Is a Group Captive Right for Your Business?

Denise Gillin Business Insurance, Risk Management

If your organization has a strong business culture that prioritizes employee health and safety and a history of low claims, you can: Have greater control over claim management. Know every penny spent on insurance is accounted for. Take the surprises out of renewal time. In less than four minutes, this video can help you determine if a captive is a good fit for your company. To further discuss the captive options we have available, contact Lori Harris, AAI, CPIA, Captive Director / Account Executive at 717.381.3477 or email her at lharris@murrayins.com. Murray is proud to be a part of AssuredPartners, committed to providing Power Through Partnership.

AssuredPartners: 10 Years of Growth Based on Relationships

Denise Gillin Insurance, News

By Jim Henderson, Chairman and CEO, AssuredPartners for Business Insurance Consolidation has been an ongoing part of insurance distribution for many years. At AssuredPartners, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our founding. In that time, we have become one of the largest and fast­est-growing brokerages in the United States. But our story is more than just achieving a high level of growth. AssuredPartners is all about building lasting relationships – with our clients, our asso­ciates, our agency partners, and the insurance companies with which we do business to solve our clients’ risk management needs. A lot has changed in a decade, and as we look back since our founding in 2011, we have seen some of those changes. Certainly many …

DOT: Red Flag Violations and the Worst 1%

Denise Gillin Insurance, News, Risk Management

By Andy Engardio for AssuredPartners.com The DOT Auditor is on the lookout for any potential violations. They will build your carrier profile before they even arrive at your office for audit. In that profile, they will compile all public and non-public federal data available regarding your company. There are several reports that they will pull and review to build this profile. Two of the reports the DOT will review: Red Flag Violations Worst 1%ers Both reports are federal programs, which means they are non-public, and they are based on road-side inspections. Also, since they aren’t public, there is no real way to prepare for the results of these. The Red Flag Violations report highlights 16 violations that are considered to …

Seven Critical Risks Facing the Agriculture Industry

Denise Gillin Agribusiness, Insurance, News, Risk Management

By Autumn Demberger for RiskAndInsurance.com Everyone needs to eat — it’s right there at level one on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, after all. But how often do we take the time to think about where our food comes from? What needs to happen to bring us together around the table each night to share our stories and connect with our loved ones? Those in the agriculture sector know a thing or two about the process behind stocking the grocery store shelves. There’s sowing and weeding and watering and raising livestock, for one thing. And then there’s managing the risks. Click here to find out more about the key critical risks facing the agriculture industry, from a hardening property insurance market …

U.S. Construction Insurance Market: Expect Higher Prices, Increased Security

Denise Gillin Construction, Insurance, News

By Sedat Kunt for ConstructionExec.com From a shortage of skilled workers to supply chain disruptions to the spiraling cost of essential materials, construction companies face substantial pressures. These risks come at the same time as insurance prices are rising and securing coverage is more challenging, threatening the profitability, and even the viability, of certain projects. Insurance pricing in the U.S. and globally, on average, has been increasing for several quarters. As insurers increase scrutiny on all applications—including extensions—companies in the construction industry are experiencing longer placement and renewal timelines and requests from underwriters for additional information. Read three actions you can take for more effective insurance renewals>>>  

Seven Key Trends Affecting 2021’s Hard Insurance Market

Denise Gillin Insurance, News

By James C. Drinkwater for PropertyCasualty360.com Around the one-year mark since the start of the pandemic, markets began to experience the lasting effects of the challenges presented to them in 2020. While I’m hopeful that there is light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, we’ll likely see hardening market conditions persist throughout 2021. Some of the key trends and factors that marked the insurance industry over the past year or so include: Unpredictable natural disasters lead to a choppy property market in 2021 Lifestyle changes and emerging threats lead to dramatic shifts in cyber The ever-evolving cannabis / CBD industry means growing risks Excessive fee litigation is changing the fiduciary insurance market Opportunity in offshore wind infrastructure spurs a …

Trucking Companies: Insurance Renewal Questions

Denise Gillin Business Insurance, Risk Management

By Tyson Keith for AssuredPartners.com The year of 2021 has already proven to be a record-breaking year for the trucking industry, as there are more active trucking companies now than ever before. According to the Trucking Register’s May 2021 report, there are 13,200 more active authorities than there were in April, which is nearly ten times the average monthly growth of the industry! This creates an issue for truck insurance carriers, as the industry is not equipped to handle the rapid growth. Underwriting companies rely heavily on retail agencies to vet each trucking company and give them the insight they need to properly underwrite each risk. With over 431,000 active trucking companies all renewing their insurance on an annual basis, …

Latest Trends in the Industrial Real Estate Sector Here to Stay

Denise Gillin Insurance, Manufacturing, News

By John Dettleff, Senior Managing Director, Brokerage, JLL for AreaDevelopment.com The United States will need one billion square feet of industrial space over the next five years to keep up with e-commerce demand — one billion! Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, much attention has been paid to the future of office, but the industrial market is experiencing a similar tectonic shift. Prior to the onset of the coronavirus, the increase in online sales was driving growth in the industrial real estate sector. JLL found that nearly 35 percent of all industrial leasing was attributed to e-commerce pre-pandemic. After March 2020, as online sales experienced an explosion in growth, demand for distribution space skyrocketed, accounting for the majority of all industrial leasing …

Non-Profits and the Government Contracting Industry

Denise Gillin Insurance

By Jeff Ramsey for AssuredPartners.com The federal government has determined that non-profits that hire people with disabilities take priority when it comes to products and services that are purchased for, or in service of, the federal government. We will focus on those contracts that fall under the jurisdiction of the Service Contract Act. Non-profit agencies or contractors must adhere to the requirements of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), where there is a fringe allocation for health and welfare benefits. SCA contracts pertain to contracts that perform jobs that fall into the service category. Examples of services that fall under the SCA include, but are not limited to: Custodial work Facilities maintenance Commissary shelf stocking Call centers Administrative service Document …

Risk Management Strategies to Reduce Your Liability

Denise Gillin Business Insurance, Risk Management

By Ashley Wilson for AssuredPartners.com Business leaders are forced with making impossible decisions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not just decisions about keeping their doors open, but decisions ranging from hiring and firing employees, to compensation, and how to provide safe work conditions during these unprecedented times. Unbeknownst to many employers, these difficult decisions are putting their business at risk for an Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) claim. As employment-related lawsuits are on the rise for employers of all sizes, it is critical for employers to understand these exposures in order to manage the risk of an EPLI claim. Read effective risk management strategies to reduce liability>>>