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Top Workers’ Comp Story of 2019: Berkshire Hathaway’s Sale of Applied Underwriters

The news that Berkshire Hathaway was in talks to sell its workers’ compensation unit, Applied Underwriters, caught readers’ attention in February and was easily Insurance Journal’s biggest workers’ compensation story of the year then and as the deal played out. …

New Markets

Logistics Operations Market Detail: AmWINS Group, Inc.’s (www.amwins.com) AmWINS Specialty Logistics Underwriters (ASLU) is a specialist in the nuances of logistics insurance offering creative products to protect a client’s assets and avoid costly chain disruptions that can occur when shipping …

Conn. High Court Rules Gun Maker Can Be Sued Over Marketing

Ruling Seen At Odd with Previous State and Federal Court Opinions Gun-maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut …

Declarations

‘About Damn Time’ “Today’s action to finally allow smokable medical marijuana brings four words to the lips of people across our state: It’s about damn time. It’s long past due that the state of Florida honored the will of the …

In Their Own Words: Why Producers Change Jobs

Q: We have a zillion newbies and plenty 50-plus year old veteran producers. I’ve tried the out-of-industry route. Frankly, my agency isn’t good at training. I want experienced, ‘hit the ground running’ sales talent at other agencies. How do I …

Assaults on Woman a Common Cause of Workplace Injuries

Women suffer 70 percent of all nonfatal assault-related injuries involving days away from work and are disproportionately impacted by other safety issues, according to an analysis by the National Safety Council. The number of women who incurred assault-related injuries at …

Some Data Indicates Increasing Accident Rates in Marijuana States

Preliminary research indicates that the legalization of recreational marijuana in 10 states has increased accident rates, the Insurance Information Institute said. The group cited an October 2018 study by the Highway Loss Data Institute that shows collision claim frequency was …

People

National Ironshore Specialty Casualty has appointed Casey Hartley as senior vice president and head of programs. She will oversee the development, marketing and distribution of programs lines, working with programs administrators across Ironshore’s underwriting platforms in the U.S. Hartley was …

Another View

Bunker, a startup broker focused on independent contractors and small businesses, sees gig workers and their workers’ compensation insurance needs as a lucrative proposition. “Bunker has worked with leading on-demand/gig platforms, along with insurers, to develop usage-based policies that include …

Lloyd’s Issues Action Plan to End Sexual Harassment in Workplace Amid Recent Reports

In the era of #MeToo when the ills of sexual harassment are regularly in the news, a recent article published by Bloomberg Businessweek indicates that some men working in the London insurance market still haven’t gotten the message about appropriate …

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