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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

New AIG Cyber Model to Evaluate, Score Client Cyber Risk
American International Group, Inc. has launched a new cyber benchmarking model that quantifies and scores client cyber risk. The AIG model evaluates a client’s cyber security maturity against 10 common attack patterns across 11 commonly used technology devices. The model …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 5:56 PM
Arkansas Medical Board OKs Draft Regulations Aimed at Curbing Opioid Abuse
The Arkansas State Medical Board has approved draft regulations aimed at reducing opioid abuse. The board unanimously voted in favor of the regulations on Dec. 7. The requirements are based on guidelines issued last year by the federal Centers for …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 5:34 PM
5 Sentenced in Ohio for Insurance Fraud
The Ohio Department of Insurance reported that five people were recently sentenced for insurance-related crimes following investigations by the department. Clermont County/Shandell Thomas and Aaron Thomas In October, Shandell Thomas, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in court to five years of …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 5:18 PM
Texas Workers’ Comp Commissioner: Post-Harvey Deadline Extensions to End in January
The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation has issued a bulletin announcing a date for the end of extensions for workers’ comp deadlines and procedures related to Hurricane Harvey. Due to gubernatorial disaster proclamations issued after Hurricane …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 5:12 PM
Safety Group Says GM’s In-Car Shopping App Encourages Distracted Driving
A new in-car application from General Motors Co. that lets drivers order coffee and browse for hotels while behind the wheel has been met with outcry from a prominent safety group. The app, dubbed Marketplace, allows drivers to browse deals …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 5:08 PM
Special Reuters Report: The High Cost of Building in High Flood Risk Areas
When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house. Muddy floodwater submerged the furniture and ruined carpet inside the construction worker’s …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 5:00 PM
Woman Wounded in Las Vegas Shooting Drops ‘Bump Stock’ Maker from Suit
The maker of a rapid-fire gun accessory that police say was used in the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 people and left hundreds injured at an open-air concert on the Las Vegas Strip has been removed from a …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 3:51 PM
Small Quake Confirmed in Central Alaska
A magnitude 3.3 earthquake has hit central Alaska, the Alaska Earthquake Center confirmed. The center reported that the earthquake struck at 3:28 a.m. Sunday and its epicenter was 30 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs, which has fewer than 100 …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 3:46 PM
California Opens Online System to License New Marijuana Businesses
California has began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state’s legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market. After months in development, an online system launched and will allow retailers, distributors and testing …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 3:44 PM
California Commissioner Wants Halt to Moratoriums in Wildfire Areas
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has issued a formal notice to insurers directing them to cease any and all moratoriums on auto insurance and reminding them that California law prohibits the practice. Jones issued the notice in response to insurers …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 3:33 PM

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