A Modern Approach to Security Deposits

Nina ConnerBusiness Insurance, Insurance

By Nate Bunty for Murray Housing affordability is one of the hottest current economic topics. Housing stock is down while rents and interest rates are up, and inflation is at its highest in a generation. Existing home sales, new construction, and the rental market are all feeling the effects. For property managers and landlords, this environment requires new creative solutions to address affordability issues; legacy systems need to be rethought and retooled. Emerging alternatives to the traditional security deposit are making renting more attainable while protecting the interests of property owners. Creative Solutions to an Evolving Proble A few enterprising companies have developed alternatives to traditional security deposits that eliminate hassle for landlords or property managers and make newer, better …

Gavel Keeps Falling and General Liability is in the Crosshairs

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, News

By Alex Wright for Risk&Insurance Risk managers and their brokers are restructuring their liability programs as markets shift and underwriters take a closer look at exposures. The general liability market has changed beyond recognition since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ever-increasing economic and social inflation, medical expenses and litigation financing have all resulted in spiraling claim losses and legal costs, which continue to outstrip rates. Added to that, sexual harassment cases are on the rise, and decades-old general liability policies have been exposed as many states have removed limitations on financial recovery and victims have been given more time to file or proceed with claims. Click for more information>>>

PFAS Liability Exposures Are Rising. What Manufacturing Entities Need to Know

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, Senior Living

By Autumn Demberger for Risk & Insurance “PFAS, also known as forever chemicals, are a group of widely used chemicals that serve as a coating to generally enhance or improve the durability of a product,” explained Brian Kramer, manufacturing practice lead at The Hartford. “These types of chemicals have been in use since about the 1930s, with the primary applications focusing on nonstick and waterproof coatings.” Many say PFAS are the “next asbestos,” but unlike its 1970s counterpart, PFAS are still manufactured in products overseas today, which can open companies up to liability and health-related claims. How can manufacturers mitigate the risk>>>

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Cargo Losses Escalate as Thieves Target Cars, Electronics

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, News, Risk Management

By Claire Wilkinson for Business Insurance Cargo theft costs are rising in the U.S. as higher-value goods such as vehicles and electronics are targeted, and as inflation pushes up the cost of goods. Companies can take steps to reduce the risk of theft, including installing tracking technology and hard-locking devices, using teams of drivers, and avoiding theft hotspots, experts say. The Memorial Day weekend typically sees an uptick in cargo theft, with an average from 2017 to 2021 of 29 events per year over the holiday weekend. Read more, including steps to reduce risk>>>

Excess D&O Rates Fall as Competition Heats Up

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, News

By Judy Greenwald for Business Insurance Policyholders saw rate decreases of up to 35% in the July renewals for directors and officers liability risks, fueled by significant capacity in excess layers and increased competition, experts say. Companies that had experienced the biggest increases over the past four years are getting the largest decreases, with limits that were cut during the hard market being restored and retentions lowered. The softening market trend will continue at least through this year and into 2023, experts say. Certain lines, however, remain problematic, including cyber; environmental, social and governance risks; and cryptocurrency-related lines, they say. Read more here>>>

When Phishing Isn’t Phunny. 3 Critical Steps to Take

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, Insurance, Risk Management

By Courtney DuChene for Risk&Insurance.com When it comes to phishing and other business email compromise cyberattacks, the question is not if a company will be targeted; it’s when. Last year, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 19,954 complaints concerning business email compromise attacks, resulting in nearly $2.4 billion in losses. With phishing attacks becoming both common and costly, businesses may be wondering what they can do in the event an attack occurs to limit its scope. Click here to get three critical steps employers should take if they’re exposed to a business email compromise attack. 

Common Construction Risks and How to Manage Them

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, Construction, Risk Management

By Sarah Licata for AssuredPartners Managing projects in the construction industry means managing risk. Every step in a project from before it has even started until after it has been completed can leave you open to potential risks. These are a few of the most common construction risks: Safety Job Site Security Project Steps you can take to mitigate potential loss>>>

Incident Track & The Risk Management Center

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, Senior Living

By Tara Crisp for AssuredPartners One of an employer’s most tedious tasks is tracking incidents and compiling reports on those incidents.  What incidents are you trying to track? Where do you put them all? How do I know if I have a trend? Do I really have to sort through all of my incident reports or loss runs at the end of the year to generate my OSHA 300 logs? Utilizing AssuredPartners Incident Track within the Risk Management Center (RMC) may be your answer to these questions and more. Tell me more>>>

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Nine Critical Commercial Property Risks to Watch

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, Risk Management

By R&I Editorial Team for Risk & Insurance From hurricane season to protests on the street, these are the major property risks of note for businesses of all sizes. Aging Infrastructure Extreme Weather Power Grid Failure Flooding Inflation Valuation Accuracy Protests and Civil Unrest Water Damage Supply Chain Disruption Click for details>>>  

Avoiding Pitfalls in Planning a Return-To-Work Process

Denise GillinBusiness Insurance, Risk Management

By Tara Crisp for AssuredPartners Return-to-work (RTW) is a complex process and understanding it is a valuable tool in an employer’s belt. The process assists the employer with showing employees how they are valued by planning for alternative solutions that will benefit the injured worker financially and psychologically. Thoughtfully executed RTW programs will plan for worst-case scenarios that provide resources for managers to utilize while meeting the needs of the most restricted worker. Return to work programs are one of the few tools that employers have to manage their experience modification factor. For employers that rely on their experience modification factor to secure and maintain contracts, this pre-planning can be invaluable. If you work in an experience rate adjustment state …