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RISK MANAGEMENT

Home Depot expects data breach to cost at least $34M in 2014

The Home Depot Inc. has reported pretax net expenses of $28 million related to its recent data breach and said it anticipates the total cost will be about at least $34 million for the year.


Construction labor shortage raises safety concerns

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — As a global trend toward urbanization and large infrastructure projects looks to spike demand for services in the coming decades, the construction industry is at a crossroads.

SPECIALTY RISKS

Boston Scientific to pay $18.5M in mesh case

(Reuters) — Boston Scientific Corp. was ordered Thursday to pay $18.5 million for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices, a plaintiffs' lawyer said, in the third courtroom loss for the company.


Cyber breaches could prompt cooperation in Congress

With Republicans gaining control of the U.S. Senate in January, long-stalled cyber security legislation finally stands a strong chance of gaining approval by Congress and being signed into law.

BENEFITS MANAGEMENT

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, according to new survey data.


HHS proposes third-year fee of $27 for ACA reinsurance program

Self-funded employers and other health care plan sponsors would have to pay $27 for each health plan enrollee in the third and final year of the Transitional Reinsurance Program authorized by the health care reform law, federal regulators…

BROKERS & INSURERS

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%, according to senior industry participants as some look to new revenue boosting products.


India moves closer to insurance market reforms

(Reuters) — India’s main opposition Congress party signaled on Monday it could support government legislation to liberalize the insurance industry, a long-delayed reform expected to help improve investor confidence.

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

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.


Attacks on hospital nurses trigger state laws to protect them

Recent acts of violence against health care employees are leading more states to take action to protect medical workers' safety.

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