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RISK MANAGEMENT

Heinz to tighten supplier controls in China after infant food scare

(Reuters) — U.S. foodmaker H.J. Heinz Co. said on Tuesday it will tighten controls over ingredients suppliers in China after it was forced to recall some infant food products from Chinese store shelves due to excess levels of lead.


GM expands website for owners of recalled vehicles

(Reuters) — General Motors Co.’s website for owners of its vehicles recalled for faulty ignition switches has been expanded to include all 20 models involved, the automaker said.

SPECIALTY RISKS

Fired cop's award overturned because ADHD not severe, says court

A terminated police officer who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was not sufficiently impaired to be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, said an appeals court.


FBI warns health care companies they are targeted by hackers

(Reuters) — The FBI has warned that health care industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. hospital group Community Health Systems Inc. that resulted in the theft of millions of…

BENEFITS MANAGEMENT

Pension law, regulation pioneer Robert Nagle dead at 84

Robert Nagle, a long-time pension policymaker and regulator, died Saturday at his home in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Nagle, 84, had been battling cancer.


California governor decries Calpers vote on pensions

(Reuters) — California Gov. Jerry Brown decried a move by the state's giant public pension fund on Wednesday to include temporary pay hikes in the way pensions are calculated for newly hired workers.

BROKERS & INSURERS

USI acquiring seven retail brokerages from Willis

USI Insurance Services L.L.C. will acquire seven retail brokerage offices from certain subsidiaries of Willis North America Inc., part of Willis Group Holdings P.L.C., Valhalla, New York-based USI announced Monday.


China says testing catastrophe insurance system

(Reuters) — China is testing out an insurance system to fund reconstruction work after natural disasters as part of a broader push to expand the insurance sector, a top regulator said on Wednesday.

MID-MARKET EXECUTIVE

Firm that only let woman truck drivers train with other women biased: Judge

A federal judge has ruled that a trucking company violated federal law by discriminating against female truck driver applicants when it required they be trained only by other women, said the EEOC.


OFF BEAT: Adjuster who drove her way out of a job winds up with settlement

Even when a loss assessor contributes to losses for the insurer she works for it’s apparently not sufficient grounds in Ireland to fire her.

WORKERS COMP

DEA reclassifies painkiller tramadol as a controlled substance

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began labeling tramadol, an opioid pain medication, as a Schedule IV controlled substance on Monday, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register.


California comp rating bureau recommends 6.7% rate hike

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California is recommending that the California Department of Insurance adopt a 6.7% increase in the state’s pure premium workers compensation rate.

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