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Google, direct writers, independent agents: A response
Last week, Weekly Industry News did a story on Google entering the insurance market in the U.S. It will be selling auto insurance and will compete with other direct writers and with independent insurance agents. Some think Google, Wal-Mart, who now also is in the insurance business, and direct writers are going to be the end of the independent agency system. A recent story from The New York Times on the Google insurance decision said independent insurance agents are "one more [job] threatened by the Internet."
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PIA National sets 2015 priorities
PIA National sent you an email last week with a link that outlines its advocacy and policy priorities for 2015. It is just one more important reason for you to belong to and support the PIA. Click here to see the detailed policy and advocacy report. This story covers the basics. PIA National's policy and advocacy paper goes much deeper and we encourage you to read it, and to get involved.
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Hiring that illusive new and productive producer
The Middleton Group did some research and found that just 1 in 5 new producers becomes what it terms a "successful producer." It also found that a hiring mistake — and we've all made them — costs 10 times the compensation paid to that employee.
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Insurance as a career: The highs and lows
Business is good in insurance and the business of being an insurance agent or employed in the industry is also quite good. The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that insurance is ranking high in its list of the best business jobs.
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PIA Washington All Industry Day at the Capitol
February 24, 2015
Capitol Building Olympia


PIA Washington is co-hosting the All Insurance Industry Day at the Capitol. The event is co-sponsored by the PIA Washington and other state insurance associations and will be held at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington, on February 24.

It is an all-day affair.

PIA Washington is concerned about a number of important issues — issues that are important to you. They are as follows.

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The American worker: Using your staff
This is mostly for those supervising a staff. However, since this is about you, it might pique the interest if you're a worker bee under someone's supervision. And we start with these statements from Human Resources Specialists Chandler Macleod.
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TRIA: How it doesn't work for small insurers
One of the first acts of the new Congress was the extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. President Barack Obama signed it into law. Here's how the new TRIA shakes out.
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It's that time of year: Talking taxes
This time of year we all start looking at how to minimize the effects of last year's income on our tax situation. We also start thinking — if we haven't already — about taxes for 2015.
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Obama's State of the Union: Congress, business need to go to work on cybersecurity
In the annual State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama told Congress and business they need to go to work on fixing the nation's growing cyber attack problems. The problem as it stands now — Obama said — is unacceptable.
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Good advice for the new year
The Idaho Department of Insurance issued this. It's good advice and something Professional Insurance Agents Western Alliance member agents in all states are — no doubt — already doing. That said, in case you aren't, the ideas here are very good.
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