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The New OSHA Rules = No Secrets

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changed the way the workplace injury game is played. Many believe the playing field was tipped in OSHA’s direction. This will have a dramatic effect on the workers’ compensation …

Teens and Distracted Driving: Get the Message Campaigns

Driving my children to school each morning it’s hard not to notice the number of parents attached to their cell phone. While state law prohibits cell phone use in school zones and city law prohibits cell phone use entirely unless …

Minding Your Business: Producer Compensation – What’s New Today?

Designing a good and motivating producer compensation model does not need to be a mystery. The bottom line is to pay what can you afford to pay, for what you are providing the producers, and be in line with the …

Reinsurers See Rate Stabilization on the Horizon

North American reinsurers may soon see some rate stabilization after a prolonged period of declining premium rates, as they deal with a supply-demand imbalance that has weighed on returns, according to executives at the 2016 Bermuda Reinsurance Conference co-hosted by …

2016 State Specialist P/C Insurers Revealed: Demotech

The Demotech Company Classification System categorizes insurers into one of 11 categories based on an analysis of data reported by companies to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The 11 categories that comprise the system are Nationals, Near Nationals, …

ACA Does Not Hurt Medical Care Access for Workers’ Comp Claimants: Study

New research has found that while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically increased the number of people who are medically insured, it has not hurt access to medical care for workers’ compensation claimants, which was a …

ACORD CEO Pieroni on the Industry’s Digital Transformation

Bill Pieroni, CEO of ACORD, is on a mission — not to “push” the industry toward digital transformation but rather to marshal its inherent strengths and enable carriers, agents and brokers to implement standards and digital best practices to their …

Business Moves

BrickStreet Mutual, Motorists Mutual BrickStreet Mutual Insurance and Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. are formalizing an affiliation agreement between the two companies.If approved by state regulators and closed as anticipated in July 2017, the affiliation will include more than 1,600 employees, …

Could POTUS Battle Trigger More Discrimination Suits?

Regardless of one’s political leaning, the 2016 presidential election offered bold dialogue. Many criticized the president-elect for brash comments and a disregard for political correctness. If recent news reports are any indication, America could see a shift in terms of …

Declarations

Criminal Defense “You can’t fire somebody because they refused to commit a crime for you.” — Mary Schultz, the attorney for Gregg Becker, successfully argued in court that the former chief financial officer of a chain of medical clinics in …

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