Archive for August, 2013

Atlanta In The News

At Hays we only hire the best and brightest. We’re proud to recognize Jodie Braner, Vice President of Hays Companies of Georgia, who recently received two prestigious awards from the National Association of Health Underwriters. Jodie was awarded the highest honor, the Patty Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognize her career achievement, professional stature and civic, cultural, and humanitarian involvement.  Jodie also accepted the Distinguished Service Award for her significant contributions to volunteer service at the local, state and national level. In addition, she has been named President Elect to the Executive Committee Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Health Underwriters, effective 2013-2014.

Jodie’s expertise in the insurance field has brought her significant attention and positioned her as a thought-leader.  Most recently, she was a featured guest on “The Doctors Roundtable” radio segment discussing the Affordable Healthcare Act and the effect it will have on consumers and employers.  You can hear the segment here.

Jodie continues to exemplify leadership and provide top-notch service to Hays clients. “It is her dedication to help clients live healthier that allows us to partner and grow our business,” Mr. Grant Norwood, Practice Leader for Hays Companies of Georgia, had to say.

Hays Companies partners with businesses to help solve their highly complex benefits issues. Jodie and the Hays team provide unrivaled expertise, with a devoted commitment to client well-being and the community. This is what helps make the Hays client experience altogether different from other brokers.

Congratulations Jodie!

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SAFETY Act and What You Need To Know

In 2002, after the 9/11 attacks, the private sector was reluctant to develop security products and services in civilian settings due to the enormous liability risks involved.  In response, Congress enacted the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act to encourage the development and deployment of new and innovative anti-terrorism products and services.  The SAFETY Act created liability limitations for claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an act of terrorism.  The Act applies to a broad range of products and services, including technology products, software and other forms of anti-terrorism security measures.

Since the SAFETY Act also provides liability protections for companies deploying SAFETY Act Certified/Designated products, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has listed an extensive list of approved technologies.  You can find the list here.  At Hays Companies we recommend any company that could reasonably foresee being exposed to a terrorist act or threat to highly consider purchasing approved SAFETY Act technologies to be used as a strong defense if you are attacked in a way that technology was designed to prevent.

At Hays Companies we also want our clients to consider if they are producing or consulting on products/services that could be used in an anti-terrorism capacity, that becoming Certified or Designated by the Department of Homeland Security could significantly lessen their potential liability.

To understand the criteria for designation or certification please refer to this SAFETY Act Fact Sheet and the SAFETY Act website.  As of May 2013, DHS has made 600 approvals for products, technologies and services supporting more than 151,000 private sector jobs in small and large businesses.

To learn more about the SAFETY Act and how to apply for SAFETY Act protections, visit www.safetyact.gov. Hays Companies, Cyber Liability Practice Leader, Dave Wasson (dwasson@hayscompanies.com) is also available for consultations.