NJ Pre-School Facility Insurance: Keeping Kids Safe

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Pre-school programs seem to be on everyone’s mind this September as the national anxiously watches New York City unveil over eleven hundred free, full-day early-childhood development programs set to begin early this month. An estimated 51 thousand children have been enrolled in the new full-day programs which is nearly twice as many students as last year. While the new school year began without a hitch for most students, there were a few programs and establishments which faced setbacks due to safety concerns and other complications. Nine programs were unable to open after undergoing rigorous inspections by fire, health and NYC Education Department officials. While officials have refrained from releasing the names of specific programs, the have noted that the challenges ranged from health and safety concerns, such as exposed wiring or the presence of rodents, to the financial security of the organization.

Student safety is always a top priority for educational and childcare institutions, but keeping children safe at all times can often be a huge challenge for teachers and childcare providers. Young students can get especially rowdy and rambunctious at times, and as such their safety is not always easy to guarantee. In a world highly prone to litigation, even a small mishap can quickly escalate into a potential hazard for the pre-school program directors and facilities. Even unfounded allegations of negligence, neglect and other wrongdoing can take a heavy toll on an operation. One of the best ways that early childhood education programs can protect themselves and their staff members from the various liability exposures they faces is by obtaining the right insurance.

At Vreeland Insurance, we offer an array of business insurance solutions for New Jersey operations of all types and sizes. Our Pre-School Facility Insurance programs offer comprehensive coverage designed to fit the unique needs of early childhood educators and protects the facility, staff members, and the children under their care. We can help craft a comprehensive portfolio of policies that work together to provide coverage for the many risks that come with the territory, including liability exposures. To learn more about all our risk management solutions, give our NJ Pre-School Facility Insurance specialists a call today at (877) 755-3767. 

Why Do Plumbers Need NJ Workers Comp?

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The supply of fresh, clean water and the removal of  waste are vital to the health and well-being of all civilizations. From the beginnings of irrigation, civilizations have understood the risks involved with separating clean usable water from contamination. To mitigate some of these risks, the Romans utilized aqueduct systems to help limit clean water’s exposure to soil, human and animal waste and other contaminants. They often enclosed their fresh water in pipes made from the common metals of the time, such as lead.  Thousands of years later, modern scientists discovered that the very piping used to protect fresh water from contamination could in fact be causing illness. Lead piping is just one example of how innovation rarely comes without new and unexpected risks.

Today, NJ plumbers work in a variety of settings with a variety of materials, which often exposes them to countless known and still unidentified health and safety hazards. Although the modern plumbing industry works hard to improve not only the health and safety of their workers but also the safety of communities around the world, there are still many common hazards. Understanding the risks faced by the plumbing industry can help business owners and independent plumbers manage their own exposure to all potential hazards that may arise while establishing and maintaining a plumbing system.

Some of the main occupational hazards that all NJ plumbing professionals should be aware of include:

  • Exposure to hazardous substances such as lead, sulfur dioxide, asbestos, mold and chemical compounds.
  • Exposure to Biological hazards when working on sewage pipes or septic tank outlets, or when laying new pipe in soil. This can include exposure to diseases, viruses, and other microorganisms which can be transmitted through human and animal waste.
  • Work related accidents and bodily injuries from their job performance, such as slips or cramps due to lifting, straining and awkward bodily positioning.
  • Working conditions such as high temperatures, heights, and confined spaces.

The plumbing industry faces many unique risk exposures, which can have dramatic impacts on workers and businesses alike. Having a strong New Jersey Workers Compensation program can help minimize the risk exposes plumbers face should a worker suffer from a workplace accident. NJ Workers Comp is designed to help employers provide the proper financial resources to help their workers receive any necessary medical care needed as a result of a workplace accident. At Vreeland Insurance, we understand the risks you and your NJ business face. That’s why we offer a host of business insurance solutions, such as NJ Workers Comp, professional liability and property coverage to help NJ plumbers protect their assets. For more information about our offerings, give us a call today at (877) 755-3767. 

NJ Preschool Insurance: NYC Draws from NJ Policy

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Community-based early childhood education providers are facing challenges in the wake of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to offer free pre-kindergarten education through the New York City public school system. Drawing on the efforts of New Jersey’s early childhood education efforts, de Blasio successfully snagged a $300 million dollar allotment from the budget to help ensure that all 3-4 year olds have access to the education they need. The city program is aiming to provide 53,000 full-day pre-k seats this fall, which in roughly twice as many as the previous year. Part of his program also calls for salary increases for early child hood educators in order to help make the field a more viable career option. The base salary for a city position is $48,445 with full healthcare benefits, summer time off and the potential to early salary increases up to $59,000 after the first three and a half years. These attractive promises are luring many of the strongest community educators to apply for city teaching positions, causing quite a problem for community based programs.

