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2020 Agents of the Year

Welcome to Insurance Journal’s Agents of the Year report. This report features 25 agents who define what it means to be a successful independent agent today. These agents are more than top sellers. While they have achieved impressive success in …

Logic & Language and Forms & Facts The Final Word on COVID-19 and Insurance?

Since this is an insurance coverage column, it’s perhaps fitting to initiate the new year with a look back at the biggest coverage issue of the past year and probably the past couple of decades. In 2001, the coverage question …

Rates, Retentions Up in Employment Practices Liability Market: Report

In its annual survey of the employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) market, The Betterley Report found that rates are continuing their trend upward, in part because commercial rates in general are on the rise but more specifically thanks to COVID-19 …

Social Inflation Lesson: Not Settling Cost Insurer Millions in Suit by Excess Insurer

The defense team for Chubb Group’s Ace American Insurance Co. was confident that no jury would award more than $2 million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Mark Braswell, who died on May 16, 2014, when …

Florida Market Stabilization Critical to Reducing Citizens’ Exposure: Study

Florida’s fluctuating and volatile private market may be instigating long-term policy growth for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and creating serious obstacles to its position as the state’s residual insurer, a study says. The 236-page “Exposure Reduction and Depopulation Opportunities Analysis,” …

California State Fund Declares 10% Dividend for 2020 Policy Year

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund in early January announced plans to distribute a $39 million dividend to its qualifying policyholders with policies that took effect between Aug. 27 and Dec. 31, 2020. The dividend equals roughly 10% of the estimated …

Farms Were the Deadliest Workplaces in Montana Last Year

An annual report made public by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry has shown that 2019 was slightly more deadly than the previous year in workplaces, with farming the most dangerous industry. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries showed …

2021 Insurance Industry Meetings & Conventions Directory

Self-Leadership: Tips for Navigating the Quarantine Jan 8 Society of Insurance Trainers & Educators https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P-BeAjpuRLeuTUiVu0-S1g 2021 Gamma Iota Sigma Regional Conference Series Jan 22-29 VFairs virtual event platform Gamma Iota Sigma https://web.cvent.com/event/b65fb4dd-dd27-4efc-add3-034b2ba70f11/summary?RefId=GISRC2021 WSIA Surplus Lines Management Feb 1-4 WSIA https://www.wsia.org/wcm/Education/Surplus_Lines_Management/wcm/Education/SURPLUSLINESMGMT/Home.aspx?hkey=e4adfd76-8c68-4568-970c-c54bd0afb13a …

Can Insurance-Related Firms Compel Employees to Get COVID-19 Vaccination?

The long-awaited and highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine is here. The first to arrive on the scene, from Pfizer-BioNTech, received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration several days ago. On the heels of that, Moderna’s version got the …

Heavy Burden on Fleet Owners

The sharply rising cost of fleet insurance over the past several years has placed a heavy burden on fleet owners. Last year, the American Transportation Research Institute reported that insurance costs rose 12% from 2017 to 2018, the second fastest …

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