01/17/19

Protect your business from frozen pipes

Bitter temperatures can freeze pipes, creating catastrophic property losses and havoc in your life. Every year we have our fair share of cold weather and businesses can be caught unprepared, often resulting in the most costly losses. With proper winter weather preparation, you can minimize the impact of severe weather on your business. Before winter […]

05/18/15

Portland Business Journal Top Insurance Agencies

We are beyond thrilled to have landed at number three on the Portland Business Journal’s list of Top Insurance Agencies in Portland.  We are the only “local” insurance agency in the top four.  We don’t need to be the biggest, we just want to be the best.  Way to go team EPB&B !!

09/17/12

Keep Safe on Overnight Shift

The world never stops turning and some organizations never stop working no matter what time it is.  If you’re working the night shift, or responsible for employees who are, you’re got to take extra care to stay safe.  Sleep deprivation, fatigue, and depression are just some of the more obvious problems that workers on unconventional […]

11/08/11

Embezzlement Crimes Rise

Embezzlement crimes are on the rise according to The Portland Police Bureau.  The bureau has fielded 105 cases of embezzlement so far this year, putting 2011 on track to match the 152 cases reported in 2010.  Embezzlement is not only common, it’s preventable and insurable.  Check out this recent Portland Business Journal article.  Call EPB&B […]

08/12/11

Data Security Coverage

Health Net, Michael’s, Microsoft X-Box.  You don’t have to look far to find major corporations who have become the victims of data security breach.  Think about it.  What is in your file cabinet right now?  Tax records?  Payroll information?  And what’s on your computer system?  Financial data from your suppliers?  Credit card numbers from your customers?  To a […]

06/30/11

Independent Contractors vs. Employees

 IRS plans to audit 6,000 companies over the next three years.    The IRS recently announced it will be increasing scrutiny of sole proprietorships that provide one 1099R for independent contractors who receive $35,000 or more during the year. The rationale behind the IRS’ thinking is that these independent contractors would be classified as employees based […]

06/27/11

Experts predict earthquake could devistate Northwest

Experts predict that within the next 50 years, Washington and northern Oregon may face a 10 – 15% probability of an offshore earthquake powerful enough to kill thousands and launch a tsunami that would level coastal cities.  Off southern Oregon, the probability of an 8-or-higher magnitude quake is even greater — 37%, according to Oregon […]

02/22/11

Employee Involvement Key to Workplace Safety

Employers across Oregon are encouraged to use award programs, trainings, and other special events to promote workplace safety and health during Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) coordinates the one-day event, designed to raise awareness and promote the value of safety and health in […]

06/25/10

Did you know …..

June 26 – July 4 is Eye Safety Awareness Week 90% of occupational eye injuries could have been prevented if the victim was wearing eye protection.  If you workers are reluctant to wear eye protection, ask them what their lives would be like if they lost their vision. 

06/24/10

OSHA Audit – What to Expect?

No business ever knows when Oregon OSHA is coming to do an inspection.  That’s because it’s against the law to give prior notice.  Even though employers don’t know that the inspection is coming, there are a few things they can do to make the inspection process go smoother.   All Oregon OSHA compliance officers carry […]