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Employers can now begin to electronically report their Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted CY 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website. Remember, not all establishments are covered by this requirement. To review which establishments need to provide their 2017 data, click here.

Covered establishments with 250 or more employees are only required to provide their 2017 Form 300A summary data. OSHA is not accepting Form 300 and 301 information at this time. OSHA announced that it will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" final rule, including the collection of the Forms 300/301 data. The Agency is currently drafting that NPRM and will seek comment on those provisions.

Click here for more information and to launch the ITA.


30-Day Grace Period on Silica Rule Enforcement

Posted by Matthew Graham on June 20, 2018



On June 8, 2018, OSHA announced it will offer a 30-day grace period for employers who make “good faith efforts” to comply with the OSHA silica rule. During this grace period, OSHA will offer compliance assistance to the employers mentioned above.

The new silica standard becomes enforceable for the general and maritime industries on June 23, 2018. The silica standard for the construction industry became effective on Sept. 23, 2017. The enforcement delay for qualifying employers in the general and maritime industries parallels the delay adopted for the enforcement of the silica standard for the construction industry.


  • The final rule establishes a new permissible exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica.
  • Employers must implement specific measures to protect workers.
  • The intent of the rule is to reduce the risk of diseases caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


  • March 25, 2016 - Publication date for the final rule on respirable crystalline silica.
  • September 23, 2017 - Enforcement for employers in the construction industry.
  • June 23, 2018 - Enforcement for employers in the general and maritime industries.


Affected employers in the general and maritime industries that wish to use the 30-day grace period should prepare to prove they have made “good faith efforts” to comply with the rule.

Cobbs Allen Welcomes Winston Durbin

Posted by Elizabeth Scull on June 20, 2018


Cobbs Allen is pleased to welcome Winston Durbin to our corporate office. Winston joins as a Risk Consultant in our Entrepreneurial Business Unit. In this role, he will specialize in providing property and casualty insurance to small businesses in and around the Birmingham area.

Winston joins Cobbs Allen as a recent graduate from Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business with a Bachelors of Business Administration. Prior to joining Cobbs Allen, he served as Assistant Program Director at Pine Cove camps and worked at J&M Bookstore in Auburn for seven years. He will be an excellent addition to the Cobbs Allen team.


Grantland Rice IV, Chief Operating Officer at Cobbs Allen, has added “community champion” to the many hats he wears as a Birmingham citizen and professional.

Grantland has taken on a voluntary role with the launch of Mountain Brook High School’s experiential entrepreneurship program—the first of its kind in the state of Alabama. Known as “INCubatoredu,” the course allows students to express their own professional talents through the creation of new product and service innovations.

“I am very excited to help launch the IncubatorEDU program at Mountain Brook High School,” Rice said. “Birmingham has such a wealth of business talent, and I am looking forward to connecting experienced business leaders with the students.”

In addition to his involvement with INCubatoredu, the 2002 Mountain Brook High School alumnus is involved with the Birmingham Venture Club and currently serves on the Mountain Brook School’s Career Tech Advisory Committee. Grantland will now have the opportunity to share his experiences and knowledge with the Mountain Brook students who follow in his footsteps.

Cobbs Allen Welcomes Summer Interns

Posted by Caitlin Miley on June 13, 2018


(Pictured from left to right: Caleb Burton, Betsy Sutton, Kingston Hall and Josh Horton)

We are pleased to introduce our summer interns for 2018—Betsy Sutton, Caleb Burton, Josh Horton and Kingston Hall—and are excited about all they will get to experience during their time with us!

Our nine-week internship program allows college students to gain first-hand experience in an insurance brokerage. Throughout the summer, our interns rotate amongst all three of our divisions: Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits and Personal Lines. We also have several professional development and networking opportunities lined up for them to participate in.

Betsy Sutton, a native of Savannah, GA, is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Georgia. Betsy majored in Risk Management and Insurance and participated in the Insurance Society, Gamma Iota Sigma, PASSPORT and her sorority.

Caleb Burton is a rising senior at Auburn University and is native to Calera, AL. Caleb is majoring in Finance and spends his free time serving as Director of Films for the University Programs Council.

Josh Horton, a rising junior at Auburn University, is majoring in Finance with a minor in Accounting; he is from Birmingham, AL. His extracurricular activities include being a student assistant to the Harbert College of Business’ CFO, participating in the Financial Management Association and the Harbert College of Business Executive Society.

Kingston Hall, from Vestavia, AL, is a Global Business major with a concentration in Risk Management and Insurance at Troy University. Kingston has previous experience from an internship at J. Smith Lanier and JLT Reinsurance, and holds executive positions in Gamma Iota Sigma and her sorority.


On April 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will require all establishments affected by the electronic reporting rule to submit their 2017 data to OSHA by July 1, 2018.

This announcement clarifies the requirement for establishments in states with an OSHA-approved plan. These establishments must submit electronic reports, regardless of whether the state has ratified or incorporated the electronic reporting rule into its OSHA state plan.


  • December 31, 2017:  Due date for first OSHA electronic reports through ITA (submit 2016 data)
  • July 1, 2018:  Due date for second OSHA electronic reports through ITA (submit 2017 data)


Establishments in all states, including those with an OSHA-approved state plan, should prepare to submit electronic reports by July 1, 2018. For affected establishments, click here to learn specific actions.




As a reminder, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees are due by July 31st. Employers who sponsor self-insured health plans are responsible for calculating and submitting the PCORI fees using IRS Form 720 (Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return), this should be submitted along with payment in full. For fully-insured health plans, the health insurers are responsible for the fees.

The PCORI fees are based upon the plan year of the health plan as well as the average number of covered lives (those who are enrolled) for the prior plan year. The PCORI fees apply for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2012 but do not apply for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2019. This means that for calendar year plans, the fees are effective for the 2012 through 2018 plan years.

The fee per covered life is stated below:

  • $2.39 for plans with plan years beginning January 1, December 1 and November 1
  • $2.26 for plan with plan years beginning February 1, March 1, April 1, May 1, June 1, July 1, August 1, September 1, and October 1


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