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  1. 1. News from Assurance Screening, LLC Share: Like Confirm 1 0 Tweet 7 The Assurance Screening, LLC  Newsletter   Greetings Colleagues and Friends! In This Issue February 2012 Best wishes for success and prosperity in the new year! Survey Results We have exciting new features and additions, to the Assurance Screening From the President process, rolling out in 2012. Stay tuned for updates. Our goal is to make Assurance Gives Back 2012 our best year to date and it would not be possible without the support of our business partners, clients and friends. Thank you for helping us In Loving Memory continuously grow and improve our services. We look forward to another Insurance Laws amazing year. Industry News Welcome to the Team   Social Media From the President Contact Happy New Year!  Yes, Im saying it now, even though it is Karen Herrera-Adamson  February already.  I dont know about you, but every year, I Information am always surprised at how fast January passes by.  15400 Knoll Trail, Suite 220 2011 was definitely a year of learning, both personally and Dallas, TX 75248 professionally.  However, at least for me, I feel that way Phone:  about each passing year.  For Assurance Screening, we have not only              214-988-5429       learned great deal of information on our business, and the type of services Fax: 214-988-5424 our clients are requesting, but we have also learned how much people are willing to give back, even in these times of economic uncertainty. Join Our List What you have seen in this edition of our newsletter is how one person, who believed in a cause close to her heart, rallied her friends, family and business associates to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimers disease.  We have also seen how, even a little company can take an idea of Construction Industry "the more the merrier" and instead of getting one box for just our company Risk Management to help make a difference with all those in need to rely on the North Texas Survey Results 1. Who is responsible for Food Bank for food over the past holiday season, we decided that with the the vetting of your help of many, we could accomplish a lot.  subcontractors?   What will 2012 bring?  Seeing as no matter how many times I have put fortune-telling on my wish list and have yet to receive that "Jedi-like" skill, guess we will all just have to wait and see.  However I do know one thing:  Estimator-32% Project Manager-26% Assurance Screening will one way or another, continue to not only better Administrator-9% service our clients, but we will keep finding ways to better service our CFO-6% community.  I know that for sure. Risk Manager-9%     Other-17% 2. Is it exclusively their job or a part of their job?[3/12/2012 4:44:54 PM]
  2. 2. News from Assurance Screening, LLC   Assurance Gives Back Exclusively their job-8%  Thanksgiving Food Drive was a     Part of their job-92% huge success! 3. Do you have a We want to give a huge thanks to our centralized location to clients and colleagues who participated house your subcontractor in our food drive for the North Texas data? Food Bank! In total, we collected 990   pounds of food! With your donations, Yes -89% more North Texas families were provided with good, nutritious food this holiday season. Families, children and seniors will have access to the No-8%   North Texas Food Bank food pantry, year round and will no longer go Not sure-3% 4. At any time, could pull up and up-to-date report hungry. We truly appreciate your generosity and look forward to our food on a subcontractor? drive next year, where we hope to collect even more!     Yes - 74% No -26% A special thanks to the following companies who participated   Charter Builders, Satterfield & Pontikes, Pogue Construction, in the 2011 Food Drive: 5. If an incident occurred, could you prove you did Hill & Willkinson, MYCON General Contractors, KWA Construction, proper due diligence on EMJ Corporation, Hotel Intercontinental Dallas and TNS Partners. every subcontractor?     Yes -65%   With heartfelt gratitude, we thank you for your support. No -15% Not Sure - 21% The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit social benefit organization that   About the North Texas Food Bank: distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 300 Member If you would like to Agencies and 1,000 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties. NTFB participate in the survey, supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through research, please click here. education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. In FY 2011, NTFB provided access to nearly 33 million nutritious meals. Founded in 1982, NTFB is a member of Feeding America. Construction Risk Management Practices We are interested in Survey learning about how Business Development Director Raises $7,000 for the companies are currently Alzheimers Association in Memory of her Grandmother handling prequalification "Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the and risk mitigation, so that things you never want to lose." we can continuously -The Wonder Years improve our services to   better serve our clients needs. I never had an opportunity to know my grandmother. She was diagnosed   with early on-set Alzheimers disease a year before I was born, at the young age of 58. She passed away when I was only 13 from this disease, but my family