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Mid-market consultant Benefits Resource joins Digital Benefits Advisors

By: Matt Dunning

Published September 17, 2014 - 1:58pm 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.

Insurers turn to big data to help identify risks

Published September 17, 2014 - 1:43pm CST

(Reuters) — Insurance companies are increasingly turning to "big data" from satellites, social media and even cigarette sales at gas stations to help identify risks and build up customer profiles.

Scott Thomas to lead specialty property/casualty lines at Schinnerer

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 17, 2014 - 12:40pm CST

Victor O. Schinnerer & Co. has named Scott P. Thomas senior vice president and senior underwriting manager leading the property/casualty segment of the architects and engineers program and the international property/casualty program of the underwriting manager.

Cambodia deploys troops as garment workers renew wage campaign

Published September 17, 2014 - 12:22pm CST

(Reuters) — Cambodia deployed armed troops in its capital on Wednesday as garment workers held rallies to revive a campaign for higher wages that had helped stoke a year-long political crisis.

Standardized technology would benefit excess and surplus lines: NAPSLO speaker

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 17, 2014 - 12:16pm CST

ATLANTA — The lack of standardized technologies is a primary source of inefficiency in excess and surplus lines, according to speakers at the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices Ltd.'s annual conference in Atlanta.

Sedgwick expands with specialized insurance claims service acquisition

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 17, 2014 - 11:52am CST

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire T&H Global Holdings L.L.C. and its subsidiaries, the Memphis, Tennessee-based third-party administrator said Wednesday.

Insurance groups hail House approval of capital standards bill

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published September 17, 2014 - 11:43am CST

Insurance groups are welcoming the House's approval on Tuesday of legislation that would give the Federal Reserve more leeway in determining accounting standards.

GAO report warns of security risks in U.S. health care website

Published September 17, 2014 - 11:14am CST

(Reuters) —, President Barack Obama's health insurance exchange, has security and privacy protection vulnerabilities, a U.S. government watchdog reported Tuesday, nearly a year after the website's troubled rollout.

Merry Maids franchisee settles EEOC pregnancy bias suit for $40,000

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 17, 2014 - 11:04am CST

A Wisconsin Merry Maids franchisee has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pregnancy discrimination lawsuit, the agency said.

Coke, J&J join big companies behind new employee wellness push

Published September 17, 2014 - 10:35am CST

(Reuters) — Leaders of some of the biggest U.S. corporations unveiled a campaign on Tuesday to reduce the nation's health care costs, urging their peers to embrace wellness programs to improve employee health.

IN FOCUS Video: Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness

Published September 16, 2014 - 4:08pm CST

In our latest video report, we speak with industry experts about how homeowners, businesses and communities can be best prepared to cope with hurricanes and other costly natural disasters.

Wilson Sonsini tech engineer charged with insider trading

Published September 16, 2014 - 4:02pm CST

(Reuters) — An information technology engineer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati was arrested Tuesday and charged with insider trading on information he learned while working at the prominent Silicon Valley law firm.

Enrollment in high-deductible health plans keeps growing: Report

By: Jerry Geisel

Published September 16, 2014 - 3:01pm CST

Enrollment in high-deductible health insurance plans, including consumer-driven health plans, continues to grow, the National Center for Health Statistics said in a report Tuesday.

OFF BEAT: Beware the badger and other insurance claim follies

Published September 16, 2014 - 1:08pm CST

“Beware the Badger” would have been sound advice for a 71-year old woman from Bath, England, who locked a badger in her shed only to have it smash through a wall to escape, leading to an insurance claim.

Navigators launches cyber liability and data breach insurance

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 16, 2014 - 1:01pm 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.