The Holidays Have Their Own Workplace Perils

All year long you have been reminding your employees to “work safely … don’t take short cuts … prevent accidents.”

To do this they have to keep their minds on their work, but this time of the year as the holidays near, their minds might be everywhere else but on work.

They may be thinking “what to buy for everyone for Christmas – I hate shopping!” and “how will I pay for Christmas?” Meanwhile, relatives coming to stay add yet more distracting thoughts.

For some employees the holiday period is a wonderful time, and for others it is dreadful, but it is stressful for most anyone. Normal routines and schedules are disrupted, and there is a lot of rushing around the town to crowded and chaotic stores and malls.

Be aware that accidents may be more likely to happen at this time of the year at the workplace, on the road or at home. Employees tend to take extra physical risks ― such as when hanging lights and lugging trees around. 

And when roads and freeways are jammed, auto accidents increase.

In-office safety

When planning decorations for the office, it is important to keep holiday safety in mind.

Decorating the office helps workers enjoy the spirit of the season together, but remember that proper safety precautions should be observed at all times:

  • Be mindful of potential fire hazards when selecting holiday decorations and where you place them.
  • Be careful of stapling holiday lights, do not add too many strings of lights and make sure illuminated items are turned off.
  • Verify that all fire extinguishers are in place and fully charged and accessible.
  • Do not block exits, hang decorations on fire extinguishers, fire alarms or fire hose boxes, or obstruct the view of exit signs.
  • Do not hang decorations from sprinkler heads or electrical panels.
  • Without proper planning, holiday decorations can create tripping hazards. Extension cords should not be run through traffic areas where they pose trip hazards and, if you have to use an extension cord, use the proper one.
  • Avoid placing trees, freestanding decorations and presents in traffic areas.

Holiday party

The holidays bring office parties and, if alcohol is being served, keep in mind the liability involved.

Provide plenty of alternatives to alcohol, such as soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and cocoa. Consider non-alcoholic beers and virgin drinks at the bar.

Also, so your staff is safe on the way home, stop serving alcohol a few hours before the party ends.

It’s essential to make transportation arrangements for employees who should not drive – whether the party is held at the office, restaurant, your home or any other location.

The takeaway

If you keep in mind that the holidays put extra pressure on everyone, it may help you to keep your workplace free of accidents.

By following a few simple safety tips, it will be easy to enjoy the holiday and the events at work without dealing with injuries or damage to property.

When planning for the holidays, incorporate safety precautions into the planning process.

Need Gift Ideas for Your Christmas Party?

Give a gift of safety that just might save a life. Here are some ideas of safety items we don’t think about until we need them and/or it’s too late:

  • A smoke detector and batteries.
  • A quality fire extinguisher.
  • A flashlight and batteries, or light sticks.
  • A first aid kit.
  • An automobile safety kit including jumper cables, flares, fix-a-flat and reflectors.
  • A carbon monoxide detector.
  • An emergency kit flashlight, energy bars, batteries and first aid kit ― packed in a small travel bag.
  • A radio that runs by cranking rather than batteries.

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.  

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50+ insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.    

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today! 

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up. 

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group

Tips on Spotting Workers’ Comp Fraud

NEWS!  We Have Workers’ Compensation Programs for Contractors, Limousine Services, Real Estate Companies, Truckers, Recyclers, Wholesalers and Distributors.  Fit Into One of Them and Get Excellent Pricing, Coverage, Claims Service, Day-To-Day Service Customer Service, Payroll Services (If Wanted).  Call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 and Obtain a Quote Today! 

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Spotting the red flags that indicate possible workers’ compensation fraud by employees is the best way to prevent fraud from occurring. Knowing how to spot the red flags is a proactive way to nip a potentially costly but false workers’ compensation claim before it begins. 

Most instances of workers’ compensation fraud occur when the claimant:

  • Deliberately falsifies information about how an injury occurred, such as claiming the injury was work-related when it was not,
  • Deliberately amplifies the seriousness of an injury to falsely prolong the claim, or
  • Deliberately continues to collect entitlements while working on the sly for their own purposes or with another employer.

