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Employers’ wearable device policies should control and restrict use

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Employer policies addressing wearable devices should be adapted to each workplace and incorporate who is permitted to use the devices, when they can and cannot be used, and where they can and cannot be used.

Home Depot, Apple cyber attacks highlight variety of methods used by hackers

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Recent highly publicized cyber attacks against Home Depot and Apple highlight the variety of methods hackers can use to steal sensitive customer data, as well the crisis management strategies companies can take in the wake of an attack.

High-deductible plans and wellness programs keep health care costs low

By: Jerry Geisel

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Employers' move to high-deductible health plans and greater use of generic drugs and wellness programs are limiting increases in health care costs, with no sign that premiums will surge in the near future.

Wearable devices can be used by employers to track worker health and safety

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Wearable devices could help employers improve the health and safety of their workers.

Wearable devices soar in popularity and pose new privacy risks to employers

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Employers should prepare for thorny privacy and liability issues likely to emerge with the growing popularity of wearable devices, such as Google Glass, and their inevitable appearance in the workplace.

Home Depot has $105 million in cyber insurance to cover data breach

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Home Depot Inc. has a total of $105 million in cyber coverage, with American International Group Inc. providing the first layer of $10 million of primary coverage above its self-insured retention, market sources say.

Brokers diverge in investments in risk management information systems

By: Rodd Zolkos And Bill Kenealy

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Aon P.L.C.'s decision to sell its risk management information system unit, Aon eSolutions Inc., to an affiliate of Palo Alto, California-based private equity firm Symphony Technology Group provides a study in contrasting RMIS approaches by the world's two largest insurance brokers.

NCCI recommends lower workers compensation rates for 15 states

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

An improving workers compensation market — including better policy underwriting, increasing comp premiums and a national decline in claim frequency — is driving the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. to recommend more decreases in state workers comp rates for next year.

2013 California workers comp reforms will define market for years to come

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

DANA POINT, Calif. — Legislative actions at the state and federal level will continue to define the California workers compensation market for years to come, according to experts monitoring the effect of recent workers comp reforms in the state.

Aging insurance industry seeks to replenish its ranks with young recruits

By: Matthew Lerner

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

DALLAS — The insurance industry has jobs to offer because up to one-quarter of the current workforce could retire in the next several years, as well as opportunities that range from working from home to learning about the jungle.

U.S. insurer trade groups balk at proposed IAIS meeting protocol changes

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

U.S. insurer trade groups fear a proposed change in how the International Association of Insurance Supervisors conducts some meetings will hamper their ability to influence international regulatory policy at a crucial juncture.

COMMENTARY: Rise of Islamic State reinforces importance of TRIA extension

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Whether you call it ISIS or ISIL, the rise of the Islamic State comes as a terrifying reminder of the nature of the terrorism threat to the United States and the rest of the world.

OPINION: Wearable devices present new risks and challenges for employers

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Ready or not, here they come. Wearable devices that is. The Apple Watch, which was introduced with much fanfare last week, is the latest example of this hot trend in consumer electronics, but it will not be the last. And their expected popularity in the consumer marketplace means sooner or later they will be a factor in the workplace, with workers either bringing in their own cherished devices,...

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

By: Roseanne White Geisel

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

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

Cultural differences, insurance laws challenge global wellness strategies

By: Matt Dunning

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

American employers hoping to expand their workplace wellness strategies globally must account for variations in the needs and resources of their foreign-based employees to effectively design, implement and monitor wellness programs overseas.

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