Noff Colabella

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Employment Law Update: Rules for Employee Pay Continue to Evolve

Posted by Noff Colabella on Mon, Apr 03, 2017 @ 12:56 PM

For employers, trying to keep up with constantly evolving employment laws is a real juggling act. The most recent wave of change has revolved around how you pay your workers, with new minimum wage laws and overtime rules going into effect just in the past two years.

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Tags: employment law, EEO-1

Workplace Violence Insurance: Who Needs it and Why?

Posted by Noff Colabella on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 @ 12:28 PM

It’s one of the most frightening scenarios you could ever face – a disgruntled employee or angry customer entering your business and wreaking havoc with a gun or explosive device, causing injuries and even deaths. It’s a nightmare that’s hard for most people to imagine.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Construction Site Safe in Winter Weather

Posted by Noff Colabella on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 03:00 PM

Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work, even in good weather. Add winter weather into the mix, and the risks can multiply. With winter weather being so unpredictable, construction managers and general contractors should take extra precautions to reduce jobsite risks and protect their workers during winter months.

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Tags: construction site safety

How Much is New York Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud Costing Your Company?

Posted by Noff Colabella on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 04:40 PM

If you’re a business owner with employees, workers’ compensation is already one of your biggest and costliest headaches. When you add fraud to the mix, it can only complicate matters and drive up costs. In fact, businesses like yours spend millions every year for overtime expenses, medical and legal costs, production delays, training costs for temporary help, and higher insurance premiums due to workers’ comp fraud.

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Tags: New York workers' compensation insurance, workers' compensation fraud

6 Steps to Minimize Flood Impact at Your Home or Business

Posted by Noff Colabella on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 @ 11:41 AM

Here in New York State, we’re no strangers to cold, ice, and snow. And while winter can be a beautiful time of year, it can also be extremely dangerous. The recent winter storms here on the East Coast should be an adequate reminder of that. Hundreds of people in the U.S. die each year either directly due to winter storms and cold or in winter-related motor vehicle accidents.

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Tags: flood insurance, winter floods

New York Business Insurance: 7 mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Noff Colabella on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 01:32 PM

As a business owner, the New Year is a busy time for you with end of year recordkeeping, employee benefits issues, evolving compliance regulations, and a long list of other responsibilities. And this year, we have a new President and administration coming onboard that could shake things up again.

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Tags: new york business insurance, business insurance mistakes

New York Contractor Held Criminally Negligent for Worker’s Death

Posted by Noff Colabella on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 03:51 PM

It’s no secret the construction business can be a deadly line of work. According to OSHA, 18.5 percent of all workplace deaths in the U.S. happen in the construction industry. That’s more than in any other industry.

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Control New York Construction Insurance Costs by Making Equipment Safety a Priority

Posted by Noff Colabella on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 02:43 PM

As anyone experienced in the construction business knows, heavy equipment is big, powerful, and potentially dangerous, and it deserves a healthy dose of respect. Yet every year, thousands of heavy equipment related incidents result in property damage, injuries, and even fatalities. According to OSHA, there were 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in 2014, and 20.5 percent – one in five – were construction related.

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Tags: heavy equipment safety

New York Employment Practices: Wage and Hour Update

Posted by Noff Colabella on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 @ 12:43 PM

As you’ve probably heard by now, opponents have succeeded in stopping the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule—for now, at least.

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Tags: wage and hour update, New York employment practice

Warehouse Fire Hazards: Proactive Risk Management is Crucial

Posted by Noff Colabella on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

When fire destroyed the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California, on Friday, December 2, it became the deadliest fire in the city’s history. Thirty six people were killed while attending a concert at the facility, an old warehouse that had been converted into an artists collective. It was also one of the deadliest building fires in the U.S. in a half century, and the deadliest mass-casualty event in Oakland since the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

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Tags: risk management, warehouse fire hazards