Common Signs of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

  • Lack of witnesses – The majority of people claiming false work-related injuries usually do not have witnesses to support their claim. Vigilance is especially necessary when the employee normally works with other co-workers who should have witnessed the injury but did not.                                                                                
  • Contradictory accounts of how the injury occurred – This can be particularly blatant when any of the doctor’s, employer’s, or witnesses’ reports contradict the employee’s report of the incident. Another red flag should be raised when the employee is deliberately vague about how the injury occurred.                                             
  • Dissatisfied employees – Unhappy employees can be motivated to make a false workers’ compensation claim, especially if a recent incident such as a reprimand, changed responsibilities, or a possible demotion has occurred.                                          
  • Time occurrence of the injury – Many false workers’ compensation claims are submitted before a potential strike, project conclusion, strike, or possible layoff. Many false claims also happen to be submitted on either a Friday or a Monday.                   
  • Inconsistent injury – The nature and extent of the injury is not consistent with their duties or type of job performed.                        
  • Inconsistent reporting procedures – Occurs when there is an inexplicable gap between when the injury occurred and when the employee reported the injury. Be alert if crucial injury data is absent, such as no definite time reported when the injury happened or if other vital dates are absent.                                                                
  • Lack of contact – The employee cannot be easily contacted by the claims rep or employer. Continuous lack of contact might be indicative the employee is working elsewhere while receiving ongoing entitlements. Another red flag should be raised when the employee immediately moves to another state or foreign destination after going on workers’ compensation.                                                                                         
  • Lack of cooperation – The employee deliberately delays or avoids medical treatment or medical diagnostics needed to clarify the medical condition of the employee’s alleged injury.                                                                                                     
  • Physical signs – The employee exhibits physical signs of working such as dirt or grease on their hands or fingernails, work clothes that exhibit traces of work, or scrapes or bruises.                                                                                                               
  • Newer employee – From a statistics vantage, new employees are more likely to commit workers’ compensation fraud than senior employees. The most proactive means to counter this is to carefully screen all new employees in the hiring process beforehand.

Although red flags can help minimize potential workers’ compensation losses from fraud, your best strategies to counter this problem should include: 

1.    Implement a Zero Tolerance policy for workers’ compensation fraud and be sure your employees know about it. 

2.    Take a hands on approach with all workers’ compensation claims and become especially vigilant when red flags appear. 

3.    Keep in regular communication with your injured employee. 

4.    Have a consistent new employee screening process. Offer new employees a thorough orientation and communicate a comprehensive explanation of the workers’ compensation process along with the employee’s rights and responsibilities. 

Fraudulent workers’ compensation claims are a severe drag on the costs of any business. By being aware of how to spot potential problems and being proactive at the outset can help you reduce workers’ compensation fraud in the workplace. 

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.   

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50+ insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.     

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today!  

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to. 

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up.  

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website. 

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group

Contractors – Is Your Liability Insurance with a Surplus Lines Company? Want Out?

Are you unhappy with your General Liability rates?  How about your Umbrella liability pricing?  Did it increase again this year?  Are your liability policies riddled with restrictions and exclusions? Are these restrictions and exclusions preventing you from getting work?

Well there may be help on its way!  Our agency specializes at construction insurance and has 50+ companies to market your account to.  A few of our companies, which are “Main Street Type Companies”, because of the volume and relationships we have, are quoting FOR US contractors they would not have considered these past few years.  For example, we just reduced a Queen’s contractor’s liability premium from $370,000 to $177,000.  That’s a $193,000 savings!  Got rid of a lot of exclusions and restrictions too!  Ask yourself–>

Questions:

  1. Is your liability insurance with a “Surplus & Excess Lines” insurance company?  Higher risk contractors end up insured through these type carriers.  Rates are higher, coverage is more restrictive.  We may now have a better solution for you.                                                                             
  2. Do you have a “Composite Rate” which uses “Sales” to determine premium?  Or is your policy pricing based on payroll and sub contracted costs?  Many prefer payroll and subcontracted costs.  If you are one of them we may be able to help you                                                                                                                                                             
  3. Do you have a “Labor Law” exclusion on your policy?   Would you like this coverage if affordable?                                                                                                                     
  4. Does your liability policies have a “Hammer Clause” that mandates your subs carry certain limits and coverage and have a written executed insurance and hold harmless agreement in place for each sub?   Would you like to eliminate “Hammer Clause” from your policy?                                                                                           
  5. Does your liability policy have a “Contractors Limitation” endorsement?  This endorsement restricts the type of work covered by your policy.  Would you like to avoid form being in your policy?                                                                                           
  6. Does your liability policy have “Contractual Liability?”  Do you sign customer contracts?  This is very important to know.                                                                                                 
  7. Are your policies preventing you from getting work?  How would you like policies that almost no one has a problem with?                                                                    
  8. Are your subs carrying the right insurance? How are you checking to make sure?  Would you like your insurance agency to help screen subs insurance?                                                                                                                                 
  9. Construction contracts you sign, who checks them to make sure you’re in compliance with their insurance requirements?  Is your insurance agency helping you? We can help.                                                                                                  
  10. Are you unhappy with your Workers’ Compensation pricing, company, service?  In the middle of an audit dispute and being told pay or be cancelled?  Work out of state weeks at a time but your plan doesn’t cover you when you do?  We have a great solution.  We may have a plan where you do not have to be audited every year.  It’s easy to get a quote.

