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Steve Topel Joins Hays Companies

Hays Companies announced Steve Topel has joined its Chicago operations as President of Property and Casualty. He will be responsible for spearheading new business development, overall office leadership, and recruiting great people.

“We are delighted to have Steve on board at Hays. His knowledge and experience will add significant depth to our property and casualty and employee benefits capabilities,” said Jim Hays, CEO of Hays Companies. Topel is known for spurring rapid organic growth and developing talented rising stars in the industry.

Topel joins Hays Companies with extensive leadership experience. He served as the President and Chief Sales Officer of The Horton Group, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of JMB Insurance for seven years. He has successfully run operations in the Illinois marketplace, along with Indiana, Wisconsin and Tennessee. In addition, Topel is active as a Board Director for The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, a premier association for the top commercial insurance and employee benefits intermediaries worldwide. He is also involved on the Board of Directors for the Sinai Health System, working to assist populations who have limited access to healthcare.

Topel’s addition to the organization is another example of how Hays Companies is committed to designing a team of the best and brightest who can provide the highest quality products and services to our clients.

Hays Companies is one of the fastest growing, privately-held risk management, insurance and employee benefits advisors in the country. Our philosophy of delivering the highest-quality, customer-focused service has led to significant growth for 20 years. Today the company includes 700+ experienced professionals in more than 35 locations throughout the United States. For more information contact Andrea Trombley (atrombley@hayscompanies.com).

New Technologies That Support Health Strategies

 

No matter what form of health strategies an organization offers, there is little chance of success without member engagement, and no chance for member engagement without member awareness. At Hays Companies, we understand while there are many kinds of employer-sponsored wellness programs, all of them present program administrators with the common challenge of effectively communicating to the target population. As anyone who has been involved in employer health initiative knows all too well, it is no simple task to create and sustain a dialogue with a diverse population of employees who may not have much in common in terms of geography, work schedule, or lifestyle choices.

Fortunately, continued advances in technology offer many promising new resources to help employers’ efforts to bring positive changes in the lives of their employees. Many of these new tools take the form of portals, devices, and applications (or apps).

Portals
Improvements in portal usability are making wellness programs more accessible than ever to employees and administrators. In just the last few years, wellness vendors have developed new offerings with portals that feature the following:

  • A seamless transition from an employer’s internal homepage to the external program’s portal.
  •  Online registration by employees for events and programs, which automates response tracking and communications.
  • Reporting capabilities regarding engagement indicators and health outcome changes.
  • The ability to sync devices and apps to the assigned wellness portal; allowing for example the secure uploading of exercise data directly to an employee’s personal page.

Devices
Innovations in digital health and fitness devices can leverage employee reliance on their phones, tablets and laptops, helping to link the passive activity of using a portable device to active endeavors such as exercise. Taking advantage of these new technologies can help employees to make healthier lifestyle choices and significantly increase positive outcomes. For example, incorporating wearable health-promoting devices such as FitBit, Nike Fuel Band or the Pebble by FitLinx and applications into a wellness program can be a simple and effective way to encourage participation. Many such devices offer new ways to help companies and employees achieve their shared fitness goals.

Applications
Downloadable apps can serve as either a complement or an inexpensive alternative to a fitness device. Program administrators can introduce employees to health-promoting apps via the employer wellness portal. Below are six of the most popular options.

Wellness programs that integrate these innovations will serve novice techies as well as tech-savvy staff, because these are technologies most employees already know and use.

All. Together. Simplified.

With the rapidly evolving technology marketplace, Hays Companies has partnered with independent technology consultants to simplify the evaluation, development and implementation process. We can build effective platforms that leverage technology such as portals, devices and apps, as well as care reminders, care access, financial wellbeing, advocacy tools and more. Our goal at Hays Companies is to deliver the best organizational solution for health strategy technology and create efficiencies to enhance the employee’s experience with their benefits.

Make technology your health and wellness program partner. To find out more, email our Director of Health Strategies, Holly Capelle (hcapelle@hayscompanies.com).

Habitat for Humanity

Since 2009, Hays Companies has been in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in an effort to reduce homelessness and provide affordable housing for families in need.

This month, Hays Companies’ colleagues spent two days working on the final construction process of two homes in Crystal, Minnesota. The process involved landscaping, painting, cleaning, and putting finishing touches on the kitchens. The houses are now complete and are ready for homeowners to move in. Robert Rangel, Hays Companies’ Director of Claims Management and Volunteer Committee Chair, shared, “It was an exciting and fulfilling couple of days and a great experience to bond with coworkers, learn new skills, and help others in our community.”

One of Hays Companies’ core values is to give back to the communities we are a part of. “We encourage our employees to get involved with projects and organizations that they are passionate about. Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful example of that and one our employees are incredibly enthusiastic about,” said Jim Hays.

Hays Companies’ continued partnership with Habitat for Humanity is one way that we as a company, and as individuals, demonstrate our commitment to the communities where we do business, and where our clients and colleagues live and work.

Visit our Community Relations page to learn more about Hays Companies’ commitment to supporting charities in the communities we serve.

Red Habitat House

 

Working at Habitat

New OSHA Fatality and Serious Injury Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule on Thursday, September 11th requiring employers to notify OSHA when a work-related fatality occurs or an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 workers lives were lost while on the job in 2013. “We can and must do more to keep America’s workers safe and healthy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”

Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA’s regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.

