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Updates to Arizona’s Security Laws

Recently, Arizona updated their laws regarding in-house security. The law now requires a signed and notarized Security Personnel Attestation for all personnel in security type positions. A copy of each form needs to be on file at your location for the police to review when conducting an inspection. Each security position must indicate if they have been charged with certain offenses, and if the answer is “yes”, you will not be able to hire them or keep them employed in that position per the statute. ALIC has team members available for notary services if you need assistance. These completed documents need to become part of the employee file and must be kept for a period of 2 years.

In-house security, Arizona Revised Statutes A.R.S. 32-2606.3 requires you to file an affidavit annually if you utilize the services of in-house security personnel. Failure to file this affidavit has the potential for you to be charged with a class one misdemeanor (A.R.S. 32-2637) and it may negatively impact your case if you are named in a lawsuit related to security personnel.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Licensing Investigations Unit has confirmed that every business that uses in-house security is required to file the notarized affidavit annually. After this year, AZ DPS would prefer the affidavits are filed annually when you renew your liquor license.

Although it is legal for you to have unlicensed in-house security personnel, you will need to follow a few rules:

  1. File the Affidavit annually.
  2. In-house security cannot be sub-contracted – they need to be W-2 employees. They cannot be W-9 contracted employees. Paychecks must come from the company that holds the liquor license.
  3. If they carry a firearm they are required to have 16 hours of firearms training from an approved course.
  4. If uniformed, the uniform cannot look anything like a police uniform.
  5. All security personnel must have background checks.

For now, AZ DPS has agreed that an E-Verify for each employee will suffice for the background check.

Drinking Responsibly During the Holidays

This time of year brings a lot of joy. There are parties and presents, time with friends and family. However, more parties and days off from work lead to more drinking and driving. The holiday season sees more alcohol-induced accidents than any other time of the year. Though we can never completely end these incidents, we can work together to help keep our community safe.  

One simple way to stay safe is to exercise personal responsibility – your car will still be there to greet you in the morning.

If your question is one of “why ride home?” I would like to offer a counter: why not?

When I used to go out, I spent many nights sleeping on a friend’s floor. I didn’t mind, because I knew that it was safer than the alternative. However, the nights may have gone smoother had there been a plan. In this day and age, we have the resources to ensure each person gets home safely. If you’re having trouble finding a designated driver, you can plan to take a taxi or an Uber each way. Creating a plan before the night begins will ensure peace of mind, no matter how much you have to drink.

 So let loose! Hit up your favorite sports bar and rock the office holiday party. Life is short, and we only get to experience these holiday events once a year. But above all, please be safe. Your loved ones will be happy to know that you made it home safe and sound.


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Combining Passion and Career

I’m here to let you in on a little secret: when you combine what drives you personally with your professional life, you open the door that allows passion to flow through all you do. You become better, all around. To me, there’s no greater example of this success than my dad.

For over a decade, my dad has been a competitive bodybuilder. His intense zeal for health consistently pushes him to be the best that he can be, both physically and mentally. My dad is now 71 years old, and is at the peak of his craft.

This passion is evident in the way that my dad conducts business, as well. These two seemingly contrasting loves, bodybuilding and insurance, are both intrinsically within him. He

combines his knowledge and expertise in both areas to not only promote his work, but to help others while doing it. When you are enthusiastic about work and can connect it to what really drives you, you enter a state of flow. You become your highest self, and you can rise to any occasion.

I have learned a lot from my dad over the years. He’s a proud man, and he promotes vigorously the virtues of honesty, morality, and passion. And although I’m not one for the spray tans and speedos, I carry with me my dad’s passion for athletics and health in each race I run. I aim to set an example in the hospitality industry, just as he has in the insurance realm. I guess you could say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.


A Life Lesson from Han Solo

I’ve been thinking about a phrase used several times throughout the Star Wars franchise:

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

What does it mean to trust your gut reactions? When I was first starting out in sales, I thought I could convert every lead if given the chance. After years of experience, however, I’ve learned to gage people’s personalities and really trust my instincts on them. I feel that it’s always worth trying something once, just as it is always worth it to give people a shot. By keeping an open mind yet also trusting my instincts, I now have a better sense of which paths to pursue and which people to work with.

Having a sense for a person’s passion is particularly valuable when working in the insurance industry. Yes, I know that most people would never use the words “passion” and “insurance” in a sentence together. And yet, I’ve learned to tell who is investing the bare minimum in choosing their insurance and who genuinely cares about their business enough to invest the time in all decisions, big and small. This is how I approach both insurance and life in general: it only works if we’re a team. If we’re on the same page. If we both have a passion for what we do, and we are able to combine that passion into something greater.

Not every connection you make will be a strong one, and that’s okay. You don’t have to pursue every lead, in sales, relationships, or otherwise. To chase every lost cause is to lose out on time spent with those who are willing to put the effort into the relationship as well. Those people will find you through the passion and love you put out in all you do.

So channel your inner Han Solo. Whether you have a good feeling about something or a very bad one, that instinct is the universe trying to steer you in the right direction.

– DeLo

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