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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.…

POSTED SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 1:55 PM
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…

POSTED SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 1:22 PM
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…

POSTED SEPTEMBER 01, 2016 1:23 PM
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

Alera Group Acquires Menath Insurance in Nevada
Alera Group has acquired Incline Village, Nev.-based Menath Insurance. Terms of the deal were not announced. Menath Insurance also has offices in Reno, and South Lake Tahoe, as well as in Susanville, Caif. Alera Group announced last week it acquired …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 5:22 PM
BNSF: Train Derailed in Iowa; Estimated 230,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled
An estimated 230,000 gallons (870,619 liters) of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday. BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said 14 of 32 oil tanker cars just south …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 4:48 PM
Lessons Learned From Hurricane Harvey Highlighted in Zurich Report
An inconsistent regulatory environment and a lack of awareness by residents of the potential flooding dangers in and around Houston were among the factors that contributed to the heavy damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, according to a report released on …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 4:40 PM
Missouri’s Thomas Insurance Advisors Adds Johnson as Insurance Broker
Thomas Insurance Advisors in Chesterfield, Missouri, has hired Travis Johnson as an insurance broker. Johnson will provide specialized insurance products and services to small and mid-sized businesses. He also will handle automobile and homeowners’ insurance options for both new and …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 4:38 PM
Marsh to Acquire Houston’s Wortham Insurance
Global insurance broker, Marsh, is acquiring Houston-based Wortham Insurance. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018, were not disclosed. Founded in 1915, Wortham has more than 530 colleagues based in its Austin, …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 4:36 PM
Quy Receives IIAT’s 2018 Drex Foreman Award; Crocker Named Young Agent of Year
The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) honored IIAT Director Cindy Quy with its Drex Foreman Award during the group’s 121st Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Antonio on June 15. Named after Drex Foreman, who served as the …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 4:34 PM
Missouri Exempts Some Commercial Insurance Policies from Rate Filing Rules
Missouri’s General Assembly has passed, and the governor has signed, a bill that exempts some commercial insurance policies and endorsements from rate filing requirements. The summary of SB 594 on the legislative website states that it “exempts certain lines and …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 4:31 PM
Several Lawsuits Allege Racial Profiling in Oregon Businesses
Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were “shopping while black.” A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 3:04 PM
Honolulu Bills Aimed at Taxi, Ridesharing Companies
Officials in Honolulu, Hawaii are introducing two bills that would make regulations on traditional taxicab companies more in line with regulations on ridesharing companies. Taxi companies such as Charley’s, The Cab and EcoCab have voiced disappointment over upstart transportation companies …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 2:58 PM
Energy Company Cited for 25 Safety Violations After Fatality at N.H. Plant
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited EWP Renewable Corp., doing business as Springfield Power LLC, for 25 safety violations after an employee suffered fatal injuries when he was pulled into a conveyor at …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 2:08 PM

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