There’s an end of the year push for business!  Let us try to get you out of your present coverage situation and hopefully better your plan!   If we can save a Queen’s contractor $193,000 we may be able to do something incredible for YOU!   

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.  

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50+ insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.    

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today! 

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up. 

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group

Worker's Compensation Policy

Is It Ever Too Late for Life Insurance?

Many people think life insurance is only for the young. They believe that life insurance is a tool best used by newlyweds with mortgages, parents of young children, and spouses who are both employed. 

But what does that mean for seniors? Does that mean retirees have no need for life insurance? The answer to that question depends on your family’s needs as well as your financial picture upon retirement.

Your family’s needs

One of the biggest concerns among retirees whether or not they have enough money set aside to last their entire lives. 

Since life expectancies are predictable, but an actual lifespan is not, retirees are left with an uncertain bet that the amount of money they saved for retirement is enough. 

Sometimes, this bet is funded with a straight life annuity or pension that pays out like a straight life annuity. Both of these instruments could affect the surviving spouse’s income if the annuitant or pensioner dies and there is no death benefit. 

When a surviving spouse stands to lose a portion of their income after the death of their spouse, then a life insurance policy can provide a much needed source of continuing income to replace the lost amount.

Another consideration is whether or not you would like to use death benefit proceeds to create a trust for your grandchildren. Leaving a trust account for their college or adult years can help take some of the financial burden from your children and your grandchildren as it may allow them to avoid student loans and other debt. 

Funding the trust with life insurance proceeds takes the funding burden off of your spouse and creates a fixed amount for the trust.

Financial planning

Life insurance policies are great tools for making charitable donations after you pass on. 

If your spouse is not in need of the death benefit proceeds you can set them up either in a charitable trust or by simply naming a charity as your beneficiary. This allows your surviving spouse to see all the good your donation will do, without it impacting his or her financial picture.

Depending on how well-planned your retirement has been you may accumulate some debt in your later years that can be paid off with your life insurance policy death benefit.  

Debt as simple as a car loan, small home equity loan or even a loan for new furniture can cause undue stress to your surviving spouse and a life insurance death benefit is an easy solution to pay it off.

Another financial planning consideration is estate taxes. While life insurance death benefits are generally not taxable, the rest of your estate may be. 

Instead of forcing your surviving spouse to liquidate assets or take funds from a retirement account to pay estate taxes or income taxes for the year you pass away, why not buy a life insurance policy to fulfill that need?

The takeaway

There are so many different ways that a life insurance policy can improve your surviving spouse’s and family’s lives, no matter what your age. 

Without knowing what needs the future will bring, and what health complications could impact your ability to get insurance, the time to buy is now.

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.  

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50 insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.    

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a fiercely competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today! 

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up. 

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group

Contractors – Is Your Insurance Agency Getting You The Best Coverage and Pricing? If You Think They Are Not Working for You, We WILL! We are One of Tri-State’s Leading Construction Insurance Specialists and Have The Companies and Leverage to Get You Better, Sometime Much Better!

Issues To Consider:

  1. If you are a higher risk contractor there’s a good chance you have your general and umbrella liability policies thru a Surplus Lines carrier.  With these type carriers, their rates are very high and their policies have lots of restrictions and exclusions.   Many N.Y.C. contractors are with these companies.  Please note there are some agencies because of their expertise, relationships and volume, able to get high risk contractors insured with main street carriers.  What that means is better pricing and coverage without non standard exclusions and restrictions.  We happen to be THAT AGENCY!  For example, we just reduced a Queen’s contractors general and umbrella liability premiums from $370,000 to $177,000.  That’s a $193,000 savings!  Does your agency specialize at insuring contractors?  Do they have main street programs to try to get you into?  Do they market your account annually to try to get you better pricing and coverage?  Every year our marketing department analyses client’s accounts and if there’s better programs available we market their account to them.  We represent 50+ carriers!                                                                                
  2. Is your agency helping you screen subcontractors insurance? Most liability policies have tough insurance requirements when it comes to sub insurance.  If your subs have the wrong insurance and there’s a claim you can be without protection.  Want relief from this nightmare?  Our office has a dedicated department that screens client’s subs insurance.                                                                                     
  3. Is your agency helping with implementing proper risk transfer mechanisms?  Are you using a good “Insurance and Hold Harmless Agreement?” Do you obtain updated certificates?  Who screens subs insurance to make sure it covers your properly?   Most contractors DO NOT have a proper risk transfer in place.  They DO NOT have signed insurance and hold harmless agreements on file and their subs insurance is inferior.  Want help?  Come to us for that’s one of the things we can do for YOU!                                                                                                                               
  4. Does your insurance agency specialize at Bid & Performance Bonding?  If they are not a construction insurance specialist agency, probably not.  We are and one of tri-state’s leading bonding agencies too.  We have relationships with bonding companies that can get the job done when others can’t.  We have combined experience of over 80 years.  Try us we can make life easier for you.                                                                                  
  5. Does your insurance agency have 20+ Worker’s Compensation plans to get you coverage with? – Looking for lower rates, better coverage, better service, simplified or no audits (depends on state)? How about a pay as you go plan? THE RIGHT coverage while operating out of state, no renewal deposits, no 10% service fee charges, the ability to issue your own certificates on line?                                                                                                                                                     

Please note if you are in a state plan and operate out of state you could have a coverage problem.  For example, your office is in state A and you get a job in state B for 3 months.  If an employee gets injured and files claim in state B most likely you will be denied coverage.  We have a great solution!

Issues we address:

              1) Lowering rates

              2) Finding a new company

              3) Being cancelled or non-renewed

              4) Audit disputes

              5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time

              6) Lowering high experience modifications factors

              7) Misclassification of payrolls

              8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits

              9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months

           10) Covering multiple states under one policy 914-806-5853 for help!

           11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees

           12) Timely issuance of certificates

           13) Being able to get someone on the phone when you need to. 

  1. Does your insurance agency offer Group Health insurance? – We work with one of New York’s best group health insurance experts.  Unhappy with your rates?  Coverage design?  Service?  Need to deal with someone who has answers to your questions?  We have THE RIGHT person for you! Call for help today!                               
  2. Has your insurance agency recommended Identity Theft Protection? – Over the past year millions of people had their identities stolen.  Our children, who could even fathom this.  These thieves steal their identities and years later when they go apply for a credit card or rent an apartment they find out there is hundreds of thousands in debt in their name. This has become such a huge problem we now offer Identity Theft protection.  Under our plan you can protect yourself, spouse and all your children.  Anyone can purchase protection though including your employees!  Click here to learn more or get started.
  1. Turn Every Homeowner, Business Owner and Building Owner Into a Monthly Residual Income Stream!  This Can Be Such a Money Maker for YOU! – Hundreds of contractors across America are involved in this business.  We recently met Juan a GC from NYC and Dominick another GC from Rockland County, both doing this, both making 4 to 5 figure incomes a month!  Call Gary at 914-806-5853 to learn more. 

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.                                                                                  

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY, NJ, CT) – We we have 50 insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.                              

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today!                                                              

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

Website: www.bgesgroup.com

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

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Why It Is Important to Review Your Business Insurance Annually – Let Us Help You Make Sure Your Coverage Is In Order!

AGENCY ALERT! – When was the last time you saw your insurance broker? Does your agency make coverage recommendations? Has your agency gotten so big that you speak to a different person each time you call? If you want to go back to the 60’s and receive VERY PERSONAL CARE from one person who comes to visit you and knows your account inside and out call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853.

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One of the keys to managing risks when you first start a business is getting the right insurance to cover your operations, property and potential liabilities.

Unfortunately, many business owners fail to update their policies and just renew them year after year even if the company has grown, expanded operations and facilities, and added new equipment and property. If this is the case, the old coverage would be insufficient.

Business owners should review their policies every year to catch any omissions and make sure they are not underinsured. It is common for smaller businesses to secure a basic business owner’s policy (BOP) and workers’ comp when they first get started. A BOP includes:

  • Property insurance for buildings and contents owned by the company.
  • Business interruption insurance, which covers the loss of income resulting from a fire or other catastrophe that disrupts the operation of the business.
  • Liability protection, which covers your company’s legal responsibility for the harm it may cause to others. This harm is a result of things that you and your employees do or fail to do in your business operations that may cause bodily injury or property damage due to defective products, faulty installations and errors in services provided.

