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How the Affordable Care Act will affect seasonal workers

How the Affordable Care Act will affect seasonal workers

Moreso than many other industries, construction work is variable. For one, it tends to be heavily project-based: rather than going into the same office every day from 9-5, employees work on a particular building or structure and then move on to a different site. Also, there are often permits to wait for or paperwork that needs to be attended to before building can start. Even something as ephemeral as weather can affect the ability ...
Small businesses face both high-tech and low-tech threats

Small businesses face both high-tech and low-tech threats

Hacking technology is getting more complicated every day, with criminals devising new and devious ways to bilk business owners of their money and personal information. It's important to note, however, that not all attacks are of the high-tech variety. Even modern scammers are not opposed to using crude methods to rip people off.One simplistic scam involves wrapping aluminum foil around the antenna of a credit card reader. With the signal blocked, it's much easier ...
New technology solutions require increased technology insurance

New technology solutions require increased technology insurance

Tech industry analysts are using the new year as an opportunity to project the exciting changes and new innovations of 2014. As has been the case for the past several years, the focus around technology is the advancement of mobility, particularly in the business space.Many suspect that 2014 will be the year mobility finally becomes commonplace in corporate culture. An article in the online publication SitePoint says this will be the year of the ...
Construction industry reaches five-year high

Construction industry reaches five-year high

After years of recession-related downturn, construction in the United States is looking healthier than it has in a long while.Spending on projects reached its highest level in nearly five years in November, following a strong performance in both the residential and non-residential sectors. The latter, which includes factories and gas pipelines, saw an 11 month peak, while the former has found a level that it hasn't seen since June 2008.While public outlay actually dropped, ...
Construction jobs correlated with mental distress

Construction jobs correlated with mental distress

Contracting is well-known as a field during which accidents and harm are possible, and with good reason: the 11 million workers in the industry show a higher rate of workplace related injuries and of muscle and skeletal pain. The nature of working in a demanding and fast-paced environment can lend itself to these sorts of problems. Non-physical issues, however, are less discussed and could very well be just as important to the overall health ...
Five forces that will influence insurance next year

Five forces that will influence insurance next year

From shifts in regulation to advances in technology, the societal landscape is changing, and insurance companies have no choice but to keep up. In order to keep these external pressures from becoming overwhelming, businesses will have to adjust their policies to account for a new environment. Here are some of the most pressing outside concerns. Changes in legislation:Online poker went under in the United States a couple years ago, but it's popped back up ...
How to use technology to improve your business

How to use technology to improve your business

There's no doubt that technology makes businesses run more smoothly. Communication is faster, information is more readily available and processes that once took days can now be done in a mere matter of minutes. Despite this, it remains a source of confusion for some companies, who are forced to deal with a level of complexity that they hadn't previously considered. This tension—between facilitation and frustration—highlights the need to deploy advancements intelligently.The world is becoming ...
News Corp acquisition proves even traditional companies need IT contractor liability insurance

News Corp acquisition proves even traditional companies need IT contractor liability insurance

There's a lingering perception that traditional media companies aren't open to technological progress. However, a quick glance at their history of acquisitions suggests that this idea is misguided. On Friday, New Corps further dispelled that myth when the media giant shelled out $25 million for Storyful. The Ireland-based startup curates new-based social media content, including justice-related stories like protests and violent conflict. Newsy, a similar company, was acquired for $35 million by print corporation Scripps. These acquisitions, ...
Poor contractor performance costs Navy upwards of $20 million

Poor contractor performance costs Navy upwards of $20 million

Sailors aboard the USS George Washington had been at sea for a month when they finally reached Brisbane, Australia. While they were no doubt excited to enjoy themselves on dry land, they were stuck onboard for six hours while a contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, hunted for a runway.  This wasn't an isolated incident for the beleaguered company. Earlier this year, it was dressed down by the Philippine Senate for dumping untreated sewage from Navy ship ...
Expected rise of cloud computing highlights need for technology insurance

Expected rise of cloud computing highlights need for technology insurance

In technology, like in business, if you don't keep up you'll get left behind. Failure to adapt to changing climates has been the death knell of a slew of companies. On the flip side, positioning your business to take advantage of innovations can be an invaluable asset to success. One such opportunity is cloud computing.  Just as with smartphones, we're quickly approaching a time where using offsite servers to store massive amounts of data is ...

 

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