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Wisconsin Officials: State Law Prevents Fire Sprinkler Rule Enforcement

Wisconsin officials say a state law prevents them from enforcing a fire sprinklers rule that fire officials say is one of the best ways to save lives. The 7-year-old rule requires sprinklers be installed into new apartment buildings that have …

Ex-Esurance Worker in South Dakota Sues Over Alleged Discrimination

A former Esurance call center worker in South Dakota is suing the insurance company alleging discrimination and harassment because he’s Jewish. The Argus Leader reports that Brandon Marshall filed the federal lawsuit on Aug. 15. Marshall claims his supervisor called …

New North Dakota Laws Address Producer Conduct, Customer Gifts, More

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread has said that since taking office at the beginning of this year he has focused on ensuring the agency he runs is available and responsive to insurance consumers, producers and companies alike. As part …

Quarry Blasts Send Barrage of Rocks Through Minnesota Neighborhood

Southern Minnesota residents are on edge after another quarry blast from a nearby mining operation sent a barrage of rocks through a neighborhood. A blast at Jefferson Quarry sent chunks of limestone — some as large as bowling balls — …

Ford Motor Co. to Pay Up to $10.1M to Settle EEOC Harassment Case

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay up to $10.125 million to settle an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over alleged sex and race harassment at two Ford plants, the federal agency announced. In its investigation, …

J.M. Wilson Adds Bailey as Asst. Transportation Underwriter in Michigan

Managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has added Mitchell Bailey as assistant transportation underwriter in its Portage, Michigan, office. Bailey is responsible for quoting new and renewal transportation accounts, setting up and binding policies, assisting underwriters, and …

Strayhan Promoted to Producer/Broker in USG’s Troy, Michigan Office

USG has promoted Mark Strayhan to insurance producer/broker for the Troy, Mich., office. He formerly held the title of associate producer/broker. Strayhan will continue building his book of business and agency retail network. Strayhan joined the USG team in 2016 …

J.M. Wilson Promotes Hamilton to Branch Manager in Ohio

Managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Andrew Hamilton to branch manager in its Westerville, Ohio, office. Hamilton will plan the operations of the office, coordinate the staff, and work towards building relationships to foster growth …

Activists Oppose Iowa’s $1M in Liability Insurance Requirement for Rallies

Some activists are pushing to change rules that require groups to obtain $1 million in liability insurance before holding a protest at the Iowa Capitol, claiming the rule threatens free speech. The Iowa Department of Administrative Services says it will …

Illinois’ Alera Group Taps Assurex Global’s Clark to Lead Employee Benefits Practice

Alera Group, a Deerfield, Illinois-based national employee benefits, property/casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, appointed John Clark as its national employee benefits practice leader. Clark will leverage Alera Group’s resources by coordinating employee benefits services and support, as well …

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