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RISK MANAGEMENT

China arrests six staff members at meat supplier after food safety scare

(Reuters) — Chinese police have formally arrested six staff menbers from a unit of U.S. meat supplier OSI Group Inc., the company said in a statement on Friday.


Halliburton to settle U.S. Gulf spill claims for $1.1B

(Reuters) — Halliburton Co. said it reached a $1.1 billion settlement for a majority of claims against the company for its role in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

SPECIALTY RISKS

NLRB ruling that McDonald's is joint employer could increase franchising risks

A determination by the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel that McDonald's Corp. should be considered a “joint employer” with its franchisees.


Kaufman buys Oval, which will rebrand to original Lochain Patrick

The H.W. Kaufman Financial Group on Tuesday said it has purchased London-based Lloyd's of London broker Oval International Ltd.

BENEFITS MANAGEMENT

COMMENTARY: Wellness programs should address sleep disorders

As employers review their wellness programs, they should consider addressing a problem suffered by millions of Americans that is contributing to health disorders, weight gain, lost productivity and motor vehicle accidents.


Congress faces pressure to resolve multiemployer pension woes

When federal lawmakers passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in 1974, they put aside a key issue affecting a big slice of the pension universe: multiemployer plans.

BROKERS & INSURERS

Congress could delay passage of TRIA renewal bill past November elections

Passage of a bill that would extend the federal terrorism insurance backstop could be pushed into a lame-duck session following the November elections.


Willis exec Thadd Wallace joins Marsh's global risk management practice

Marsh L.L.C. on Tuesday said it has hired former Willis North American Inc. executive Thadd Wallace as a managing director in its global risk management practice.

MID-MARKET EXECUTIVE

Vermont residents spend less on health care, but clouds are looming

With Vermont's ambitions for universal health care by 2017, reports say privately insured patients spent less time hospitalized and used more generic drugs than the average U.S. patient, in lieu of health reform.


Larger buyers slow to adopt electronic insurance placement

While placing commercial insurance electronically has the potential to benefit the buyer and the seller, it has yet to gain widespread acceptance and even faces some resistance.

WORKERS COMP

Company kickball-game injury qualifies for comp: S.C. Supreme Court

A South Carolina worker who was injured in a kickball game he organized for his employer should receive workers compensation benefits because he was expected by his employer to attend the game, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.


Florida exclusive remedy ruling may upend workers compensation system

Injured workers in Florida might be able to receive both workers compensation benefits and civil liability damages should an appeal filed last week by the Florida attorney general’s office fail to overturn a ruling that declared the…

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