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Federated Presents: Estate Planning

20 Sep 2017

If a family member had a serious heart condition that required surgery, we would surely seek out the best cardiovascular specialist available to perform the operation. The same should hold true when seeking advice on our estate and business succession plans.  Many lawyers who are general practitioners are adept in handling common legal affairs. But, few of them would attempt to develop a sophisticated estate plan that could provide the specialized legal documents you may need. Just as we would not likely ask our family doctor to perform open heart surgery, neither should we assume that a generalist attorney is qualified to develop a complex estate and business succession plan.  Federated is committed to helping family business owners complete this important planning. 

News Release: Federated Acquires Granite Re, Inc.

14 Sep 2017

 Federated Mutual Insurance Company has acquired Granite Re, Inc., a leading provider of surety bonds for small- to medium-sized contractors, as of January 1, 2017. The acquisition better positions Federated Insurance to partner with commercial contractors for their surety and bonding needs. 

New(ER) Mandatory Form I-9 and When ICE Appears on your Doorstep

28 Aug 2017

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published yet another version of the Form I-9 marked with a July 17, 2017 version date.  Starting on September 18, 2017, employers MUST use only this version of the form for all new hires and reverification on any employee with an older version of the form.  

UPDATE: OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

28 Aug 2017

OSHA has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is enforceable as of September 23, 2017, for construction standards and we have provided some resources to aid our members in compliance.

HR Question of the Month as Presented by Federated

25 Aug 2017

Question: We hired a new employee about a week ago and now she is telling us that she is 4 months pregnant. She did not disclose this during the hiring process. The manager wants to terminate her employment. What are the possible ramifications if we terminate her? It looks as if she was seeking employment for health insurance benefits only.

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