OSHA Issues New Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
On September 11, 2014, OSHA announced a new final rule for reporting and recording severe work-related injuries and illnesses. Under the new rule, employers will be required to report any work-related fatality to OSHA within eight hours (same as current requirement) and any in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye within 24 hours (Updated requirement: Previously, employers only had to report in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees). The final rule also updates the list of partially exempt industries. The final rule becomes effective on January 1, 2015.
Dimas Ocampo is Finalist in BizTimes Media’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Congratulations to Dimas Ocampo, Principal at Vizance, who is a finalist in the BizTimes Media's Nonprofit Excellence Awards in the “Next Generation Leadership” category. This award is given to an executive who demonstrates leadership and significant contributions to single or multiple nonprofit organizations through active leadership on a board and/or strategic management/guidance.
Dimas will be honored on November 4th at the Awards Ceremony, which honors Southeastern Wisconsin's "Best Corporate Citizens" and "Most Effective Nonprofit Organizations."
Governor Walker visits Vizance, Inc.
Vizance was honored to receive a visit from Governor Scott Walker this morning. He met with the Leadership Team, toured the building, met associates and shared his vision. Thank you for the visit!
Vizance, Inc. of Hartland announces merger with Group Health Planning, Inc.
Vizance, Inc. and Group Health Planning, Inc., both of Hartland, Wisconsin, recently announced their merger, effective August 1, 2014. The two independent insurance agencies will operate under the “Vizance” name and will be headquartered at 1320 Walnut Ridge Drive in Hartland.
Both agencies have several decades of experience behind them. Vizance was founded in 1978 and Group Health Planning began operating in 1983. As an independent agency, Vizance provides Business Insurance, Employee Benefits, Personal Lines Insurance and Financial Services. The merger brings additional Employee Benefits services, including the extensive expertise of Bill Brazzoni and Tom Williams in the Self-Funded Health Plan arena.
Group Health Planning is the second company to merge with Vizance this year. In January 2014, SEBS Fond du Lac also merged with Vizance, providing the agency with its second location. Vizance plans to continue growing through acquisitions, and is seeking other partner agencies.
Understanding Common Aspects of Claims Resolution
This Work Comp Insights investigates some common situations and processes an employer will have to deal with during claim resolution. Understanding Common Aspects of Claims Resolution
Annual Food Drive Ends With Record Total
The 5th annual Vizance Food Drive has wrapped up, and we are proud to announce that we have a new agency record. The Vizance associates, together with our clients and company partners, gathered 19,224 food items and $3,955. Thank you to everyone who helped reach this amazing number!
Vizance Collects School Supplies for Local Students
Vizance recently took part in the Schoolkits for Kids program sponsored by the PIAW (Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin).
The associates of Vizance donated 62 backpacks, along with numerous school supplies, that were given to the Salvation Army for distribution to local students. This collection, valued at nearly $900, was the largest donation of any agency in Wisconsin.
Five Steps to Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs
Learn more about the five steps your company can take to have a well-rounded safety program that produces a safe work environment, achieves OSHA compliance and reduces accidents in Five Steps to Reducing Workers' Compensation Costs.
A Streamlined Way to Request Certificates of Insurance
New Year, New Service
In response to the feedback received from our valued clients, we are pleased to announce a new service for our Business Clients.
Here at Vizance, we are client service fanatics and we consistently look for new ways to achieve customer satisfaction. Our number one goal is to make life easier for you. Effective immediately, we have a new and improved way to request certificates of insurance.
Simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will expedite your request in a timely matter. This e-mail is regularly monitored by our certificate specialist.
In addition, we have created a general request template which contains information typically needed in order to issue certificates. You can find a copy of this template here.
We thank all of our clients for your valued feedback and continued business!
Vizance Selected for Agency Spotlight in Acuity Newsletter
Vizance was recently recognized as being "Client Service Fanatics" when it was selected for an Agency Spotlight piece.
The article, Hartland Agency's "Client Service Fanatics" Elevate Customer Care appeared in Acuity's October 2012 newsletter.