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RISK MANAGEMENT

Falling oil prices, political unrest top 2015's international risks: Marsh

Falling oil prices, political violence and separatist movements will influence the global risk landscape in 2015, broker Marsh L.L.C. said in a report released on Wednesday.


TRIA reauthorization supporters pin their hopes on the next Congress

Supporters of the federal terrorism insurance backstop are guardedly optimistic the next Congress will take up reauthorization of the program shortly after it convenes next month.

SPECIALTY RISKS

Drone downer: Will new FAA rules ground recreational fliers?

(Reuters) — Americans shopping for toy remote-controlled airplanes or helicopters may find, sometime in the near future, that they come with unexpected accessories: A raft of new regulations.


North Korea's Sony hack seen as cyber security game-changer

Risk and security experts examining the unprecedented cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. see it as a game-changer for companies who think they have a handle on cyber security.

BENEFITS MANAGEMENT

Vermont governor dumps statewide universal health care law effort

Vermont is abandoning efforts to move to a publicly financed health care system to ensure universal coverage, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday.


Supreme Court could give definitive ruling on states' rights to ban gay marriage

A definitive ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on states' rights to ban gay marriage could come as early as June 2015, experts say, bringing welcome relief for employers and their benefits management staffs.

BROKERS & INSURERS

Rating agencies take calm approach to TRIA expiration

The lapse of the federal governments' terrorism insurance backstop program is unlikely to have any short-term impact on the ratings of insurance companies, according to rating agencies.


London looks to change tax rates to lure and retain reinsurance business

A U.K. government drive to attract and retain reinsurance business in London has been welcomed by market participants concerned about competitive threats posed by other jurisdictions.

MID-MARKET EXECUTIVE

Congress gives final OK to bill allowing multiemployer pension plan benefit cuts

Trustees of financially distressed multiemployer pension plans would be allowed to cut participants' benefits to prevent the plans from becoming insolvent under legislation given final congressional approval Saturday.


Surplus lines insurer James River raises $231 million in IPO

Hamilton, Bermuda-based James River Group Holdings Ltd., the parent company of excess and surplus lines insurer James River Insurance Co., raised about $231 million in its initial public offering Friday.

WORKERS COMP

Home Depot cleared to stop paying comp for missing woman unless she reappears

Home Depot Inc. will not have to continue paying workers compensation benefits for a Maine employee who has been missing since 2012 unless she reappears and appeals for benefits to be reinstated.


Workers comp treatment rules on epidural steroid injections may tighten

Warnings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could lead state workers compensation systems and payers to tighten treatment guidelines for epidural steroid injections.

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