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No Jackets Required: How Fine Dining Is Changing

Fine dining brings together great cuisine, hand-selected wines, and white-glove service for a personalized experience and a fun night out. It also requires a certain dress code that is steeped in tradition. Men typically wear sports jackets; women may wear a dress, a skirt, or a slacks-and-blouse ensemble. In some places, formal jackets and ties…

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Most Popular Home Improvement Projects Amid COVID

Stuck at home, homeowners are displeased with their surroundings and funneling money they would have normally spent elsewhere into their homes. Over the past year, home improvement projects have surged and are showing no sign of slowing down. According to a survey from Axiom, a Minnesota-based marketing firm, 90 percent of 1,000 surveyed homeowners are…

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​​Insurers Focus on Increased Need for Inspections, Repairs for Older Buildings Amid the Surfside Condo Collapse

On June 24, part of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, collapsed in the wee hours while many residents slept. To date, 97 residents have been confirmed dead. The catastrophic loss has sent shockwaves throughout this oceanfront community located in Miami-Dade County.

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Pet-Friendly Hotels Welcome Your Furry Friends

Last year put traveling on hold and kept the majority of us at home. It was a challenging time, but for our favorite furry friends, it was a dream come true to have their beloved owners around all day long. Now that we’re once again going on road trips or taking to the skies, we…

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Can Employers Force Workers to Get Vaccinated?

Whether or not employers can require workers to get inoculated against COVID-19 in order to return to the office or stay on the job is a rather complicated issue. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers are legally allowed to require their workers to get a COVID-19 shot, with some exceptions. For example,…

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Built to Rent Suburbs Picking Up Steam

Homeownership has been on the decline for decades, and not only among millennials. House prices have risen at a rate disproportionate to income, making homeownership increasingly unaffordable. Rent too has increased, contributing to Americans’ inability to afford down payments, but remains more affordable than homeownership.

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Inside the Restaurant Industry Labor Shortage

Guest sentiment on eating out is turning a corner. While patrons are returning to restaurants in almost pre-pandemic levels, staff are not. Consequently, restaurant owners across the United States are struggling to find the employees to meet the new customer demand — a problem that the Bureau of Labor says will hold back economic recovery.

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Tips for Having a Safe Summer BBQ

On average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. Approximately 20,000 patients go to the emergency room each year for injuries involving grills, totaling upwards of $37 million in damages. As the weather heats up and summer barbecues commence, don’t become a statistic. Share these simple tips for safe grilling with your property-owning…

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Keeping Hotel Guests Healthy & Safe with Legionella Prevention

Travel is booming after more than a year of pandemic-related mandates and recommendations. Hotels are welcoming guests and looking to offer great (and safe) experiences. Now more than ever, guests are sensitive to measures hotels are taking to ensure a safe and healthy environment. While there is comfort in seeing hotels enforce stricter cleaning standards,…

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The Spate of Ransomware Attacks Puts Focus on Cyber Insurance Need

The recent surge in ransomware attacks has many private and public companies along with government entities reviewing their need for cyber insurance. Ransomware is where cybercriminals use malicious software to hold an organization’s computer system hostage and demand payment (typically in the form of bitcoin/cryptocurrency) to give back control.

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Managing Modern Threats with Deadly Weapons Protection

Deadly Weapon attacks have become far too common in America, with shootings making the headlines almost every week. People intent on inflicting harm, however, are not limited to guns. Those who want to cause violence will, and they will use everyday items such as knives and vehicles to achieve their ends. Unlike other risks facing…

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