In today’s day and age, all companies want to be global in their approach. This means employing foreign employees. While foreign worker insurance is mandatory in many countries including Singapore, it has many advantages. Getting this insurance will not only protect your employee but you as well.

Advantages of getting this insurance:

  • Saves you from high medical bills

No one can predict when misfortune can strike. But a medical emergency not only means health issues for your employee, it also hurts your pocket. That is why this was made mandatory by the government to protect employers from high medical bills.

  • Added perk for the employee

In this increasingly competitive market, potential employees select those companies who provide the most incentives along with the salary. They want a comprehensive package that takes care of their welfare. For foreign employees, especially, they are away from their countries and are naturally apprehensive of how they will be taken care of should they fall ill in a foreign country. The better comprehensive package you offer, the higher the chances of you getting the cream of foreign applicants for your company.

  • Repatriation expenses

In case a foreign employee dies or is permanently disabled, this insurance indemnifies you from bearing the cost of transferring the body to his/her home country.

  • Personal accident during off hours

Depending on the comprehensiveness of the insurance policy, several important benefits are covered.

  • Disability, dismemberment due to any accident
  • Some plans even safeguards your employees against any financial issues due to loss of income; in case disability from the accident prevents the employee to be able to work
  • Surgery, dental, maternity expenses, are some of the areas covered by these insurance companies

 

  • Outpatient treatment

Some amount of outpatient treatment is always covered by all types of insurance; however the coverage varies. From dental to general check up to specialist consultation and cost of tests, there are a variety of outpatient coverage options.

This type of insurance protects both you and the employee for a minimal fee. It protects you from incurring financial loss and insures the employee’s life and takes care of any additional cost should tragedy occur. It also earns you good will from the employee. This in turn ensures lesser attrition over compensations offered, and higher chances of attracting the best in the market. Therefore choose the coverage that is beneficial for both you and your foreign employees.

 

Most employees consider health insurance as the most important perk in their remuneration package and many studies and surveys have shown that a good health insurance plan increases the chances of retention and improving recruitment quality. It is mandatory for all those who are employing foreigners in their companies to get foreign worker medical insurance in most countries, including Singapore. However, not all insurance plans offer a good bargain and therefore should not be selected blindly.

Important points to remember while selecting the right insurance:

  • Compare the policies

Never look at just one insurance company’s plan, especially if you’re planning to have more than one foreign employee. The policy needs to be beneficial for both you and the employee. Look at at least a few options before freezing in on one.

The following factors should be kept in mind while comparing policies:

  • Cost

How much does the policy cost you? Is this something that you can bear even if your number of foreign employees increases? What is the cost of the plan, the deductibles, and the co-insurance costs (if any)? How much of it can be borne by the company? It also should be noted that deductibles and co-insurance costs should not be such that it affects the employee’s salary significantly.

  • Coverage

Some policies limit coverage to specific conditions or provide the absolute minimum coverage. These details are mostly written in fine print, so they need to be read carefully. Insurance policies that cover diseases should usually be avoided as their charges are higher than the chances of contracting one.

  • Reimbursement

Their compensation or reimbursements for individual incidents should be viewed to see whether the coverage actually does justice to hospital charges and doctor’s fees. Consulting a physician might be a good idea to understand if the amount mentioned seems reasonable or not.

 

  • Check the market

It is always good to know which policies competitors and other companies use for their foreign employees. It helps you to get an idea of the quality of service provided. In this day and age, when several insurance companies are facing bankruptcy issues, one can’t be too careful.

  • Get a broker

In case this overwhelms you, or you don’t have the time to review the policies in such detail you can always get a broker to compare policies for you. However, brokers are not always ethical or reliable and can influence the rates offered by insurance companies. Therefore, the background of brokers too, must be thoroughly investigated.

Once the foreign worker insurance policy is bought, you can’t reverse it without incurring some loss. Choose the one that benefits both you and the employee and spend time to find the right insurance policy.

