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The Cobbs Allen family came together this Saturday to participate in the annual Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off. Over 100 teams competed to win the hearts of the estimated 15,000 cook-off attendees. Associates Sara Mann, Gregg Tatum, Mary Breckenridge, and David Greene arrived early to prepare Gregg's often imitated, never duplicated (now award-winning) chili recipe. The weather was beautiful and the company was perfect at this year's event. Cobbs Allen took home the first runner-up prize. We are always excited to support such an incredible organization and look forward to participating next year!


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Yesterday al.com posted two separate articles concerning drug busts involving synthetic marijuana. These articles address the growing problem and indicate the increase of synthetic drugs usage. This is not a local issue but is a growing trend across the United States. Along with organic drugs, synthetics are sold to employed individuals. The synthetic version of marijuana is 5x more potent than regular marijuana and causes crazy adverse effects on the human body, yet it is cheaper and easier to obtain, making it a drug of choice among drug abusers.

Unfortunately many employers are either unaware or highly under-educated regarding the use of synthetic drugs. Most standard employer-sponsored drug screenings do not include it or the screenings do not properly testing for it which indicates there are an infinite amount of unknown synthetic drug users in the workplace. As this trend continues to grow, employers should be aware of this and the impact it has on workplace safety.

If you would like more information regarding workplace drug screening or synthetic drugs, contact our Loss Control Consultant, Mark Beisecker.


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Webinars begin at 11:00 AM Central Standard Time unless otherwise indicated. Click the link to register and include Cobbs Allen as the BAN firm that invited you. 

March 16, Department of Labor Audit Preparation: Health and Welfare Plans, Stacy Barrow, Esq. (HRCI credits available)

Learn the who, what, where, when and why of agency audits from employee benefits law and compliance expert Stacy H. Barrow, Esq. During this hour long webinar, Stacy will help you and your organization prepare for a Department of Labor (DOL) welfare plan audit.
 
Takeaways include:
·         Understand how plans are selected for audit
·         Gain insight into the audit process
·         Develop best practices for audit survival
 

PASSWORD: DOL1603
Click to register


March 30, Total Rewards Management: How to Maintain the Right Talent, Bobbi Kloss (HRCI credits available)

Congratulations! You have found the right candidate and they have accepted the job. But the challenges don't end there.

Join BAN's HR Director and Human Resource Management expert, Bobbi Kloss, as she explains how you can keep the right talent after they come onboard. Key concepts include employee engagement, training and development, performance management, and pay for performance. Register for this webinar to learn best practices to retain top talent, reduce turnover, and improve productivity.


PASSWORD: TRM0330
Click to register


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Free webinar series aimed at helping companies more effectively manage their risk exposures and safety concerns 

Risk Management Center Overview

Learn more about the Risk Management Center, a unique web-based software suite of safety and risk management tools designed to empower your organization's risk prevention efforts. The Risk Management Center is right for any organization that wants to:

  • Proactively manage risk exposures
  • Develop effective workplace safety programs
  • Reduce claims losses, and associated costs

The risk management platform has recently been upgraded to enhance and streamline your risk management and occupational health and safety strategy. Attend this webinar to learn "what's new" and how to utilize the new features to enable maximum productivity.

Dates:

March 1, 3:00 PM CST
March 10, 11:00 AM CST
March 15, 3:00 PM CST
March 24, 11:00 AM CST
March 29, 3:00 PM CST

Register here


Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Development Using the Risk Management Center

Creating a comprehensive IIPP is an essential step to stay compliant, reduce costs associated with injuries, and create a safety culture at your workplace. IIPPs are required in 15 states, and are recommended as a best practice by OSHA.

This webinar will cover the basic areas that need to be addressed in a written IIPP. It will describe how to write and implement an IIPP specific to your workplace. It will also describe how to find sample written forms in the Risk Management Center, plus which applications can help you successfully implement an IIPP.

