Archives for 2015

Libel Coverage for Online Reviews

Ask ERIE: I sometimes post online reviews of products and services. Am I covered under my homeowners or renters policy if someone accuses me of libel? From websites that collect reviews like Yelp to retailer websites that regularly solicit product reviews to social media sites like Facebook®, online reviews have exploded in popularity. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a massage, a restaurant meal or a... Read Article

Why Veterans Make Great Employees

Today marks Veterans Day, a time in which we honor the men and women who served in our armed forces. Veterans gain many solid skills and build character in the course of defending their country. And that can translate into success in a civilian job. In fact, research shows that the unemployment rates for veterans are consistently below the unemployment rates for the general population.... Read Article

10 Tips for a Productive Conference Call

With so many people working from home and in satellite locations, conference calls offer flexibility and a way to stay connected. But, unfortunately, conference calls can also be a negative experience for some people. Maybe someone on your conference call is dominating the conversation. Or you can hear someone gnawing on their lunch. Maybe the call wasn’t necessary in the first place and could’ve been... Read Article

Are We Becoming Teched Out?

She was already named Alexa™ when she came to live with us. And she arrived full of energy, full of answers and ready to please. “What’s the weather going to be like this weekend?” “What’s the average price of gas in Chicago right now?” “Who won the Penn State football game last night?” She knew the answers to them all. “Thanks, Alexa.” “You’re welcome.” Alexa... Read Article

When is a Car Considered Totaled—and What Happens When It Is?

The first step in determining whether a car is totaled (or, in insurance terms, a total loss) is to calculate its actual cash value (ACV) at the time of the loss. The ACV is how much your vehicle is worth after factoring in depreciation. (On average, vehicles depreciate between 15 and 25 percent each year during the first five years.) At Erie Insurance, a claims... Read Article