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Feeling stressed? Go easy on yourself

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Change can add stress to any family routine, but change amid a pandemic can bring stress to a whole new level. Make sure you recognize signs of increased tension and address it before it impacts your life or health.

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Back to school: Some things don’t change

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Continued effects of the coronavirus pandemic seem to assure that this will be a back-to-school season like no other. While every community and school district is likely to have its own protocols to cope with the threat of COVID-19, other experiences are universal and unchanging. Review our blog posts from prior years for safety and insurance tips that are especially important as school resumes.

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International travel is back, but extra steps needed

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International travel is once again a possibility for many people. While it is always exciting to visit new countries, you must heed some key tips before visiting, and the global pandemic has added to the list.

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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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The Three Little Pigs and the price of a stick house

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Growing up, I loved reading the tale of “The Three Little Pigs,” never thinking much of how the story could ever relate to my adult life. As an occupational hazard, I often think now of the second little pig: “How is he going to rebuild his house of sticks that the wolf blew down?”

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Tips to protect taxpayers from identity theftduring and after the pandemic

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Taxpayers, beware of fraudsters out to trick you for your information. Tax return identity theft has reached such epidemic proportions that it tops the list of the IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams. Here are tips the IRS wants you to know about identity theft so you can avoid becoming a victim.

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Walking (and driving) in a winter wonderland

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I don’t know about you, but I have noticed many more people out and about as the coronavirus pandemic lingers. In my neighborhood, people are jogging, pushing baby carriages, chasing toddlers, walking dogs and riding bikes. On the surface, it’s good to see people getting exercise, fresh air and even socializing at safe distances. But an increase in foot traffic can create some concerns.

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The hidden effect of COVID-19 on fleet safety

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If you’ve driven a motor vehicle since COVID-19 restrictions were initiated in March 2020, you’ve undoubtedly noticed fewer vehicles on the road. You might think this would result in a reduction in overall auto crash rates in general and fatality rates in particular. Unfortunately, it appears just the opposite is happening. While actual miles driven have declined, crash and fatality rates have increased.

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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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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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