Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Brokers Dealing with Soft Market, ‘Market Fatigue’ in Medical Professional Liability

Are insurance brokers experiencing “market fatigue” in the medical professional liability line of insurance right now? Could be, according to Daniel Nash, senior vice president of Field Operations and Business Development for Ironshore. Even though pricing in the market is …

3 Years Later, West Fertilizer Plant Blast Ruled Intentional

The Houston Field Division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says the fire that caused an explosion that killed 15 people at the West Fertilizer Co. facility in West, Texas, three years ago was intentionally set. On May …

Another Part of Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Act Struck Down

The Oklahoma Supreme Court dealt another blow to the state’s 2013 workers’ comp overhaul by finding unconstitutional a provision of the Oklahoma Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act pertaining to the deferral of permanent partial disability benefits. Other recent rulings have represented …

Employee Engagement Platform Pays Off for Midwest Insurer

As the new chief information officer and senior vice president in charge of business transformation at property/casualty carrier, GuideOne Insurance, Doug Cretsinger faced some big challenges. He managed a staff of around 100 team members plus another 200 or so …

GuideOne CIO: Commitment to Employee Engagement Platform Paying Off

As the new chief information officer and senior vice president in charge of business transformation at Des Moines, Iowa-based property/casualty carrier GuideOne Insurance, Doug Cretsinger faced some big challenges. He managed a staff of around 100 team members plus another …

Minnesota Workers’ Compensation: A No-Fault System

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system in Minnesota: the employee does not need to prove negligence on the part of the employer to establish liability and the employer cannot use negligence on the part of the employee as a defense …

Workers’ Compensation in Missouri: In the Middle of the Rate Pack

Missouri comes in at 21 for the highest workers’ compensation premium rates of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, just under Minnesota, according to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation. In …

ATF: 2013 Fire at Texas Fertilizer Plant Intentionally Set

The Houston Field Division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says the fire that caused an explosion that took the lives of 15 people at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas, three years ago was intentionally set. …

Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Overhaul Takes Another Hit

The Oklahoma Supreme Court dealt another blow to the state’s 2013 workers’ comp overhaul by finding unconstitutional a provision of the Oklahoma Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act pertaining to the deferral of permanent partial disability benefits. Several recent rulings have represented …

Court: Tribune Shareholder Suit Against Chicago Insurance Broker May Proceed

Finding an exclusion in a directors and officers (D&O) policy to be “ambiguous,” an Illinois appeals court has allowed to proceed a lawsuit filed against a large Chicago insurance brokerage by two former Tribune Co. shareholders. The case stems from …