Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

American Family Disagrees with Jury Finding that Agents Are Employees

A federal jury in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18 determined that thousands of agents with Madison, Wisconsin-based (AmFam) are employees, not independent contractors. The insurer stands by its classification practice and says it will fight the advisory verdict, however. According …

There’s No ‘Typical’ Day at Work for Whirlpool’s Director of Risk Management

How do you incorporate a sustainable and cohesive enterprise risk management system across a company that has nearly 100,000 employees, 70 manufacturing and technology research centers located in 170 countries around the world, and $21 billion in annual sales? It’s …

Insurance Industry-Backed Storm Damage Bill Passes Texas House

The passage in the Texas House of a bill limiting liability for property insurance companies sued by policyholders following weather related events has given the insurance industry, which lobbied strongly for the bill, reason to celebrate — at least for …

Ohio Jury Says American Family Agents Are Employees; Insurer Disagrees

A federal jury in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18 determined that thousands of agents with Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Mutual Insurance (AmFam) are employees, not independent contractors. According to a news release from plaintiff attorneys involved in the case, a …

Report: 90% of Firefighters in Kansas Are Underfunded Volunteers

Volunteer firefighters, who make up 90 percent of the firefighters in Kansas, are seeking additional funding. Kansas spends about $300,000 at the state level on firefighting, less than almost any other state, the Wichita Eagle reported. This resulted in local …

Iowa GOP’s Workers’ Comp Bill Signed by Governor

Iowa Gov. Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a controversial workers’ compensation bill that reduces benefits for injured workers, notably benefits for shoulder injuries, and decreases coverage for injuries tied to a pre-existing condition. A proposal to end permanent total disability …

Academy of Insurance Director Surveys State of Learning

Patrick Wraight knew when he took over as director of Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance earlier this year that he would be making some changes but first he wanted to find out who is taking the Academy classes and why. …

Texas Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Tweaked ‘Hail Litigation’ Bill

The Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee on March 9 heard testimony on a revised bill that aims to limit the number of policyholder lawsuits filed against property insurance companies following severe weather events. At the hearing, Senate Business and …

Northern Illinois Insurance Agency Owner Indicted, Charged with Defrauding Clients

The owner of a Rockford, Illinois-based managing general agency that last year had its license revoked or non-renewed by at least three separate state insurance departments has been indicted by a federal grand jury for mail and insurance fraud. The …

Author of Texas ‘Hailstorm’ Bill Says ‘Significant Changes’ Made

The Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee on March 9 heard testimony on a revised bill that aims to limit the number of policyholder lawsuits filed against property insurance companies following severe weather events. At the hearing, Senate Business and …