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  • An End-Around on Hardship Withdrawal Rules

    by Gary Weir Vice President of Retirement Services, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company It seems we don’t need to wait anymore for major pieces of legislation in order to get changes made in 401(k) plans. The Bipartisan Budget Act passed back in February contained several significant changes in the laws surrounding hardship withdrawals. Hardship withdrawals are

  • Small businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks, then don’t act, new survey finds

    As seen in USA Today. Small businesses suffered a barrage of computer invasions last year but most took no action to shore up their security afterward, according to a survey by insurer Hiscox. It found that 47 percent of small businesses reported that they had one attack in 2017, and 44 percent said they had

  • 5 Meaningful Benefits for Millennials

    As seen in Benefits Magazine, contributed by one of EPIC’s senior employee benefit consultants Renee M. Rochman Employers that want to attract and retain Millennial employees may want to consider offering benefits that help this younger generation balance their personal and professional lives. Renee’s key takeaways include: Millennials are projected to make up nearly 34%

  • Artificial Intelligence and Professional Liability

    As seen in Risk Management, contributed by EPIC risk management consultant Thompson (Tom) Mackey Artificial intelligence (AI) officially became mainstream when, in 2011, IBM’s Watson defeated several human competitors on the game show “Jeopardy!” This was significant, as Watson was not connected to the internet and was required to parse through complex and subtle language

  • Decisely Featured in FT Partners’ CEO Monthly InsurTech Market Analysis

    This month’s FT Partners CEO Monthly InsurTech Market Analysis features an exclusive interview with Kevin Dunn, Co-founder and CEO of Decisely. In the interview, Kevin discusses Decisely’s unique software platform and how the company has been able to grow through partnerships with larger brokers. Please click here to download the full publication. The interview with Kevin

  • Is Your Company’s Reputation at Risk?

    As seen in Construction Business Owner. Wilson Long, ARM, CRIS, is a principal with EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, where he brings his risk management expertise to contractors, energy companies and oil and gas distribution contractors. Long endeavors to understand the key business issues his clients face and address the main concerns of executives in

  • EPIC’s Kevin Ach and Walter Palmer Moderated Executive Afternoon Session on Loss Prevention At NRF Protect

    EPIC’s Kevin Ach, vice president of Risk Assurance and Walter Palmer, practice leader of Integrated Risk Solutions moderated the Executive Afternoon session on loss prevention at the National Retail Foundation’s NRF Protect Conference on Monday, June 11 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, Texas. Ach and Palmer moderated the session that included Captain Chad Fleming

  • Recent and Pending Legislation and Legal Matters in the Construction Industry

    Please click here for a shareable and print-friendly version AB1701 This legislation effective January 1, 2018 makes “direct” (prime or general) contractors on private work responsible for unpaid wages and benefits of the employees of their subcontractors. An effort made by AGC to change the legislation to reduce the requirement on contractors was rejected by the

  • Protect your Vehicle from Theft

    July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, and EPIC’s VP of Transportation and Logistics Risk Control Michael Nischan wants to make sure you’re well prepared. What would you do if your vehicle suddenly disappeared? 765,484 motor vehicles were stolen in 2016, with the cost of stolen vehicles pegged at more than $5.9 billion. What consumers should

  • Is More ACA Confusion Possible? You Bet.

    by Craig Hasday President, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company As if the ACA debate couldn’t get more complex – the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has declined to defend an ACA challenge filed by Texas and several other Republican states, seeking to invalidate the pre-existing coverage mandate – and therefore the entire law.  The suit alleges

  • Rebate Game on Overdrive

    by Adam Okun Executive Vice President, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company Every time I turn around there is another shell to watch in the game of rebate pricing. And just when you thought the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) pricing structure couldn’t get more convoluted, it is… Most employers are already aware that PBMs provide significant rebates every

  • Retiree Healthcare Back in Focus

    by Craig Hasday President, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company With the upturn in the economy, employers are again starting to look at improvements to benefit programs, especially for their key employees. Retiree healthcare is a topic where I am surprised that discussions have changed from “how do I eliminate this obligation” to “tell me what other employers are

  • The CREATES Act – Stepping Closer to Drug Pricing Justice?

    by Mike Dischley Vice President, Account Management, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company I don’t know about you, but the headlines on pharmaceutical companies substantially raising prices over a short period of time (without good reason) appear far too often for my taste – and we write about drug pricing issues frequently on this blog. But

  • “Right to Try” Is Compassionate Legislation, but Does It Make Sense?

    by Craig Hasday  President, Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company President Trump signed the Right to Try Act yesterday, which cleared the House in late May, having been approved by the Senate in 2017. This legislation gives terminally ill patients the ability to access experimental drugs which have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process

  • EPIC’s Chuck Simpson Presented at ASSE’s Safety 2018

    Senior Risk Control Consultant Chuck Simpson presented at Safety 2018, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Professional Development Conference on Wed., June 6 at 1:45 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Simpson presented alongside Dan Brinkman, director and lead instructor at High Plains Safety Training Center and Eric

  • EPIC and Decisely Host Welcome Reception at the Region IX Clinical Excellence Conference

    Join EPIC and Decisely for a welcome reception and exhibitor networking opportunity following the Region IX Clinical Excellence Conference meetings today, June 4 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Where: Komatke Ballroom Sheraton Wildhorse Pass (Conference Hotel) 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Boulevard Chandler, AZ More about the IX Clinical Excellence Conference: The California Primary Care

  • Craig Hasday and Steve Needle Attend The Council’s 2018 Employee Benefits Leadership Forum

    EPIC’s Craig Hasday and Steve Needle are attending the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) Employee Benefits Leadership Forum this week at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Today Craig moderated The Wild World of Healthcare Transformation panel. His panelists of true insiders heavily discussed the way key influencers are shaping today’s healthcare transformation. After all, as traditional

  • EPIC Ranks #6 in Atlanta

    Ranked by Property & Casualty premium volume, EPIC now ranks #6 in Atlanta! We’re proud of our team in Atlanta for all the work they’ve done to establish such a strong local presence. Keep up the EPIC success. To view the full list of Atlanta’s 10 Largest Property and Casualty Insurance Brokers and Agents published

  • Urgent Update: OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Requirements

    Attn: California Contractors Effective January 1, 2017, employers in states regulated by federal OSHA were required to electronically submit Log 300 records of injuries and illnesses. Under the new rule, employers in high-hazard industries will send OSHA injury and illness data that the employers are already required to collect for posting on the agency’s website.

  • EPIC Ranks #2 in Sacramento

    Ranked by Property & Casualty premium volume, EPIC now ranks #2 in Sacramento! We’re proud of our team in Sacramento for all the work they’ve done to establish such a strong local presence. Keep up the EPIC success. To view the full list of Largest Sacramento Area Insurance Brokers (P&C), published by the Sacramento Business