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BoatUS Launches Peer-to-Peer Boat Insurance Program

BoatUS has launched a boat rental insurance policy available for rentals through Boatbound, a nationwide boat rental marketplace. The new Peer-to-Peer Boat Rental Policy covers the rental period and is designed specifically to meet the needs of this new and …

Franchises, Staffing Firms Ruled Joint Employers Under Labor Law

More companies may be held responsible for labor-law violations committed by contractors and forced to negotiate wages and benefits with their workers under a decision by a politically split U.S. labor board. The National Labor Relations Board, in a closely …

Confessions of an Underage, Unlicensed Truck Driver

American Trucking Associations executive Howard Abramson recently made a case in the New York Times for higher safety standards for trucks. It’s not hard to understand why: Large trucks were involved in at least 327,000 traffic accidents in 2013, killing almost 4,000 …

How Genome Sequencing Is Transforming Food Safety

Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases. Previously, samples from sick patients were sent …

AIG’s Lavastone in Dispute with Life Settlements Firm Coventry

An American International Group Inc. unit and Coventry First LLC began a trial in a dispute over bets in the insurance market on when people would die. Lavastone Capital LLC, the AIG subsidiary, claims Coventry ripped it off by more …

Sierra Club Dragging State Farm into Climate Change Battle

A State Farm executive is coming under fire from activists for his position on the board of what some consider to be a “climate denier” group. Sierra Club, a progressive investor group and other activist organizations have been waging an aggressive …

Glatfelter Launches Risk Management Tool for Long Term Care Facilities

Glatfelter Healthcare Practice, an insurance program serving senior living facilities, home health care and other private homecare agencies, and VorroHealth, a provider of clinical, AR/billing and interoperable technology for healthcare, have released ACTUM, a fully integrated offering to complement VorroHealth’s …

Allstate’s Drivewise Telematics App Adds Shopping Rewards, Challenges

In addition to offering auto insurance savings to its insureds, the Allstate Insurance mobile telematics app known as Drivewise now allows drivers to earn safe driving points they can spend on merchandise, gift cards and local merchant offers. Any driver …

Unmanned Work Zone Trucks Promise Road Safety, Savings

Roving construction crews — the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal — are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier. The crash trucks, …

Business Lobbies Seek Probe of Medical Funding Industry

Two business lobbying groups this week called on the Consumer Financial Protection Board to investigate the medical funding industry after a Reuters investigation revealed that private investors are funding operations for women who have sued makers of surgical implants. The …

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