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How Does Workers’ Comp Work?

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By Diane Tait
Since the 1920’s workers’ compensation has benefited workers in this country should they become injured, incapacitated or killed while on the job.Prior to that, injured workers were required to sue their employer for their injuries and loss of income.Worst still was that employees had to wait months for any financial assistance, which could prove devastating for workers and their families.Many of the awards that were awarded by courts were arbitrary since there was no defined system or scale that determined what an injury or a life was worth.Worse still was the fact that many workers lost their cases in court or had a substantial amount of their award eroded by attorney’s fees. By the middle of the 19th Century, it was clear that something had to be done.

Is Renter’s Insurance Worth the Rent?

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By Diane Tait
Recently we shot a YouTube video that dealt with personal auto and renter’s insurance (which you may view below).So, I thought it would be a good idea to cover the ins and outs of renter’s insurance in this week’s blog.If you rent a house, condo or apartment, you may assume that everything contained therein is covered by your landlord’s homeowner’s policy.That assumption could cost you big were your unit to be burglarized, flooded or burnt up in a fire.Contrary to popular opinion, the only thing that your landlord’s homeowner’s policy covers is the structure and anything like major appliances, rugs and fixtures contained therein that are owned by the landlord.As far as your personal property and furnishings are concerned, you’re on your own if calamity were to strike and you’re uninsured.

Insurance for the Gig Economy

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By Diane Tait
So, you’ve decided to augment your income by either picking up passengers, delivering groceries or taking on contract writing assignments.Good for you.Working as an independent contractor can have its rewards.In many cases you get to set your own pace, work when you want to work and avoid the dilemma of having your boss breathe down your neck all day long.There are also added tax write-offs and other perks involved with running your own business.The downside is that there can be added expenses and increased liability to deal with anytime you go from working for someone to working for yourself.Today I thought I’d take the time to help all you indies out there understand the insurance ramifications inherent in dealing with the Gig Economy.

The ABC's of Insurance Coverage

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By Diane Tait
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, then you no doubt recall how I always advise you to “Read your policy including the fine print.”While that’s prudent advice for any contract, what makes insurance policies unique is that they have a language all their own.Unless you’re a contract attorney or work in the insurance industry, much of what’s expressed in an insurance policy may as well be written in Greek.Therefore, I decided to dedicate today’s blog into giving you a leg up on many of the terms you’ll find in a typical policy.

What Does Homeowner's Coverage Cover?

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By Diane Tait
If you own your own home, then it’s probably one of the biggest investments you have ever made.With an average sales price in the US of $322,600 in April 2020, buying a home doesn’t come cheap.Neither does maintaining it for years to come.That’s why most homeowners insure their homes to protect their investment from fire, theft, storm and other acts of God.That being said, unless you’ve taken the time to read each and every line in your policy, including the fine print, you might be shocked at what the average homeowner’s policy doesn’t cover.So, I thought I’d take the time to go over what’s included and excluded in most policies.