Employee Fraud Prevention

Employee Fraud Prevention

A recent report issued by the association of Certified Fraud Examiners places the cost of employee fraud at 7% of annual revenues. Employers with less than 100 employees saw a median loss of $200,000 according to the ACFE.

Another study performed by the Institute for Corporate Productivity and HR.com showed that 20% of all employers have some form of employee fraud. Both reports state that one of the contributing factors is the current economic downturn. MIC has all the tools to help identify the critical exposures and help design insurance products that meet your needs.

Here are some of the most common types of fraud claims: 

  1. Theft of inventory– This is commonly known as shrinkage of inventory. It is not limited to just materials or goods, it also applies to office supplies and even office equipment.
  2. Vendor kickbacks– Employees set up over payments from vendors then receive payments in cash or in the form of goods, services, or trips.
  3. Padded expense accounts– Employees can pad expense accounts, use fake receipts and even purchase personal items.
  4. Embezzlement– Employees simply siphon off money from a business, by setting up fake accounts, stealing cash, or forging checks they deposit into their own accounts.
  5. Phantom vendors– Employees set up phony businesses and produce fake invoices. This can also be in partnership with a vendor that is paid for work not performed.

 Fraud Prevention Suggestions

  • Complete background checks on all employees
  • Separate duties; split up check writing and deposit responsibilities
  • Require two signatures on checks over $250
  • Add a third person to reconcile books
  • Have an outside firm perform an annual audit
  • Hold employee training on policies and procedures
  • Install video cameras in warehouses and parking lots
  • Review your employee dishonesty coverage annually

 

 

How To Insure Animals

Animals have been used in movie-making, advertising, documentaries, print, and various production functions since the early days of the industry.  The American Humane Association has worked for many years to protect animals in films. This confirms how important animals are in movies, TV, documentaries and other productions.

Animal Mortality insurance will pay an agreed value for your animal actors if it dies from any accidental or natural cause. This coverage protects you against loss as a result of a variety of perils, including fire, lightning, windstorm, hail, theft, collision, upset while in transit, accidental shooting, and drowning.  Plus, it pays the agreed value of the animal actor if death was caused by one of the perils listed on the policy.

How it Works…it is simple

We get the resumes on the animal actors and their wranglers.  We can then write Animal Mortality coverage (life insurance) on the animals for a predetermined value.

Our mission is to serve filmmakers with the best policies their dollar can buy. Our diversified staff utilizes state-of-the-art technology to make your insurance experience with us as effortless as possible. Simply put, we are “Independent Brokers/Agents” representing you the “client”. We are licensed professionals and bring a personal touch to the delicate relationship between you, the “client” and the “insurance company.”

 What Is Risk Analysis And Why Is It So Important?

 What Is Risk Analysis And Why Is It So Important?

The term risk analysis tends to sound like a complicated thing. But simply put, risk analysis is a review of the things that might create a loss for you, your family, or business.

Why Is This important?

You have so much invested in your family, home, and business. You need to have an understanding of things that might happen, which will create a negative impact on your family and business.

What Role Does Your Agent Play?

Your agent will be your guide, consultant, and advisor through this process. It is important that you have an agent who is not interested in selling you insurance. Your agent needs to educate you on your risk, offer options, and work with you to make sure you are correctly protected.

If your agent does not understand or is not interested in this process, you will be left with inadequate protection.

If your agent offers an off the shelf homeowners policy, without asking questions and educating you might get stuck in the event of a claim. For example, you have a fire in your home and have to move out for three months during reconstruction. You will need a loss of use coverage to help offset temporary housing and other related costs. Most policies have a set amount, but your situation may call for more coverage.

We Help Make The Complex Simple

We offer a series of questions to help our clients understand their risk and what options they have to manage them, based on their individual situations.

We educate our clients so they can make informed decisions. For example, if you are renting out a part of your home, you will need special insurance, as your homeowner’s policy excludes operating a business out of your home.