Outgrowing BOP coverage

As your business expands, you may outgrow the BOP and need additional coverage to manage your risks. Some examples include the following:

  • Workers’ comp. While you likely added a workers’ comp policy when you made your first hire, you will need to update it as you add more staff. If you don’t, when your insurer audits you, you may face a hefty bill for additional premium. Be diligent about your policy and inform your insurer as you grow.
  • Excess umbrella or liability coverage. You should consider this insurance to cover claims that exceed your BOP’s limit, providing you with an added layer of protection to protect your assets.
  • Professional liability insurance. These policies provide coverage for mistakes for any professional services you provide. This used to be mainly for doctors, attorneys and accountants, but as our service sector has expanded it includes services provided by coders and software developers, appraisers, consultants, real estate brokers, graphic designers and home inspectors, among others.
  • Auto, non-owned and hired coverage. This protects business owners if an employee has an accident while driving a rental or personal vehicle on the job. 
  • Employment practices liability insurance. This covers human resources issues related to discrimination, harassment and termination.
  • Commercial auto insurance. This coverage protects autos that are not under a personal policy.
  • Directors and officers liability coverage. This protects officers and directors in the event they are sued for wrongful acts while on duty.

Depending on the business, some or most of these insurance options may be required for adequate protection. Annual reviews with us are ideal for discussing your options. Make sure these elements are considered:

  • If computers, equipment or other types of property have been added, this would be reason to increase policy limits.
  • While revenue is an important consideration, it is also important to remember that it is a potential liability. 
  • A general liability or BOP may be affected if the owner has moved, added or closed locations.
  • Hired and non-hired auto insurance is necessary if workers are driving frequently in rented vehicles. 
  • For specific types of work and services, employers may need additional endorsements for their general liability policies.
  • People who are serving new industries or clients may have problems with their professional liability coverage if they have large amounts of high-risk industries or customers.
  • If you experience an increase in the number of workers you have, or there is a higher turnover rate, it is important to think about employment practices liability coverage. And as mentioned, your workers’ comp policy should be updated to reflect any staffing changes and that you categorize your workers properly.

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.  

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50 insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.    

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a fiercely competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today! 

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up. 

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group

Tips on Spotting Workers’ Comp Fraud

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Spotting the red flags that indicate possible workers’ compensation fraud by employees is the best way to prevent fraud from occurring. Knowing how to spot the red flags is a proactive way to nip a potentially costly but false workers’ compensation claim before it begins.

Most instances of workers’ compensation fraud occur when the claimant:

  • Deliberately falsifies information about how an injury occurred, such as claiming the injury was work-related when it was not,
  • Deliberately amplifies the seriousness of an injury to falsely prolong the claim, or
  • Deliberately continues to collect entitlements while working on the sly for their own purposes or with another employer.

Common Signs of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

  • Lack of witnesses – The majority of people claiming false work-related injuries usually do not have witnesses to support their claim. Vigilance is especially necessary when the employee normally works with other co-workers who should have witnessed the injury but did not.
  • Contradictory accounts of how the injury occurred – This can be particularly blatant when any of the doctor’s, employer’s, or witnesses’ reports contradict the employee’s report of the incident. Another red flag should be raised when the employee is deliberately vague about how the injury occurred.
  • Dissatisfied employees – Unhappy employees can be motivated to make a false workers’ compensation claim, especially if a recent incident such as a reprimand, changed responsibilities, or a possible demotion has occurred.
  • Time occurrence of the injury – Many false workers’ compensation claims are submitted before a potential strike, project conclusion, strike, or possible layoff. Many false claims also happen to be submitted on either a Friday or a Monday.
  • Inconsistent injury – The nature and extent of the injury is not consistent with their duties or type of job performed.
  • Inconsistent reporting procedures – Occurs when there is an inexplicable gap between when the injury occurred and when the employee reported the injury. Be alert if crucial injury data is absent, such as no definite time reported when the injury happened or if other vital dates are absent.
  • Lack of contact – The employee cannot be easily contacted by the claims rep or employer. Continuous lack of contact might be indicative the employee is working elsewhere while receiving ongoing entitlements. Another red flag should be raised when the employee immediately moves to another state or foreign destination after going on workers’ compensation.
  • Lack of cooperation – The employee deliberately delays or avoids medical treatment or medical diagnostics needed to clarify the medical condition of the employee’s alleged injury.
  • Physical signs – The employee exhibits physical signs of working such as dirt or grease on their hands or fingernails, work clothes that exhibit traces of work, or scrapes or bruises.
  • Newer employee – From a statistics vantage, new employees are more likely to commit workers’ compensation fraud than senior employees. The most proactive means to counter this is to carefully screen all new employees in the hiring process beforehand.

