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Contractors caught in post-COVID volatility

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Whether you are a homeowner building a deck or a commercial contractor building multimillion-dollar projects, the soaring costs of construction materials is not new news. Even as lumber prices begin to retreat, what might be surprising is the length of time it might take for prices to stabilize overall or at least become more predictable.

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6 tips to secure your home computer network

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Even as many companies reopen offices to employees, surveys show remote work is likely here to stay, at least part of the time. It’s important to understand that working from home adds responsibilities for employees to secure the data flowing through their home information networks.

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Coping with loss in a catastrophe: What to do

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Protecting yourself and your family is your first priority in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. When your auto, home, business or personal property is damaged or destroyed by a tornado, hail, flood or other destructive event, focus on people first.

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Consider safety before taking your restaurant outdoors

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Restaurants seeking new ways to stay operational during the pandemic are constructing temporary structures to extend the outdoor dining season. Use of these structures without proper safety precautions and adequate protections for customers and employees could lead to unforeseen legal and safety consequences.

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Life insurance part of a business’s risk management

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Operating a business requires you to manage risks to preserve assets and prevent losses. You’ve ensured that you have appropriate commercial liability insurance and perhaps directors and officers coverage or employment practices protections. Nevertheless, the biggest risk to your business could be the loss of you or other company leaders.

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When kids come to work: 5 tips for businesses and parents

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The coronavirus pandemic has prompted business owners and their employees to find new ways to keep employees and their families safe and secure. Many organizations are assisting working parents by allowing employees to bring their children to work. In areas where traditional daycare facilities may be unavailable, some employers are setting up temporary daycare services on-site.

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Enjoy your patio heater this fall, but use it safely

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Portable, outdoor gas-fired heaters – or patio heaters – are increasingly popular for use at home and in outdoor seating at restaurants, especially with colder weather fast approaching. While the heaters offer comfort, using them involves potential risks.

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Business continuity planning: Are you ready?

By agent, building, business, Business Insurance, checklist, closure, communication, continuity, damage, disruption, electrical, employee, financial, independent, informaton, Insurance, interruption, liability, locations, loss, plan, prepare, reputation, risk, security, stability, supplier, technology, threat, transportation, utility, vendor
Business continuity planning: Are you ready?

It’s hard to predict what could go wrong when disaster strikes. Whether you’re dealing with a natural disaster, human-caused hazard, technology disruption or health emergency, an effective business continuity plan could help you respond quickly. Without a plan, the magnitude of what can go wrong could be overwhelming, and your business could be at risk.

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5 questions to promote quality in construction management

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quality-in-construction

Quality is king in construction. Reputations hinge on excellence, which is why most contractors work hard to ensure they produce quality products. The more robust the quality management process, the better. If you want to test your quality assurance operations, check out these five questions every contractor should consider – and some answers for success in quality.

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