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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

Drugs in Workplace a Danger to Workers and Drag on Productivity
At Philip Tulkoff’s food-processing plant in Baltimore, machines grind tough horseradish roots into puree. “If you put your arm in the wrong place,” the owner says, “and you’re not paying attention, it’s going to pull you in.” It’s not a …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 5:00 AM
Generali Chief Underwriting Officer Sees His Job as Part Science, Part Art
Bill Skapof, chief underwriting officer and head of global corporate and commercial in North America for Generali, considers underwriting as much art as it is science. Skapof has more than 30 years of global insurance experience developing product, distribution and …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 5:00 AM
Judge Dismisses Challenge to Kentucky Medical Marijuana Ban
Kentucky’s ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial test in court, with a judge ruling Wednesday that the state has a good reason to “curtail citizens’ possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug.” Twenty-nine other states have legalized marijuana in …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 4:41 AM
Florida Suspends License of Nursing Home After 9th Patient Dies
Florida officials have suspended the license of a nursing home that had nine patients die after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning. The Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday that it suspended the license of the Rehabilitation Center …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 4:20 AM
Power Restored For All But 75K Florida Residents, But Utilities Face Criticism
After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago. But …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 4:15 AM
Berkley FinSecure Taps Mynatt as Southeast Territory Director
Berkley FinSecure, a Berkley Company, has added Stephen Scott Mynatt as Southeast territory director. In his role, Mynatt will focus on promoting Berkley FinSecure to financial institutions through agents and brokers in the territory that will include Georgia, Florida, North …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 4:10 AM
Insurance Industry Tallies Irma’s Mounting Losses in Florida
With two Florida landfalls in the same day, Hurricane Irma‘s destructive wind and flood damage could cost up to $65 billion for both insured and uninsured losses, according to a recent estimate by CoreLogic. Residential property flood loss is estimated …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 4:05 AM
Woodruff-Sawyer Names Kyle Vice President in Oregon
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Brandi Kyle vice president in employee benefits in the firm’s Portland, Ore. office. Kyle has 15 years of insurance experience. She was previously with Wells Fargo Insurance as an employee benefits consultant. She was a …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 6:12 PM
Employer Leadership in Disaster Recovery and the Power of Return-to-Work
Businesses and their leaders have a unique role to play in helping communities and individuals recover from the devastation of a storm like Hurricane Harvey, and they should not underestimate the power of getting employees back to work and re-establishing …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 6:00 PM
Texans Helping Texans: Independent MGAs Join Forces for Targeted Harvey Relief
A group of independently owned Texas managing general agents (MGAs) have come together to provide targeted, direct, local relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Texas MGAs for Disaster Relief is working with local officials and emergency coordinators to identify …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 4:30 PM

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