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National

Study Links Obesity to Higher Workers' Compensation Costs

Obese and overweight workers are more likely to incur high costs related to workers' compensation claims for major injuries, reports a ...

Greenberg: Managers' Concerns Fueled Auto Warranty Reinsurance Deal

Less than an hour into the third day of testimony in the fraud trial of former American International Group Inc. Chairman Maurice "Hank" ...

Wells Fargo Employees Claim They Were Fired for Reporting Sales Tactics

At least five Wells Fargo employees have sued the bank or filed complaints with regulators alleging that they were fired after reporting ...

CNO Financial Ends Ties with Beechwood Re, Sues Over Hedge Fund Exposure

CNO Financial Group Inc. on Thursday said that two of its subsidiaries were terminating agreements with reinsurer Beechwood Re, after ...

Mutual Boiler Re Adds Risk Improvement Coverage to Equipment Breakdown Policies

Mutual Boiler Re, a provider of equipment breakdown reinsurance and related services to insurance companies in North America, is now ...

ESIS Launches Life Sciences, Real Estate, and Staffing Industry Practices

ESIS, Inc., Chubb's risk management products division, has launched three new industry practices for life sciences, real estate and ...

Obama Administration Releases Rules on Paid Sick Leave, Pay Data Reporting

The Obama administration on Thursday finalized rules requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees and expanding ...

From MyNewMarkets.com Cyber ´╗┐Expert Says Agents Earn C- on Understanding of Cyber Insurance

Eduard Goodman, chief privacy officer of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based IDT911, an identity theft protection firm, isn't too high on the...
Carrier Management

Hamilton CEO Duperreault: SME Joint Venture With AIG, Two Sigma Launches in Q4

Hamilton Insurance Group Ltd., American International Group, Inc. and Two Sigma Investments plan in the fourth quarter...
East

New Jersey Train Service Suspended as Investigators Seek Cause of Crash

Thousands who rely on the Hoboken terminal in New Jersey may face longer than usual commutes and heavy crowds on Friday as investigators ...

Maryland's Amended Premium Increase Notice Requirement to Take Effect

The reenacted Maryland Insurance Article set to take effect on Saturday, Oct. 1, is expected to lift the administrative burden and lack of ...

Wal-Mart Employee Sets 3 Fires Inside Massachusetts Store

Police are looking for an employee of a Massachusetts Wal-Mart they say set three fires inside the store, forcing the disposal of all the ...
Midwest

Wisconsin Says Flood Damage Estimate Now Nearing $20M

Wisconsin emergency management officials say the damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure from flooding that started last week ...

Michigan School District Pays $30K to Settle High School Bullying Case

A former Michigan high school tennis player and her mother were paid $30,000 in settlement of a lawsuit that alleged she was bullied while ...

Kittmann Named Director, Strategy, Performance & Administration at AF Group

AF Group, based in Lansing, Michigan, has announced Keri Kittmann as director, Strategy, Performance & Administration. In her new role, ...

Gilleland Joins Brightway, The Lambert Family Agency in Michigan

Brightway, The Lambert Family Agency in Muskegon, Michigan announced it has added Camber Gilleland as its newest agent. Gilleland joins the ...
Southeast

Heavy Rains in North Carolina Bring Floods, Prompt Rescues

Storms that dumped as much as 8 inches of rain prompted rescues from rising waters and the closing schools in two North Carolina counties. ...

Federal Investigators Conclude West Virginia Chemical Spill Was Preventable

A 2014 chemical spill into the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians could have been avoided if a company inspected its storage tanks and ...

Hurricane Hermine Declared Major Disaster; Federal Funds Available to Florida

President Barack Obama has officially declared a major disaster for areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Hermine. A news release says ...

Apartment Fire Near South Carolina's Myrtle Beach Leaves 17 Homeless

Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged 12 apartments near Myrtle Beach, S.C., leaving 17 people homeless. ...

Regulators Say South Carolina Nuclear Fuel Plant Put Workers at 'Substantial' Risk

Federal regulators say they've found there was a ``substantial potential" for an accident that could have injured workers at the ...
South Central

Builders of New Orleans Jail Sued by Sheriff

The man under fire for his management of the new jail in New Orleans has filed a lawsuit against the general contractors who built the ...

