April 3, 2020

Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:36:07 +0000
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited BWay Corp., doing business as Mauser Packaging Solutions, for workplace safety and health hazards after an employee suffered an amputation on Sept. 26, 2019, ...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:00:12 +0000
The temptation for businesses to use artificial intelligence and other technology to improve performance, drive down labor costs, and better the bottom line is understandable. But before they pursue automation that could put the jobs of human employees...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:25:11 +0000
There is no evidence that Covid-19 has been transmitted by food or food packaging, according to U.S. federal health agencies. How the virus fares among food workers may be a different story. By law, food manufacturers must prevent anyone who …
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:26:05 +0000
Talks between Bayer AG and plaintiff lawyers to settle claims that the German company’s glyphosate-based weedkillers cause cancer have been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic, Bayer’s Chief Executive told daily Handelsblatt. “This is about currently no...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:23:45 +0000
Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd., the Cayman Islands-headquartered reinsurer, announced it has decided to continue with its existing business plan after completing a strategic review of transaction alternatives. Following a recommendation made by a special ...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:13:48 +0000
Uber and Lyft drivers are hitting a wall in their efforts to apply for the coronavirus jobless benefits promised by Congress as state agencies say they are not ready to handle a class of workers who are totally new to …
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:05:58 +0000
Like everyone else, Peter Lacovara is coping with COVID-19, working at home to limit contagion to the coronavirus and stay healthy. He’s also plugging away trying to keep businesses healthy, as well. In his role as a senior vice president …
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:51:02 +0000
Munich Re Specialty Group (MRSG) has appointed Hui Yun Boo as head of Asia, effective April 3, 2020. Boo will be based in the firm’s Singapore office and will lead Munich Re Syndicate offices throughout the Asia region. Boo has …
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:50:58 +0000
Maine Governor Janet Mills requested a federal disaster declaration Wednesday as the state recorded two more COVID-19 deaths, dozens more people tested positive, and the start of a “stay-at-home” order neared. If approved, the declaration would open th...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:47:58 +0000
Sayata Labs has announced two new hires to boost its on-the-ground capabilities. Valorie Owens will serve as U.S. business development manager, and Ben Goldfien will serve as insurance operations manager. They will both report to recent hire and former...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:28:28 +0000
BMS Group, the independent specialist re/insurance broker, announced the conclusion of a preferred partner agreement with the new wholesale and specialty broker Tagus Specialty in Portugal. An ambitious production plan has been developed that will see ...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:03:02 +0000
Fitch Ratings has placed Lloyd’s of London’s ‘AA-‘ Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) ratings on rating watch negative, on the uncertainty and increased risk to Lloyd’s earnings and underwriting performance due to claims from the COVID-19 pandemic. The n...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:02:18 +0000
When hackers broke into computers at Hammersmith Medicines Research, a London-based company that carries out clinical trials for new medicines, it was a nightmare scenario for managing director Malcolm Boyce. The coronavirus crisis was just beginning t...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:19:43 +0000
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has activated an emergency declaration that gives policyholders in all 100 counties the option to defer insurance premium payments should they need to do so. The order was activated March 27 as a result …
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:06:22 +0000
A Bellevue, Washington, dentist was accused of using lighter fluid and accelerant to set fires in his exam and X-ray rooms after being evicted from his office for failing to pay rent, King County prosecutors said. Mohammad “Matt” Rafie, 53, …
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:56:07 +0000
Workers’ compensation insurer Third Coast Underwriters (3CU) has promoted Peter Vaughn to director, Insurance Operations, and Mike Altman to regional director, Business Development. Vaughn and Altman are based at 3CU’s headquarters in Chicago. Vaughn b...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:55:41 +0000
The long-awaited Demotech rating decisions for Florida domestic carriers are in, with many carriers having satisfied necessary steps to avoid ratings downgrades by the financial analysis firm. After affirming a slew of companies in mid-March, Demotech ...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:30:45 +0000
Bloomington, Ind.-based senior living community operator Heart of CarDon LLC has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by refusing to accommodate a qualified employee with a disability, which resulted in the employee losi...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:21:56 +0000
Silicon Valley-based insurance company, Go, is now offering a 50% discount on auto insurance to all essential workers in Texas who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Go has partnered with Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Co. to …
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:01:48 +0000
A train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there amid the coronavirus crisis, federal prosecutors said on April …
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:00:57 +0000
Sacramento, Calif.-based Bender Insurance Solutions has named Heather Rohr vice president of finance. Rohr oversees administration, budgeting, financial management, accounting services and facilities maintenance. She has 15 years of accounting experien...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:00:51 +0000
Insurance Office of America has added Steve Miller to lead the mobility and innovation group. Miller will be based in Pleasanton, Calif. He was previously vice president at McGriff Insurance Services. In his 15 years in the industry, he has …
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:58:09 +0000
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide executive order Wednesday requiring all citizens in the state to stay at home except for those doing essential business or activities. The move comes as the state has more than 8,000 cases of …
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:07:55 +0000
A tractor-trailer hauling toilet paper crashed and caught fire near Dallas early Wednesday, spilling the hot commodity all over an interstate. The fire shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near Interstate 45 in Hutchins, the Texas Department of T...
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:06:34 +0000
An earthquake struck north of Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. It was centered 73 miles northeast of Meridian, …
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:04:44 +0000
Plans to demolish the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which partially collapsed in October, remain in limbo as the city and developers disagree over how to safely bring down the structure. Among other things, the demolition plan is hampered …
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:59:52 +0000
Horace Mann Educators Corp. has appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Actuary Mark Desrochers as head of the company’s property/casualty insurance business on an acting basis. Desrochers will take over from William Caldwell, who has resig...
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:20:17 +0000
Thousands of U.S. banks, including some of the country’s largest lenders, have said they may not participate in the federal government’s small-business rescue program due to concerns about taking on too much legal and financial risk, five people with d...
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:12:57 +0000
COVID-19 could produce a big increase in social inflation, according to A.M. Best. The reason: expectations that businesses will sue their insurers in an attempt to access their business interruption coverage for losses relating to the coronavirus pand...
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:40:07 +0000
Doctors and hospitals overwhelmed in the pandemic will have to make their excruciating life-or-death decisions meticulously or they risk being second-guessed by a jury when the onslaught is over. Lawyers who defend health care providers are already giv...