Make Playground Safety A Priority

It’s that time of year again when the sound of children running around in playgrounds across our neighborhoods fills...

Mega-Drought Could Mean Mega-Problems

Hey, hospitality industry—Did you know that the world water supply is projected to significantly decrease in the next fifteen...

Getting Storm-Ready Ahead of Hurricane Season

As the hurricane season – June 1 through November 30 – unfolds, safety preparations should already be underway by...

Water Conservation Tips for Buildings

It’s a no-brainer: Water=Life. We need it, we use it, but we’ve gotta conserve it better. Commercial and residential...

Preventing Child Abuse in Day Camps

Sometimes parents feel like they need a vacation when they’re on vacation. It’s true. The packed itineraries, disrupted routines,...
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight
Make Playground Safety A Priority
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight
Mega-Drought Could Mean Mega-Problems
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight
Getting Storm-Ready Ahead of Hurricane Season
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Cultural Institutions, Sustainability
Water Conservation Tips for Buildings
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight
Preventing Child Abuse in Day Camps
Risk Retention vs. Risk Purchasing
Insurance Made Easy, Risk Insight

A Look Inside: Risk Retention vs. Risk Purchasing

Alternative risk mechanisms are available to help businesses address and manage their risks. This includes setting up risk retention groups (RRGs) and risk-purchasing groups (RPGs), which are often mistaken for being the same thing. While there are similarities between the two – both require members to be homogeneous and both provide liability insurance under the 1986 Federal Liability Risk Retention Act (LRRA) – they are quite different.

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Pool Safety
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight

Pool Safety: Pool Drownings Can Happen in A Flash

More than 3,500 people – many of them children – drown each year in the U.S. and many more suffer serious, irreversible injury in near-drowning incidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, for every fatal drowning incident involving a child 14 years old or younger, three children require emergency room treatment for submersion injuries and 40% of those require hospitalization, says the CDC. Non-fatal incidents can cause brain damage that results in long-term disabilities ranging from memory problems to the victim being left in a vegetative state.

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cyber insurance
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight, Cyber Liability

Why Hotels Need Cyber Insurance, Coverage Not Available Under CGL

Having a separate Cyber insurance policy is vital to corporations that store any sort of customer data. Too often businesses mistakenly believe that their Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance will respond in the event of a data breach. This isn’t so as reflected by the latest case involving a Florida hotel group looking to its CGL policy to reimburse $2.4 million in fines and other related costs as a result of a data breach back in 2016. The carrier, Connecticut-based St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company, a unit of Travelers Cos Inc., denied coverage and has requested a declaratory judgment that it is not liable for the data breach under the insured’s CGL policy. Data breach losses, the carrier stated, are not as a result of “bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, or advertising injury under the policy” – exposures covered under the CGL.

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boat accident
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight

Hotel Property Faces $4M Lawsuit After Boat Accident Injures Employee

You can imagine the scene: It’s the end of a long and hardworking summer season for managers at a trendy hotel on New York’s Shelter Island. They decide to celebrate by taking a friend’s fishing boat over to one of the local restaurants. On the way back, one of the managers at the helm of the boat, after drinking too much, crashes into the dock at the hotel property. A colleague gets injured in the boat accident with two broken bones in her leg, leaving her unable to properly walk since the accident occurred last September. The hotel is hit with a $4 million lawsuit as the accident occurred on its property – even though the employees were not working and the hotel did not own the boat.

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Hospitality & Restaurants

Making Every Day Earth Day at Your Hotel and Restaurant

Way back in the bell-bottom dark ages of 1970, a new day was born: Earth Day. Millions of people joined demonstrations that April 22 nearly fifty years ago to protest the deterioration of the environment. Oil spills, air pollution, not to mention toxic waste and wildlife extinction. Fast-forward to April 22, 2017:

Earth Day organizers are continuing the vision for change—through education, public policy reform, and consumer campaigns. 2017, specifically, is calling for a Teach-In on the environment and climate (packets available at EarthDay.org) and a March for Science on the Washington mall in DC.

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crowdfunding
Real Estate, Market Insights

Crowdfunding: Giving Individuals A Piece of the Real Estate Action

Crowdfunding is turning the real estate investment sector on its head: It allows a group of investors to pool their money together to fund real estate transactions. On-line platforms connect individuals to commercial real estate investments across the United States, making it easier for them and real estate companies to raise capital as compared to traditional channels.

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Work-at-Home
Market Insights

Workin’ the “Work-at-Home” Jam

Work it, baby! Millennials are moving up in industry, baby boomers are set to retire, and the number of companies that facilitate work-from-home jobs is on the up and up. In fact, it’s been growing for decade.

Ten years ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 19% of the workforce did so from the comfort of their home office. Cue the footy pajamas. Now that figure is closer to a quarter of the workforce in the US and rising.

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electric car chargers
Hospitality & Restaurants

Plug It In, Plug It In…Hotels Offer Electric Car Chargers

Electric cars. They’re quiet, they’re great for the environment, and they’re creating a clientele who seeks hotels where they can charge up their vehicles after check in.

Eco-savvy travelers are often willing to pay a little extra so their BMW, Nissan Leaf, Honda EV, or top-of-the-line Tesla can get back in business without delay. And it looks like hotels near and far are heeding the call.

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large claims losses
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight

The Skinny on Having Higher Umbrella/Excess Liability Limits

The industry sectors we insure are big businesses in the U.S. For example, revenue in the hotel industry across more than 52,000 properties is estimated at $189-plus billion. This includes everything from limited service hotels to luxury full-service hotels and resorts. The restaurant industry boasts $1 million-plus locations representing 10% of the workforce with revenues of $799 billion. The community associations and the real estate sector are huge markets as well. Each of these niche markets require a total insurance solution to protect against an extensive list of exposures, including the potential for large claims losses, underscored by the examples of top verdicts provided by the National Law Journal.

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Travel Ban
Hospitality & Restaurants, Market Insights

How Tourism May Be Affected by the Travel Ban, Extreme Vetting, and Stronger Dollar

A confluence of events could have a real impact on tourism and the hospitality industry in the United States. There is the proposed travel ban of six countries by the Trump Administration, consideration of extreme vetting of foreigners entering the U.S. by the government, and a strong dollar that may dampen the spirits of visitors coming to our shores for sightseeing, some fun in the sun and great shopping.

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Exposures of Nonprofit Board Members
Cultural Institutions, Risk Insight

Addressing D&O Exposures of Nonprofit Board Members

D&O exposures of nonprofit board members include but are not limited to harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, inefficient administration, financial mismanagement, negligence and acts beyond the granted authority.

Employment practices liability claims are the most common D&O claim of nonprofits. For example, a nonprofit terminated one of its executives because of multiple complaints of sexual harassment by employees. In turn, this executive sued the nonprofit and board of directors for wrongful termination and interference with contractual relations. While the nonprofit was successful, the cost of the long legal process exceeded $250,000.

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