Gig Economy

DOL Nixes Trump-Era Rule on Independent Contractors

President Biden’s Labor Department has rescinded a Trump-era rule that would have made it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. In the last month of the Trump administration, the Labor Department finalized a regulation to clarify for employers which workers are employees and which are independent contractors.…

Distinguished Employee Spotlight – Jessica Dunn

InterWest’s Distinguished Employee: Jessica Dunn Jessica is a dedicated employee who always gives her best to uphold the mission and values of InterWest. She has endless energy, initiative and eagerly tackles her responsibilities. She is a great communicator and coordinator and ensures the Accounting Department has all supplies needed and is running smoothly. Through all…

Building up to be acquired

Three Steps for Priming Your Agency for Acquisition If you are building your insurance agency with the goal of being acquired, there are steps you can take to sweeten the pot by positioning the business for success and growth. For owners who one day want to cash out, the most important thing is having a…

back to work

How to Bring Staff Back to Work

As the economy starts opening up again, so are offices, restaurants and other worksites, but because we’re not yet out of the pandemic woods, employers will need to contend with a myriad of paperwork issues, how to phase returning workers back, workplace safety compliance, and more. The process of reopening and bringing staff back needs…