It is quite easy to understand why you need to purchase coverage for your personal vehicle. You would like to safeguard your property as well as protect the lives of your dear ones. Moreover, it is compulsory by law in several States. But to know when to avail commercial insurance is a completely different fall fame altogether. However, there are some kinds of vehicle usage, which do not fall within the scope of a personal vehicle insurance policy. If you are an entrepreneur or a businessman and are using a vehicle exclusively for your business, then commercial vehicle insurance is needed. Moreover, when your vehicle has commercial tags, you must purchase a commercial coverage for it.

There are several instances when a businessman may be using the same vehicle for both pleasures as well as business. When your business owns a vehicle, you need to ensure that the. Business’s name appears on your policy not in your name but as a “principal insured”. Such a step will help remove confusions when you may require to file your claim or done files a claim against you.

Whether you should purchase commercial vehicle insurance in Singapore will also depend on the type of driving done by you. A reputable insurance agent will probe for detailed information about how your business uses the said vehicle, who will be the drivers and in case you have hired employees, whether they have the likelihood of driving their personal vehicles for your business.

Business use

You need to understand when a vehicle is known to be deployed for business use. A vehicle used for business is one that is used for commercial purposes for at least more than three times on an average during a period of 30 days. If you find they it is happening in your case, then commercial vehicle insurance is something that you should definitely go for.

What is defined as “business use”?

This is a crucial concept with respect to commercial vehicle insurance. When you merely use a vehicle to commute to and fro from your main workplace, it is regarded as commuting and you need not purchase a commercial policy. In fact, then the vehicle is required to be covered within the ambit of personal vehicle insurance. But when you are driving the same car to travel to clients? Offices or other job sites, vases based on how frequently you do it and your work type, you could be requiring commercial vehicle insurance .

Though the key coverage for the personal auto policy and its commercial counterpart may look same, both of them differ in several technical aspects. Contact your insurance agents to explain the distinctions properly.

Being an owner of a business and operating it efficiently means that you can be exposed to certain financial and legal risks. But you can protect your company and yourself by purchasing commercial liability coverage.

Defining commercial liability insurance

Your business needs liability insurance to safeguard its assets and to pay for the financial and legal obligations from time to time. For instance, when someone gets injured within the premises of your workplace, the expenses related to the person’s medical bills and other costs as the result of an accident can be covered by your commercial liability coverage. Moreover, such an insurance policy can also cover the legal fees for defending any lawsuits against your business and for settlement of cases.

Is it a necessity for your business?

On many occasions, it may feel that you can do away with liability insurance since it is not likely that your company will file a claim ever. But, contrary to what many people perceive commercial liability coverage is a cost-effective and a sensible investment. You should remember that if an accident takes place, it can harm your business both financially and legally. Such an unfortunate situation can occur at any time. So, in case you do not have commercial liability coverage, make sure that you purchase one on a priority basis.

Do you need commercial liability coverage for a home business?

There are some businesses that are operated from homes. So, the question is if you are one of those and have purchased homeowners coverage, does your business have protection against liability? The answer is in negative for sure. Home insurance does not include any form of business activity. However, you may require different kinds of protection, depending on your employees, customers or other business issues.

Thus the bottom line of this discussion is that a business can be a risky proposition. When you get the right liability policy, it can be helpful for any kind of challenges your venture may face. But different ventures will be associated with different kinds of risks. So, the same kind of insurance solution may not fit all the businesses. You can take the help of an expert to know what kind of commercial liability insurance is needed for your business.

While running your venture, you need to interact with vendors, clients, suppliers, contractors, employees and others. You never know who can make claims against your company. So, it is important for you to defend your business against such claims of bodily injury, property damage etc.

Allegiance can provide answers all your queries on commercial liability insurance related services or levy bond.

Low Maintenance Types of Upholstery

The whole look of the furniture in any room depends mostly on the upholstery that is used on it. Choosing the kind of upholstery that is most suited to ones needs can sometime be a mammoth task as there are many varieties of colours and textures to choose from. One of the major criteria that come into play while choosing upholstery is easy maintenance. Here are a few types of low maintenance upholstery Singapore.

