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Cannabis Legislation Builds Momentum in Wake of Big ‘I’ Legislative Conferencehttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/cannabis-legislation-builds-momentum-in-wake-of-big-i-legislative-conferenceCannabis Legislation Builds Momentum in Wake of Big ‘I’ Legislative ConferenceA bipartisan group of 24 senators sent a letter supporting inclusion of the “Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act" in the final conferenced American Competitiveness, Jobs and Innovation package.5/19/2022 2:00:00 PMOn the HillOn the Hill CannabisNewsWyatt Stewart
U.S. Road Deaths Soar to Highest Level Since 2005 https://www.iamagazine.com/news/u-s-road-deaths-soar-to-highest-level-since-2005U.S. Road Deaths Soar to Highest Level Since 2005 U.S. traffic deaths jumped 10.5% to 42,915 in 2021, up from 38,824 in 2020, according to a preliminary estimate released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.5/19/2022 4:00:00 AMIn the NewsIn the News AutoNewsOlivia Overman
Big ‘I’ Pushes Back on Potential DOL Update to Overtime Regulationshttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/big-i-pushes-back-on-potential-dol-update-to-overtime-regulationsBig ‘I’ Pushes Back on Potential DOL Update to Overtime RegulationsThe Big ‘I’ joined other organizations to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor stating that any rule change altering overtime regulations at this time would be ill-advised.5/12/2022 10:30:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsWyatt Stewart
2022 Agency Growth Study Reveals Generational Workplace Shifts https://www.iamagazine.com/news/2022-agency-growth-study-reveals-generational-workplace-shifts2022 Agency Growth Study Reveals Generational Workplace Shifts The survey found that nearly half of independent agency new hires were millennials, and the percentage of Generation Z new hires is increasing.5/12/2022 10:05:00 AMRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingRecruiting, Hiring & Training In the NewsNewsWill Jones
Homeowners and Business Properties Risk Being Underinsured, Says APCIA Surveyhttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/homeowners-and-business-properties-risk-being-underinsured-says-apcia-surveyHomeowners and Business Properties Risk Being Underinsured, Says APCIA SurveyOnly 30% of insured homeowners have purchased more insurance or increased coverage limits to compensate for rising building costs, the APCIA survey found.5/12/2022 10:00:00 AMHomeownersHomeowners In the NewsNewsWill Jones
FEMA Offers New Risk Rating 2.0 Webinar Dates for Agentshttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/fema-offers-new-risk-rating-2-0-webinar-dates-for-agentsFEMA Offers New Risk Rating 2.0 Webinar Dates for AgentsIn May, FEMA is hosting more webinars for agents that will focus on Risk Rating 2.0.5/5/2022 10:20:00 AMOn the HillFlood On the HillNewsWyatt Stewart
Applied Systems Announces New Digital Payments Solution https://www.iamagazine.com/news/applied-systems-announces-new-digital-payments-solutionApplied Systems Announces New Digital Payments Solution Scheduled to launch in the summer, Applied Pay is set to help agents reduce the amount of technology they use in their agencies.5/5/2022 10:10:00 AMTechnologyIn the News Technology Agency Operations & Best PracticesNewsOlivia Overman

 

 

Damage to Premises Rented to You: How the CGL Limit Responds to a Fire https://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/damage-to-premises-rented-to-you-how-the-cgl-limit-responds-to-a-fireDamage to Premises Rented to You: How the CGL Limit Responds to a Fire If an insured has a fire within a rented space that consumes it and moves outward into the neighboring retail space, what limits would respond? 5/20/2022 4:00:00 AMGeneral LiabilityGeneral LiabilityStrategiesBig “I” Virtual University Faculty
What You Need to Know Before You Sign an Agency Network Contracthttps://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/what-you-need-to-know-before-you-sign-an-agency-network-contractWhat You Need to Know Before You Sign an Agency Network ContractWhen you set out to join an insurance network, aggregator or cluster, you may encounter paragraph after paragraph of boring legalese. Here’s what to look out for.11/15/2021 11:05:00 AMSponsored ContentAuto BOP HomeownersStrategies
4 Ways to Spring Clean Your HR Closethttps://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/4-ways-to-spring-clean-your-hr-closet4 Ways to Spring Clean Your HR ClosetWith the many changes over the past two years, you may want to consider refreshing your HR practices. 5/18/2022 4:00:00 AMRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingStrategiesPaige McAllister

 

 