If you own a home and have other financial assists, you may need a personal umbrella policy. This protects you against litigation or claims where your primary coverage is exhausted.

Let’s start a conversation on how we might be able to educate you and design an insurance program that fits your individual needs.

Who Covers Your Equipment?

Your entertainment company may own specialized equipment, like cameras, props, sets, or other production equipment that you take on location. You also may have a need for special floater coverage for a short period of time or as part of your overall insurance program. No matter what the case we can help with the best possible combination of coverage, price and service.

Entertainment Equipment Floater

  • Coverage is available for a wide variety of property, during production or while in your care, custody and control.
  • Property located on or off your premises.
  • Property in transit.
  • Coverage generally can be provided for risk of direct physical loss, including earthquake.

Types of Equipment Covered

  • Cameras
  • Production equipment
  • Sound equipment
  • Theatrical equipment
  • Editing equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Other misc. equipment

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

Professional Liability Insurance For Producers

From small productions to Hollywood blockbusters, substantial liability claims can arise for video, film and television producers. Even where you have ensured that all necessary clearances have been obtained you never know what will happen. Video Film and Television Errors and Omissions Liability insurance provides you with the peace of mind you need.

What Errors & Omissions insurance does is indemnify producers from lawsuits that may arise from the content of a production, including lawsuits alleging:

  • Invasion of privacy
  • Unauthorized use of titles
  • Failure to obtain appropriate rights for music and film clips
  • Improper handling of unsolicited scripts
  • Unfair competition
  • Professional errors in judgment
  • Infringement of copyright
  • Breach of contract
  • Libel or slander
  • Unauthorized copying of ideas,

This coverage will usually be required by a distributor, broadcaster or financier prior to the release of any theatrical or television production. Production financing will usually not flow until E&O coverage is in force.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We are located in beautiful Northridge, California next to CSUN..

Advantages of an Independent Agent

Advantages of an Independent Agent

When you work with us, we will give you unbiased advice.  As an independent insurance agent, we are very knowledgeable about all the companies that exist in the marketplace. We know which companies have the best track record when it comes to pleasing their policyholders. We can narrow your options down and help you choose between the best insurance companies in the market. Not all insurance agents are the same! Choosing the right one can make a big difference – in price, service, and value.

There are a number of benefits to working with us:

  • We will work with you to make sure your claim is processed to your satisfaction
  • We provide a number of coverage options
  • Are not obligated to any one company
  • We search the market for the best combination of price and coverage
  • We are committed to exceeding your expectations
  • You are who we answer to, not a board of directors in NY
  • We are licensed professionals with strong customer and community ties
  • Our staff is qualified and trained to explain coverage in understandable language
  • We can review coverage and make necessary changes based on your needs

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

 

How To Insure Your Employees In The Entertainment Business

How To Insure Your Employees In The Entertainment Business

Workers compensation is a no-fault system of benefits provided by States to most workers who have job-related injuries. If your company has employees, you are required by Alaska law to buy workers’ compensation insurance. Sole proprietors with no employees and approved self-insureds are not required to carry workers comp insurance. Your employees should be covered for any work-related injury or illness.

One question we often get asked is, what is an employee? An employee can be a full-time or part-time person, working on behalf of the company. Temporary and seasonal staff can also be defined as employees. Many people seem to think that just because someone isn’t a full-time employee they don’t need to have workers’ compensation coverage. Not true. Under all these cases you are required to have workers’ compensation insurance.

The way you pay your employee does not impact whether or not they are considered an employee. You can 1099 somebody and have him or her withhold his or her own taxes and you are still required to carry workers’ compensation coverage on that person. Don’t confuse tax laws and workers’ compensation laws. These laws and statutes are completely unrelated.

