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Gatorade's workplace fitness program not your average wellness initiative

Published October 29, 2014 CST

Imagine setting a fitness goal — and then announcing it to your entire workplace. Or joining your office-mates in a daily round of planks or jumping jacks.

Federal judge blocks new HHS workaround for birth-control coverage

Published October 30, 2014 CST

A federal judge in Florida on Tuesday jumped into the latest round in the legal wrangling over a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision involving birth-control coverage and how it applies to religious institutions.

Arthur J. Gallagher reports $1.29B in third quarter revenue

Published October 28, 2014 CST

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. reported on Tuesday that its third-quarter revenue rose 53.9% over the same period a year ago to $1.29 billion, driven in large part by its ongoing acquisitions and a healthy rating environment.

Hub International acquires benefits consultant Laurus Strategies

Published October 29, 2014 CST

Chicago-based Hub International Midwest, a division of broker Hub International Ltd., is acquiring the assets of Laurus Strategies, an employee benefits, human resource technology and global benefits consulting business also based in Chicago.

IRS announces maximum 401(k) plan contribution limits for 2015

Published October 23, 2014 CST

The maximum contribution that can be made to 401(k) plans in 2015 will rise to $18,000, up from the current $17,500 limit, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.

Idaho workers comp rates mostly stable for 2015

Published October 29, 2014 CST

Idaho employers will see a “slight” reduction in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, the state Department of Insurance said Monday.

Guy Carpenter practice to focus on health care providers and insurers

Published October 27, 2014 CST

Guy Carpenter & Co. L.L.C. is launching a U.S. Healthcare & Life Specialty Practice that will focus on the needs of health care providers and insurers, the New York-based reinsurance brokerage said Monday.

Workers comp reform hasn't helped Illinois' construction industry

Published October 13, 2014 CST

It's been three years since sweeping reforms to Illinois workers compensation laws reduced the costs for treating injured employees. But those in the construction industry say they have yet to see meaningful reductions in premium costs.

Ace excludes Ebola claims for some new and renewal general liability policies

Published October 21, 2014 CST

Ace USA confirmed Tuesday that it will exclude coverage for Ebola claims under new and renewal general liability polices issued to companies that have exposures to certain African countries.

Colorado's September hailstorm insured damage estimated at $213.3M

Published October 13, 2014 CST

A Sept. 29 hailstorm that pounded parts of Colorado's Front Range has been ranked as the state's 8th most expensive hailstorm on record, racking up an estimated $213.3 million in insured losses.

HHS form for health reform law reinsurance fee to be available Friday

Published October 21, 2014 CST

A long-awaited form employers will use to provide the HHS with information regulators will need to calculate the amount of a “reinsurance” fee mandated by the health care reform law will be available online starting Friday.

Mississippi worker driving without headlights, seat belt entitled to comp

Published October 03, 2014 CST

A Mississippi worker who was in an auto accident while driving a company-owned vehicle with the headlights off and no seat belt on should receive workers compensation benefits, a divided Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Financial institutions identify cyber risk as major concern: Survey

Published October 23, 2014 CST

A total of 84% of global financial institutions identified cyber risk as one of their top five concerns in a third-quarter survey by Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.

Workers' compensation rates drop again in Michigan

Published October 15, 2014 CST

Businesses in Michigan are continuing to see savings in their workers compensation rates and have saved more than $277 million since 2011, a fact the state now touts to companies interested in coming to Michigan.

Product helps small and midsize firms measure cyber attack readiness

Published October 21, 2014 CST

Information technology solutions provider eManagement Inc. has developed a new tool to help small and midsize businesses measure their readiness to respond to and recover from cyber security attacks.

Business Insurance names 2014 Women to Watch

Published October 08, 2014 CST

Business Insurance on Wednesday announced the honorees for its 2014 Women to Watch recognition program.

Berkshire-owned Dairy Queen says customer data hacked in 46 states

Published October 10, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Ice cream and fast-food restaurant chain Dairy Queen has confirmed a security breach that may have compromised the payment card information of customers at several hundred locations across 46 U.S. states.

Illinois workers not required to give notice before seeking treatment: Court

Published September 29, 2014 CST

Courts rule that Illinois employers can't require workers to provide notice prior to seeking medical treatment for workplace injuries.

Travelers sues P.F. Chang's to avoid paying breach costs

Published October 13, 2014 CST

A Travelers Cos. unit has filed suit against P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. seeking a judicial declaration that it is not obligated to provide indemnity coverage or defense costs in connection with a data breach announced earlier this year.

Employers taking action to avoid ACA excise tax

Published October 16, 2014 CST

Forty percent of employers say they expect at least one of their health care plans to be affected by a health care reform law-authorized excise tax — unless they act — with many already taking steps to reduce the likelihood that they will be hit by the tax.

Marsh to acquire flood insurance specialist Torrent Technologies

Published October 20, 2014 CST

Marsh L.L.C has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Torrent Technologies Inc., Marsh said Monday.

Ironshore expanding into agriculture sector

Published October 20, 2014 CST

Ironshore International, a unit of Hamilton, Bermuda-based Ironshore Inc., said Monday it plans to enter the agriculture sector, offering capacity limits of up to $10 million, with the appointment of a divisional director.

Hartford offers commercial auto discounts to encourage driver safety

Published October 15, 2014 CST

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. has added premium discounts and other rewards to its commercial auto policy to encourage driver safety among small and midsize businesses.

NCCI recommends Kansas workers comp rate cut of 10.4% in 2015

Published September 25, 2014 CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a 10.4% decrease in Kansas workers compensation advisory rates for 2015.

Hub names president for national employee benefits practice

Published October 13, 2014 CST

Mike Barone has been named president of Hub International Ltd.’s national employee benefits practice, a newly created position charged with directing and enhancing Hub’s investments in employee benefits products and solutions for middle-market employers, the company reported.