All employers covered by OSHA, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA’s new severe injury and illness reporting requirements. To assist employers in fulfilling these requirements, OSHA is developing a web portal for employers to report incidents electronically in addition to the phone reporting options.

Hays Companies’ Risk Control Consultants are also available to assess your serious accident, and OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping practices to help you improve compliance.  We can provide training on OSHA reporting and recordkeeping, and we are always available to advise on special situations when you need a professional opinion. To contact a Hays Companies’ Risk Control expert, email us at info@hayscompanies.com.

Hays Companies ranked as a Top 20 Broker in the U.S.

Hays Companies is honored to be included in Business Insurance Magazine’s list of 100 largest U.S. brokers once again.  The rise in our ranking from 19th to 18th place is a testament to the hard work and dedication Hays Companies’ 700+ employees provide to each of our clients.  Spread across 35 U.S. offices, Hays Companies has steadily grown into one of the most influentially creative and dynamic insurance brokers in the country.

Since its founding in 1994, Hays Companies has continued to effectively and energetically react to an ever evolving marketplace, providing unparalleled customer service and attention to detail.  Hays Companies is proud to have been ranked among the Top 25 Brokers for the last nine years and the Top 40 for over a decade.

While this and past rankings are tremendous achievements, we would be remiss not to express our gratitude and appreciation for our clients, who give us the opportunity to serve them every day.

We look forward to achieving future success for and with our clients and partners through creativity and dedication to excellent service.

Hays Companies Named A Top Workplace for 2014

Hays Companies of Wisconsin is proud to be named as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s Top Workplaces for the fourth straight year. “This is a great recognition and something that all of us are very proud of. It is extremely important to the management team to have built and to continue to create a healthy work environment where people love what they do and who they work with.  Most importantly, this happiness translates to an exceptionally high level of customer service resulting in very high levels of client satisfaction” Dan Kwiecinski, Executive Vice President of Hays Companies of WI said.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel polled over 1,200 different company’s employees on job satisfaction in a myriad of areas to determine the top employers in the area. The full listing published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel can be found here.

At Hays our company culture helps attract the most talented people. Meaningful work, an innovative environment and ongoing opportunities allow employees to remain fully engaged in the workplace, which enables us to deliver better results for our clients.

Hays Companies is one of the fastest growing property & casualty and employee benefits advisors in the country. We are dedicated to providing expert counsel to our clients that assists them with minimizing or mitigating their “total cost of risk” in a well thought out and planned manner.  We collaborate with clients to find business efficient solutions that you can improve upon incrementally over time.  Our 700+ team represents a dynamic, entrepreneurial assembly of the best and brightest in the industry. With over 30 offices across the country, we draw from a pool of unrivaled expertise, in legal, certified public accountants, financial services and claims to design a team devoted to your needs alone.

Demand for Foreign Clinical Trial Coverage Increases

Over the last few years, a trend has been occurring which shows a clear globalization of the research and development process.  While the United States is still the clear-cut leader in the category of drug and medical R&D, more companies based in the U.S. are looking abroad to foreign countries to research their product. Doing so creates a new area of risk that must be insured. Hays Companies has an experienced international team that manages local insurance placements that have been used by a multitude of businesses including Fortune 500 companies.  Using our global insurer partners and our connections through the Worldwide Broker Network, Hays has the means and tools to help manage locally admitted insurance for foreign clinical trials. Click the link for more details on Foreign Clinical Trials Coverage.

Strategies & Tactics for Risk Management and Finance Professionals

Hays Companies is proudly kicking off its three-part Minneapolis based Property and Casualty Seminar Series on Tuesday, June 3rd featuring strategies and tactics for risk management and finance professionals. The three seminars are: Cyber Liability, Worker’s Compensation Analytics and Claim Mitigation. These aren’t your ordinary insurance seminars. We will be bringing in captivating speakers talking about current events in the risk management marketplace and you will walk away with new perspectives and fresh applicable ideas for your organization.

During Hays Companies June 3rd Cyber Liability Seminar, Mr. Jim Stickley will present “Confessions of an Identity Thief.” Mr. Stickley has gained access to billions of dollars over the past 20 years. He has robbed over 1,000 financial institutions, broken into government facilities, and hacked his way into hundreds of networks.

Fortunately for all of these victims, Stickley is not a criminal. He is a cyber-security expert who is hired to perform cyber attacks and find the holes in security before  real criminals do.

In this seminar, Stickley will expose crucial information about how cyber criminals gain access to your confidential information using social engineering. He will walk you through the mind of these criminals and explain how you can better protect your customers, employees, and company from these threats.

He has been a consultant for network stations FOXNEWS, CBS, NBC and the Associated Press. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Time Magazine, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, and the New York Times. And he has been showcased on numerous television shows including: NBC’s “Nightly News,” CNN’s “News Night,” CNBC’s “The Big Idea,” Anderson Cooper’s “Anderson” and is a frequent guest of NBC’s “Today Show.”

No matter if you are a technical genius, computer neophyte, or anywhere in between, do your company and customers a favor and attend this seminar. Learn how to avoid cyber identity theft and help keep your business flourishing for the future.

To register or receive more information contact: events@hayscompanies.com