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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.…

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…

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…

Be Cautious with Email Attachments
Be Cautious with Email Attachments

Email attachments can present a serious threat to you your organization. Why is this? Email attachments are a popular and convenient way to send documents, but they are also a common source of viruses. Use caution when opening attachments, even if they appear to have been sent by someone you know. Some of the characteristics that make email attachments convenient…

Protect Your Organization When Renting Facilities to Third Parties
Protect Your Organization When Renting Facilities to Third Parties

APEI members frequently allow unaffiliated groups to use of their municipal or school district facilities for events or gatherings.  These events include things like seminars, receptions, sporting events, or concerts. To protect both the facility user and the facility owner from claims made by guests who may be injured attending these events, APEI has made a short-time liability policy available…

Completing the Employer Report of Occupational Injury or Illness: Help APEI Help Your Employees!
Completing the Employer Report of Occupational Injury or Illness: Help APEI Help Your Employees!

APEI’s workers’ compensation claims staff work hard to accurately determine which claims are to be paid to ensure eligible claimants get the compensation and treatment they need as quickly as possible. Employers can help APEI staff by ensuring that the Employer Report of Occupational Injury or Illness (“the Report”) is thoroughly completed and submitted timely. Some of the most common…