Articles by Don Jergler

Most Drivers Mum About Ridesharing, Although Many Agents Ask

Roughly three quarters of ridesharing drivers don’t have ridesharing insurance, and nearly eight-in-10 conduct their ridesharing activities covertly and keep their insurer or agent in the dark. Two informal polls from a popular Forbes blogger known as The Rideshare Guy …

Insurers Stepping Toward Greater Green Investment Footprint

This is the second of a two-part column on green bonds. The first installment focused on bond sales. Australian carrier QBE Insurance Group Ltd. has invested $190 million Australian Dollars ($148.42 million) in four green bonds in the last year-and-a-half, …

Will Uber Employee Status Ruling in California Impact Its Business Model?

An Uber driver is an employee not a contractor, according to a California Labor Commission ruling on Wednesday that opens the door to more scrutiny over the rideshare giant’s business model. Earlier in the day some media outlets reported that …

First Major California Insurer to Offer Ridesharing Endorsement

Farmers became the first large California insurer to start offering a ridesharing insurance product in late-May. In an announcement made at the Los Angeles office of California Department of Insurance, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Farmers Group Inc. CEO …

Wildfire Report Shows 2 Million California Homes at Risk as Drought Continues

A report issued today shows California has more than 2 million homes at “high” or “extreme” wildfire risk, as the multi-year drought continues stoke fears among some experts of a potentially devastating wildfire season. Verisk Insurance Solutions released its 2015 …

B Corp Status Gives California Agency Conscientious Bragging Rights

Already considering itself a socially and environmentally minded business, Burnham Benefits Insurance Services took the next logical step and went for an official designation that would help alert others to their mindset. That was the motivation Steve Vilas, Burnham’s vice …

Green Bond Wave Ahead of Climate Change Conference in Paris?

This is the first of a two-part column on green bonds. The second installment will include interviews with Axa, QBE and Zurich. Ahead the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, also called COP21 or CMP11, there are those who expect …

Report: More Than 6.6M Atlantic and Gulf Coast Homes at Risk of Storm Surge

More than 6.6 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm surge with a total reconstruction cost value estimated to be nearly $1.5 trillion, according to a report released today. Property analytics and data …

California Court Says Staffing Agencies Can’t Self-Insure Workers’ Comp

A California Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s decision to exclude temporary staffing agencies from self-insuring for workers’ compensation, a ruling that upholds one of the provisions in the state’s sweeping workers’ comp reform law passed in 2012. The …

Google Compare and ITC in Online Partnership That Brings Agents into Mix

Google Compare is using a rating system provided by Insurance Technologies Corp., the Carrollton, Texas-based software provider announced Wednesday. In making the announcement ITC’s top executive said it’s a move that will keep agents involved in the online search for auto …