Jonathan Geissler October 5, 2018 No Comments

NY PFL Rate and Benefit Changes for 2019

New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL) is an employee paid benefit providing job-protected, paid leave within any 52-week period to address family related issues.  The program has been in effect since January 1 of this year, meaning that it’s time to look ahead at the changes in store for 2019. PFL benefits — both […]

Jonathan Geissler February 16, 2018 No Comments

Resources for Breweries

New York State and the Hudson Valley region boasts one of the most dynamic bases for the craft brewing industry in all of America, fostering interest among locals and generating economic growth in the area. As your independent insurance agency, we are here to make sure your business thrives. Here are some resources for craft […]

Jonathan Geissler February 15, 2018 No Comments

Risk Management Tips for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Creating and managing a successful food or beverage business is a daunting task. It takes extreme attention to detail regarding equipment, staff training and safety, marketing, and the manufacturing process. There are customer expectations to meet, potential injuries to combat, and production issues to face. Even with all the proper “ingredients” in place for success, […]

Jonathan Geissler February 14, 2018 No Comments

Common Craft Brewery Insurance Claims

The risks that craft brewers face can be as unique as the very beer the establishments brew. Some of the most common craft brewery insurance claims are related to secondary fermentation, a process that could lead to explosions if the beer is canned or bottled prematurely. Fermentation vessels have proper ventilation allowing gases formed by […]

Jonathan Geissler February 9, 2018 No Comments

Your Guide to Food Business Insurance

Insurance seems like a waste of money. Until you need it. Commercial insurance is critical for any small business or startup, but when you’re dealing with the production of food and beverage products, whether yourself or with a contract manufacturer, it’s not just critical; it’s imperative. Here is a list of the most prominent coverage […]

Jonathan Geissler February 7, 2018 No Comments

Lettuce Talk Food and Beverage Production Safety

Safety in the food manufacturing and beverage production industries is crucial not only for workers, but also the end consumers of your product. While standards and regulations are extensive, safety can be achieved with proper sanitation, equipment maintenance, and employee training. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides a complete list of Good Manufacturing […]

Jonathan Geissler January 23, 2018 No Comments

Tammy Artusa Celebrates 25 Years

On November 10, 2017, Seely & Durland’s Tammy Artusa was honored for 25 years at the agency with a special plaque and celebration at Trattoria Viviano in Warwick. “Tammy has been a valued member of our firm from her very first day,” said Owner and President, Garrett Durland. “She has been the cornerstone of our […]

Jonathan Geissler January 22, 2018 No Comments

8 Questions to Ask About Your Business

Does your business retain physical or electronic records of employees or other third parties with any of the following? Social security numbers Tax identification numbers Medical/health records Email addresses Home addresses Driver license information Birth dates Police records Court records Banking information (checking/savings accounts) FACT: If you checked any of the above, your business is […]

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 […]