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NewsLink: August 2023

Message From Mike

Watch the latest video update from Vice President of Business Development and Operations Mike Valiante.

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AF Group Named to Ward’s 50 — Five Years Running!

We’re proud to share we’ve been named to the Ward’s 50 list of top performing insurance companies for 2023!

A leading provider of benchmarking and best practice studies for the insurance industry, Ward examined nearly 3,000 property/casualty and life/health insurance companies to determine their top performer list. Their recognition of our organization was based on our outstanding results in the areas of safety, consistency and superior performance during a five-year period.

As we celebrate this repeated honor, we want to offer our thanks to you, our valued agents, for the role you play in our success. Thank you for trusting us with your business — and for the extraordinary partnerships we continue to build year after year.


AF Group/AmeriTrust Integration Update 

Following the announcement of our acquisition of AmeriTrust Group earlier this year, we wanted to provide a short update on our ongoing integration efforts.

Our teams are working diligently to identify where opportunities and overlap exist – and are making progress on a comprehensive go-to-market strategy. We’re taking a methodical and coordinated approach to ensure a seamless experience for our agents and customers as we organize our collective structure.

Our complementary geographic footprint will enable us to provide industry-leading claims and loss control services to our combined policyholder base – and we’re confident this integration will ensure even greater success for our integrated organization, valued agent partners and collective customers.

Stay tuned for more information – and thank you for your continued partnership and support!

View Partnership Value Flyer

New Group Programs Video 

We believe in big opportunities for small businesses. Our Group Programs team can save small businesses money through positive safety performance. Members enjoy expert workers’ compensation coverage with the benefit of dividends paid on overall group loss performance. It’s your reward for keeping employees safe – with our safety tools available along the way. For more information, check out our new Group Programs video. View Video>


Costa Rica Incentive Trip

Adventure awaits in beautiful Costa Rica! Trip earners and their guests will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the thrill of this beautiful country. From ATV experiences to zipline courses, there is much fun to be had.

Check out the recording of last month’s Live from Costa Rica webinar to learn all about that pura vida lifestyle View Webinar>


New Claims Resource Page

We’re dedicated to understanding and actively managing complex workers’ compensation risk with unwavering commitment to supporting the needs of our customers. On our Claims resource page, you’ll find additional information and helpful assets to assist with your claims reporting. View Page>


Return to Work

Effective return-to-work programs help employees who were injured on the job get back to work in a safe and timely manner. This could include assigning light or alternative duties as the injured employee recovers from their workplace injury or illness – and provides accommodation and support in the process.

Employees win with RTW:

  • They remain productive members of the work force
  • They know that they are valued
  • They know what to expect from their employer
  • They return to their normal wages more quickly

Employers win, too:

  • Employers with a RTW program report an average of 5.1 weeks for injured employees to reach maximum medical improvement compared to 13 weeks for companies without a program in place. (Crawford and Company Study)

We’d encourage you to share this flyer with your Accident Fund policyholders and ensure they understand the many important benefits a solid return-to-work program will offer their business and most importantly, their employees.


Agency Education Offerings

Boost your knowledge of workers’ comp and adjoining topics by signing up for a variety of educational offerings brought to you by our Agency Education team. With a variety of modules available, you’re sure to find something for your schedule. Mark your calendar and gain the competitive edge you’re looking for by signing up for one of our many course offerings.


9/12 –  Virtual Class

9/19 –  In person (Metro Detroit)

Building a Safety Foundation

Join us for our virtual three-day event August 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST.

AF Group is excited to offer our new training program — Building a Safety Foundation: An Introductory Series for Safety Professionals — designed to give safety professionals a better understanding of your role in creating and supporting an effective safety program for your organization.

8/15, 8/22, 8/29 – Building a Safety Foundation – An Introductory Series for Safety Foundation

Food for Thought 

Take a break and learn something new by joining us for AF Group’s learning series focused on core workers’ compensation concepts. During the short session, you’ll hear a presentation and engage with subject matter experts.

8/9 – Return to Work

9/6 – Introduction to Workers’ Compensation