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please, Please, PLEASE Don’t Text and Drive
Last week, a DDM Team Member received the following email from a friend: “[my husband] just called me very upset and asked me to please, please impress upon you to NOT text while you are driving.  He just witnessed an accident on I30 and a young woman ran into the back of an 18 wheeler…

POSTED NOVEMBER 28, 2016 5:59 PM
Electing the Right Coverage
  In this fiery presidential election season, we know full well the impact that our votes can have. You’ve given lots of thought and care to your choice for the next president and you may have already even cast your ballot. But your elections in your personal insurance plan matter just as much. The choices…

POSTED NOVEMBER 08, 2016 6:15 PM
Top 10 Halloween Safety Tips
  Halloween is just around the corner, and many people may not realize how frightening this spooky night could really be for their personal safety, property or bank accounts. Here’s  the Top 10 Halloween Safety Tips that keep families safe:  Tip #10: Think of your pets. DDM advises you to keep your pets inside on…

POSTED OCTOBER 29, 2016 1:59 PM
OSHA Issues New Workplace Safety Rules
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published new rules on discrimination, injury and illness reporting that will impact many businesses across the country. Big “I” agencies should review the rules and share them with their business clients. The new rules prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees for reporting a work-related injury…

POSTED OCTOBER 10, 2016 1:11 PM
Don’t Bite the Bait: Protect Organizations From Phishing Attacks
One Friday afternoon, the treasurer of Platte County, Mo., received an email from the presiding commissioner, requesting the immediate transfer of funds to an out-of-state consultant. The treasurer tried to verify the request, but the commissioner was away on vacation and not easily reachable. Driven by the urgency of the email, the treasurer arranged the…

POSTED OCTOBER 04, 2016 2:46 PM
DOL Increases Penalties on Health Plan Compliance
Marjorie Martin, EA, FSPA, MAAA, is a principal at Xerox HR Services’ Knowledge Resource Center. Fred Farkash, CEBS, Fellow-ISCEBS, is a senior consultant at the firm. This article originally appeared in the July 18, 2016 issue of For Your Information, produced by Xerox HR Services’ Knowledge Resource Center. © 2016 Xerox Corp. All rights reserved.…

Insurance for “Active Shooter” Situations
By Amy O’Connor for The Insurance Journal There’s a new insurance market emerging in light of a disturbing reality in today’s world – active shooter risks. The new coverage is meant to address a gray area in insurance policies that may leave insureds vulnerable to claims in the aftermath of an active shooter incident. Incidents…

What to Do in DFW this Weekend?
Believe it or not, it’s almost time to enjoy another three-day weekend here in the Dallas area. Even though it seems like we were just attending Memorial Day events, it’s already time to start planning what you will be doing this Labor Day. Today we’re going to help you find the best 2016 Labor Day…

Charging Your Mobile Phone: New Threat To Data Security
Research indicates that mobile devices and the data they contain can be compromised by simply plugging into a computer using a USB cable. Charging a mobile device by plugging it into a computer initiates a connection that involves an exchange of data between the devices. The amount of data transferred depends on the mobile device,…

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2016 2:04 PM
Malware Is Surging: How Can Employers Avoid Being Swamped?
Experts recently released a report of malware attacks on U.S. organizations of varying sizes. They found that 46 percent of respondents experienced an attack that had significant repercussions on their business operations. These attacks included ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS), and advanced persistent threats (APT) like keyloggers or phishing. The report indicates organizations spend…

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2016 2:44 PM

News – Insurance Journal

The Death of Underwriting and Underwriters
Underwriting is not dying. It is just being automated into digital algorithms versus analog human beings. Technology’s effect on life insurance underwriting is easiest to show by example. It is also further advanced in many ways. For example, what if …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 4:33 PM
IAT Insurance Acquires Excess and Umbrella Business from Rockhill Insurance
IAT Insurance Group (IAT) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the renewal rights and certain associated assets for a book of surplus lines excess and umbrella insurance business from Rockhill Insurance Group. Rockhill is a subsidiary of State Auto …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 4:22 PM
Liquidation Order Issued for Auto Insurer with More Than 42K Policies in Pennsylvania
A Texas court has issued an order of liquidation for Access Insurance Company, an auto insurer that has 42,785 policies in Pennsylvania. This means Pennsylvanians that currently have auto insurance through Access Insurance will have no later than April 12 …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 4:18 PM
Hamilton Re’s Chief Underwriting Officer Lefebvre to Leave Company
Hamilton Re Ltd., the Bermuda platform for Hamilton Insurance Group, announced that Claude Lefebvre, chief underwriting officer, Partnerships & Casualty Reinsurance, will be leaving the company to pursue other interests. Lefebvre, who was a founding member of Hamilton Re, has …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 4:15 PM
Chinese Tech Giant Baidu to Test Self-Driving Cars in Beijing
China’s capital city has given the green light to tech giant Baidu Inc to test self-driving cars on city streets, an important step as the country looks to bolster its position in the global race for autonomous vehicles. Beijing has …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 3:54 PM
Bank of England Will Soon Update Insurers, Banks on Latest Brexit Approach
The Bank of England said it would update banks and insurers next week on its approach to Brexit given that Britain and the European Union have now adopted a transition deal. “The Bank of England welcomes the EU Council’s conclusion …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 3:01 PM
Utah Subway Shop Suit over Wrongly Accused Worker Dismissed
A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by owners of a Utah Subway shop where a worker was wrongly accused of drugging a police officer’s drink. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson ruled that police in Layton did not implicate …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 2:58 PM
Utah Governor Signs Legislation Allowing Terminally Ill to Use Pot
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill allowing terminally ill people to use certain forms of marijuana. Herbert’s office announced Wednesday that he signed the measure allowing people to use the drug if a doctor has determined they have …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 2:55 PM
California Chief Justice Expects an Influx of Wildfire Claims
California courts are preparing for an influx of lawsuits tied to last year’s historically destructive wildfires and mudslides, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told lawmakers this week in her annual “state of the judiciary” address. Cantil-Sakauye, who has sparred with President …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 2:54 PM
Arsenic in Groundwater? Virginia Coal Ash Case Before Court
Virginia’s largest electric utility asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge’s ruling that the company is violating federal law by discharging arsenic through groundwater into surrounding waters from a coal ash storage site. Dominion Energy argued before …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2018 1:21 PM

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