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3010, 2015

Pioneer Agency of Distinction

Congratulations to Ottawa Kent for being named a Pioneer Agency of Distinction by Michigan Insurance Company.  The Agency of Distinction program recognizes agencies & staff for the levels of achievement with the carrier.  Michigan Insurance Company, a member of Donegal Insurance Group, is a  property and casualty […]

2506, 2015

Supreme Court Rules – ACA Subsidies Remain

supreme courtOn June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court upheld the availability of tax credits (subsidies) in all 50 states under the Affordable Care Act. The court affirmed in a 6 – 3 vote that the language in the Affordable Care Act allows the government to […]

311, 2014

According to Survey, Many Business Are Still Not Ready for Employer Mandate

Health care costs continue to bedevil managers of small-to-mid-sized businesses. But talent acquisition is quickly catching up to health insurance as a limiting factor in their growth, and the competition from U.S. and foreign firms is heating up.

These are some of the high-level findings of a comprehensive study produced by Lucas Group, a national recruitment […]

210, 2014

Ebola & Business Continuity

Much of the news coverage of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak is targeted toward health officials—how to transport patients, how to care for patients, even how to dispose of patients’ bodies—along with some superficial guidance on how to reduce personal exposure to the virus. To date, there has been little discussion on what to […]

2207, 2014

Data breach reported at Goodwill stores

ROCKVILLE, MD. — If you used a credit card at a Goodwill outlet recently, your information may be in the hands of someone you don’t know.

Security blogger Brian Krebs reports he received confirmation from Goodwill Industries International Inc. that it is working with the U.S. Secret Service on “a series of credit card breaches involving […]

2107, 2014

Top 10 Employee Handbook Mistakes

In the Spring edition of Beyond insurance magazine, Scott Ludema, an Employee Benefits Advisor at Ottawa Kent, published an article trying to help businesses with refining what is in their employee handbooks.

“Done right, employee handbooks serve multiple functions. They provide employees with important information about a company, its practices and the working environment. They also […]

2406, 2014

Pre-Employment Screening

The new rules of pre-employment screening – How to find quality Job candidates, protect your business and stay compliant. In Ottawa Kent’s spring edition of Beyond Insurance you will find this helpful article or you can click on this link: pre-employment screening.

What your company doesn’t know can hurt you — especially when […]

506, 2014

Spring Edition of Beyond Insurance Magazine

The Spring edition of Beyond Insurance Magazine is now available in all of our offices.   You may pick up your free copy at one of our 4 convenient locations: Byron Center, Holland, Jenison or Sparta.

For a helpful article on Employee Handbook Mistakes by Scott Ludema, an Employee Benefits Advisor with Ottawa Kent, just click on this […]

1405, 2014

President’s Club

The Hanover Insurance Group, a leading provider of property and casualty insurance products and services nationwide, recently honored Ottawa Kent with an appointment to its President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agents & brokers from across the country.

President’s Club agencies meet the highest level of professionalism with regard to their ability to deliver value to […]