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July 25, 2022

These Three Trends Could Have Big Implications for Workers’ Compensation

Legislation surrounding the gig economy, single-payer health insurance and marijuana legalization all have the potential to impact the U.S. workers’ compensation system, according to a National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) report. Digital platforms such as Uber ushered in a modern gig economy and renewed public discourse on worker classification. Proposals in numerous states would...

July 21, 2022

Water Damage: As Disruptive as Major Fires, Explosions

Water-related events can be particularly devastating in buildings with extensive damageable interior finishes such as carpeting, drywall and furniture — all which are significantly more vulnerable to water damage than buildings without these finishes. While many companies have risk management programs that address various types of incidents and crises, most are not aware of the water damage...

July 20, 2022

New Mental Health Crisis Dialing Code Launched July 16

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline) launched nationwide on July 16. Similar to dialing 911 for medical emergencies, people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis can call or text 988 and be connected immediately to trained counselors who will listen, provide support and connect them to resources if necessary. The three-digit dialing code is...

July 19, 2022

Early Preparation Is Crucial for 2023 Open Enrollment

The job market is still dealing with the after effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers are taking stock of their circumstances and considering which employment perks matter the most. Specifically, employees are increasingly more concerned about their physical and mental health, financial security and work-life balance than before the pandemic. Many employers have responded by...

July 15, 2022

2022 Midyear Market Outlook: Cyber Insurance

The past year has seen a rapidly hardening cyber insurance market as cyberattacks have surged in both cost and frequency. This increase in attacks has, in turn, resulted in a rise in cyber insurance claims and subsequent underwriting losses. Amid these market conditions, most policyholders experienced higher cyber insurance rates at their 2022 renewals, with...

July 14, 2022

Managing Safety With Tablets and Smartphones at the Jobsite

With construction workers able to access the digital tools they need from a hand-held device that connects to the Internet, workers are more likely to use the device while moving or trying to complete multiple tasks, posing a safety risk for everyone. How we work has changed drastically over the last few years. Employees can...

July 13, 2022

2022 Midyear Market Outlook: Commercial Property Insurance

The commercial property insurance market has hardened in recent years, with consistent rate increases since the third quarter of 2017. These rate increases were evident in the beginning of 2022, with first-quarter rates rising by an average of 7.6%, according to industry data. Similar pricing trends occurred in the reinsurance markets during the same period...

July 12, 2022

The Hybrid Workplace is Here to Stay

One of the largest changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic to the workplace was the popularization of remote work. Industries that previously operated solely from offices realized almost overnight that they could operate without everyone under a single roof. With the pandemic on the wane and restrictions being eased, many workers have expressed interest...

July 8, 2022

How to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

All heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Yet, an average of 658 people die each year as a result of exposure to extreme heat. The summer before last, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) did an in-depth study on heat exposure. It revealed that more than one-quarter of the U.S. population suffered from symptoms such as nausea,...

July 7, 2022

Who Needs Earthquake Coverage and Why

Natural disasters are events that create fear. When you add the flavor of how these events are reported, the fear is ratcheted up significantly, especially when you’re not accustomed to a particular event. For someone who grew up in an area where snowstorms were common, in an era before the Weather Channel decided to name...