What The European Truck Platooning Challenge Means For The U.S.

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on Apr 28, 2016 3:33:25 PM

As advancements in autonomous vehicles continue, the impact on the trucking industry could be massive.  Self-driving technology possesses the potential to reduce significantly the number of accidents and therefore the loss exposure for long-haul truckers.  These technologies, however, can lead to significant savings even outside the possibility for accident reduction. 

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Topics: Safety At Work, Technology, trucking, Road Safety


Posted by UNIQ CYCLE SOUNDS on Apr 22, 2016 3:38:13 PM


GUEST POST Written by UNiQ Cycle Sounds of

 Tired of riding your motorcycle solo? Why not ask a friend or family member to hitch a ride? Whether you own a chopper or “street” bike, most modern-day motorcycles are designed to accommodate both the driver and one other passenger. However, there are a few things you should know regarding the safety of riding a motorcycle with a passenger.

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Topics: Safety At Home, Motorcycle, Road Safety

How Prince’s Death Can Affect Your Cyber Security Efforts

Posted by Jen Rossi on Apr 22, 2016 1:47:55 PM




The music artist Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota Thursday morning. An autopsy will be done on Friday 4/22/2016.

Here’s why this is worth mentioning: usually when a musician passes away there is a bump in music downloads and people listen to streaming services to memorialize them. That’s usually all fine and good, album sales go up, there’s trending on twitter, and there is an overall virtual outpouring of support.

Unfortunately these sad times are the perfect opportunity for Social Engineering Scams. Celebrity Deaths (or even death rumors) are like natural disasters, holidays, and other major news stories. New websites are created, the high-demand content is scrubbed, dubious emails are drafted, and links to websites loaded with malware and viruses are circulated on social media.

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Topics: Technology, social engineering, cyber security

Law Firms Are A Growing Target For Hired Hackers

Posted by Brynne Bernier (Ashton) on Apr 11, 2016 3:25:44 PM


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Topics: Technology, For Your Business, lawyer, cyber security

Classifying Joint Employment As Either: Horizontal Joint Employment Or Vertical Joint Employment

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on Apr 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Continuing a trend from the National Labor Relations Board and several state courts, the US Labor Department issued new guidance regarding joint employer liability on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  Companies face a number of exposures as it relates to the status of employees: these can range from unionization regulations as controlled by the NLRB, to minimum wage and overtime laws controlled by the US Department of Labor under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and even including discrimination claims under the Civil Rights Act often litigated in court.  Rules for who constitutes an employee can differ significantly depending on the employee rights sought.  The US Labor Department often uses a more expansive definition of employee than the National Labor Relations Board or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for example.
Read More About The Growing Liability Of Joint Employment Here

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Topics: For Your Business, Employee Benefits, HR Insights

An Interview With Charlie Bernier, ECBM's President

Posted by ecbmadmin on Mar 24, 2016 3:08:41 PM

ECBM's President Charlie Bernier discusses with Executive Leaders Radio host Herb Cohen how his family and upbringing influences his outlook, sense of responsibility, and ECBM's core values.

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What Snapchat's W-2 Leak Means For Your Business

Posted by Jen Rossi on Mar 17, 2016 6:58:12 PM

What Happened?

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Topics: Technology, Insurance Coverage, social engineering, cyber security

ERISA And The Continued Controversy Of 401Ks and IRAs

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on Mar 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Continuing a trend of aggressive new regulations in the labor field, the Department of Labor has issued controversial new rules on the handling of employee retirement plans.
  The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) gives the DOL authority to regulate financial advisors providing investment advice on retirement plans - specifically 401(k)s and IRAs.  The new regulations attempt to target conflict of interest concerns by expanding the scope of the agency’s fiduciary rule. 

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Topics: For Your Business, Finances, retirement planning

Heavy Risks And Penalties For Uber & Lyft In Pennsylvania

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on Feb 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM


Companies like Uber and Lyft continue to make headlines both for the opportunities and the challenges they present.  Known alternatively as ride-sourcing companies or transportation network companies, Uber and Lyft present a number of regulatory and insurance-based risks. 

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Topics: Technology, PA, insurance

The Drone Slayer Had His Day In Court

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on Feb 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

On January 6, 2016, a lawsuit was filed in Kentucky that has wide-ranging implications for the future of commercial drones in the United States.  The lawsuit involves William H. Merideth, who calls himself the “Drone Slayer”, who shot down a $1,500 drone flying over his property in July 2015.

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Topics: Technology, drones for commercial use, drone

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