A yacht requires a lot of attention to keep it running smoothly, and sometimes it is hard to keep track of everything that needs to be done. Here are some tasks to add to your fall yacht maintenance list. It is best to accomplish these before the weather turns cold.
Close the seacocks to make sure the pipes and hoses don’t freeze. Just remember to open them again before starting the engine. You also should install mooring covers as well as covers on the engine vents.
Fall is the time to check on your battery. Make sure the water level is where it should be, clean the contact points, and spray them with a battery terminal protector and sealant.
Inspect all teak on the outside of the boat. If it is looking dry or discolored, give it some attention with Tung or linseed oil.
- Adjust the dorado vents to allow air to circulate but water to stay out.
- Check the ports for leaks.
- Deflate any non-davit dinghies and store them properly.
Your yacht is like your baby that you love and protect. Before putting it to bed for the winter, be sure you have tucked it in so that it remains safe and sound until spring.
General liability is not legally required for non-commercial owners in the aviation business. However, the majority of accidents and crashes involve small aircraft and private owners. This often leaves passengers injured in a crash to pay for their own medical expenses afterward, a path that could lead to lawsuits. Why risk all of that when you can invest in general aviation insurance?
General Liability Insurance
General liability in the aviation industry can fall on the owners and pilots of aircrafts that get in a crash. General aviation liability insurance is designed to protect everyone involved, including the owners, pilots and passengers. It can cover property damage as well.
Most insurance companies provide plenty of options for aviation coverage depending on your needs and uses. Whether you have charter or corporate planes, helicopters or experimental aircraft, you can find a policy that covers yourself and your property. You can also get coverage for financial institutions. Specialized insurance is available that covers specific parts of the aircraft, family travel and medical expenses.
Most other insurances don’t cover anything aviation-related, so you will need to look into policies specifically for aircraft. Take out insurance before you fly to give you the peace of mind that you are covered in case an accident occurs.
If you’re like most business owners, you know that your company wouldn’t be what it is without your employees. However, telling your team that you appreciate them isn’t enough to foster good employee retention. The longer you can convince your employees to stay with the company, the better it is for your bottom line. The best way to do that is to offer a great benefits plan.
Why Benefits Plans Matter
When people look for jobs, they look for employers that will take care of them and help them thrive both in work and outside of the office. Offering benefits is a great way to show prospective employees that you value their efforts and want them to be invested in your company in the future. Those comprehensive employee benefit plans help your company stand out from others in the industry and may help you attract the top-tier talent you’re looking for.
What to Include in a Benefits Plan
Designing the perfect benefits plan for your employees largely depends on your budget and the size of your business. Ultimately, the more comprehensive you can make it, the more attractive it will be to your team. Whenever possible, try to include the following:
- Health coverage
- Dental coverage
- Vision coverage
- Retirement plan contributions
- Paid vacations
- Paid sick leave
The more you can offer employees, the more likely it is that they’ll stick around.
Sailing is a popular sport for people who love adventures on the water and have a passion for letting the wind fill their sails. However, sailing requires knowledge and expertise to execute it safely. A sailor needs to understand their sailboat and the risks involved. One risk of sailing is capsizing. A formula called the capsize screening formula was developed to assist boat owners and designers when looking at sailboat dimensions.
In 1979, disaster struck the Fastnet race resulting in 15 deaths and multiple rolled boats. After this unfortunate event, it was determined that the International Offshore Rule (IOR) was inadvertently promoting the manufacturing of unsafe vessels. Experts got together to develop a safer formula and the capsize screening formula was born.
The capsize screening formula is broken down into the following steps: Capsize Screening Rating = Boat’s Maximum Beam (feet)/Cube Root (Gross Displacement/64).
After plugging in a boat’s numbers, you want the result to be less than two to be considered safe. If the number is greater than two, the boat is at a greater risk of capsizing in rough waters or windy conditions. Safety is the key to enjoying saying. Before you make a boat purchase or venture out onto the open water, make sure you know the sailboats capsize screening score.
Operating an intermediate care facility requires a great deal of attention. When a person has reached a stage of his or her life where assistance is required for daily activities or habits, there are many factors at play. While offering this service is a help to many families, you need to think about how you could be held responsible in the event of an unforeseen problem down the line. Knowing how to protect yourself and your business with the right insurance policy is a good way to stay safe.
Common ICF Concerns
Since this type of location is often considered a low-level care establishment, ICF regulation will look different than that which governs other similar institutions. Interestingly, most of the patients who will move into this type of facility will actually require more care. This can complicate matters, especially when it comes to understanding how and when you are liable. The institution might also be exempt from programs that other facilities benefit from, like reimbursement from Medicare over specific costs. Additional points to consider include:
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy services
- Transportation to off-site locations such as doctors
- Specialists and external professionals who visit facilities
Compare and Discover Appropriate Coverage
By looking through the basic points surrounding this type of facility, you will start to understand more about how you should approach your insurance coverage. The more you see how an ICF differs from a traditional nursing home, the more apparent the future risks become.
