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Form I-9 Employer Guidelines
Form I-9 Employer Guidelines

Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment. All US employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire. Incomplete, incorrect or missing Forms I-9 can result in monetary penalties to your organization. Instructions for completing Form I-9 are available at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.…

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Workers’ Compensation Cost Reduction Tips
Workers’ Compensation Cost Reduction Tips

Did you know that a recent study showed that workplace injuries cost US companies an average of $1 billion dollars per week?  While preventing these injuries is the best option, there are things that employers can do to reduce costs even after an injury has occurred.  Below are a few tips to help keep your costs down: Timely reporting –…

Employee Telecommuting Guidelines
Employee Telecommuting Guidelines

With challenges in hiring in our smaller communities, employers may look for creative ways to recruit or retain workers, especially those with specific skills that are more difficult to fill. One option they may consider is allowing an employee to work from a remote location; perhaps in another Alaskan city, or even another state. This type of arrangement is referred…

2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year
2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year

Alaska is very fortunate to have some of the best educators in the country. In February, Danielle Riha from the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School was selected as one of four finalists for the 2019 National Teacher of the Year award. The winner will be announced this spring. Only two months later, Meghan Redmond of the Southwest Region School District,…

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

According to the National Safety Council, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes every day. More than 400,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 alone. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience…

FMLA Resources for Employers
FMLA Resources for Employers

The Family and Medical Leave Act presents a variety of challenges for employers due to the complexity of the law. The US Department of Labor website has a variety of resources available to employers to provide guidance in navigating the law’s many requirements. The following is a list of some of the resources that APEI most commonly refers employers to.…

Sex Abuse Prevention and Professional Boundaries Training
Sex Abuse Prevention and Professional Boundaries Training

Sexual abuse of both children and adults is, unfortunately, a too-common occurrence in Alaska, and too many children are abused by the adults who should be caring for them. While only a very small proportion of adults abuse children, the impact of this abuse is far reaching, and can significantly impact the lives of the people involved. There are many…

Legal Interview Questions
Legal Interview Questions

When conducting interviews with potential job candidates, it is important to know how to conduct lawful interviews and avoid questions that may be considered discriminatory. Laws that pertain to interview questions include: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, religion, national origin, sex) Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Immigration Reform…

Volunteer Medical Coverage
Volunteer Medical Coverage

Volunteers are a vital part of every community. From helping to install the playground equipment at the school, to picking up trash throughout the City, volunteers have an enormous impact throughout Alaska. APEI values the work of volunteers who participate throughout the community and the Liability policy provides volunteer coverage to APEI members at no cost. This volunteer coverage helps…

Three Cybersecurity Tips for February
Three Cybersecurity Tips for February

There have been several notable data breaches recently, affecting Marriott, Panera Bread, and Facebook. You don’t have to work for a large company to suffer the same breach related costs and data privacy fines, which can reach into the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Over 50% of notifiable data breaches are caused by human error, according to the…

2019 Teacher of the Year – Danielle Riha
2019 Teacher of the Year – Danielle Riha

Here at Alaska Public Entity Insurance, we know that our school district members have some phenomenal teachers. That was brought to the national spotlight when Danielle Riha from the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage was named one of four finalists for this year’s National Teacher of the Year award. Please read this story by the Alaska Department of…

Clear Communications Throughout Employment – Part 4: Transition and Exit
Clear Communications Throughout Employment – Part 4: Transition and Exit

Throughout the employment lifecycle, clear communication with employees is crucial for strong business operations and employer/employee relationships. This is the fourth of a series of articles that focus on four key periods of employment: Recruitment and Hiring, Orientation and Onboarding, Retention and Development, and Transition and Exit. I encourage employers to analyze their communication strategies for each key period and…

Clear Communications Throughout Employment – Part 3: Retention and Development
Clear Communications Throughout Employment – Part 3: Retention and Development

Throughout the employment lifecycle, clear communications with employees is crucial for strong business operations and employer/employee relationships. This is the third of a series of articles that focus on four key periods of employment: Recruitment and Hiring, Orientation and Onboarding, Retention and Development, and Transition and Exit. I encourage employers to analyze their communication strategies for each key period and…

Clear Communications Throughout Employment – Part 2: Orientation and Onboarding
Clear Communications Throughout Employment – Part 2: Orientation and Onboarding

Throughout the employment lifecycle, clear communications with employees is crucial for strong business operations and employer/employee relationships. This is the second of a series of articles that focus on four key periods of employment: Recruitment and Hiring, Orientation and Onboarding, Retention and Development, and Transition and Exit. I encourage employers to analyze their communication strategies for each key period and…

APEI Has a New Deputy Director
APEI Has a New Deputy Director

As of January 1, Carleen Mitchell is APEI’s new Deputy Director. Carleen has been with APEI as our Administrative Manager for almost three years, during which time she has been assuming more and more responsibility for a wide variety of functions within the company. Carleen is probably best known to our members as our Human Resources specialist, and has been…

Clear Communications Throughout Employment – Part 1: Recruiting and Hiring
Clear Communications Throughout Employment – Part 1: Recruiting and Hiring

Throughout the employment lifecycle, clear communications with employees is crucial for strong business operations and employer/employee relationships. This is the first of a series of articles that focus on four key periods of employment: Recruitment and Hiring, Orientation and Onboarding, Retention and Development, and Transition and Exit. I encourage employers to analyze their communication strategies for each key period and…

APEI Board of Directors
APEI Board of Directors

The APEI Board of Directors is made up of representatives from our membership as well as individuals with expertise in a variety of areas which impact APEI business, for example finance and investing.  APEI has been fortunate to have a consistently strong Board of Directors. One of APEI’s long standing board members, Pam Roope has recently retired and has left…

Welcome to APEI’s New Website
Welcome to APEI’s New Website

Welcome to the new Alaska Public Entity Insurance website! With our new platform APEI’s goal is to increase the availability of information and tools our members can use to get the most value from their membership and coverage with APEI. One of the features of our new website will be weekly articles providing valuable information regarding topics important to our…