Expert Series: What Insurance Agencies Need to Know About The Fair Labor Standards Act

Jon Persky
How can you be sure your agency is complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act?  Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’ve brought expert Jon Pesky aboard for an in-depth webinar on February 3rd designed to answer your questions about the laws surrounding independent contractors.

There’s a lot of confusion for insurance agency leaders when it comes to employment laws. The line between an employee and an independent contractor is thin, fuzzy and increasingly important for agency decision makers to understand. Even though an “independent contractor” is different from an “employee”, the exact definition of either role has yet to be set in stone. And despite the ambiguity between roles, failure to be compliant can result in lawsuits, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as damage to your reputation.

During this one-hour session, Jon will help you prevent any unwanted surprises by drilling down on the federal law aspects of the Fair Labor Standards Act and whether that producer of yours is truly an independent contractor or actually an employee.

Sign up today to reserve your seat and join Jon on February 3rd at 10am PDT/1pm EDT. See you there!


Are eSignatures as Legal as Handwritten Signatures?

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Think eSignatures are new thing? Think again. This time-tested and legally binding technology has been around longer than the iPhone or Gmail.

Technology is constantly revising the way things get done. Just as email has replaced traditional mail for most business communications, traditional pen and paper signatures are quickly being replaced by electronic signatures.

More commonly known as “eSignatures,” this technology is not necessarily new. It’s been over 10 years since the ESIGN Act was put in place, giving eSignatures the same legal weight as traditional signatures, but there are still handful of people who are still hesitant to use them.

Regardless, ink autographs are being replaced by their digital counterparts, and eSignatures are here to stay. To help ease your transition to using eSignatures, we’ve broken down the legality of eSignatures below:


10 Virtual Collaboration Tools You Should Seriously be Using

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It wasn’t too long ago when people had to be in the same room to collaborate on a project. With cloud-based collaboration technologies, we could be halfway around the world and collaborate online if we wanted to.

Over the past several years, there have been hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of tools that have been made to make virtual collaboration easier. With so many choices out there, it can be hard to know which solutions are best. To help you out, we’ve created a list of some of our favorite online tools that help teams collaborate virtually:


Stop Copying HelloSign: An Open Letter to DocuSign CEO, Keith Krach

DocuSign Copies HelloSign User Interface

Dear Mr. Krach,

On November 20th, I saw that DocuSign blatantly copied HelloSign’s interface.

We published a blog post about it and Fast Company called you out as well in an article titled, “$230 Million Still Can’t Buy A Startup Original Design?

Three weeks later, you are still using our designs in what you call an A/B test. This means that it wasn’t some aberrant product manager or designer who snuck in a copy of our interface.

This tells us that DocuSign endorses copying as a legitimate business practice. By not changing your interface, DocuSign has demonstrated that this is willful and deliberate.

While you were spending time copying our interface, you were also busy suing SkySlope for allegedly imitating a single icon of yours. How do you reconcile this?

We could approach this like you are with SkySlope, but we’d rather make it a conversation and explain why you should stop:

  1. Copying hurts innovation and the tech world as a whole.
    UI copying is becoming a dangerous trend and one that inhibits doing anything bold. By copying we risk premature consensus – in a space that’s not fully developed, there’s still plenty of room for new ideas. Yet, instead of innovation being driven by a company that raised $230 million dollars, it’s being driven by us, a company a fraction of your size, with a fraction of your funding.
  2. Copying is bad for customers.
    Instead of having product diversity, there’s homogeny. As honored as we are that it’s homogenizing around our lead, the customers are missing out on the benefits of differentiation. This may appear to be a step forward for the DocuSign UI, but it’s a lateral move for the eSignature industry.
  3. Copying is unethical.
    This is unethical and plain wrong. You feel so yourself. Why else would you take legal action against SkySlope?

In the event that innovation is important to you, we thought it was worth starting a conversation. Mr. Krach, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In the meantime, stop copying HelloSign. You have an empire of qualified designers, your own user experience lab and a couple hundred million dollars at your disposal – use these assets to innovate instead of copying us.


Joseph Walla, CEO HelloSign


Stand up for innovation by joining the conversation on Twitter.

3 weeks later @DocuSign is still copying @HelloSign’s interface. An Open Letter to DocuSign CEO: #ChooseInnovation


New Feature: Two-Factor Authentication

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Announcing Account Level Two-Factor Authentication

Good news! Two-factor authentication is now available on HelloSign paid plans. Two-factor authentication makes your account much more secure because it also requires access to your cell phone. Whenever you login, in addition to typing your HelloSign password correctly, you also need to correctly enter in a code sent to you via text message. Two-factor authentication is triggered whenever you need to login, including any time your account is accessed by a new device and/or browser.