Although red flags can help minimize potential workers’ compensation losses from fraud, your best strategies to counter this problem should include:

1.   Implement a Zero Tolerance policy for workers’ compensation fraud and be sure your employees know about it.

2.   Take a hands on approach with all workers’ compensation claims and become especially vigilant when red flags appear.

3.   Keep in regular communication with your injured employee.

4.   Have a consistent new employee screening process. Offer new employees a thorough orientation and communicate a comprehensive explanation of the workers’ compensation process along with the employee’s rights and responsibilities.

Fraudulent workers’ compensation claims are a severe drag on the costs of any business. By being aware of how to spot potential problems and being proactive at the outset can help you reduce workers’ compensation fraud in the workplace.

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.  

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50 insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.    

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a fiercely competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today! 

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up. 

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or email: bgesgroup@gmail.com

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group

Worker's Compensation Policy

Legal Traps to Avoid When Dealing with FMLA Requests

Worker's Compensation Policy

If you are confused about navigating the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, here’s a handy list of mistakes to avoid.

Firing – It would be a bad idea to fire an employee if they’re unable to return to work following the end of FMLA leave that is due to their serious health condition. Better to find out if the employee is entitled to any additional time off under employment laws or through company policies.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may consider granting of additional leave “reasonable accommodation,” in legal terms.

That definition comes from determining whether the employee’s condition is a disability. Under the ADA, most serious health conditions as defined by the FMLA are considered disabilities. If you’re in doubt, ask your legal counsel for advice.

Then you have to figure out whether the requested time off is legally considered “reasonable.” Under the ADA, you as an employer don’t have to grant leave as an accommodation if it poses “hardship” or “undue hardship.”

Miscalculation – You are able to calculate FMLA leave by either calendar year, any fixed 12-month period, or the 12 months measured forward from when an employee’s FMLA leave begins. It can also be calculated backward from a 12-month period from the date an employee uses the leave.

Deadlines – Meeting FMLA deadlines for processing requests for leave under its guidelines is critical. Within five business days of learning an employee needs FMLA leave, you must provide them with the “Notice of Eligibility Rights and Responsibilities Form,” or something similar that your company has prepared.

Next, if you require the employee to file a certification form, you must allow them 15 calendar days to do so. Then, within five business days of receiving the certification form, you must provide the employee with an FMLA designation form that tells them whether the request has been approved.

But if the certification form is incomplete or insufficient, you then must allow the worker seven calendar days to make necessary corrections in the form. You must give a written notice to employees of all deadlines, and the consequences of failing to meet them. 

Bonuses – Some confusion has arisen over how to determine an employee’s bonus eligibility when they haven’t been able to meet bonus objectives due to FMLA leave. You can disqualify an employee for failing to meet bonus objectives even if they are on FMLA, as long as employees on similar leave are treated the same.

So, an employee who used vacation leave during an FMLA leave should be treated the same as one who used vacation while not on FMLA leave, be it paid or unpaid.

Reassignment – If you want to reassign an employee on FMLA leave for better efficiency, you can only do so for employees who need intermittent or reduced schedule leave.

Reassignments can be done for the employee, family or covered service member if such leaves are a planned medical treatment, a period of recovery from a serious health condition, or due to the birth of a child or placement of a child into adoption or foster care. Beyond that, the reassignment is to be only as long as is required by the leave period.

You are also prohibited from transferring employees to a position to discourage them from taking FMLA leave. That means you can’t demote them from accounting to janitor, even if their pay and benefits remain the same at the reassigned position.

You must make sure, however, that benefits and pay stay the same in the reassigned position. Otherwise, you may be seen as interfering with the individual’s FMLA rights.

Meanwhile, you may not require a transfer to another job when the employee’s need for an intermittent or reduced schedule is unforeseeable.

The takeaway

As you can see, the FMLA is a veritable minefield for employers and, if an employee requests leave under the law, you must make sure you don’t do anything to infringe on their rights, lest you open your organization to being sued.

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.  

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50 insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.    

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a fiercely competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today! 

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up. 

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group

Are You Sick & Tired of Dealing With Your Workers’ Compensation Auditors? We Have Solutions That Can Help You!