Homeowners associations are a wonderful thing for a community when they come together well and their activities represent the consensus of a whole neighborhood, but like many other volunteer and community-led organizations, they are prone to issues when territorial members try to seize control. That’s why it’s important to know your homeowner’s rights when you live in a property that is part of an HOA. One of the most important is the right to be free from housing discrimination, codified by the Fair Housing Act. While HOAs are free to create many customized rules for communities, they can not create rules that codify and endorse discrimination in housing.
Your Right To Transparency and Consistency
HOAs are also bound by their own rules. Issuing nuisance fines over items that are not clearly in violation of the letter of the HOA’s terms is forbidden, for example. So is lopsided enforcement if it can be proven because issuing fines for a non-violation and creating a violation just to enforce it against certain community members both end up with similar results from the point of view of the people targeted. Similarly, an HOA can not arbitrarily add new rules or remove them. They have to notify members and go through a democratic process as outlined in their bylaws to change those bylaws. Make sure you know your rights, and that your insurance is designed to help you robustly defend them.
When a company’s directors and officers are primarily responsible for its managerial functions and fiduciary duties, both the company and the directors and officers can face liability in the event of losses or damages resulting from wrongdoing. Companies need to protect both themselves and their directors and officers against all possible claims.
Examples of D&O Claims
Typically, D&O claims arise from situations in which directors or corporate officers are alleged to have failed to perform their management duties lawfully:
- A company was sued for a business tort when it tried to recruit a competitor’s employee who was bound by a non-compete agreement
- Corporate officers were alleged to have failed to disclose material information to investors
- A company made charges immediately before filing for bankruptcy, fraudulently misrepresenting its ability to pay what was charged
The Financial Impact of D&O Claims
When a company and its directors or officers are sued jointly or severally, litigation costs alone can amount to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Likewise, if a company loses a suit, they and their directors and officers may be ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Companies need to ensure that their insurance coverage will apply to claims made directly against directors and officers. It’s advisable that they work with an insurance carrier who can advise them about their risk exposure and necessary coverage levels.
It’s a given that your business should carry general liability insurance. This will protect you and your business against claims of bodily injury or property damage that result from your business operations. In addition to general liability, here are some situations where other insurance may be needed.
You Engage in Operations With Another Business
When you hire a contractor to do work at your place of business, such as construction or repairs, when an accident occurs from the work they perform, your business could also be at risk. Carrying contingent liability insurance will protect you against any claims that result from injury or damage occurring as a result of another business associated with yours.
You Have Employees
If you have even one employee, your business should carry workers’ compensation insurance. No matter how safe or simple the work your employees perform, accidents can happen. The worker’s compensation will cover any medical treatment or payouts for disability.
You Manufacture Products for Consumer Purchase
You may think your product is safe, but you have no control over what consumers do with that product once it’s in their hands. Product liability insurance will protect you if your business finds itself named in a lawsuit due to damages incurred by a consumer.
Always talk to your insurance provider to make sure your business is covered in every conceivable way against liability.
Small business owners have a lot on their plates, but there are some areas of operations that can’t afford to be neglected or left to chance. One of these areas is overseeing employee benefits. The right benefits package can attract highly qualified and talented employees, and by avoiding employee benefit mistakes, you can keep your employees motivated and your company out of financial trouble. Here are some of the most common mistakes small business owners make with their employee benefits management.
7 Key Mistakes
- They let their employees shop on the individual market rather than providing group insurance plans.
- They choose their contribution based on the cost of the insurance premium, rather than setting a dollar amount per employee.
- They manually administer benefits rather than using an automated tool to make sure all entries and payouts are accurate.
- They don’t offer voluntary benefits like dental or vision plans.
- They don’t offer consumer-driven accounts like a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account to control costs and save employees money.
- They don’t (ignorantly or purposely) comply with government compliance regulations.
- They don’t work with a qualified broker than can ensure compliance, navigate the paperwork, and mediate between the carrier.
Making a mistake with your employees’ benefits administration can cost a small business thousands of dollars. Avoiding these mistakes can reduce these liabilities, just as carrying the right insurance plan can help mitigate the financial loss.
If you have worker’s compensation coverage in your insurance policy for your business, you may wonder why you would need coverage to apply to the injury or illness of employees. However, caring for your employees well often includes short-term disability group coverage.
The fact of the matter is that your employees could face huge losses if they must be away from work for more than a few days at a time. Group disability allows you to offer help if an employee must miss work for medical reasons. The amount given is a predetermined percentage of the employee’s salary. This can even apply to an absence like maternity leave. Short-term group disability coverage is based on the assumption that the worker will be returning to their job at the end of medical leave.
If your company can offer a robust benefits package to care for a plethora of medical possibilities, then perhaps group disability isn’t necessary for you. However, this type of coverage is helpful to businesses who can’t afford top quality medical benefits for every one of their workers. It ensures that they will still be taken care of in case of an accident or severe illness.
This small addition can be very beneficial to your benefits packages for your employees. Insurance experts can help you determine exactly what you need to best serve your employees and grow your business.