Action Required Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective immediately, all James A. Connors Associates, Inc. offices will be temporarily closed for client visits. Our employees will be utilizing their remote office capabilities while working from home. As our valued clients, you should not experience any interruption in your service or in managing your insurance needs via your current contacts. Please click on ABOUT above and go to OUR TEAM for direct phone numbers and email addresses or call 800-448-1538 for assistance.

We appreciate your understanding during these trying times and wish you continued good health.

Recent News

OSHA 300A & The Coronavirus Brochure

OSHA has reminded employers of their reporting requirements for workers with coronavirus, and provided guidance as to how to complete the form.  In addition, they created a brochure, “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”, which you can download.  If you need any assistance, please contact us at the agency.

Coronavirus Prevention Tips

Here are five things to remember to help protect yourself from becoming infected with the coronavirus. Follow flu prevention tips.

Top tip: Wash your hands – Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

In addition:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe both at home and at work.

Don’t panic.  Don’t hoard but do stock your cupboards with some extra food and cleaning supplies.  Every time you grocery shop, buy a few extra items.  Think about having enough on hand to last a few weeks.

Check your medications, make sure you have a supply on hand

Think about a backup plan if schools were to close during an outbreak

Ask your employer about a work-from-home option.

Have any questions, give us a call.

Change Your Clocks on Sunday!

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8th.  So set your clocks forward one hour to “spring ahead”, which means you lose one hour of sleep. 

March 2nd Deadline to Submit 2019 Summary of Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses

The deadline for employers to electronically submit their 2019 Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is due March 2nd.  To determine if your business, with 20-249 employees, is required to submit this form, use this link.

Happy Valentine's Day - Buying Jewelry?

If you are planning on giving jewelry, we recommend you have it appraised, and then call us so we can protect it with the right insurance.  February is also National Heart Month.  We encourage you and your loved ones to schedule a check-up to help fight against cardiovascular illnesses and disorders.

Is a home security system worth the investment?

Besides providing you with peace of mind, home security systems can help with: 

  • Fire detection
  • Carbon monoxide gas
  • Protecting your valuables 
  • Helping to increase the chances of catching a criminal
  • Lowering the cost of your insurance premiums (many insurance companies provide significant discounts to property owners who have a home security system) 

So give us a call at the agency to see how much you can save on your insurance premiums by installing a home security system

Source:  Annabelle Short

Are you guilty of password passivity?

Cybercriminals are hacking both individuals and corporations every minute of every day.  One area they love is cracking passwords.

Here are a few tips from Dashlane to avoid making the worst password mistakes:

Use different passwords for every account

Reusing the same password across all your accounts is a lot like putting all your eggs in one basket.  Once a hacker has the password, they have access to all your accounts.

Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

This provides an extra layer of security by verifying identity using two of three possible identifiers – a password or PIN along with facial recognition or fingerprints. 

Get a password manager

Here is an ideal way to safely and conveniently manage complicated and unique passwords for an unlimited number of accounts.

Take the time to review and to update all your passwords.  Then call us about identity theft protection just in case a hack occurs.

 

Source: Property/Casualty 360

Planning on Hosting a New Year's Eve party?

Everyone is excited to attend your New Year’s Eve Party – but are you ready?  Erie Insurance prepared a list of eight tips to help you and your guests have a safe New Year’s Eve event.

  1. Check your liquor liability – you could be held liable for damage caused by a driver who leaves your party.
  2. Designate a driver – encourage your guest to choose a designated driver before they arrive or encourage ridesharing services.
  3. Don’t leave your car overnight – it’s a good idea to leave your care in your drive and don’t forget to lock the doors.  
  4. Serve plenty of food – good selection of food and non-alcoholic beverages will help counter the effects of alcohol.
  5. Plan your activities - to keep a party running smoothly play games to break the ice.
  6. Shelve the fireworks – avoid the temptation to start the new year off with fireworks. They don’t mix well with alcohol.
  7. Charge your phone – getting stuck with a dead battery will make it difficult to reconnect with friends or order a ride home, if needed.

These tips will help you and your guests have a safe holiday.  On behalf of the agency, we wish you all a Happy New Year.

Source:  Erie Insurance/NU Property Casualty 360

Annual List of the 10 Worst Toys of 2019

As you are preparing to finalize your gift-giving, take a look at this list of toys that you should avoid giving according to the 47thannual report by World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH):

  • Nerf Ultra One
  • Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog
  • Bunchems Bunch’n Build
  • Yeti
  • Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime
  • Anstoy electronic toy gun
  • Diecast school bus
  • Pogo Trick Board
  • Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw
  • Viga Pull-along Caterpillar

Several of the toys pose choking hazards as they contain small parts, strings, projectiles, toxic substances, and rigid materials.

Do your research before buying toys to ensure a safe holiday.

 

 

10 Things To Do To Close Out Your Year

As we start to wind down the year, it’s a perfect time to take action on these ten tasks:

  1. Pay Year-End Bonuses
  2. Set compensation for the coming year
  3. Set employee benefit programs for the coming year
  4. Make last minute purchases
  5. Review inventory
  6. Make charitable donations
  7. Hold your annual board meeting
  8. Meet with your CPA
  9. Prep for law changes
  10. Get ready to update the “date”

To read the details for each of these tasks, go to https://amacsmallbiz.com/10-things-to-do-to-close-out-your-year/

Source: SBC