Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Texas Fines Zenefits $550K for Using Unlicensed Brokers

Texas insurance regulators have fined human resources software startup, Zenefits, $550,000 for its past use of unlicensed health insurance brokers. The Texas Department of Insurance said YourPeople Inc., known as Zenefits, used unlicensed staff to sell and administer insurance plans …

University of Iowa Cites Copyright Law to Block Flood Video Use

University of Iowa is citing a copyright law to block the use of the university’s footage of a 2008 flood for an upcoming documentary. Doug Krejci, who is trying to gather materials for a documentary about eastern Iowa during the …

Oklahoma Waiting for Guidance on Workers’ Comp Opt Out Transition

There seems to be more questions than answers as to what happens next in the wake of the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s finding that the opt out portion of the state’s 2013 comprehensive workers’ compensation legislative overhaul is unconstitutional. That’s because …

Texas Insurance Officials Fine Zenefits $550K for Noncompliance

The Texas insurance regulators have fined human resources software startup, Zenefits, $550,000 for its past use of unlicensed health insurance brokers. The Texas Department of Insurance said YourPeople Inc., more commonly known as Zenefits, used unlicensed staff to sell and …

Insurance Agents Among Missouri’s Top 10 New Business Creators

Missouri saw an increase in private sector employers last year, and insurance agents and brokers were among the top 10 new business creators in the state. In 2015, Missouri gained more than 8,700 private-sector employers, compared with the previous year, …

GOLD Best Agency to Work For – South Central: Capitol City Insurance

Best Agency to Work For – South Central Capitol City Insurance, Austin Texas A TEAM Concept One of the prevailing themes in employees’ comments about Insurance Journal‘s pick for Best Agency in the South Central region is teamwork — with …

GOLD Best Agency to Work For – Midwest: DSP Insurance Services

Best Agency to Work For – Midwest DSP Insurance Services, Schaumburg, Illinois An Emphasis on Ethical, Caring, Professionalism This is the best company I’ve worked for. The company values are outstanding. The management makes you feel like we are all …

Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Opt Out Ruled Unconstitutional

It’s back to the drawing boards for proponents of workers’ compensation alternatives now that the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s Opt Out Act is unconstitutional. The high court’s 7-2 ruling on Sept. 13 came in Vasquez v. …

September Earthquake Deemed Oklahoma’s Strongest on Record; Insured Costs Uncertain

An earthquake that hit Pawnee, Okla., in the north central part of the state on Sept. 3 was upgraded on Sept. 7 from the preliminary 5.6 magnitude estimate to a 5.8 magnitude temblor by the U.S. Geological Survey, making it …

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Workers’ Comp Opt-Out Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma Supreme Court handed a major setback to proponents of workers’ compensation alternatives on Sept. 13, ruling that the state’s Opt Out Act is unconstitutional. The high court’s 7-2 ruling came in Vasquez v. Dillards, which was appealed to the …