2016: A Year to Remember

2016: A Year to Remember

2016 was quite the year! Filled with not just work, but fun, food, charity, concerts, golf tournaments and more, 2016 brought lots of love and left us with lots of memories! Furthermore, we acquired 3 new employees: Melissa Thurber, CFO;…

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Starke recognized as a 2016 Best Practices Agency

Starke recognized as a 2016 Best Practices Agency

Starke Agency, Inc., Montgomery’s oldest independent insurance agency, is pleased to announce they have once again been selected by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) as a “2016 Best Practices” insurance agency for the 10th consecutive year. The agency…

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New Overtime Rule

New Overtime Rule

Effective December 1, 2016—only 113 days from now—the new overtime “final rule” will change a variety of facets of the previous overtime law. The final rule will: Raise the previous employee salary threshold for eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476…

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Workplace 2.0

Workplace 2.0

It’s 2016 and things are a’changin—including the workplace. “Treadmill desks. Bouncy ball chairs. Tablets on public transit. Wi-fi on airplanes. Our workplace is more mobile than ever.” Welcome to Workplace 2.0. Traveler’s Insurance has deemed Workplace 2.0 as, well, anywhere…

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Welcoming New Hire, William H. Van Hooser

Welcoming New Hire, William H. Van Hooser

We are happy to announce that we have hired William Van Hooser as the new Employee Benefits/Life Advisor. Van Hooser, a graduate of Auburn University, brings to Starke 3 years of experience working with Traveler’s and has worked with multiple…

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The Growing Risk List

The Growing Risk List

If you own a business, these are just a few things to look out for when it comes to emerging liability trends. As time passes and technology grows, new exposures for risk rise. Below we have listed the top 7…

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The Cost of Caring: Health Industry Risks

The Cost of Caring: Health Industry Risks

Specialized health-related workplaces can be easy instigators to a claim. NURSES A new report published by the Nurses Service Organization or, NSO, found that malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise. Nurses who had practiced at least 16 years…

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Inuring Against Employee Dishonesty

Inuring Against Employee Dishonesty

Employee Dishonesty, in this article, is not defined by if an employee fakes sick; it’s  defined by dishonesty far worse. Employee Dishonesty coverage is designed to cover an employer in cases of fraud and embezzlement by an employee and to…

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Another Recall?

Another Recall?

As an insurance agency, we don’t have to deal with product recall because our products are not concrete, they are not consumed nor do they have components which could cause bodily harm. We are an exception. Mistakes inevitably occur, and…

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September/October Starke Round-Up

September/October Starke Round-Up

As the new Brand Manager at Starke Agency, since I began working here September 9th, there has not been a day go by that hasn’t made me love this company or my job here more and more. From the September…

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Starke Agency Selected as 2015 Best Practices Agency

Starke Agency Selected as 2015 Best Practices Agency

Once again, for the ninth straight year, we at  Starke Agency, Inc., Montgomery's oldest independent insurance agency, have been selected by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) as a "Best Practices" insurance agency. Each year since 1993, IIABA and…

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Wage and hour: Employee fairness

Wage and hour: Employee fairness

Lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been becoming increasingly popular in the last years. While you might think that you are being fair to all of your employees—full-time, part-time and temporary—sometimes being too flexible, and what you…

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Social Media and Cyber Liability

Social Media and Cyber Liability

The main question businesses have about social media is no longer, “Do we need insurance for social media?”, but instead, “Do we have it?” Most businesses participate in some type of social media. If the business itself is not an entity…

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Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Employer misclassification of their employees as independent contractors continues to be a hot topic for business owners and the IRS, as FedEx and Uber are two huge corporations that have recently found themselves in lawsuits over this dispute. Misclassification occurs…

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Non-Owned and Hired Auto Liability

Non-Owned and Hired Auto Liability

When it comes to protecting your business from potential automobile exposures, you may be under the false impression that a standard Commercial Automobile Policy (BAP) is the only type of coverage needed for vehicles owned or rented by your company.…

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Pitfalls of General Liability Insurance

Pitfalls of General Liability Insurance

With each new year, it seems as if the landscape for the construction industry becomes increasingly complicated. Knowing this, Starke Agency hosted a Contractual Risk Transfer Lunch and Learn to clear up any confusion our clients may have about this…

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