benefits News

Saints-Backed Bill Draws Warning Flag From Players Association

The NFL Players Association is asking player agents to warn clients that signing with the New Orleans Saints could subject them to unfavorable workers’ compensation benefits. In an email Friday, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said union officials believe agents should …

Heffernan Names Paletta Sales Manager, Benefits in California

Heffernan Insurance Brokers named Marc Paletta sales manager for its Northern California benefits team. Paletta began his career in underwriting before moving into sales as an account executive. He was promoted to regional sales manager for Northern California.  In 2004 he joined Heffernan …

Court: No Workers’ Comp For Oregon Dock Urinator

A federal appeals court says an Oregon longshoreman who got drunk on the job, urinated while standing on a dock and then fell 6 feet onto concrete should not get workers’ compensation benefits for his injuries. Gary Schwirse drank at …

McDonald-Leavitt Names Heglin Benefits Specialist in California

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based McDonald-Leavitt Insurance Agency named Steve Heglin as a benefits specialist. Prior to joining the agency he worked for MetLife.  Heglin previously owned a real estate appraisal company. McDonald-Leavitt Insurance Agency is part of the Leavitt Group.

Report: Athletes Cash In On California Workers’ Comp

California’s workers’ compensation system has awarded millions of dollars in benefits for job-related injuries to thousands of professional athletes, including many who played for out-of-state teams, according to a report. Sports leagues and their insurers are working to stop the …

Towers Watson Inks Joint Venture with Broker MDS for Portugal Benefits

Global professional services company Towers Watson and Portuguese broker MDS have combined forces to establish a benefits brokerage consulting service in Portugal. MDS was founded in Porto in 1984. It is now the leading broker in the Portuguese market with …

Minnesota Receives $26M to Continue Design of Insurance Exchange

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced that the state has received a $26 million grant to continue the design and development of a Minnesota-made health insurance exchange. An exchange is a marketplace where Minnesota consumers and employers can find, compare, choose, …

Report: New Orleans Wasted Money on Life Benefits for Years

The city misspent around $500,000 on employee benefits during a span of eight years, according to a report released by the New Orleans Inspector General. The inspector general’s office evaluated the city’s policies and practices relating to procuring and managing …

Heffernan in Orange County Names Albanese SVP, Benefits

Heffernan Insurance Brokers has hired Karen Albanese office as senior vice president in its Orange County, Calif. office, focusing on benefits strategy and administration. Albanese will work out of Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Heffernan’s Los Angeles branch, expanding Heffernan’s reach in …

Willis Group Acquires Italian Broker

Willis Italy, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, announced the acquisition of Broking Italia SRL, a long-established specialist in the Italian insurance market, founded and currently headed by Gianfranco Agostini and Daniela Andreussi. Terms of the transaction were not announced. …