Articles by Elizabeth Blosfield

New York Bus Firms Seek Damages Over Handling of Workers’ Comp Claim

New York Bus Operators Compensation Trust (NYBOCT), a Bay Shore, N.Y.-based group self-insured trust created by a number of New York passenger bus companies, has filed a complaint against Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. and Risk …

Massachusetts’ The Hanover Eliminating Approximately 160 Positions

The Hanover Insurance Group Inc., a Worcester, Mass.-based holding company for several property and casualty insurance companies, reported in its second quarter results that it has initiated expense actions to eliminate approximately 160 positions. This move is part of the …

Massachusetts SJC Rules in Favor of Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled in favor of a woman who was fired by her employer for testing positive for her prescribed use of marijuana to treat a medical condition. The court found that because medical marijuana was …

A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Negative for New York’s Country-Wide

A.M. Best has revised its outlook to negative from stable for Country-Wide Insurance Company, a family-owned auto insurance company based in New York, N.Y. A.M. Best also affirmed Country-Wide’s Financial Strength Rating of C+ (marginal) and its Long-Term Issuer Credit …

Beacon Mutual’s New CEO Spero: ‘We’re Within an Hour of Every Policyholder’

The board of directors of Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, a Warwick, R.I.-based workers’ compensation carrier, has elected Brian Spero as president and CEO of the company, effective in July. Beacon’s board worked with a national consulting firm, The Hay Group, …

Driverless Car Technology and Its Impact in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in May signed a budget bill into law allowing self-driving and self-parking cars to be tested for one year on New York public highways. Prior to this law going into effect, the technology was prohibited …

Pennsylvania Court Rules Section of State Workers’ Comp Act Unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court in June 2017 found a section of the state Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act) unconstitutional in a move that challenges the way Pennsylvania has assessed workplace injuries for the past 20 years. The decision also resulted …

New York Launches Online Re-Licensing for Insurance Agents and Brokers

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has launched an online application to speed up the re-licensing process for agents and brokers whose original licenses have been expired more than two years. The online re-licensing application is available …

Massachusetts SJC Rules in Favor of Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled in favor of a woman who was fired by her employer for testing positive for her prescribed use of marijuana to treat a medical condition. The court found that because medical marijuana was …

Pennsylvania Court Rules Section of State Workers’ Comp Act Unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last month found a section of the state Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act) unconstitutional in a move that challenges the way Pennsylvania has assessed workplace injuries for the past 20 years. The decision also resulted in …