Auto Insurance Studies Everyone at Your Agency Needs to Readhttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/auto-insurance-studies-everyone-at-your-agency-needs-to-readAuto Insurance Studies Everyone at Your Agency Needs to ReadThese studies can help agents better understand public perception of auto insurance and what drivers want.5/19/2022 10:00:00 AMAutoAutoMarketsAinsley Lawrence
4 Ways Agents Can Help Hoteliers Get Back to Normal in 2022https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/4-ways-agents-can-help-hoteliers-get-back-to-normal-in-20224 Ways Agents Can Help Hoteliers Get Back to Normal in 2022As the hard-hit industry emerges from the pandemic, independent agents can provide valuable assistance to ensure their hotel and motel clients secure quality coverage at a fair price.5/16/2022 10:25:00 AMHotels/MotelsHotels/MotelsMarketsOlivia Overman
D&O and E&O Offer Growth Opportunities for Agents and Brokershttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/d-o-and-e-o-offer-growth-opportunities-for-agents-and-brokersD&O and E&O Offer Growth Opportunities for Agents and BrokersWhile the nuances there can be tricky, there is nothing complicated about the opportunities in the directors & officers and errors & omissions marketplace.5/16/2022 10:10:00 AMD&OD&O Professional Liability E&O Loss ControlMarketsMark Azzolino and Anthony Dolce
3 Requirements for Entering the Trucking Insurance Markethttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/3-requirements-for-entering-the-trucking-insurance-market3 Requirements for Entering the Trucking Insurance MarketAs trucking gains greater importance in the U.S. economy, agents have an opportunity to grow their commercial auto book or even enter the market for the first time.5/9/2022 10:15:00 AMTruckingTruckingMarketsOlivia Overman
From the Front Lines: Truckinghttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/from-the-front-lines-trucking_HouckFrom the Front Lines: Trucking"Many carriers and agents are pulling out of the market, and it is a great time for us to offer a solution for businesses that are struggling to find coverage and are feeling like they are being neglected," says independent agent KylE Houck. "If we can provide value, just as we do with our middle market commercial clients, we can make a positive impact."5/9/2022 10:10:00 AMTruckingTruckingMarketsOlivia Overman
How Social Inflation and Nuclear Verdicts Are Impacting the Trucking Insurance Markethttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/how-social-inflation-and-nuclear-verdicts-are-impacting-the-trucking-insurance-marketHow Social Inflation and Nuclear Verdicts Are Impacting the Trucking Insurance MarketAlong with driver shortages and a spotty post-pandemic economic recovery, social inflation and nuclear verdicts are driving market disruption.5/2/2022 10:20:00 AMTruckingTruckingMarketsOlivia Overman
RPS Launches New Management Liability Product for Small Business Ownershttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/rps-launches-new-management-liability-product-for-small-business-ownersRPS Launches New Management Liability Product for Small Business OwnersThe new product combines EPLI, D&O and fiduciary liability coverages in a single policy.5/2/2022 10:10:00 AMProfessional LiabilityProfessional LiabilityMarketsWill Jones

 

 

The Case for an Insurance Institute for Cybersecurity Standards https://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/the-case-for-an-insurance-institute-for-cybersecurity-standardsThe Case for an Insurance Institute for Cybersecurity Standards How insurance could be the fulcrum for a private-public cybersecurity standards partnership. 1/11/2022 5:00:00 AMCyber LiabilityCyber LiabilityViewpointsMark C. Elliott
Does Woman Who Sued Geico After Contracting STD Have a Case?https://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/does-woman-who-sued-geico-after-contracting-std-have-a-caseDoes Woman Who Sued Geico After Contracting STD Have a Case?A look at the policy form that Geico may have sold to the insured reveals that a key phrase is missing. 11/18/2021 6:00:00 AMAutoAutoViewpointsTim Dodge
Independent Agents Face Steeper Competition as Carriers Release Captive Agentshttps://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/independent-agents-face-steeper-competition-as-carriers-release-captive-agentsIndependent Agents Face Steeper Competition as Carriers Release Captive AgentsAs carriers continue to reexamine their business models, here’s how it’s impacting the independent agency channel.10/26/2021 10:00:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesAgency Operations & Best PracticesViewpointsJoel Zwicker

 

 

How Agencies Help Clients Navigate Claims After Catastrophes https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2022/may/how-agencies-help-clients-navigate-claims-after-catastrophesHow Agencies Help Clients Navigate Claims After Catastrophes Despite the chaos impacting the community—including staff—there are many ways agencies can step up to help clients in need and process their claims after a disaster.5/1/2022 4:50:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesMayAnneMarie McPherson
5 Steps New Surety Producers Can Take to Be Successfulhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2022/may/5-steps-new-surety-producers-can-take-to-be-successful5 Steps New Surety Producers Can Take to Be SuccessfulFive strategies to prepare your agency to tap into the new opportunities for public construction projects that need to be bonded.5/1/2022 4:40:00 AMCommercial LinesMayTraci Catalano
Limiting Factors: Is Your Client’s Homeowners Limit Adequate?https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2022/may/limiting-factors-is-your-client-s-homeowners-limit-adequateLimiting Factors: Is Your Client’s Homeowners Limit Adequate?Miscommunication between homeowner and agent is just one way coverage gaps are created. Here are five more areas to watch out for potential errors and omissions.5/1/2022 4:25:00 AMHomeownersE&O Loss ControlMayJanice Blanton
3 Tips for Young Agents to Find Success in Life Insurancehttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2022/may/3-tips-for-young-agents-to-find-success-in-life-insurance3 Tips for Young Agents to Find Success in Life InsuranceThere are no shortcuts to any place worth going. But there are strategic roads to take. Here are three tips to find success in life insurance.5/1/2022 4:20:00 AMLife-HealthSales & MarketingMayD. Scott Brennan
3 Resources to Manage Customer Relationshipshttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2022/may/3-resources-to-manage-customer-relationships3 Resources to Manage Customer RelationshipsHaving the tools to help expand the agent-client relationship and being able to employ them properly ensures the best chance of building customer loyalty and receiving referrals.5/1/2022 4:15:00 AMTechnologyMayDoug Coombs
Why Simple Isn’t Always the Answer When It Comes to Technologyhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2022/may/why-simple-isn-t-always-the-answer-when-it-comes-to-technologyWhy Simple Isn’t Always the Answer When It Comes to Technology​It's time to shift the narrative. Most agents know they need technology and are actively using it. Now the discussion should evolve to implementing the right solutions.5/1/2022 4:05:00 AMTechnologyMayZack Yurch
Declaration of Independents: Kristine Rushing https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2022/may/declaration-of-independents-kristine-rushingDeclaration of Independents: Kristine Rushing As market capacity shrinks and rates and deductibles increase, agents like Kristine Rushing are advocating for property and homeowners reform in Florida.5/1/2022 4:00:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesFloodMayOlivia Overman