really lost her long before that. Currently more than five million Americans have Alzheimers disease and that number is expected to grow as large as 16 million by 2050. It was more than just the alarming statistics about this disease, that made me want to get involved with the Alzheimers Association. My personal connection to Alzheimers disease and the loss of my grandmother, inspired me to fund raise, spread awareness and join the cause. I decided to participate in the Dallas Walk to End Alzheimers with my close friends and mother. Within a month, through diligent fundraising and hosting a purple themed party benefiting ALZ, my team raised more than $7,000 for the Alzheimers Association. I know that the money we raised will go to research, patient care and providing resources and education for caregivers. The entire experience was one of the most rewarding moments of my life. I know that my grandmother would be[3/12/2012 4:44:54 PM]
  3. 3. proud of what we accomplished. I am eternally grateful to all those whoNews from Assurance Screening, LLC donated and supported me in this. It truly means the world to me and together we are moving one step closer to a world with Alzheimers. - Amy Reese, Marketing & Business Development Director   Amy and her mother were featured on WFAA Daybreak to discuss their participation in the Dallas Walk to End Alzheimers. To see the video, click here. Texas Insurance Law Changes for 2012 Senate Bill 425 was passed this past legislative term, adding a new chapter to the Texas Insurance Code. The new law requires the Texas Department of Insurance to approve certificates of insurance provided in connection with casualty and property policies. This new bill went into effect on September 1, 2011, and applies to certificates of insurance issued on or after January 1, 2012.   The new law codifies this idea by: (1) prohibiting a certificate from conveying a contractual right; (2) providing that a certificate does not amend, extend, or alter the coverage afforded under a policy; and (3) stating that a certificate does not confer new or additional rights beyond the policy.   Tex. Ins. Code §§ 1811.051(b); 1811.152; 1811.153. To view the full legislation, please click the following link. Senate Bill 425 Industry News Stories  Craigslist Contractor Suspected of Theft Turns Out "Caledonia man hires a contractor he found on To Be Sex Offender Craigslist to put in a patio, but the contractor turned out to have a warrant out for his arrest because hes a sex offender whose probation was revoked in Kenosha County."   "According to court records, Ellis was convicted of criminal sexual assault Registered Sex Offender Allowed to Work at West Loop Day Care for repeatedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in 2000 and 2001. He served 4.5 years in prison and was placed on the sex offender registry. He is prohibited from working around children. Ellis said both the temp service and the daycare center knew about his background. He even said he told them himself.The managers of the day care, who seemed stunned to hear of Ellis criminal history, said thats not true.   One Little Green Tree House manager said they use a temp agency when their food prep is sick. She said the company they use does the background checks on all the employees.When asked if she was satisfied with the check they did on Ellis, she responded in the negative."   "An unlicensed contractor who duped a company into hiring him will serve Unlicensed South Bay contractor gets 3 months in jail three months in jail and must pay $68,000 after pleading guilty to fraud charges in Santa Clara County court, authorities said Friday."[3/12/2012 4:44:54 PM]
  4. 4.  News from Assurance Screening, LLC "He said most of the subcontractors they work with regularly use E-Verify, Knoxville contractor joins ICE enforcement program an Internet-based system that compares information from an employees I- 9 to data from government records to confirm employment eligibility."   Our website is continuously updated with current news stories in our industry. Be sure to check out our homepage for the latest stories in between newsletters!    Welcome to Team Assurance! Cassie Ponce joins the Assurance Screening team as the new Director of Customer Service.              214-988-5429       ext. 2  Follow Assurance Screening on Twitter! Social Media Like us on Facebook! *NEW* Join our group on Linkedin! Stay educated on information and news regarding managing risk associated with Subcontractor/Vendor Risk Management your company utilizing subcontractors and vendors.     There is an inherit risk associated with doing business in general. However, there are some risks that you can manage as a company. Through active due diligence and education on current risk management principles and methods, you can ensure your company is a well oiled machine with no leaks.     Whether your company decides to manage your subcontractor/vendor risk or you all decide that an outside company would be a more effective choice, comprehensive knowledge is the first step. In this group, we hope to provide ongoing knowledge and news on the subject of subcontractor/vendor risk management and be a place where members can come to ask questions and find answers.  We would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact us through our   website. The Assurance Screening Team Sincerely, Assurance Screening, LLC[3/12/2012 4:44:54 PM]