Many community based pre-kindergarten facilities are suffering staffing losses due to transitioning teachers looking for more benefits and higher salaries than the private facilities can offer.  The Mayor did increase the starting pay for independent programs overseen by the Education Department, to $44,000 for teachers with a bachelor’s degree. Despite that effort, these positions are still compensated less than their city counterparts and offered no guaranteed salary growth assurance. Many of these institutions provide year round care and can only afford to offer limited healthcare provisions to educators, making it them less attractive as long term employers. Community facilities fear that their students and families will suffer as a result of higher turnover rates of teachers passing through their facilities on their way to city-programs. There is however no shortage of staffing prospects thus far. With a rough combined 1,000 open early childhood education positions currently available and 2,000 applicants, the competition is high across the board.

It is not year clear whether de Blasio will seek to further reform the pre-kindergarten system, incorporating more elements of the NJ two year plan education system for lower-income areas. New Jersey’s education plan didn’t come easily and de Blasio could have a long road ahead of him to help New York City’s youth.

Early childcare providers face a wide range of hurdles as education professionals. At Vreeland Insurance, we provide risk management support for New Jersey’s Pre-K educators to help protect themselves and their students. Our Pre-School and Day Care Facilities Insurance Plan is designed to protect you, your employees, and the children you’ve been hired to care for, with a comprehensive portfolio of NJ Preschool Insurance policies that work together to provide coverage for the many risks that come with the territory. We offer everything from Workers Comp to host of liability coverage options to ensure that everyone involved is protected. Call us today at (877) 755-3767 to find out more about how we can help you take care of our community.

Trenton Business Insurance: Cannabis Industry a Growing Controversy

Trenton Business Insurance: Cannabis Industry a Growing Controversy

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The legalization of marijuana has been an increasingly controversial topic among politicians and legislators after Colorado passed statutes allowing highly regulated recreational use, production and purchasing of cannabis. The new laws went into effect in January of this year and have already created quite a debate over the impacts Colorado and other states face as a result. While critics argue that a rise in crime would ensue, the opposite has actually been reported by Colorado law enforcement officials. Officials reported an eleven percent decrease in property crime and 5.6 percent decrease in violent crime occurrences. Reports also indicate the in the first three months of 2014 Colorado received 7.3 million dollars in tax revenue from the cannabis industry alone. Industry growth is rapidly increasing and many states may soon be following in Colorado’s footsteps, as an estimated 58 percent of Americans now support marijuana legislation reform.

New Jersey Senator Nicholas Scutari introduced legislation efforts early this year proposing that Garden State lawmakers recognize and harness the potential of legalizing recreational cannabis. Sen. Scutari estimated that New Jersey could yield up to 100 million dollars in taxes and other revenue if marijuana was legalized for adult consumption. While Governor Christy has openly opposed such efforts, many New Jersey businesses have expressed interest in harvesting the potential of recreational marijuana. New Jersey based investment banking firm Point Capital has launched a new venture to provide financial backing to budding businesses looking to legally enter in the cannabis industry. The CEO of Point Capital indicated that the company is intrigued by the changing political climate and excited by the new investment opportunities into a lucrative industry.  If legalization legislation is passed, New Jersey expansions into the marijuana industry could be lucrative for daring entrepreneurs, farmers, investors and expanding businesses alike.

While the fate of recreational cannabis in New Jersey has yet to be decided and the impact on the economy is still unknown, it is always good to be prepared for new legislative regulations as they arise in any industry. All commercial endeavors face potential risks involved with operation and are subject to changing legal restrictions and requirements. These factors should be considered and adjusted for in your Trenton business insurance plan.

At Vreeland Insurance, we understand that risk in any new venture is to be expected and we strive to alleviate the stress of risk management. We have experience working with clients across a wide array of industries to fully assess the hazards any business may face. Our New Jersey Business Insurance policies offer the most comprehensive Trenton Professional Liability and Trenton Excess Liability coverage options to ensure your business is properly secured, no matter what industry you operate in.  Give us a call today at (877) 755-3767 for more information about any of our Trenton Business Insurance offerings.

New Jersey Liquor Store Insurance Protects Shops

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Owning a liquor store is a notoriously risky business. The late hours of operation mixed with distribution of pricey judgment impairing substances can present an easy target for crime. Early this year police investigated the repeated armed robbery of a Delaware liquor store which has come under attack twice in a month’s time. The robberies that occurred in late December and early January were both committed by two unknown perpetrators brandishing guns to obtain money and cigarettes, which led authorities to assume a connection. The incidents created big problems for the store owners who were left short of income, products and customers due to the business interruption. While physical threats are somewhat inevitable their damage can be mitigated with the right New Jersey liquor store insurance plan.

