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Workplace Burnout A Human Capital Issue for Mid-Market Employers

Have you ever heard a colleague or friend say something along the lines of “I just feel so burned out”? Most likely, you have – more than once. In 2018, Gallup estimated 23 percent of employees feel burned out at work “very often or always,” and a further 44 percent reported feeling burned out “sometimes.”  The modern-day definition of burnout, the state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged work stress, was first introduced in 1974.  Since that time, burnout has received increased attention and media coverage and has grown in prominence as a workplace issue in recent years. The business impacts of burnout include increased health plan utilization, increased absences, job dissatisfaction and negative effects on productivity, such as increased decisional errors, diminished work quality, and decreased task and time management capabilities. 

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Personnel Record Disclosure Requirements Change in Virginia

At the beginning of this month, a change in Virginia Code became effective impacting how Va. employers release employee records.  The types of records impacted by this law cover several personnel areas, but I want to highlight that it includes information surrounding workplace injuries. The below post from Hancock Daniel, provides further detail surrounding the amended statute. Please contact me or another one of our Risk Advisors in Virginia with any questions about the updated law or best practices for record keeping of workplace injuries or incidents.  Continue reading

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Scott on the Front Lines: Prescription Drugs

Scott Benefit Services has long been invested in helping our clients – and their employees- navigate the increasingly costly and complex world of prescription drugs.  Namely, we have helped our clients cut their pharmacy spends by an average of 19-36% through our revolutionary pharmacy benefits solution, Scott Rx Advantage.

Through customized consulting, our team helps our clients experience the benefits of collective buying power, superior contracting, world-class trend management systems and independent analytics. However, even with these measures, employers and employees alike continue to experience significant pains from the rising costs of prescription drugs.  At Scott, we understand these frustrations and believe that the status quo is not sustainable for our clients and their employees.  Therefore, we continually seek opportunities to make a difference and provide leadership in this vital work.  Continue reading

Property & Casualty Market Outlook for 2019-2020

At Scott Insurance, our clients often ask us to predict how their property & casualty insurance costs will change year-over-year. While each company has their own unique characteristics that affect pricing, we can make some general market observations to help clients prepare for the future.

Looking back, 2017 brought near-record highs in U.S. catastrophe losses due to the hurricane trifecta of Harvey, Irma and Maria. While 2018 saw a reduction in these losses (down to $37 billion versus $53 billion*), hurricane Michael and historic wildfires in California made it the second highest loss year since 2011. Despite two near-record-setting catastrophe loss years, carriers are posting lower combined ratios due to a combination of diligent underwriting discipline, moderate price increases, favorable loss development and higher interest rates.  Continue reading

Addressing the Exposures of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

A topic of continual discussion with our Affordable Housing clients is the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).  This critical tool is fundamental to success in the industry, but as it is currently administered, it creates significant exposures that must be addressed – both with proper insurance coverage and also with appropriate lobbying efforts to hopefully foster future change to alleviate some of the risk.

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