Your (Driverless) Ride is Here

Featured

By Scott Hullinger
Director of Loss Control & Risk Management
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

Commuters in the East Valley will be seeing more driverless minivans on the streets of Chandler as Waymo, the former Google project, launches the country’s first driverless ride-hailing service.

Yes, a minivan will be driven by technology. No human will be in the drivers seat, ready to seize control of the steering wheel, should things go awry. Continue reading

Prep Your Workers for Driving in Winter Weather

Featured

There are times when workers leave lower elevations and drive into the mountains for business and find themselves unprepared. Snow, ice and extreme cold increase the chances of car crashes, worker falls and even frostbite as employees encounter snow accumulation or icy roads. When workers aren’t prepared for such conditions, they may drive too quickly and get into an accident or become stranded because they lack the proper equipment. Continue reading

Experts Offer Tips for Coping Emotionally After Traumatic Events

Featured

By KIANNA GARDNER
Cronkite News

PHOENIX — Those impacted – directly or indirectly – by traumatic events such as the recent Las Vegas shooting can experience changes in their mental health for days, weeks and even years after the fact.

Everyone experiences tragedy a little differently and will have varying symptoms and coping methods, mental health experts said. Continue reading

Examining College Readiness in Arizona

Featured

Helios Foundation
(Reprinted with permission)

As Arizona strives to remain competitive in today’s global economy, it’s important for all of us to understand the barriers – at home, in school and in the community – that prevent students from graduating on time and from pursuing, persisting, and completing a post-secondary education.   Continue reading

New Paid Sick Leave Law: What Employers Need to Know Now

Featured

By Bobbie Fox
Associate General Counsel
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, widely known throughout Arizona as Proposition 206, was approved in the November 2016 election. Fifty-nine percent of voters elected to raise the minimum wage to $10 on January 1, 2017, and then incrementally, to $12 by 2020. Continue reading

Deciphering Cyber Security for Small Business

Featured

By Dave Schroeder
IT Security Manager
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

It’s a startling new reality. Cyber security attacks, which cause billions of dollars in losses every year, are on the rise. With more sophisticated, professional hackers aiming to disrupt a global brand, country or even an individual consumer shopping at their favorite store, shipping a package or doing their online banking, no one is immune.

Although medical records are today’s main cyber security commodity due to the vast Continue reading

Safety Plans are Smart Business

Featured

By Scott Hullinger
Director of Loss Control & Risk Management
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

If a disaster strikes your company, affects your employees and impacts the bottom line, will you be prepared?

Although workplace disasters are usually few and far between, they can range from minor to catastrophic, oftentimes with significant consequences. Today, some of the most common workplace disasters include:

  • Smoke or fire
  • Flood
  • Electrical outage
  • Hazardous materials exposure
  • Earthquakes or other natural disasters
  • Workplace violence

Employers would be wise to be prepared for these types of disasters by having a written safety plan in place. Safety plans, also known as disaster recovery plans or emergency Continue reading

The Art of Ergonomics

Featured

By Carl Hamilton
Loss Control and Risk Supervisor
CopperPoint

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one-third of all employee injury and illness cases are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that occur in the workplace. These injuries add up to the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.

MSDs commonly affect the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons due to poor posture Continue reading

Workers Compensation and the Non-traditional Work Force

Featured

Mark Kendall photo

By Mark Kendall
Legal Services Manager
CopperPoint Mutual
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of employees working outside of the traditional work place – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at an established work premises. Today, millions of U.S. workers perform at least a portion of their work duties outside of the office. Continue reading

Keeping Employees Safe During Office Parties

Featured

The holidays are here, and many businesses may have their plans for celebrating the season, and continuing the party up through the Phoenix Open and the Super Bowl.

But before the corks are popped on the champagne and you dig into the sugary holiday cookies, candies and other goodies, it’s best for employers to consider how social Continue reading