Articles by Don Jergler

California Workers’ Comp Kaleidoscope Through Conference-Goers’ Eyes

Rick Hudson was sitting at his booth at the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference held earlier this month scanning emails on his smartphone during a slow period when he was asked what the most significant change to his job …

Insurers Bonding with Climate Change Battle

Nearly one-in-five major investors in green bonds issued by one of the world’s largest players in that market is coming from the insurance industry. If you haven’t heard much about green bonds and insurance investments up to now, you probably …

Prop. 103 vs. Self-driving Cars Revving up in California

Way back in 1988 it probably seemed like the idea of self-driving vehicles was about as far off as flying cars or hovercraft. That was the year California voters enacted Proposition 103, giving among other things an insurance commissioner the …

California Workers’ Comp Kaleidoscope Through Conference-goers Eyes

Rick Hudson was sitting at his booth at the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference on Thursday scanning emails on his smartphone during a slow period when he was asked what the most significant change to his job has been …

Report from California Agency Looks at Millennials, Baby Boomers

Millennials are driving a greater need for a more flexible auto insurance market, while Baby Boomers are proving new opportunities for independent agents, according to a study from a general agency headquartered in San Diego, Calif. A study from Personable General …

Report: 1-in-6 Construction Workers in California Part of ‘Informal Economy’

A report by the nonprofit research group Economic Roundtable released over the Labor Day holiday found that one-in-six construction workers in California fell into the state’s “informal economy,” costing the workers’ compensation market $264 million among other hits to the …

Marijuana and Workers’ Comp

There are some who believe medical marijuana and the workplace are a potent mix just waiting to be stirred as increasingly more states approve the herb and its derivatives for medicinal use. Not only are states approving the use of …

Paleo Mega-Drought Bleeds All Over Western U.S.

A blood-red blotch that stains California kind of looks like its own nation slowly overgrowing the Western region of the U.S. map. Despite the gore, the latest version of the U.S. Drought Monitor map just out today actually looks slightly …

Insured Losses From the Napa Quake Pegged at $250M or Less

Insured losses from the Aug. 24 earthquake that struck Napa, Calif. will not exceed $250 million, according to a risk management firm. Widespread damage was expected from the 6.0 magnitude event, but there wasn’t much business interruption as most area …

Report: 1-in-6 Construction Workers in California Part of ‘Informal Economy’

A report by the nonprofit research group Economic Roundtable released over the Labor Day holiday found that one-in-six construction workers in California fell into the state’s “informal economy,” an economy that cost the workers’ compensation market $264 million among other …