Here are a few additional tests to determine the employer/employee relationship:

  • Do you control the workplace?
  • If the person takes direction from ownership or management they are employees.
  • Do you supervise them?
  • Is their time controlled (lunch, breaks etc.)?

What about independent contractors?

An independent contractor is someone who owns their own business, so they control their own working hours. They control how they get the job done. They are the people to which you give a project, they return a completed project, and they are usually completely unsupervised by you. So, if you have someone who fits into this definition, you probably don’t need to carry workers’ compensation coverage on that person.  However, it is always a good idea to call is to help you review each situation.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

 

Your Entertainment Business May Need More Commercial Insurance

Your Entertainment Business May Need More Commercial Insurance

We live in world where lawsuits are common. Private firms are no longer immune from litigation from employees, competitors and even the government.  Management or professional liability insurance is not just good business; it is as necessary as heat and lighting for your office. Statutes, federal and state laws change on a regular basis, so it is vital that your company protect its assets with management or professional liability insurance.

Issues to Consider

  • General Liability Insurance does not cover the risks of Employment Liability, Professional Liability, and Directors and Officers Liability. You need a separate insurance policy to cover these risks.
  • Defense costs are going up at a rapid rate. Insurance can provide needed defense coverage, even if you are not liable.
  • Company owners can be held personally liable for their actions as well as the actions of other managers or executives.
  • The cost of the average Directors and Officers lawsuit is over $600,000 according to Chubb Insurance Company. 38% of these claims involve employment issues.
  • 25% of private firms had some sort of employment issue that could not be resolved without legal counsel involvement. The average defense costs are $250 per hour.
  • Many firms fail to purchase Cyber Insurance. However, the average cost of each compromised record is around $175.00. Most states have laws requiring notification if you have had an incident.

The best thing you can do is call our office and have us provide you with a risk review including coverage options. Once you have had a chance to review coverage and pricing, then you can make an informed decision.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

 

The True Value of an Independent Agent

Movie Insure is an independent agency. This means we don’t work for any one insurance company. We have access to many markets that specialize in the entertainment industry, giving us the ability to shop your account, and search the market for the best option for you. With captive insurance agents, you may only get the guidance of one company that sells one brand of insurance.

  • We specialize in the film and production industry that is all we do. We know and understand your industry.
  • We have over 25 years of combined service.
  • Our focus is exclusively on understanding the unique needs of motion picture, television, video, music and theatrical companies.
  • We will work with you to make sure your claim is processed to your satisfaction.
  • We provide a number of coverage options.
  • Are not obligated to any one company.
  • We search the market for the best combination of price and coverage.
  • We are licensed professionals with strong customer and community ties.
  • Our staff is qualified and trained to explain coverage in understandable language.
  • We can review coverage and make necessary changes based on your needs.

There is no singular insurance company that is the best for everyone. As independent agents, we can find the right company for your specific needs. And as your needs change, we’ll always have an insurance company that is right for you.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

 

Is Short Term Entertainment Insurance Available?

Your firm may be embarking on a short term project that requires special or unique insurance coverage. John Hart Insurance can help you with this coverage. Many filming locations require that you present them with a certificate of insurance, naming them as an additional insured, before they allow you on the property. You may need to rent very specialized equipment that requires insurance. All these issues can be managed through the proper kinds of insurance products.

Our short term coverage can include:

General Liability – General Liability protects against claims of bodily injury or property damage and personal injury arising out of filming activity.

Third Party Property Damage – Covers damage to property in your care. For example, a building in which you film a commercial.

Owned & Rented Equipment – An equipment floater may be needed to insure property that moves from location to location.

Workers’ Compensation – Covers injury to employees while on location or on the job at any site.

Set and Prop Coverage – Property coverage in case sets or props are damaged.

Non-Owned and Hired Auto – Insures you from liability arising out of using or renting a vehicle that you do not own.

Excess Liability Insurance – Provides additional Liability protection over the General Liability and Non-owned/Hired Automobile Liability.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!