Before we get started, how would you like to be in a Workers’ Compensation plan where the rates are great, at the start employees get classified properly, contractors can split field weekly payrolls by class code, payroll caps are automatically applied, where you pay premium based on current payroll figures and that doesn’t audit you every year or maybe ever? Call 914-806-5853 to learn how!

No company owner wants to undergo a workers’ compensation audit, but they are a fact of life if you run a business and have employees.

Unfortunately, many audits don’t go smoothly and sometimes your insurer may make mistakes.  And sometimes the mistakes can be in the tens, hundreds of thousands of dollars and you get told, pay or and because the number is so ridiculous you get cancelled.

Below we are highlighting 10 common problems faced by business owners and THEN OFFERING YOU A SOLUTION!

Wrong class code – Misapplication of job classifications occurs in many workers’ comp audits. With hundreds of job classes to choose from, mistakes can happen.

X-Mod is changed – After your insurer finishes the audit, it will use the information to calculate your premium. When that happens, it has to include your X-Mod to get the right rate. But sometimes the insurer may use an incorrect X-Mod.

Subcontractors are counted – Sometimes insurers will include subcontractors as employees, which results in a new audit bill to account for the additional “employees.” But if they are genuine subcontractors, they should not be counted. Often, uninsured contractors that have insurance will be included as employees. Often it takes hours on the phone and months of waiting before these charges are removed.  The problem is if you are billed tens, hundreds of thousands for subs that have insurance but your company says they don’t you have to pay whats billed or be cancelled.  We have a better way.

Disappearing credits – Most policies will have some sort of premium credits or other modifiers. Sometimes during audits, the insurer will remove them when recalculating the premium they think you owe. Watch out for missing credits and other modifiers if you get an audit bill, like:

  • Premium discount
  • Schedule credits
  • Deductible credits
  • State-specific credits

Audit worksheets missing – If the auditor fails to provide you with audit worksheets, which are used to compile your payroll and other audit information, you should ask to check their work. They will provide you with the information you need to carry out such a check.

Your rates changed – The rates you are charged at the beginning of your policy period must remain the same for the entire policy period. If your base rates have changed, the insurer may have made a mistake.

Separation of payroll – Depending on your industry, you may or may not be able to split your employees’ payroll between job classifications (like cabinet installers and sheetrock hangers). This is a pinch point when errors can occur. If the auditor says you are not allowed to split job classifications even though you have in the past, your audit may be in error.  We have a better way!

Unexpected large premium due – If you get a significant bill for your insurance company after your audit, the auditor may have made mistakes, particularly if you know that your employment has remained relatively stable and you’ve had no significant claims, if any. If it seems out of whack, it probably is.  We have a better way! 

Payroll data doesn’t match – If there is a discrepancy between your payroll data and what you see on the audit, a mistake may have been made. Try to match the payroll on the audit with that generated from your accountant. If the insurer made a mistake, you could end up paying for phantom payroll numbers.  And there are insurers that when they do not believe your numbers create phantom payroll.

No physical audit – There are three types of audits:

  • Mail audit
  • Phone audit, and
  • Physical audit

The mail and phone audits are prone to errors since neither you nor your staff likely have any experience in premium auditing. If you have a big bill after a mail or phone audit, mistakes could have been made. 

Solution:  How would you like to be in a Workers’ Compensation plan where the rates are great, at the start employees get classified properly, contractors can split field weekly payrolls by class code, applies payroll caps, where you pay premium based on current payroll figures and that doesn’t audit you every year or maybe ever?

BGES Group are Workers’ Compensation Specialists and depending on what you want we can help you get it.  Cal Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 and receive help immediately! 

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.  

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50 insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.    

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today! 

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up. 

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group

What Every Contractor Needs to Know to Classify Employees and Independent Contractors

Are you a New York contractor who is unhappy with their general liability, umbrella liability and workers’ compensation rates, coverage, company, exclusions?  General Liability with a Surplus Lines carrier that too many exclusions and restrictions?  We are one of New York’s leading Construction Insurance Specialists and have 50+ insurance companies to market your account to.  

We just reduced a Queens contractors liability insurance by $193,000! 

For FREE, let us review your coverage and see if we can fit you into one of our specialty programs.  We did for the last contractor and they saved $193,000!  Let the next one be YOU!   Call Gary at 914-806-5853 TODAY! 

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Employees and independent contractors are different, so it is important for employers to be clear about the difference between the two. This will help them determine what to do when hiring people to help, and it will also affect how they withhold taxes to avoid legal trouble. 

