When Injury Strikes, Act Quickly

As your workers’ compensation provider, Retailers Insurance Company is committed to helping you get care for your employees while controlling your costs. To do that, we urge you to maintain a safety focused environment and report claims immediately after the accident. Prompt medical care is essential for the workers’ return to health and the workplace… Continue reading

Adopting a pet-friendly workplace policy

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During the pandemic, when people worked remotely, pet adoptions skyrocketed. As companies are bringing employees back to the office, many workers want to bring along their furry friends. A growing number of companies are adopting pet-friendly policies. Research shows that pet-friendly workplaces can be happy and playful. But having a pet-friendly office requires a policy that protects… Continue reading

COVID-19 employee screening made simple

By TOM CLEMENT, MRA General Counsel Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, retail has shown that it is equally focused on customer and employee health and business success and has proven that both can be achieved simultaneously. Retailers have demonstrated, and the data proves, that they can follow the rules and keep business safe and open. In a… Continue reading

Take the flammable warning seriously on hand sanitizer

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America put out a safety memo in May warning workers that liquid alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be flammable. Since the hand sanitizers – most of which contain isopropyl alcohol – are being used more than ever to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the association wanted to make their members… Continue reading

Is your parking lot safe for customers and your staff?

By Retailers Insurance Company If your parking lot is putting customers at risk, then you’re also putting your staff at risk. Parking areas can pose several dangers – a place for slip and falls, or for thieves to pray on shoppers or break into vehicles. In fact, FBI data shows that 4.1% of all crimes… Continue reading

Monroe insurance agent gets national award

Scott Shappee, a Monroe insurance agent, has won the Professional of the Year award from the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. Shappee is vice president of sales at Insurance Center of Monroe, an agency where his grandfather, dad and uncles all worked. The plan is he’ll be the third generation to run the agency.… Continue reading

Hidden danger in the workplace: Employee fatigue

As an employer, one of your biggest safety concerns is ensuring that your workers aren’t fatigued on the job. Employees need to be responsible for their own sleep habits. But employers need to be aware that safety performance decreases as employees become tired. It may not sound like a serious issue, but it is: A… Continue reading

Be sure to classify workers properly

Employers should be aware that the state is starting to crack down on worker misclassification and payroll fraud. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced April 22 that she’s establishing a Payroll Fraud Enforcement Unit to investigate businesses that misclassify full-time workers as independent contractors, underpay workers, refuse to pay overtime and commit other violations of… Continue reading

Congratulations to RIC retirees

Retailers Insurance Co. said good-bye to two retiring employees during summer 2019. In addition, MRA President and CEO James P. Hallan’s retirement was previously announced and will occur on Aug. 26. Some of you may have talked to our retirees over the years: Judy Schafer and Linda Pierce, with Retailers Insurance Co. (RIC). Judy Schafer… Continue reading