• 06
  • Aug2018

What Is a Warranty Statement

What is the Warranty Statement on a D&O or Employment Practice Liability Policy? I’ve been asked on several occasions when a client is applying for Employment Practice Liability Insurance (EPLI) or Directors & Officers Insurance (D&O) if a potential claim or “situation” in the past would be covered by their new policy?  This article will explore

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  • 30
  • May2018

What is Fiduciary Liability?

Fiduciary Liability is often combined with Directors & Officers (D&O) Liability and Employment Practices Liability (EPLI) to form the basic management liability package or portfolio.  But it often confused for fidelity bond coverage or employee benefit coverage (which is found in many general liability policies). Fiduciary liability coverage is playing a growing and important role to

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  • 25
  • May2018

Fiduciary Liability and The Home Depot 401k Claim

In April 2018 The Home Depot was sued in a fiduciary liability action where plaintiffs alleged that the company placed the employees 401k retirement plan in poorly performing funds and where they overpaid for investment advice.  Plaintiffs are seeking $140 million in damages. The class action complaint represents nearly 200,000 current and former plan participants and

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  • 22
  • May2018

Anatomy of a Cyber Breach and Cyber Insurance

A recent new story from A.M. Best & Co., the insurance ratings agency, indicated that cyber insurance premiums grew over 32% in 2017, with most of that growth in the large account market – the Fortune 500 world.  The SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) market was barely buying cyber coverage.  Penetration in the SME market was

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  • 22
  • May2018

No One Likes To Be Sold

When you think of “being sold” I’m sure that the proverbial used car salesperson pops into your head, or maybe the ever persistent insurance sales person, right? Insurance sales has a bad rap.  Comedians even make fun of insurance salespeople.  Woody Allen once said:  "That there are worse things in life than death.  Have you ever

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  • 21
  • May2018

The Six Figure Exclusion

I recently presented our Diagnostic Insurance Coverage Review (Step three of our Unique Risk Strategy) to a prospective client, and something they said is still ringing in my ears. We found that the current agent had covered the client’s business personal property in their warehouse on their Ocean Cargo policy, which isn’t uncommon.  But what we

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  • 07
  • May2018

Compassion & Communication – Two Keys to Successful Outcomes in Workers Compensation Claims

There are multiple facets to managing worker injury claims, but one of the most important which is not found in any claim filing instructions are managing expectations through compassionate communications. It may seem odd to think about compassion in a business sense, but take a step back and think of the injured worker for a moment

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  • 06
  • May2018

What is Employer’s Liability

Most employers are familiar with their workers compensation insurance, it is a mandatory form of coverage in New York when you have employees.  But the policy is actually separated into two parts.  Part One covers the statutory obligations and employer has to protect workers when they are injured on the job, and Part Two known as

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  • 04
  • May2018

How Much is Enough Liability Protection?

A lot of prospects and clients ask me: "How much is enough liability protection?" It's not easy to answer, but we often recommend that in addition to primary general liability and auto liability limits of $1,000,000 or $2,000,000 that they should also consider at least a $1,000,000 umbrella policy. I say at LEAST one million, but would

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  • 03
  • May2018

Why You Won’t Find a Quote Engine on Our Website

I read an interesting article in the NY Times about how online quoting of insurance is squeezing insurance agents and their commissions. Disruption? The internet has certainly disrupted several industries and changed forever the way we purchase some goods and services. It wasn’t that many years ago that you actually went to a travel agency to

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