Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Oklahoma’s High Court Strikes Down Another Provision of the State’s Workers’ Comp Law

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 3, with one recusal, has overturned another part of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation law. The Court on Oct. 3 ruled in Brandon Gibby v. Hobby Lobby, filed by Hobby Lobby Stores …

SILVER Best Agency to Work For – Insgroup

Even before its offices were inundated with 10 feet of water by Hurricane Harvey, Insgroup’s employees were proclaiming the agency’s virtues and lobbying for its inclusion as an Insurance Journal Best Agency to Work For. But Houston-based Insgroup, the 2017 …

SILVER Best Agency to Work For – Esser Hayes Insurance Group

One of the hallmarks of Esser Hayes Insurance Group is that its employees tend to stick around for a long, long time — not because they have to but because they find the agency to be a challenging, fun and …

Texas Harvey Recovery Czar Says Insurance Industry Needs to ‘Step Up’

The insurance industry in Texas is not happy with the state’s so-called Hurricane Harvey recovery czar. Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, who was named by Gov. Greg Abbott to lead the Commission to Rebuild Texas, drew a quick response …

Head of Texas’ Harvey Recovery Effort Says Agents Need to ‘Step Up’ on Damage Claims

The insurance industry in Texas is not happy with the state’s so-called Hurricane Harvey recovery czar. Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, who was named by Gov. Greg Abbott to lead the Commission to Rebuild Texas, drew a quick response …

Independent Texas MGAs Join Forces for Targeted Harvey Relief

A group of independently owned Texas managing general agents (MGAs) have come together to provide targeted, direct, local relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Texas MGAs for Disaster Relief is working with local officials and emergency coordinators to identify …

GOLD Best Agency to Work For – Midwest: Gibson

As one employee stated: “This is not a great place to work — Gibson is the BEST place to work.” That’s the sentiment expressed by numerous employees at Indiana-based Gibson, which was selected as this year’s Best Agency to Work …

GOLD Best Agency to Work For – South Central: BKCW

Employees at BKCW say there’s a lot to like at the Central Texas-based insurance agency, including its hiring practices, its friendly culture, its leadership, its outstanding reputation and its growth-with-balance attitude. All that, plus the fact that it has been …

Texans Helping Texans: Independent MGAs Join Forces for Targeted Harvey Relief

A group of independently owned Texas managing general agents (MGAs) have come together to provide targeted, direct, local relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Texas MGAs for Disaster Relief is working with local officials and emergency coordinators to identify …

Mixed Messages Sent Over Texas’s New Cat Claims Statute

Ambiguity surrounding a Texas law that went into effect on Sept. 1 had insurance industry representatives and attorneys who represent insurance policyholders issuing conflicting messages to insureds who may have suffered property damage from Hurricane Harvey — even before the …