-it test for employers and benefit strategies. As a result, 2021 benefits packages are evolving to accommodate…

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Group Health Plan Advisory: Department of Labor Releases COBRA Subsidy Website and Model Notices

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The Department of Labor (DOL) released model notices and a COBRA subsidy information website related to the COBRA subsidy that was passed as part of the American Rescue Plan Act or 2021 (ARPA). The website will be a central location that the DOL uses to inform individuals of their potential…

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How Will Your Home Insurance Respond During Hurricane Season?

Katie Burger

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before the onset of the season, not within 48 hours of landfall.  As we prepare for another hurricane season, planning is key. While trending topics include everything from safeguarding personal property to evacuation routes, another important factor is your homeowner’s insurance.…

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Do You Have Enough Cyber Coverage? Protect Your Business From Exposure

Lacy Rex

It’s more important than ever to purchase cyber liability insurance and consider increasing your limits. The cyber insurance market is changing rapidly in response to an alarming increase in high-profile ransomware and vendor incidents. According to the Coveware Quarterly Ransomware Report, more than 70 percent of victims were companies with…

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Health Savings Accounts Need a Major Makeover

In 2003, Windows XP was the predominant operating system on most computers. Imagine for a moment how frustrating it would be today if Microsoft was prohibited by law from upgrading and improving their technology beyond that point. When health savings accounts (HSAs) were created by Congress that same year, the…

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[Video] Oswald Labs Health Innovation Series: Behavioral Health

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Oswald Labs is a cooperative effort of Oswald Companies and Spark360 designed to bring purposeful, positive disruption to the insurance sector through innovation, collaboration and experimentation. Hear from Christy Conrath, Client Experience Leader, Oswald Companies and Kelsey Finucan, Global Accounts Team Leader, Julie Frischkorn, Director of Behavioral Health & Mindfulness,… Related content: [Video] Oswald Labs Health Innovation Series Oswald Labs Announces Exclusive Partnership With Regenexx to Reduce Orthopedic Surgical Spend for Employers About Oswald Companies Founded in 1893, Cleveland-based and employee-owned, Oswald is one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage firms. As a proud Partner of Assurex Global, the…

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Risk Advisory: OSHA COVID-19 Inspection Data and Stronger Workplace Guidance

Jim Hedrick

COVID-19 Inspection Data As of Jan. 14, 2021, OSHA had performed 310 COVID-related inspections and has issued over $4,000,000 in related citations. The most common types of citations are listed below:   Medical evaluations Personal protective equipment (PPE) Workplace assessments PPE appropriateness Employee training Fit testing Storage Reporting Record keeping…

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The Hard Insurance Market: Seven Steps to a Successful Renewal

It’s a new year, and the world is certainly ready for some positive changes. While the future is hopeful, many of the economic challenges that started in 2020 are continuing to impact organizations in 2021. This includes a hard insurance market. As always, proactive business leaders find ways to overcome…

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