Insurance Supports Sustainable Agriculture

Denise Gillin Agribusiness, News

By Gina Ekstam for AssuredPartners Each year, National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the critical role of agriculture in our country. In addition to producing the food, fiber, and renewable resources we need, agriculture has an essential role in maintaining a strong economy. As the population grows, so does the demand for food and fiber. Because of advancements in farming, America’s farmers can produce more while practicing sustainability for the future. Consider this: in the 1960s, each farmer fed 25 people. Today, each farmer feeds more than 165 people. The theme for this year’s National Ag Day (held March 22, 2022) is “Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow.” About 22 million people are working in ag-related fields. As stewards of …

Challenges the Construction Industry is Facing in 2022

Denise Gillin Construction, News

By Blaine Allen for AssuredPartners The construction industry is one of the largest sectors in the US economy. Nearly $1.4T worth of structures are constructed each year and it employs more than seven million workers across 733,000 businesses. As 2022 kicks off, many of these construction industry professionals will be wondering what issues & challenges we will face in the next 12 months. While the PPP funds in 2020 and 2021 were life savers to many businesses, we are unlikely to see similar measures in the future. Things are slowly getting back to normal, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t challenges to the industry in 2022. Some issues described below are unique to the construction industry, and others are …

USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Poultry Flock in Delaware

Denise Gillin Agribusiness, News, Risk Management

WASHINGTON, February 23, 2022 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial poultry flock in New Castle County, Delaware. Samples from the flock were tested at the University of Delaware’s Allen Laboratory in Newark, part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. APHIS is working closely with state animal health officials in Delaware on a joint incident response. State officials quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the …

Cybersecurity Controls are Driving Insurance Renewal Terms and Pricing

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

By Maureen Gallagher for AssuredPartners Cyber insurance pricing has increased significantly in the last several years. Loss frequency and severity is driving the pricing increases with ransomware as the loss leader. Underwriters are scrutinizing internal controls, and are either providing very low limits ($100K to $250K), or are no longer willing to write ransomware without multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA is a security setting that requires users to provide more than one method of verification to gain access to websites or applications. It is also referred to as two-factor authentication. MFA is the top requirement, but underwriters will also inquire about the following>>>

Entry Level Driving Training: New Updates

Denise Gillin News, Transportation

By Andy Engardio for AssuredPartners Starting February 7th, 2022, the new Entry Level Driver Training rules are officially in effect. First and foremost, the rule is NOT retroactive. If a driver currently holds a permit (prior to 2/7/2022) or CDL, and/or has a Passenger, School Bus, or Hazmat endorsement they are exempt from this rule. The mandate and training requirements must be met by every new driver applying for their CDL. It is important for trucking professionals to understand how this will impact the industry. For a new driver applying for their CDL, they must find and complete a training program from an approved provider. To find a provider, check out the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). Click for more …

Vaccine Mandate Update: How the Latest Legal Rulings Could Influence EPLI Coverage

Denise Gillin Business Insurance, News, Risk Management

By Courtney DuChene for Risk&Insurance Employers who were preparing to implement vaccine or test requirements might be wondering what they should do to protect their workforce and shield themselves from EPL risk. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked an Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standard, which would have required employers with 100 employees to either mandate vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus or to test workers weekly. Click to learn if employers can mandate a vaccination>>>

The Big Quit: Why Mid-Sized Company Leaders are Concerned with the Ballooning Talent Shortage

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management, Workers' Compensation

By Lucas Prahl for Risk&Insurance The Great Resignation, also known as The Big Quit, is one of 2021’s greatest challenges for companies of all sizes. In September 2021 alone, 4.4 million employees quit their jobs, up from 3.3 million in September 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the hot labor market, employees are leaving for better jobs or bowing out of the workforce for a variety of factors, many related to the pandemic. This trend is especially troubling for mid-sized company leaders, a group that a new survey from QBE revealed already had a lot to worry about when it comes to their employees. Tell me more>>>

Insureds Should Be Prepared for Complex Renewals

Denise Gillin Insurance, News

By Emma Brenner for Risk & Insurance In a world that continues to be with unexpected risks, it’s no surprise that insurance markets also experience the same ups and downs. Last year was the most chaotic insurance market the casualty space has seen in the last 30 years. Marked by dwindling capacity, rate increases and non-renewals, the year was a whirlwind for insureds and insurers alike. 2021 is proving to be only somewhat less chaotic. Risk Placement Services’ “U.S. Casualty Market Outlook: Mid-Year 2021” report detailed the trends in the casualty market during the first half of the year and how carriers can craft successful responses for the risks that lie ahead. Key Takeaways>>>

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Top 10 Technology and Business Trends of 2022

Denise Gillin News

By Anis Uzzaman, General Partner and CEO, Pegasus Tech Ventures for The impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt as several technologies are poised to pick up steam in the new year. As Covid-19 vaccinations increase globally, life is getting back to normal. However, it’s no longer the world we experienced before the pandemic. The long-term nature of this global crisis has changed customer needs and daily lifestyles. This will, in turn, change what I expect the world to look like in 2022 and beyond. Let’s review the top 10 technology and business trends that we’ll likely encounter in the coming year. Click for more information>>>