Natural fibres are made from natural origin such as wool, jute, cotton, flax, etc. These fibres are anti-allergenic, friendly to the environment and can also breathe easily.

Cotton is soft and breathable material, it is also durable, easy to clean and comfortable. As the price is also not very high it is a very economical type of upholstery. Cotton blends can also be used to increase strength and durability of the fabric as well as to add texture to it.

Linen is another natural fibre that is usually used for upholstery and is a great choice for the living room. It is elegant, unpretentious and most importantly it is resistant to pilling and soiling.

Wool upholstery is the most versatile as they can vary in texture and pattern. It is a very sturdy and durable kind of fabric. Along with this, wool has very good resistance to fading, wrinkling, pilling and soiling. Wool is easy to clean and maintain and remains as beautiful as the first day for many years.

Synthetic fibres are more resistant to fading and staining than natural ones. Thus a blend between a natural fibre and synthetic one are most commonly used.

Acrylic fibres are soft and warm; they are usually very light but have a high resistance to wearing, wrinkling, fading and soiling. They retain their colour even if kept in the sun for a long time.

Nylon is one of the strongest fibres, when blending nylon with other fabrics increases its durability, stain resistance and reduces wrinkling.

Polyester like nylon is most commonly used as a blend. It is durable and strong and is resistant to exposure to sunlight.

Suede and leather may not technically be fabric but are increasingly being used in furniture. The major advantages of leather are that it is soft to touch, durable, can come in a variety of textures, and is very easy to maintain as it is stain resistant.

Leno urges Governor to take immediate action to stop the contamination of California homes

SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Highlighting a recent study showing that Californians have twice as much toxic halogenated fire retardants in our blood than the national average, Assemblyman Mark Leno urged the Governor today to take immediate action to stop the addition of these chemicals to furniture and baby products sold in California.  The findings, published in the academic journal Environmental Science and Technology on Wednesday points to California’s obscure furniture flammability regulation, Technical Bulletin (TB) 117 as the cause.

“This report confirms our worst fears about the chemical disaster in virtually every home in California,” said Assemblyman Leno. “TB 117 is poisoning our homes, our kids, and our mother’s milk with toxic fire retardants that cause thyroid hormone disruptions and damage the developing reproductive and nervous systems in infants and children.  I am urging the Governor to do everything in his power to stop it.”

The study, conducted by the Silent Spring Institute, UC Berkeley, and Harvard University, also found that dust in California homes is contaminated with the now banned halogenated fire retardant penta-BDE at 4 to 10 times the levels measured nationally and 200 times more than in Europe.  It can also be found in “nearly every species across the globe.”

Assemblyman Leno, along with advocates at Friends of the Earth, Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS), and firefighters have been fighting for the last two years to replace TB 117, a 1970’s era flammability standard responsible for the use of toxic fire retardants in baby products and furniture.  Leno’s AB 706, which failed passage under pressure from the chemical industry, would have replaced TB 117 with a new cigarette ignition resistance standard proposed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, providing superior fire safety while eliminating toxic exposure.

“The Governor should order the immediate suspension of TB 117, require the Bureau to enforce the current ban on penta-BDE in imported furniture, accelerate the development of an alternatives assessment process in the Green Chemistry Initiative, and use alternatives assessment to look first at halogenated fire retardants found in furniture,” said Leno.

Virtually every Californian tested has been found to have fire retardants stored in their bodies, with babies showing the highest levels.  Halogenated fire retardants pass from mothers’ bodies to children during pregnancy and through breast milk. Levels of these chemicals have increased 40-fold in human breast milk since the 1970s. 

This increase coincides with the expanded use of fire retardants in order to comply with California’s TB 117. Previous studies have shown that elevated cancer rates among firefighters compared with the general population, likely result from workplace exposure to carcinogens like dioxins and furans, which are formed when PBDE fire retardants burn.