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Republicans Question Labor Board on McDonald’s Franchise Liability Case

Two Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked a U.S. labor agency for more information about a recent finding that fast-food chain McDonald’s Corp. could be held liable for the labor practices of franchisees, a view that has alarmed many businesses. The …

Reinsurance Rendez-Vous: Data Tools Help Identify Risks

Insurance companies are increasingly turning to “big data” from satellites, social media and even cigarette sales at gas stations to help identify risks and build up customer profiles, according to reinsurers attending the annual Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendez-vous this week. …

Tropical Storm Polo Follows Odile Track to Blast Baja California

Tropical Storm Polo, the 16th storm of an unusually active eastern Pacific hurricane season, is on a path eerily like that of Odile, which blasted the Baja California peninsula earlier this week. Odile went ashore late Sept. 14 with top …

California Governor Signs Ridesharing Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill to establish insurance requirements for transportation network companies and their drivers. Assembly Bill 2293, authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, defines with personal and commercial auto insurance is in effect, …

Global Excess Partners Hires Carmody From AIG in New York

Global Excess Partners, a managing general agent, has hired Liz Carmody as senior vice president. She is based in New York City. Carmody will assist in managing the firm’s large property and mid-market accounts. In addition to managing property accounts, …

Prop. 103 vs. Self-driving Cars Revving up in California

Way back in 1988 it probably seemed like the idea of self-driving vehicles was about as far off as flying cars or hovercraft. That was the year California voters enacted Proposition 103, giving among other things an insurance commissioner the …

Lockton’s D.C. Office Hires Bartnik From Wells Fargo

Privately-held insurance broker Lockton Companies has hired Chris Bartnik as senior vice president. Based in Lockton’s Washington, D.C., office, Bartnik will join Lockton’s Employee Benefits business team that provides health, welfare, and voluntary benefit plan services for a wide range …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Hagedorn & Co. in New York

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced that it has acquired Hagedorn & Company located in New York, New York. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1869, Hagedorn is a retail insurance broker providing property/casualty, risk management, group …

Vermont Health Connect Website Temporarily Shut Down

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the state is temporarily shutting down the Vermont Health Connect website so it can be fixed before the start of the next enrollment period in November. Shumlin and other state officials said at a Tuesday …

Endangered Birds Halt Dune Project in Long Island, N.Y.

A federal judge has temporarily halted a dune replenishment project on New York’s Fire Island over concerns it could harm an endangered bird population. Newsday reports Judge Sandra Feuerstein’s ruling on Sept. 12 stops work at Smith Point County Park …

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