As if protecting yourself against physical crime wasn’t enough a new form of crime spree is causing headaches for shop-owners across the country large and small. Liquor stores are becoming increasingly susceptible to cyber-crime as well. Lawbreakers are finding new ways to “knock-off” the local liquor store through cyber hacking and security breaches that allow delinquents access to significantly more money than is in your average cash register. A major Texas liquor store chain recently reported a security breach in their cash management system which has exposed their customers to identity theft and personal data leakage. The chain claimed that the cyber interference involves 34 of its small neighborhood stores exposing hundreds of customers to potential information security threats. Cybercrime is rising nationally and can be costly to customers and businesses without proper prevention and recuperation plans. Good cyber liability insurance can help protect your business against information leaks which can leave you and your customers exposed to financial fraud.

At Vreeland Insurance, we understand the exposures and challenges you face, including crime, responsible server practices, and customer employee safety so we strive to help you mitigate or avoid many of the risks your business faces. Our Liquor Store Insurance Program offers the best coverage for your shop, specifically tailored to your business’s needs.  Our Business Insurance policies offer coverage ranging from property and crime to cyber liability policies so that no matter what dangers your shop faces, you can rest assured that your business is protected. Contact us at (877) 755-3767 to see how we can help get you the coverage you need.

Essex County Technology Insurance: Cloud Computing

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Cloud computing is a growing form of computing service to help reduce business costs by cutting back on computer infrastructure, like data servers, so that your business can focus on its services. By sourcing out computing services like application development, or data storage to an internet based infrastructure, your business can remain mobile and focus on the demands it needs rather than the tools to get it done.

Advantages of the Cloud Rather than pay and maintain your own business hardware, you are outsourcing your IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) to companies like AT&T, IBM or Amazon to manage your business services. These companies will then charge your business for usage and service as opposed to paying for and maintaining your own hardware infrastructure. For example, by storing your data on the cloud you would pay a nominal fee to access information versus the cost of maintaining a data center at all times.

By utilizing the cloud as a platform for your business, you can rely on giant businesses like Amazon to store your data with them. This brings reliability as Amazon is a large retailer with extensive capability and advanced hardware technology. Netflix, the popular entertainment streaming service, is a company that relies on the backbone of Amazon to provide its’ services with cloud computing.

Disadvantages of the Cloud A major disadvantage of utilizing the Cloud is that your business will lose service if your provider experiences downtime. Not being able to access your information due to reasons uncontrolled by your company can suspend your operations indefinitely and cause you to lose money. There is also the issue of data ownership as, depending on the service agreement, your businesses’ data may belong to the cloud computing provider and not you.

Cloud computing is an interesting option for your business to consider. With extensive capabilities and cost efficiency, choosing to use these services can help you cut costs for your business. Whether or not Cloud computing is right for you, at Vreeland Insurance, we understand all the challenges that face your Essex County Technology Company.  Contact  us at (877) 755-3767 to learn more about these products as well as our other New Jersey Business Insurance options.

Warren County Business Insurance: Improving Employee Morale

Warren County Business Insurance: Improving Employee Morale

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Give recognition for a job well done

Receiving recognition for one’s hard work is the universal way to feel valued in a business. Nothing is better than working overtime through a grueling deadline to deliver a project and be recognized for it. A simple verbal or written notification of a job well done is an effective way to make an employee feel valued. Adding in incentives for doing good work doesn’t hurt either.

Encourage feedback

Being able to offer feedback and have employers or management recognize it boosts morale. Communicating any difficulties or challenges employees face, and having feedback, instills a sense of contribution and greater sense of worth in the workplace.

Enforce work breaks

Work is much more effective and productive when employees are refreshed. Encourage walks, fresh air, or have snacks available to entice employees to take a break from their duties. Having management actively involved in encouraging work breaks make it even more effective.

Surprise Employees

Change up the normal daily routine. Consider providing lunch from a local restaurant or gather employees together to discuss a new idea and get input. Changing up the norm and pleasantly surprising employees creates a positive atmosphere in which to work in.

At Vreeland, we know the importance of keeping employees happy and healthy that is why we provide your employees with extensive New Jersey Group Health Insurance. We have many options available and look forward to hearing from you. For more information on our Warren County Business Insurance coverages, contact us today at (877) 755-3767

How to Implement a Wellness Plan for Your Small Business

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Healthy employees are typically more productive than unhealthy workers, considering they are absent less. This is the biggest benefit to having a wellness plan in your office. One of the main reasons that many small businesses don’t implement a wellness plan is due to lack of funds for such a program. The good news is though; there are wellness program options that won’t break the bank. Don’t let limited resources keep you from starting a program. Here are some low-cost options to ensure that your employees stay healthy.

Online Wellness Programs. There are many apps and sites that allow you to download exercises and exercise timers on your computer. Some of these apps can even remind employees to do desk exercises at certain times, with accompanying videos.

