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Even during challenging times, we are here for you.We know things are hard right now. And, while COVID-19 may be affecting all aspects of everyday life, we hope you realize that some things haven’t changed-our agency...

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Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Flexibility Bill

On June 3, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, by unanimous consent. The bill extends the window for businesses to be able to spend the funds loaned under the program. The...

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FAQs on Connecticut’s grace period for insurance premium payments

Who does the order apply to? The executive order applies to all insurers licensed or regulated by the Connecticut Insurance Department. What must insurers do? All insurers must give policyholders unable to pay their...

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Employee or independent contractor?

There is a common mistake employers across the U.S. are making that could cost them a lot of money: Misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. It’s easy to do, but the cost of doing so could be drastic....

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What’s the requirement for companies to provide loss runs on request?

It applies to all commercial-lines policies. C.G.S. Section 38a-326 provides that insurers shall provide, upon request of the principal named insured, a summary of policy claim information for a period of up to four...

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US Senate Passes More Funding for CARES Act Small Business Programs

Today, by voice vote, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to provide over $300 billion more for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created by the CARES Act. Last week, PIA National worked with a broad...

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Attention Builders: New Freeboard Requirement Effective January 2021

The objective of the Community Rating System (CRS) is to recognize communities that are doing more than meeting the minimum NFIP requirements to help their citizens prevent or reduce flood losses. The CRS also provides...

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Connecticut Insurance Commissioner calls on insurers to adjust premiums

Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Andrew N. Mais called on insurers to lower auto premiums and adjust commercial hired and non-owned auto insurance in response to the disruption that the COVID-19...

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Connecticut Launches Small Business Bridge Loans

Gov. Ned Lamont’s Economics Chief David Lehman announced the immediate roll-out of the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program, which will allow Connecticut small businesses hit the COVID-19 crisis to borrow up to $75,...

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Important News On Insurance Premium Payments for Connecticut

April 2, 2020 Executive order requires 60-day grace period for policyholders unable to pay premiums due to COVID-19 pandemic - As part of Executive Order No. 7S, no insurer may lapse, terminate or otherwise cancel...

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CT Governor Announces 60 Grace Period for Some Insurance Premium Payments

Gov. Ned Lamont announced that there will be a 60-day grace period for property/casualty, and health insurance policyholders unable to pay their premiums due to the impact of COVID-19. During the grace period,...

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Start applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan Friday, April 3

Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for Small Business Administration loans under the Paycheck Protection Program beginning Friday, April 3, 2020, through existing Small Business Administration lenders....

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Connecticut Insurance Department Information Page on the Coronavirus

The State of Connecticut Department of Insurance has an information page on the coronavirus and insurance. You can access the page by clicking here.If you have any questions, please call our office.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

There has been an increase in concern about the spreading coronavirus COVID-19. Businesses should consider implementing safeguards to reduce exposure to illness. Steps should include but are not limited to: - Encourage...

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State of Connecticut Mandates Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Businesses

Under Connecticut law, employers with three or more employees must provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention training and education every 10 years. Any new hires must complete this training within six months of...

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Choosing the Correct Fire Extinguisher Classification

Fire extinguishers are classified by the type of fire that they will extinguish. There are five different fire extinguishers classifications. If the proper fire extinguisher class is not used there is a risk that the...

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Credit Card Safety Measures

When protecting your credit there are many things to consider. You could become a victim of theft in many places including the grocery store, mall, or a parking lot. New chips have come out claiming to better protect...

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Hemp Will Qualify for New Crop Insurance Pilot

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Dec. 23 that hemp farmers in 21 states will be eligible for a new crop insurance pilot program starting in 2020. The program provides actual production history...

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