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Posted by on 8/7/2019 7:37 AM

With technology making it seamless to telecommute, remote work has become the new norm for business. In fact, the number of Americans working from home has increased 159% from 2005 to 2017 with nearly 5 million people currently telecommuting in the U.S. As new generations enter the workforce in an increasingly competitive landscape for employee benefits, as a business owner, you may be considering offering this flexibility to your employees. 

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Posted by on 7/11/2019 9:40 AM

According to reports by the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), so far in 2019 there has already been 21,563 incidents of gun violence in the US, resulting in 5,669 deaths and 10,827 injuries. Of these incidents, 148 have been defined by the GVA as mass shootings, meaning they included four or more victims. As the second leading cause of work-site deaths in the United States, workplace violence costs employers over $120 billion annually, according to estimates by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in 2012. Since any business is vulnerable to violence, it is critical for employers to have procedures in place in the event of an incident that can help minimize employee trauma and facilitate the organization’s recovery from the incident. Continue Reading
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Posted by on 4/29/2019 12:49 PM

Employers — does your business require employees to drive for work? If so, what are you doing to combat the dangers of distracted driving? In almost every state, the percentage of distracted driving related accidents has increased in recent years, making distracted driving a risk that business owners can not afford to ignore. This is especially true if your employees feel that using their phone while behind the wheel is a part of the job. From checking voicemails and email to making calls from the car, distracted driving is no longer limited to handheld devices — studies show that hands-free distractions also pose a safety risk. And at the end of the day, employers are responsible for ensuring their drivers adhere to federal and state regulations — including those about cell phone use while driving.   Continue Reading
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Posted by on 3/15/2019 11:56 AM


Officials recently released a list of the top 10 most cited OSHA violations for 2018. The report documents the leading citations throughout their fiscal year, October through September. The goal of releasing the top violations is to help businesses identify and prevent the most common safety risks in the workplace.  Continue Reading
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Posted by on 10/29/2018 8:00 AM

If her colleagues at Eastern Insurance had one word to describe Mika De Young, they would say, "passionate." After 25 years in the same industry, that passion, along with her intense work ethic, has made her a valued, respected, trusted member of Eastern Insurance.  After graduating college from UMass Amherst, Mika was passionate about Social Work. Her plan was to get a job that would allow her the flexibility and financial support to gain field experience in social work while saving and applying for her post-graduate degree. She found her fit at Hastings-Tapley (since acquired by USI), an insurance agency in Cambridge, MA. While she really knew nothing about the industry when joining it, she was excited to find an opportunity that would provide her stability while chasing her dream.  As we all know, life can sometimes upend the best-laid plans. Just before beginning school for her advanced degree in Social Work, Mika’s husband was transferred to California for work. Don’t worry for ... Continue Reading
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Posted by on 7/26/2018 8:00 AM

Doing good is at the core of everything we do here at Eastern Insurance. We truly do follow the message of the Join Us For Good campaign,created in collaboration with our parent company, Eastern Bank, to thank those who help awaken good in their communities, celebrate the differences they are making, and help them continue to prosper.

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Posted by on 6/26/2018 11:47 AM

Every year, there are changes to compliance regulations and it can be difficult to understand them as well as meet the compliance deadlines, especially when you are focused on running and maintaining business operations. There are a few OSHA compliance updates that require your attention this year, including the OSHA electronic reports, the final rule on beryllium exposure, and the final rule on respirable crystalline silica. Learn more about these rules and how you can meet compliance before the deadlines.


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Posted by on 5/28/2018 12:00 PM

Business owners have a lot to consider. From creating a business plan, building a website, and hiring employees to developing a cybersecurity plan, and purchasing the right insurance coverages to protect your venture. This can be an overwhelming process as you want to ensure your business is protected from any risk your business might face. One coverage option, a business owner’s policy (BOP), can take the guesswork out of the process. In this post, we’ll explain what a BOP is and why it could be a great option for your business. 


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