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Amlin stumbles on reduced investment results

By: Sarah Veysey

Published March 02, 2015 - 10:04am CST

Amlin P.L.C. posted pre-tax profit of 258.7 million ($399.3 million) for 2014, down 21% from 2013, in a more challenging trading environment, according to its CEO Charles Philipps.

Berkshire insurance 'superstar' could fill Buffett's shoes

Published March 02, 2015 - 9:52am CST

(Reuters) — Warren Buffett, at a news conference in Bengaluru, India, in 2011, lavishly praised Berkshire Hathaway executive Ajit Jain for smoothly running much of the conglomerate's insurance businesses.

States consider workers compensation reform

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Illinois and Wisconsin are expected to lead the way in state legislation proposed in 2015 to reduce workers compensation system costs, though sweeping comp reforms are not expected in most states this year.

Energy workers’ strike over staffing and pay puts spotlight on safety issues

By: Bill Kenealy

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

A strike by nearly 7,000 workers at 15 petroleum refineries coupled with a recent explosion at a Torrance, California, plant that injured four workers highlight safety issues inherent to the industry.

Tennessee considering workers comp opt-out

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Backers hope Tennessee becomes the third state to allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system, but experts expect most employers would stay in the system to realize savings from recent reforms.

Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative raises safety concerns

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative triggers questions about how it would affect workplace safety.

Tanker crashes renew call for federal scrutiny of rail safety

By: Douglas McLeod

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The derailment and explosion of an oil tanker train in West Virginia last month has revived calls for greater train safety measures, but this and other recent accidents are having little effect on the rail insurance market.

NARAB could become a reality in two years

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Agents' and brokers' longtime dream of establishing a national clearinghouse for nonresident state licensing could become a reality in two years.

Food processing worker safety improving, but injury rates still high

By: Bill Kenealy

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The worker safety record in the food processing business has long lagged other sectors, but advances in ergonomics and automation are helping close the gap.

Food production tough to automate

By: Bill Kenealy

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Unlike many other manufacturing processes, food processing does not always lend itself well to automation.

New same-sex marriage rules simplify FMLA benefits for employers

By: Matt Dunning

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

New regulations mandating federal emergency leave for all married same-sex couples may require employers to revise their policies and provide additional training, but it also should provide some administrative relief for benefit managers and human resources professionals.

Drone insurance cover set to take off

By: Judy Greenwald

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Insurers are eager to provide coverage for unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, now that the Federal Aviation Administration has issued long-awaited proposed regulations for commercial use.

IRS rules on health reform excise tax may lead to rethink of group plan design

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Many employers are likely to redesign the fastest growing group health plan design — high-deductible plans linked to health savings accounts — in the wake of forthcoming Internal Revenue Service regulations.

IRS lays out thinking related to areas of health reform law's excise tax

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

In its notice about upcoming rules to implement the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans in 2018, the IRS laid out its thinking related to several areas of the health care reform law's excise tax.

Former AIG chief Robert Benmosche dies at 70

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Former American International Group Inc. President and CEO Robert H. Benmosche, who had battled cancer for five years, died Friday in New York. He was 70.

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