Dates:

March 17, 3:00 PM CST

Register here


Resolve to Be Safe: Safety Best Practices for the New Year

The beginning of the year is a great time to review and update your safety programs. Learn how the Risk Management Center can be used to improve your organization's policies, procedures, and training, and easily develop an updated risk management and safety program. The webinar will cover the following applications in detail:

The Risk Management Library: a database of customizable resources

My Content: an application that allows you to customize Library documents and add your own company-specific materials

Training Track: an application to manage all aspects of employee training

This webinar will be delivered by a certified safety and health expert. Ensure your organization's risk management programs are up-to-date for 2016.

Dates:

March 3, 11:00 AM CST

Register here


OSHA 300 Reporting Made Easy with Incident Track®

If an organization has 10 or more employees. it is required to complete OSHA's injury and illness record keeping forms on an ongoing basis. These records will be requested during any OSHA visit. Further, the OSHA 300A Summary must be posted in a public workplace area from February 1 until April 30. Organizations can incur a citation and fine if they do not comply with these regulations. 

Attending this webinar will help you understand OSHA's posting requirements and how to utilize Incident Track® to complete and post OSHA 300 logs. This overview will be delivered by our certified safety and health experts.

Dates:

March 7, 11:00 AM CST

Register here


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Come out Saturday, March 5th to Brookwood Mall to experience great fun, friends, and chili at the 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Since its inception more than a decade ago, the Chili Cook-Off has grown into one of Birmingham’s largest fundraisers and the largest fundraiser benefitting the Exceptional Foundation. The Exceptional Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides social and recreational activities to mentally challenged individuals in the Greater Birmingham area.

Cobbs Allen has been a proud sponsor of the event over the years and takes great pride in participating in all of the day’s activities. Our team of chefs, headed up by Gregg Tatum and Sara Mann, whip up some of the best chili you have ever tasted. Following a disappointing honorable mention finish in 2015, our team this year is out to prove that we have the best chili in town. So come on out and support a great cause with family and friends and experience the 2016 Exception Foundation Chili Cook-Off for yourself!

Event Details:

When? Saturday, March 5th, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Where? Brookwood Village Parking Lot

Tickets? Tickets can be purchased on the website or at the Exceptional Foundaiton location prior to the event for $10 per ticket. The day of the event, tickets can be bought at the entrance for a $15 donation per ticket. Children 12 and under are FREE.

What forms of payment are accepted at the gate? Cash and checks only. ATM machines on site.


Davida Miller Joins the Cobbs Allen Team

Posted by on February 17, 2016

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We are excited to announce the newest addition to our Cobbs Allen team, Davida Miller. Davida currently serves as an account manager in our personal lines department. She has eight years of experience with State Farm working in both sales and account management for personal lines. Prior to working in insurance, she was an elementary school teacher.

 Davida received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama. She is licensed in property & casualty, life, and accident/health & sickness. She has also been bank certified with State Farm. She is also involved in several charitable organizations including National MS Society, National Alopecia Areata Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation, and Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance.  

 We cannot wait to see the amazing contributions Davida will make at Cobbs Allen!


Do You Love Your Valentine's Day Gift? Insure it!

Posted by on February 15, 2016

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Valentine’s Day. For some of us, this entailed a romantic date night or a gift for that special someone. Year after year, approximately 25% of Americans purchase jewelry, spending an average of $2,000 per year. In 2014, $50 million was spent on jewelry purchased solely for Valentine’s Day. Other popular gifts include electronics, artwork, antiques and wine. If you are anything like me, Valentine’s Day means big, pink heart-shaped boxes of assorted chocolates for 50% off on February 15th. But hey, different strokes for different folks.

If you are one of the jewelry-buyers mentioned in the statistics above, you may need to consider insuring these special items. While homeowners insurance typically covers valuables, it has its limits. Policies often restrict the dollar amount of coverage for individual valuable items and put a cap on coverage for certain categories of possessions. Homeowners insurance also limits coverage depending on how the damage was done. For example, certain perilous events such as fires, lightning, and windstorms might be covered, but simply dropping your ring down drain in the kitchen sink is not.


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