Jonathan Geissler January 12, 2018 No Comments

Catherine Sforza Joins Seely & Durland

Seely & Durland Insurance is excited to welcome their newest member of the SDI Family, Catherine Sforza, as their Director of First Impressions. Born in the Bronx, Catherine graduated secretarial school and began working in The Big Apple. There, she commenced her career as an administrative secretarial professional, assisting all levels of business and legal professionals. […]

Jonathan Geissler January 8, 2018 No Comments

Good Employers Get Sued Too

Good Employers Like You Can Get Sued Too The Cost of Having No Employee Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) In today’s society, many people sue first and ask questions later. Unfortunately, as an employer, there is a good chance that eventually one of your employees will sue your business. Employee lawsuits can be much more than […]

Jonathan Geissler January 8, 2018 No Comments

Understanding NYS Paid Family Leave

New York’s Latest Employee Paid Benefit Program   New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL) is an employee paid benefit that went into effect January 1, 2018, providing eight weeks (increasing to 12 weeks by 2021) of job-protected, paid leave within any 52-week period to address family related issues. The program provides wage replacement to employees to help them bond […]

Jonathan Geissler January 8, 2018 No Comments

Ways Your Business Can Avoid Employment-Related Claims

When it comes to employment discrimination lawsuits, the business always loses. Whether your business wins the case or not, lawsuits are expensive and time-consuming, and only growing in frequency, having risen by a staggering 400 percent over the last 20 years. That is why adopting some serious guidelines and creating a positive work environment for […]

Jonathan Geissler January 5, 2018 No Comments

Protect Your Business from Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Matt Lauer. Charlie Rose. Bill O’Reilly. Roger Ailes. Mario Batali. Al Franken. Brett Ratner. Russell Simmons. Dustin Hoffman. Louis C.K. Chris Savino. Kevin Spacey. The list goes on… Sadly, the headlines keep rushing in, week after week: another celebrity accused of sexual misconduct. While it’s not entirely clear how all these high-profile cases will turn […]

Jonathan Geissler January 5, 2018 No Comments

Understanding Employment Law

A variety of laws are in place to protect the rights of people you hire or are considering hiring. While employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) is a smart investment for many companies, it’s also crucial to understand and carefully follow these laws: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on […]

Jonathan Geissler January 4, 2018 No Comments

Owner Spotlight: The Durlands

Garrett Durland, CIC, CPIA (right), Co-Owner and President of Seely & Durland, joined his father, Ken, at the agency in 1980 before taking over in 1997. Specializing in commercial property and casualty insurance and focused on the agency’s larger business clients, Garrett is also very much immersed in the day-to-day operations. Keeping with his grandfather’s original […]

Jonathan Geissler January 3, 2018 No Comments

An Insurance To-Do List for 2018

Improving Your Financial Health   Let’s face it — your New Years resolution to eat healthier, exercise more, or work a little less doesn’t always last the full calendar year. There are, however, several steps you can take right now that will have long-range, positive implications on your financial health. Insurance serves as a financial […]

Jonathan Geissler December 27, 2017 No Comments

Just a Few Reasons You Would Need Umbrella Insurance

Living in a busy world, our lives constantly intersect with the people around us, and some interactions can have surprising consequences. It is increasingly important to make careful insurance choices to protect yourself from the unexpected. Because, even if you carry excellent coverage with high limits, situations can still arise that leave you liable for […]

Jonathan Geissler December 27, 2017 No Comments

Tips to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

The Hudson Valley faces nearly 2 weeks of continuous below freezing temperatures. Not only that — we’re looking at teens and low twenties during the day and single digits every single night. Extreme low temperatures like these can bring about frozen pipes, which not only create an inconvenience, but can also cause major damage to […]