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Agent Agenda

SFM now open to trucking business

We’re excited to share that we are now a market for trucking clients. To make it easy for you to determine whether your accounts are a fit, we’re providing clear and specific guidelines about what we’re looking for.

Reminder: SFM offers pay-as-you-go wage reporting

If you have clients with fluctuating payrolls. SFM’s pay-as-you-go wage reporting might be the solution.

SFM offering streamlined phone reporting option

In response to customer feedback, we’re offering a streamlined report-only option when employers call the SFM Work Injury Hotline.

South Dakota passes hands-free law

A new South Dakota law prohibits most handheld use of mobile devices while driving.

SFM targets small business accounts in Kansas

SFM is actively seeking new accounts up to $25,000 in premium in the state of Kansas and will be issuing policies for businesses located in Kansas beginning September 1.

SFM rolls out online portal for injured workers

Through a new self-service tool called SFM Claim Connection, workers with SFM claims can access claim details, review payments, download forms and set up text alerts to be notified of payment activity.

COVID-19 impacts rates and experience ratings

Furloughs and claims due to COVID-19 could have an impact on employers’ current and future premiums.

IVANS Download launches soon

SFM will be offering IVANS Download starting in the third quarter of this year. SFM will offer the following types of downloads through the service: Policy information, Commission data, Claims data, eDocs.

Iowa Supreme Court denies cumulative injury claim

The Iowa Supreme Court found that an employee who claimed a cumulative injury was not due workers’ compensation benefits because it was an aggravation of an earlier injury that had passed the statute of limitations, according to an opinion filed May 1.

Update on COVID-19 first responder presumptions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, states have begun passing laws related to workers’ compensation benefits for first responders who are infected. These laws create a presumption that if certain types of workers are infected with COVID-19, it’s presumed work related.

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