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House approves bill defining full-time employees as those working 40 hours

Published September 19, 2014 CST

For the second time this year, the House of Representatives approved legislation to ease the health care reform law's definition of a full-time employee by changing it to those working an average of at least 40 hours per week.

ACA's medical outcomes research fee to increase

Published September 19, 2014 CST

A medical outcomes research fee mandated by the health care reform law and paid by self-funded employers and insurers is going up slightly.

Data breaches, terrorism, injury payments among insurers' emerging risks: Report

Published September 15, 2014 CST

Cyber risk, terrorism and new compensation structures for long-term bodily injuries are among the emerging risks facing reinsurers and insurers, according to a report from Guy Carpenter & Co. L.L.C.

Unintended disclosure, paper records loss most common data breaches: Study

Published September 18, 2014 CST

A study of more than 1,500 data breaches in 2013 and 2014 by a unit of Beazley P.L.C. reveals that the two most common sources of breaches are unintended disclosure and the physical loss of paper records.

Mid-market consultant Benefits Resource joins Digital Benefits Advisors

Published September 17, 2014 CST

Atlanta-based Digital Benefits Advisors on Wednesday said it has added Benefits Resource L.L.C., an Aliso Viejo, California-based consultant, to its nationwide network of employee benefits-only service providers.

Integro adds middle-market expertise with two broker hires

Published September 15, 2014 CST

Integro Ltd. is bolstering its middle-market practice with the addition of two experienced brokers focused on its operations in New York and New Jersey.

Navigators launches cyber liability and data breach insurance

Published September 16, 2014 CST

The Navigators Group Inc.'s principal underwriting agency subsidiary, Navigators Management Co. Inc., has introduced a new cyber liability and privacy/data breach coverage product called NAVSecure.

Employers support same-sex marriage for Texas, other southern states

Published September 18, 2014 CST

A group of employers has urged a judicial panel in New Orleans to uphold same-sex couples' right to legally marry in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Mid-market companies must plan and strategize before managing risks abroad

Published September 14, 2014 CST

A midsize company must set its international strategy and mine its resources before deciding how to manage its risks when expanding abroad.

Mid-market companies plan to increase data security spending: Survey

Published September 19, 2014 CST

Recent data breaches involving high-profile companies such as Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc. are having an effect on how much middle-market companies spend on data security, with most planning to increase spending, a new survey reveals.

Willis names former Marsh exec Scott Hull as head of surety

Published September 15, 2014 CST

Willis Group Holdings P.L.C. has named former Marsh L.L.C. executive Scott Hull as executive vice president and head of surety.

Former New York Mets executive sues team owner for pregnancy discrimination

Published September 11, 2014 CST

A former New York Mets executive says one of the team’s co-owners routinely harassed, humiliated and eventually fired her because he objected to her being pregnant and unmarried, according to a federal lawsuit.

Gallagher captive manager Artex discloses it's subject to IRS probe

Published September 10, 2014 CST

Artex Risk Solutions Inc. has confirmed that it is involved in an Internal Revenue Service probe into captive insurers formed under 831(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Hospital, food producer charged with pregnancy discrimination by EEOC

Published September 18, 2014 CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Chicago hospital and a Washington state organic fruit producer on charges of pregnancy discrimination.

State, local pension funding stabilizes in 2013

Published September 11, 2014 CST

Pension funding at both the state and local levels appears to be stabilizing, according to the 12th annual public pension funding review announced Wednesday by Loop Capital Markets.

Senior execs increasingly more hands-on in medical stop-loss decisions: Study

Published August 29, 2014 CST

As high-cost medical claims continue to rise among employers that self-insure their group health benefits, the number of senior executives, financial officers and risk managers involving themselves in their company's decisions regarding stop-loss insurance is also increasing.

Gallagher buys Connecticut-based benefits consultant

Published September 09, 2014 CST

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. on Tuesday announced the purchase of Everett James Inc., a Ridgefield, Connecticut-based employee benefits broker and consultant.

Appeals court upholds gay marriage rights in Indiana, Wisconsin

Published September 04, 2014 CST

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled unanimously Thursday in favor of gay and lesbian couples seeking equal marriage rights and benefits in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Missouri workers comp law bars negligence lawsuit against co-worker: Court

Published September 10, 2014 CST

A construction worker can't file a negligence action against his supervisor despite the fact that the exclusive remedy provisions of Missouri's workers compensation law didn't cover co-workers at the time he was injured.

California law guarantees workers three paid sick days a year

Published September 10, 2014 CST

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday legislation that provides California workers with up to 24 hours or three days of paid sick leave per year.

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

Published August 20, 2014 CST

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.

Larger buyers slow to adopt electronic insurance placement

Published August 31, 2014 CST

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.

Cover offered via Lloyd's syndicates for commercial marijuana industry

Published August 22, 2014 CST

A recently formed insurance agency is offering the commercial marijuana industry general liability and related insurance coverage on a surplus lines basis through several Lloyd's of London syndicates.

U.S. to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers

Published August 22, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained in Vicodin and other addictive drugs.

Electronic platforms linking brokers and insurers common

Published August 31, 2014 CST

While the direct sale of commercial insurance through online channels remains limited, using online platforms to link insurance intermediaries and insurers has become commonplace.