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Attacks on hospital nurses trigger state laws to protect them

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

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

Cyber breaches could prompt cooperation in Congress

By: Judy Greenwald

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

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.

NIST revealing next steps to bolster cyber security

By: Judy Greenwald

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, which proposed a voluntary cyber security framework for critical U.S. infrastructure last year, plans to issue a report next month on its intended next steps.

Workers compensation insurer rate cuts may follow profitable 2014

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Workers compensation insurers could see their first year of underwriting profitability in nearly a decade due to rate increases, an improving economy, and a focus on data analytics that has helped improve underwriting and workplace safety.

Many private health exchange options for post-65 retirees

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

There are as many as 100 private exchange options available to employers offering post-65 retiree health benefits, according to research by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Supreme Court reviewing pivotal health insurance exchange premium subsidy case

By: Jerry Geisel

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The ability of employers to slash their early retiree health care costs will depend on the outcome of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether federal premium subsidies authorized by the health care reform law can be used by retirees to purchase coverage in federal health insurance exchanges.

Competition may lead to more mergers of London market brokers

By: Sarah Veysey

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

More mergers and acquisitions among London market insurance brokers are likely if current market conditions persist.

Insurers prepare to comply with tax rules for offshore accounts

By: Matthew Lerner

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Even as the insurance industry moves to meet the first reporting deadlines under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the law and compliance remain works in progress.

Insurance industry PACs back Republican winners in congressional races

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Property/casualty insurance industry political action committees did well in the midterm elections, and officials say member input was crucial to their success.

Employers focus on health insurance plans providing better care and lower costs

By: Matt Dunning

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

WASHINGTON — Employers and health insurers are pursuing fresh benefit plan designs and communication strategies aimed at reducing medical costs and improving overall health conditions among employees and their families.

Construction labor shortage raises safety concerns

By: Bill Kenealy

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

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.

EEOC disability investigation of Royal Caribbean ruled too broad

By: Judy Greenwald

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

A recent appeals court ruling chastising the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for issuing an overly broad and burdensome subpoena in a discrimination case is expected to help other employers combat similar orders.

NAIC supports adding to list of qualified reinsurance jurisdictions

By: Sarah Veysey

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

While a group representing London market underwriters welcomes a National Association of Insurance Commissioners recommendation that five international regulators be added to its list of qualified jurisdictions, the International Underwriting Association says it does not go far enough in leveling the playing field for overseas reinsurers operating in the United States.

COMMENTARY: TRIA needs to be addressed by Congress

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Political prediction is an iffy business at best, particularly when Congress is involved. After all, some observers thought lawmakers would have extended the federal terrorism insurance backstop created by the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 long before its Dec. 31 sunset. They didn't, and the issue remains for the current lame-duck session to decide.

OPINION: Hopes high for bipartisan agreement on cyber security legislation

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

It's about time — and long overdue.That's our reaction to many experts' belief that there is, at long last, a good chance of Congress and the president finally agreeing on cyber security legislation. Even if there is not total agreement on every single issue, legislation would be more than welcome at this point after years of risk managers standing by in dismay as they watch the political...

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