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SLSOT’s Essary Intent on Using Data to Better Communicate with Stakeholders

Surplus lines may not be the most widely understood segment of the property/casualty insurance industry but for risk managers of large organizations it’s often the go-to market for complicated risks for which standard insurance markets have little appetite. That was …

California Workers’ Comp is Biased Against Women, Suit States

California’s workers’ compensation system discriminates against women by judging benefits on the basis of stereotypes and ignoring harm done to women — such as refusing permanent benefits when a woman loses a breast to cancer, according to a lawsuit filed …

Study Suggests Ways to Identify Unsafe Driving in Older Adults

It is estimated that nearly half of all drivers on the nation’s roads are over the age of 65 and this number is projected to increase to 77 percent in the next 30 years, a recently published study says. Additionally, …

Washington-based Spirit Aerosystems Hit with Worker Discrimination Suit

Employees laid off by Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. in 2013 filed a lawsuit earlier this month accusing the aircraft parts supplier of singling them out by age and disability. Twenty-four plaintiffs were named and another 150 may join the case, …

Oklahoma High Court: Workers’ Comp Icy Sidewalk ‘Slip and Fall’ Claim Compensable

The Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed the decision of an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission administrative law judge and ruled that a workers’ comp claim for a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk next to an employer’s parking lot is compensable. The …

Comcast Sued by Oregon Cyclist Clotheslined by Cable

An Oregon cyclist who was clotheslined by a cable cord suspended across a road is suing Comcast and Portland Disposal. Portland attorney, Mark Ginsberg said his 64-year-old client Michael A. Horner was bicycling to work at Shriners Hospital for Children …

Workers’ Comp Disability Guidelines Withdrawn from Guidelines.gov

The Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) has withdrawn its Official Disability Guidelines from the National Guideline Clearinghouse, a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. WLDI describes the ODG as …

Coastal Insurer UPC’s First Catastrophe Bond Provides It with $100M Cover

Swiss Re Capital Markets said it has structured and placed $100 million of insurance-linked securities (ILS) that cover named storms and earthquakes affecting certain coastal states of the U.S. The bonds have been issued by Laetere Re Ltd. on behalf …

Oklahoma Labor Department: OSHA Penalties to Rise Aug. 1

The Oklahoma Department of Labor is warning businesses in that state that civil penalty amounts assessed by federal safety regulators for workplace safety violations are going up beginning Aug. 1. The Oklahoma DOL says Occupational Health and Safety Administration penalties …

Tennessee Commish McPeak Elected to Global Insurance Committee Leadership Post

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner (TDCI) Julie Mix McPeak has been elected by her fellow members of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) to serve as vice chair of the group’s Executive Committee (ExCo). Comprised of insurance …

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