15 Feb

Merchants Bonding Company names Truss among it’s Surety Elite

Merchants Bonding Company recognizes top contract surety agencies and agents for their surety excellence and year-over-year achievements. Demonstrating uncommon excellence in surety, Champions are recognized as experts in the surety industry and considered among the most influential and trusted surety professionals in the United States.

Elite surety partners have demonstrated:

Top Surety Professionalism
Commitment to Future Growth
Understanding of our Common Sense Underwriting Approach

13 Feb

TrussU Presents: Preventing and Responding to Harassment, Keeping the EEOC Happy

The issue of harassment is top of mind to many right now. Join us for a FREE webinar as we discuss the “why” and “how” of preventing and responding to all instances of discrimination and harassment in your organization.

Hosts: Jeff DeWolf, Practice Leader and Stephanie Moore, SPHR, Senior Consultant

February 27, 2018
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

You’ll learn what the EEOC considers an effective program of prevention, training, and response. You’ll also learn about training options available for consideration. Finally, you’ll get practical instruction into how to conduct your own internal investigations in response to a complaint of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.

Space is limited to 50 participants.
One Professional Development Credit Available (HRCI and SHRM)

Register today at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truss-webinar-preventing-and-responding-to-harassment-tickets-42240084229 

08 Feb

Congratulations to our 2017 Surety Partner of the Year…. Zurich!

We are pleased to recognize Zurich, N.A. as our Surety Partner of the Year. Congratulations! You have been a pleasure to work with throughout the last two years.

At the end of each year, we look back at the year and take stock. One of the most important aspects of the Surety Department is the relationships we have with all our surety partners. We hold each relationship in high regard, but alas each year we must identity just one surety partner that’s provided an exceptional level of service throughout the year. The award recognizes not only the branch manager and the underwriters, but also takes into consideration in the organization who helps the Truss Surety Department to succeed. Therefore we do consider the number of accounting differences, errors and slowness in responding to all of our requests and more.

2017 Surety Partner of the Year

Past award winners include

  • 2007 – Zurich
  • 2008 – CNA Surety and United Fire & Casualty Company
  • 2009 – Merchants Bonding
  • 2010 – Old Republic Surety Company
  • 2011 – Old Republic Surety Company
  • 2012 – Berkley Surety
  • 2013 – Old Republic Surety Company
  • 2014 – CNA Surety
  • 2015 – Merchants Bonding Company
  • 2016 – Liberty Mutual Insurance and Zurich
  • 2017 – Zurich

Thanks again to Zurich for a job well done and good luck to all of our sureties in 2018!

02 Feb

February 2018 TrussConnect

2017 ACA Reporting Requirements and Deadlines

A quick reminder that as a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some employers are required to complete and send forms 1094/1095 to employees and the IRS at the end of each tax year.

Who has to report?

  • All Employers with 50+ Employees
  • ALL Self-Insured Employers (including carrier level-funded)

When are the 2017 forms due?

  • 1095 Forms to Employees: March 2, 2018
  • 1094 Forms to IRS: February 28, 2018

What can Truss do to help you?

Truss has partnered with DIY1095, a complete Do-It-Yourself form generation engine that delivers a simple, easy-to-use mechanism all to help you produce 1094/1095 forms.

  • What is the cost? $250 for employers with under 100 employees and $500 for employers with 100 or more employees.

If you have any questions about the ACA reporting or the DIY1095 product, please contact your Truss client advisor.

TrussU Presents: Preventing and Responding to Harassment, Keeping the EEOC Happy

Hosts: Jeff DeWolf, Practice Leader | Stephanie Moore, SPHR, Senior Consultant

February 27, 2018
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

Unless you’ve been living on a different planet, you know that harassment is still alive and well in our society. Employers are obligated to provide a safe and respectful work environment for employees. To do this, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission expects us to both prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment in our work places.

In this free webinar, we share our thoughts on best practices for demonstrating your commitment to preventing workplace disrespect and responding to it should it occur. While we’d like to keep the EEOC happy with our efforts, it’s the right thing to do to keep our employees happy with their experiences at work.

Space is limited to 50 participants.
One Professional Development Credit Available (HRCI and SHRM)

Register today at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truss-webinar-preventing-and-responding-to-harassment-tickets-42240084229 

Two West and Spencer Fane Present: Fiduciary 101

Join Two West Companies and Spencer Fane LLP as they help plan sponsors understand and comply with the strict legal obligations that apply to plan fiduciaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Each webinar is pre-approved for one HRCI or Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recertification hour.

February 7, 2018
Noon CST 401(k) https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4126647847074964483
1 p.m. CST 403 (b) https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8976312162218220547

For a complete list of upcoming webinars visit http://www.twowestcompanies.com/boardroom-webinars/


Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Truss.