You can’t smell it. You can’t see it. You can’t hear it but it kills silently. Recently, a $12M settlement was reached in a lawsuit against a North Carolina hotel where a boy died from this colorless, odorless killer: carbon monoxide.Continue reading
Florida may be the next state to pass a bill that allows victims of human trafficking to sue members of the hospitality industry that have turned a blind eye to the crimes committed behind their closed doors. Texas and Pennsylvania have already passed similar legislation, and now, a new bill is passing through the Florida legislature.
While Florida already has legislation that provides victims with the ability and support to sue their traffickers, this new bill headed to the House and Senate would hold hotel owners and management accountable for the crimes committed at their establishments.Continue reading
As Bob Dylan says, “A hard rain is gonna fall…” and with it this weekend, a strong wind is gonna blow! The greater New York area is bracing for wind gusts up to 70 mph Friday, according to the National Weather Service, not to mention a coastal flood advisory through Saturday.
Are you ready? Doing a quick property sweep could help protect your building from severe wind damage.Continue reading
Does your hotel have a hidden hazard right in front of your face, or rather, your window? Window blind cords continue to kill children, decades after safety concerns about the risk of accidental strangulation has been recognized. Window cords don’t need to be old or broken to pose a risk. The existing model of corded window blinds is still hazardous, and a new ban on corded window blinds is in the works.Continue reading
Did you hear about the valet parking attendant that recently gave a $300K Ferrari’s keys to the wrong person? That’s more than a big oops—that’s a claim waiting to happen. USA Today reported on this unbelievable story out of Florida that highlights the importance of protecting your organization against the multiple risks associated with valet service.Continue reading
On Tuesday, January 30th, our Chicago team members coordinated and participated in a community service event at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) near Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. The team was joined by five different insurance agencies in the area where together they prepped and served a home-cooked lunch to families staying at the RMH. The menu included honey-glazed pork loin, roasted potatoes, garlic and lemon broccoli, and a salad.Continue reading
Our Limited Service Hotels program is now live on our Broker Portal – giving you access to the program’s key advantages with just a few quick clicks. Get access to hospitality service coverage enhancements wherever you want, whenever you want.Continue reading
Did you know? As a New York City property owner, you are required by law to maintain the sidewalks around your property. Neglecting your sidewalk could lead to hefty penalties.
When it comes to the sidewalk outside or adjacent to a property owner’s building, one might naturally assume that the city is responsible for its upkeep. But in New York City, that kind of assumption could lead to dire consequences. According to the New York Administrative Code (the NY Code), property owners themselves are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks, not the City.Continue reading
We talk to local Williamsburg native Nancy Larsen about her ordeal after a pedestrian’s jaunt along the snowy sidewalk in front of her home took an unexpected turn.
As a longtime New York City native, Nancy Larsen was accustomed to tourists gazing out at the wonders of the city rather than down at the sidewalk. What she was not accustomed to was being served a Summons and Complaint on account of a tourist alleging he sustained injuries outside of Nancy’s property following an overnight snowfall.Continue reading
Distinguished Programs was recognized in the December 18, 2017 Insurance Journal article: A Culture of Action at Distinguished Programs.
The article focuses on the charitable efforts of Distinguished and its colleagues. Throughout 2017, a philanthropic committee known as Distinguished Cares formed by Distinguished employees, launched multiple giving back to the community campaigns. Distinguished Cares was created to make charity-related service opportunities available for its employees. From military care packages, back to school donation drives in multiple communities, to an emergency fundraiser for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Continue reading
Down deep in the basement is the heart of your building that keeps everything going: the boiler! Yearly boiler inspections are the law—and for good reason. But now those annual inspections in New York City must be submitted online. This new process, along with submitting yearly certificate fees, is now the only way to complete a boiler inspection with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB).Continue reading
Today Distinguished announces the launch of its Historic Properties Program. The program will provide a property & casualty package, along with a high limits umbrella and other coverage for historic properties throughout the United States. Qualifying exposures include hotels, museums, theaters, commercial buildings, commercially operated historic homes and preservation organizations.Continue reading