Independent Contractors
Independent contractors have their own employees and usually have their own business name. They typically have a separate checking account for business, and they advertise their own business services. When work is completed, they normally send an invoice or have an agreement for payment. Independent contractors have their own hours, tools and clients. They keep their own business records as well. 

Employees
Employees are hired by a company to work for only that employer unless otherwise agreed. For example, some full-time employees may have a part-time weekend job elsewhere that does not interfere with their commitment to their full-time employer. Employees’ duties and assignments are controlled by the employer or supervisors, and they are provided with training from the employer for the tasks they need to complete.  

Small businesses often depend on independent contractors as workers. For small business owners, there are several benefits to using this approach. They do not have to spend as much for labor costs, their liabilities are reduced considerably and this gives business owners more flexibility for firing or hiring. 

Classification Considerations
Classifying an individual incorrectly as an independent contractor may have several legal consequences that are costly. If an independent contractor meets the definition of an employee, the business owner may have to reimburse that person for wages and overtime that would normally have been paid to them by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The business owner may also have to provide health insurance, retirement or other benefits normally offered to regular employees. Paying back taxes and other penalties would also be necessary, and workers’ compensation would have to be paid to any injured individuals who met the criteria for being employees instead of independent contractors. 

Tax Considerations
The Internal Revenue Service provides information on their site for companies hiring independent contractors and employees. This information is to teach them about tax implications of various scenarios. Site visitors can fill out forms to request that the IRS reviews their workers’ statuses and to provide additional resources. There are no one-size-fits-all tests to determine if a worker is an employee or independent contractor. However, the following considerations are useful in helping classify them: 

– The permanency of the work relationship. 
– The extent to which services provided are an integral part of the employer’s business. 
– The amount of initiative in market competition determining the worker’s success. 
– The worker’s investment in equipment and facilities. 
– The worker’s opportunities for loss and profit. 
– The degree of independent business operation and organization. 
– The degree of control by the business owner. 

Whether a person is considered an employee or an independent contractor will depend on the business owner’s amount of control over the workload and the individual. For more information about this topic and how to classify workers correctly or to make sure they are properly insured, contact Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853. 

BGES Group’s office, located in Larchmont, NY is a full service insurance agency offering, Property, Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Bid & Performance Bonds, Inland Marine, Worker’s Compensation, New York State Disability, Group Health, Life insurance, Personal lines and Identity Theft.   

BGES Group are Worker’s Compensation Specialists for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – Issues we address: 1) Lowering pricing – we have specialty programs that can save you up to 40%; 2) Finding a new company; 3) Being cancelled or non renewed; 4) Audit disputes; 5) Company creating fictitious payroll at audit time; 6) Lowering high experience modifications factors; 7) Misclassification of payrolls; 8) Lowering or eliminating renewal deposits;   9) Getting coverage when you’ve been without for a few months; 10) Covering multiple states under one policy; 11) Eliminating 10% service or policy fees; 12) Timely issuance of certificates; 13) Always being able to get someone on the phone or by email when you need to.

Special Contractor Insurance Programs (NY) – We we have 50 insurance companies to market your general liability, umbrella liability, business auto, workers compensation, bid & performance bonds and group health coverages.  We help contractors set up proper risk transfer mechanisms.  If you’re a contractor we offer extensive information about insurance markets, coverages, risk transfer mechanisms, subcontractor screening, ways to lower your insurance costs that lower them.     

New Jersey and Connecticut Contractors:  We have a fiercely competitively priced (savings up to 50%)  General Liability, Umbrella Liability, Business Auto, Workers Compensation program.  Want to lower these costs?  Get a quote today!  

Identity Theft – Over the past year hundreds of thousands of people have had to deal with identity theft.  This has become such a huge problem so we now offer Identity Theft Protection. We heard stories of kids going for car loans and learning they owe $200,000+ to companies they never heard of.  Under our program you can protect yourself, spouse and children.  Anyone you know can purchase this protection though our plan!  Click here to learn more or sign up.  

Do You Look at Other Ways To Make Money? – Two contractors told us about a business that was making them five to six figure a month incomes.  We want to share it with you because you can make money off of every homeowner, building owner, business owner and restaurant owner you come in contact with.  If they can do it you can do it too!  To learn more call Gary at 914-806-5853.  

If you would like to speak with us call Gary Wallach at 914-806-5853 or click here to email or click here to visit our website.

Company: BGES Group, 216A Larchmont Acres West, Larchmont, NY 10538

e-mail: bgesgroup@gmail.com

website: http://www.bgesgroup.com

© – Copyright – 2019 – BGES Group