Stress Management Programs. Mental well-being can be just as important as physical well-being. There are many mobile and web apps available for reducing stress, improving sleep, and even counseling. Or if possible, hire a massage therapist from time to time to do 10-minute chair massages for employees at the office.

Incentive Programs.  Some businesses offer perks to encourage healthy living. Is it possible for you to toss in an extra vacation day when employees reach their goal? Perhaps you can even create policies to encourage better habits, such as a wellness subsidy for health activities outside the office.

Health Risk Assessments. You can help your employees identify which unhealthy habits they need to address. It’s a good idea to have a representative from your insurance company or a fitness professional provide blood pressure, body composition, posture, and nutrition assessments.

These are just a few options available for your small business. Other considerations you could make is encouraging short breaks where employees can get up and walk around, and/or  bringing in fitness and health experts to speak to your staff.

At Vreeland, we understand that you want to give your employees the peace of mind that only comes with group health and life insurance. This is why we offer comprehensive coverages for businesses, including New Jersey Small Business Health Insurance, Employee Benefits Plans, and more. Please contact us for more information at (877) 755- 3767. 

NJ Manufacturing Insurance: A New Beginning for Manufacturing

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Since the recession hit the country, most, if not all businesses suffered. With nearly 2.3 million workers, it’s inarguable that the manufacturing industry suffered tremendously. But trends are changing and the U.S. manufacturing industry is finally being struck by good news.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the production of goods overseas will be coming to an end. With the change in technology and globalization, this is a new beginning for the U.S. manufacturing industry (In fact, the manufacturing sector has been expanding for the past consecutive months). So, what and who is responsible for this resurgence?

Four Reasons Why the U.S. Manufacturing Industry Will See Growth

Reason #1: Increasing labor costs overseas
In recent years, many businesses have looked to China for the production of goods. However, labor costs are rising (22% in 2013 alone, and a 60% increase since 2009).

Reason #2: Rising transportation costs overseas
This includes an increase in volatile fuel costs and East-West shipping costs.

Reason #3: Rising labor productivity in the U.S.
Recent reports indicate a 36 percent growth in labor productivity in the U.S. And according to the U.S. Department of Labor, productivity will continue to grow.

Reason #4: Increase in energy competition
This increase in energy competitive is due to the discovery of new domestic sources of shale oil in the country and increase popularity of alternative energy sources.

When it comes to New Jersey Manufacturing Insurance, that’s our specialty!

At Vreeland Insurance, our agents are trained specialists in New Jersey manufacturing insurance. We have the expertise and years of experience to understand your needs, designing a program that enables you to get the most for your insurance dollar. Call us today (877) 755-3767

Additional Source: Property Casualty 360

The Importance of Workers’ Compensation for Contractors

The Importance of Workers’ Compensation for Contractors

Although most states, including New Jersey, require that a business provide workers’ compensation, many do not adhere to it. But the truth is–workers’ compensation is too valuable to dismiss.shutterstock 27416125 300x225 The Importance of Workers’ Compensation for Contractors

Just several months ago, Jose Kenn Alexi Cruz Villamar and Robert Wiley of K.C. Tile and Marble were struck by lightning while working at a construction site. Subsequently, Wiley sustained injuries that eventually led to his death.

Upon investigation, the owner, Joel Trujillo was issued a Stop-Work Order for the violation of Florida Statute Chapter 440. Failure to provide adequate workers’ compensation coverage and ignoring a Stop-Work Order culminated to the arrest of Trujillo. According to K.C. Tile and Marble’s CFO Jeff Atwater, “this tragedy is an example of why it is so important for companies to make sure their employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.”

This case is neither rare nor hyperbolic; workers’ compensation protects you, your employees and their employees. The fact is—business owners must take a proactive stance in protecting their investment.

Ladders, tiles, heavy machinery; the typical construction site is enveloped in hazards. Although, it’s unfeasible to hazard proof; investing in safety management practices and providing workers’ compensation coverage can give you that peace of mind.

So, why do you need Workers’ Compensation?

It’s the law! Imposed by the State of New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development 34:15-1, “when personal injury is caused to an employee by accident arising, out of and in the course of his employment, of which the actual or lawfully imputed negligence of the employer is the natural and proximate cause, he shall receive compensation therefor from his employer…”

The statistics say it all! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is responsible for over 720 fatal work injuries; that is approximately 8.9 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers.

It’s your investment! You may not be able to change the environment, but you can ensure that you’re protected in the event that an incident occurs.

At Vreeland Insurance, we provide many construction firms throughout with New Jersey business insurance programs designed to protect the value they’ve built. We also specialize in a number of industries, delivering a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that has earned us a stellar reputation throughout the Garden State. Our access to several top-rated insurance companies gives us the advantage of offering competitive rates that our customers can afford. Contact us for more information about how we can serve your construction firms insurance needs. Call us at 877.755.3767

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