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Commercial Auto Insurance Trends for 2021

If your company has vehicles on the road, you’ve probably experienced premium increases even if you’ve maintained a good safety record. In some cases those rate increases have reached double-digit percentages, a frustrating state of affairs for any organization. The central issue is that the commercial auto segment has been unprofitable for insurers for much…

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More Hackers to Worry About: Ransomware-as-a-Service

The huge spike in ransomware attacks on businesses over the last year has multiple causes, many rooted in the pandemic. Plenty of businesses scrambled to set up a work-from-home (WFH) model in a big hurry, leaving a trail of security flaws. There have been ample social-engineering opportunities for hackers also, ranging from phony texts about…

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Deepfakes: What They Are and Why Your Business is at Risk

If you’ve recently scrolled through your Facebook feed and been startled to see a famous movie scene, but with your friend’s face in place of the actor, you have an idea of what deepfake technology can do. A deepfake is essentially a sophisticated forgery of an image, video or audio clip, done using artificial intelligence…

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And the Verdict is … Expensive.

The National Law Journal recently released its list of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2019, “Top 100” referring to the dollar value of the awards. The list should capture the attention of every business owner, especially those in higher-risk verticals. Divided into categories including construction, manufacturing, premises liability and motor vehicle accidents, the Top 100…

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Temporary Rules for FSAs

Unlike the first coronavirus relief legislation, the CARES Act, the new bill signed into law on December 27 includes not only stimulus payments to offset the effects of the pandemic but general funding for the federal government for the coming fiscal year. Hence its name: The Consolidated Appropriations Act. In addition to the hotly debated…

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The Hard Market: What Can You Do?

In a previous post we covered the factors leading to the current ‘hard market’ in the insurance industry (read it here). Essentially, this year has seen an overall tightening of the market, with premiums going up and insurers less willing to take on new risks. The factors resulting in the current state of affairs are…

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WHY is it a “Hard Market”?

By now you might have heard that in the always cyclical insurance industry, this year has marked the return of a ‘hard market.’ Also called a seller’s market, a hard market essentially boils down to a more difficult proposition for insureds: premiums are higher, underwriters have less appetite for taking on new risks, and there’s…

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Cybercrime and Your Benefits Plan

With cybercrime front and center in the news again thanks to the ransomware attack that closed Baltimore County’s public schools, it’s a good time to take a new look at the risks and how to mitigate them. While many organizations focus their attention on their operational data – and rightly so – there’s another very…

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E-Sign of the Times: Signature Scams

This year has seen many changes to the technology we use to stay connected, as so many have had to work from home. Zoom meetings have replaced conference room gatherings, companies have scrambled to get employees connected from home … and every single change has presented new opportunities for hackers and phishers. Now joining that…

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HSA, FSA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2021

It’s the season when health care and retirement plans are re-evaluated, and as usual there are changes in the wind as the New Year approaches. Here’s a look at what the IRS has announced about revisions to plan limits in 2021, all effective as of January 1. HSAs/HDHPs: Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Health…

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