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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

Verisk: Texas 2nd in Number of Households at Risk for Wildfire The 2017 Verisk Wildfire Risk Analysis shows that Texas is ranked second behind California for the number of households at high or extreme risk from wildfire. The analysis determined …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 4:40 PM
General Indemnity Group Acquires Kansas’ Surety Support Services
General Indemnity Group LLC (GIG), a subsidiary of Boston Omaha Corp., has acquired Surety Support Services Inc., of Overland Park, Kansas. Tracing its origins back almost 40 years, Surety Support Services (SSS) provides surety-only services to contractors, insurance agents, brokers …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 4:31 PM
TWFG Honors Top Producers
Successful insurance agents with The Woodlands, Texas-based TWFG received official recognition and awards during TWFG’s recent convention. President and CEO Gordy Bunch inducted 20 new members into the insurance services’ Million Dollar Club, bringing its membership up to 81 “super …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 4:27 PM
Ex-Iowa Seed Company Exec Files $80M Suit over Firing
An executive for a prominent Iowa seed company is alleging he was wrongly fired by Iowa’s richest man and deprived his right to acquire $80 million worth of corporate stock. Joseph Saluri filed a lawsuit against billionaire Harry H. Stine …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 4:14 PM
Missouri Finally Creating Prescription Drug-Monitoring Plan
Missouri became the final state to create a prescription drug-monitoring program on July 17 when Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order aimed at combatting a scourge that killed more than 900 residents last year. The announcement surprised lawmakers, …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 4:13 PM
Cash Contents of Wisconsin Bank Vault Destroyed in Flood
Recent flooding destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank. Fox River State Bank president Keith Polleck refused to disclose how much money was ruined, but said the Federal Reserve will have to replace every dollar. …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 4:12 PM
Fire Investigators Pinpoint Unit Where Deadly Honolulu High-Rise Blaze Began
Fire investigators said the apartment where a deadly fire began in a Honolulu high-rise was near the two units on the 26th floor where the bodies of three victims were found, but they’re still working to determine the cause. The …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 2:46 PM
Fire Destroys 3 Mobile Homes in Oregon, 2 Were Uninured
A fire southeast of Eugene, Ore., destroyed three mobile homes and sent a man to a Portland hospital. Residents of the mobile home park tell The Register-Guard that two dogs and four cats died. The fire happened Monday at the …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 2:43 PM
Yosemite Park Wildfire Burns Dozens of Structures And Heads Toward California Towns
A wildfire in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee  towns but fire crews have been able to stop it from reaching a threatened community on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 2:38 PM
Massachusetts SJC Rules in Favor of Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled in favor of a woman who was fired by her employer for testing positive for her prescribed use of marijuana to treat a medical condition. The court found that because medical marijuana was …

POSTED JULY 20, 2017 2:26 PM

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