Texas Mutual Virtual Reality Safety Training Module Wins Innovation Award

Workers' compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., announced it has accepted the Strategy Meets Action (SMA) Innovation in Action ...

Insurance Commissioner: Overdose Death Rate High in Louisiana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Louisiana's drug overdose death rate exceeds the national average, the Louisiana ...

Granzow Joins Texs-Based RHSB as Vice President

Shellie Granzow has joined the Texas-based independent insurance brokerage firm, RHSB, as vice president of Personal Client Services and ...
West

California Governor Approves Public Adjuster Reform Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that establishes fair practices standards for public insurance adjusters and enhances ...

Argo Group Names Schaffer to Lead U.S. Commercial Programs in Colorado

Bart Schaffer will now be leading U.S. commercial programs at Argo Group. Schaffer is located in Denver, Colo. Schaffer was previously head ...

JLT Re Names Brodsky Senior Vice President in Washington Workers' Comp Unit

JLT Re has named John Brodsky a senior vice president in Seattle, Wash. Brodsky will be part of the workers' compensation unit, and will ...
International

European Union Nations Fast-Track Approval of Paris Climate Agreement

European Union nations agreed to a fast-track ratification by the 28-member bloc of the Paris climate agreement, a step that could enable ...

Saudi Arabia Greets 9/11 Lawsuit Bill with Public Silence, Private Bristling

A U.S. law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11 attacks met a stony silence from Riyadh on Thursday but some Saudis ...

European Food Safety Agency to Release Data on Weedkiller Roundup

Europe's food safety watchdog will release data from some of the scientific studies it reviewed in its assessment of glyphosate, an ...

Matthew Becomes Category 3 Hurricane in Central Caribbean Sea

Hurricane Matthew has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale while moving west- southwestward over the ...

Japanese Creditors Oppose Takata Seeking Bankruptcy Protection

All five bidders seeking to bail out Japan's beleaguered Takata Corp. have presented restructuring plans that require the air bag maker to ...

Argo Group Names AIG's Hernandez to Lead International Business

Bermuda-based specialty insurer Argo Group International Holdings announced the appointment of Jose A. Hernandez to lead the company's ...

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Travelers reducing commissions
Posted: Fri Sep 30 -- The "Alamo" moment was in fall of 2013 when Travelers announced this. If agents, as a collective group, would have had a "sack" then to stop... lonestar
Client wnders why his HO premium went up
Posted: Mon Sep 26 -- I'm surprised carrier hasn't dropped them. Which carrier are we talking? Thorman
Certificate of Insurance Tracking - Access or Excel Database
Posted: Sun Sep 18 -- Have you inquired with your broker to see if they provide any such cert tracking tools/resources? Im not advocating a change of brokers or... RiskManaged
Which type of underwriting earns the most?
Posted: Thu Sep 8 -- Hello there, I am wondering which type of (non- commissioned) underwriting earns the most salary? I am located in Canada. Thanks. Surety
ACA/ObamaCare Open Enrollment 2015
Posted: Thu Sep 1 -- Everything to do with health insurance carriers and ACA seems like it takes several months. It's all a Cluster. It can take the carrier... yoyowordup

Reader Comments

Obama Onboard with Road Testing of Autonomous Vehicles
Posted: Tue Sep 27 -- Wonder how Obama would ever test a self driving car. He has Secret Service hauling him around for the rest of his life. Deplorables
Former South Dakota Police Chief Found Guilty in Murder-for-Insurance Case
Posted: Thu Sep 29 -- Gee, I wonder who gave me enough thumbs-down clicks to temporarily hide my post? Faithful IJ readers who are hip to Deplorable Agent's... Fair Playing Field
Pennsylvania Hospital Sued Over Firing of Employees Who Refused Flu Shots
Posted: Wed Sep 28 -- This is stupid. I cannot believe they would even force the hospital to grant religious exemptions for flu shots. Why?...Because it's a... mr opinion
How Clinton, Trump Differ on Health Reform
Posted: Wed Sep 28 -- Instead of the ACA fiasco, they should have put their focus on the pharmaceutical companies. THEY are what's truly out of control Patticake
Judge Claims Facebook Not Taking Terrorism Threat Seriously
Posted: Sun Sep 25 -- Aren't towns and cities helping terrorists by providing squares and parks and other public places, where people can meet and talk and engage... David

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