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Posted by Andy Adams on July 12, 2013 - 11:22am
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The law of unintended consequences is unrelenting and one that the Obama administration cannot simply waive away by willful non-compliance.

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 8, 2013 - 5:01pm
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Last week's delay of the ACA's employer mandate was a bombshell that caught everyone by surprise.  What does this mean for employers?

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on July 3, 2013 - 11:06am
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If you’re not heading downtown for the big 4th of July Southwest Freedom Over Texas concert and fireworks, maybe you are lighting some fireworks of your own.  Fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Houston and in some parts of Harris County.  There is currently a burn ban in effect for Montgomery County.  Check your local Fire Marshal’s website to find out what is allowed in your area.   

On average, 200 people end up in the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during the month of July.  Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind if you are planning your own fireworks display:

 

 
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Posted by Andy Adams on July 3, 2013 - 10:28am
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Minimum Essential Coverage plans (MEC Plans) are a hot topic among employers trying deal with the coming employer mandate (now delayed to 2015).  What are MEC plans?

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on July 3, 2013 - 9:50am
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By Catherine Jones, Author, Safety X Change, the online community for safety professioanls

 
According to the US Fire Administration, every year barbecue grills cause approximately 6,500 fires. The peak month for grill fires - JULY.
 
The top ignition factor, accounting for 43% of grill fires, is mechanical failure or malfunction, such as part failure, leak, break or lack of maintenance. Other ignition factors include:
  • Misuse of heat of ignition - such as lack of control of open fire and abandoned materials
  • Misuse of material ignited - such as combustible material being too close to heat
  • Operating deficiency - primarily leaving the grill unattended

 

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 2, 2013 - 5:16pm
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News reports indicate that the Employer Mandate will be DELAYED TO 2015!

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on July 2, 2013 - 4:47pm
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With so much focus on health care reform last year, you might not have noticed that Congress passed a new flood insurance law.  On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which calls on FEMA and other agencies to change the way the National Flood Insurance Program is run.

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 2, 2013 - 4:15pm
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If this video does not make you cry, I am not sure anything will.  Please remember the thousands of people this video represents and thousands who will never have a homecoming (at least this side of Heaven).  God bless you and thank you!

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 2, 2013 - 3:03pm
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The WSJ reports that more and more responsible retirees and soon to be retirees are being surprised by sudden and dramatic increases in their Long-Term Care insurance premiums:

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