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RISK MANAGEMENT

Ford recalls 65,000 Fusion models on ignition key issues

(Reuters) — Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it is recalling about 65,000 Fusion sedans because the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the "park" position.


Arizona sues General Motors, says it hid safety defects

(Reuters) — Arizona filed a lawsuit against General Motors Co., claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls.

SPECIALTY RISKS

Request for accommodation by disabled med school applicant exceeds ADA: Court

A disabled medical school applicant's request for accommodation exceeds what is required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, says a federal appeals court.


Grocery wholesaler to pay $735K for allowing racial harassment of workers

A federal district judge has entered a $735,000 consent decree resolving a race harassment lawsuit, in which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged a Chicago grocery wholesaler with tolerating a racially hostile workplace.

BENEFITS MANAGEMENT

Group health care plans see modest cost increases: Mercer

Aided by a surge in enrollment in high-deductible plans, group health care plan costs have continued to increase modestly this year, according to a survey by Mercer L.L.C.


Employers to stick with health plan designs in 2015; add wellness incentives

Very few employers are planning to make drastic changes to their group health benefit plans in 2015, opting instead to add incentives to workplace wellness programs in order to help hold down rising medical costs, according to survey data…

BROKERS & INSURERS

Insurance commissioners group's task force to target cyber security

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has created a task force to help coordinate insurance issues related to cybersecurity, the NAIC announced during its fall meeting in Washington on Wednesday.


Insurers see rates falling up to 15% as competition bites

(Reuters) — Competition in the global insurance market is driving commercial rates down by as much as 15%, senior industry participants said on Thursday, as some look to new products such as cyber insurance to boost revenues.

MID-MARKET EXECUTIVE

Hilb Group acquires North Carolina employee benefits broker

The Hilb Group L.L.C. has acquired middle market employee benefits broker Lake Norman Benefits Inc.


Hub International launches entertainment industry practice

Middle-market broker Hub International Ltd. is launching an entertainment practice to focus on providing risk management and insurance solutions for all segments of the entertainment industry

WORKERS COMP

Widow of exec who died after Brazil trip eligible for comp: Appeals court

The widow of a company executive who died from meningitis after returning from a business trip to Brazil can receive workers compensation death benefits, an Illinois appeals court has ruled.


Obese workers' absenteeism costs U.S. employers $8.65B a year

Absenteeism among obese workers in the United States costs employers about $8.65 billion each year, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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