On Jan. 5, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that, effective April 1, 2018, employee benefit plans must comply with new requirements for disability benefit claims.

Click here to read the latest Compliance Bulletin from Ahern|ELT.

Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that may violate federal laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a list of best practices for employers to use in their workplaces to prevent harassment. According to the EEOC, five core principles have generally proven effective in preventing and addressing harassment.

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We are pleased to announce that our monthly Benefits & HR webinars have been approved for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  For participants that have their SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM Certifications, they will be able to earn 1 PDC by attending our webinars.  The PDC information will be emailed to participants within 48-hours following our webinars.

Please click here to download the Benefits & HR Webinar Series January through April 2018 calendar.

Records retention presents important issues of ethics (safeguarding client property, maintaining confidentiality and loyalty), risk management (avoiding ethical violations and claims), and cost control.

A new article written by our Corporate Counsel, Daniel Hager, outlines steps that your firm can take to implement an effective records retention policy that will help your firm meet its ethical obligations, reduce risk, and lessen costs.

California Firms: Click here to download this article.
Arizona Firms: Click here to download this article.
Firms not in CA/AZ: Click here to download this article.

Klinedinst PC to Offer Initial Complimentary Legal Ethics Consultations

AHERN Insurance Brokerage is an industry leader in providing customized insurance solutions for law firms. On top of supplying extraordinary services to its clients, AHERN continuously looks for additional opportunities to add value to its clients’ practices.

AHERN has arranged for Klinedinst PC – a leader in the area of ethics, risk management, and the law of lawyering – to provide up to 30 minutes of free legal ethics consultation to its attorney and law firm clients in California, following a conflict of interest check. Klinedinst PC has offices in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Seattle.

The attorneys at Klinedinst have decades of experience in advising a wide range of practitioners, from solo and small firms to the largest law firms in the world. The members of the firm’s Legal Ethics and Law Firm Risk Management Team have a deep understanding of the challenges facing the profession and provide succinct, to-the-point guidance on these professional standards. Heather L. Rosing, Chair of the Team, serves as a legal adviser to the Rules Revision Commission of the State Bar of California, which is assisting in rewriting the Rules of Professional Conduct. Dave Majchrzak, Senior Counsel with the firm, is the Vice Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee, and formerly served on the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct.

No one understands better that ethics issues often arise on a moment’s notice and need to be dealt with promptly. Klinedinst has developed a reputation for its quick response to its professional clients.

AHERN is very excited to offer this valuable resource to its attorney and law firm clients in California.

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AHERN Insurance Brokerage has been your trusted advisor when it comes to protecting your law firms and professional insurance needs. Now, we are pleased to offer that same level of expertise and protection for your personal needs, including your high-value homes, automobiles, jewelry, collectibles, and personal liability.

Benefits to you:

  • Access to specialty insurance products designed to ensure your lifestyle is properly protected.
  • Expertise in analyzing your needs and developing a plan that ensures your assets are not at risk.
  • White glove, concierge claims service designed especially for you and your families.
  • EPLI coverage, in the event a claim is brought against you from domestic help such as nannies, drivers, gardeners and cleaning help.
  • Coverage for your volunteer service on boards and non-profit organizations.

From the name you have come to trust for over 20 years,
AHERN Insurance Brokerage.

To speak with an AHERN professional about High Net-Worth Insurance, please contact us at (800) 282-9786 or email us at info@aherninsurance.com.

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Our own Reid Middleton, JD., will be speaking to the HR Section of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Reid’s presentation entitled, “2017 & Beyond… What’s Next for the Affordable Care Act?”, will cover the state of the insurance industry and discuss the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the growth of the Professional Employer Organization (PEO), new benefit designs and strategies and a California Legislative Update.

Please click here for more information on how to register for this event.

 


Reid Middleton is a California licensed attorney and insurance adviser with extensive business and legal expertise in employee benefit programs, business succession planning and overall risk management.

 

On November 2, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued revised FAQs on the employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Question sets 55-58 now detail the procedure the IRS will use to begin issuing proposed penalty assessments to employers that failed to comply with these provisions in 2015. Though the IRS was previously silent on the details of penalty assessments, this new information serves as a reminder to employers that compliance enforcement is a priority for the IRS.

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Businesses both large and small need to be proactive in order to protect against growing cyber threats. As larger companies take steps to secure their systems, smaller, less secure businesses are becoming increasingly attractive targets for cyber criminals.

We have put together a comprehensive planning guide designed to help employers protect their business, information and customers from cyber threats. We hope you will find this guide useful, as it provides excellent advice on steps your firm can take to help mitigate one of the fastest and most frequent exposures we see come across our desks and those of our underwriting partners.

Click here to download your FREE Cybersecurity Planning Guide…

Identifying Risky Clients at the Outset

Please join DRI and LawyerGuard® for a complimentary Webinar on November 15th, 2017 that will touch on many different aspects of identifying risky clients, such as different types of risky clients, red flags for identifying risky clients, and types of risky cases. This presentation will also discuss ways to protect the firm through use of various client communication letters.

Who Should Attend

  • Law firms, particularly the individual(s) responsible for risk management within the firm

What You Will Learn

  • How to identify the troublesome client or case
  • How troublesome clients increase your firm’s risk to a malpractice claim
  • What are the red flags of a dishonest client
  • How can client communications letters protect the firm

Webinar seats are limited. Register now!

DATE: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
TIME: 1:00 PM –
 2:00 PM Central

 

Presenters:

Kevin J. Sullivan is the program manager for the LawyerGuard Insurance Program, which provides lawyers’ professional liability insurance to law firms on a nationwide basis. He has over 30 years of professional liability underwriting /management experience, focusing on lawyers’ professional liability since 1995.

 

Thomas P. Sukowicz is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, working out of its Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, and New York City offices. Tom has focused his practice for several years on advising attorneys on ethics and risk management issues and defending lawyers in professional disciplinary proceedings. He previously spent many years as a staff attorney at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, where he investigated and prosecuted attorneys for professional misconduct.