New Hospitality Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulation

Cliff Patterson, Vice President Sales Executive The safety and security of hotel guests are one of the most important priorities of SIA Group. Carbon monoxide has killed nearly 400 people throughout North Carolina since 2011 according to a Charlotte Observer report. Although North Carolina is among the 27 states that require carbon monoxide alarms in…

ADA Alert

There are five reasons that all hotel members in the United States need to comply with all the new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements before the March 15, 2012 deadline. By acting now, you can save your business countless productive working hours and thousands of dollars in penalties.  1. The March 15, 2012 deadline is…

Security Breach Policies Becoming Popular With Businesses

In 2011 security professionals experienced more hackers causing data breaches so widespread that the diversity in the types of businesses targeted in the past year showed that no single sector of business is truly safe. Some industries experienced truly large attacks, such as a 32 percent increase in the health care industry alone. Online criminals…

How the New Employee Rights Notice Posting Will Affect You

By April 30 of this year, most businesses in the private sector will be required to place an 11-by-17 poster in their workplaces advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The poster, available through the National Labor Relations Board website in English, Spanish and 26 other commonly used languages, informs employees…

Bed Bugs a Nagging Problem for the Hospitality Industry

The old saying “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” unfortunately has real meaning for many travelers in the last decade who have encountered these unpleasant parasites. Small (adults are about 3/8 to 1/4-inches long) and reddish-brown, bed bugs emerge at night from their hiding places in cracks and crevices near the bed or…

Crisis Management Coverage

During a crisis, protecting a business’s reputation can become stressful and overwhelming if an action plan is not in place. Crisis management coverage can help business owners successfully face daunting issues while maintaining employee morale, financial security and normal day-to-day operations. An insurance agent can advise employers on the various components of crisis coverage, including…

Insurance Tips for Restaurant and Lodging Owners:

Find an agent you can trust for the long run: When starting a lodging or hospitality business, compare and talk to several insurance agents until you find the one you are comfortable forming a long-term relationship with. This person should be interested in your insurance needs and understand your current phase of operations, not loading…