April showers bring May… liability claims? Okay, okay, we’re not trying to metaphorically rain on the upcoming deck parties, barbecues, and flowers sprouting up all around us. But the reality is that the potential for loss changes, just like the seasons.Continue reading
Ask a Distinguished team member to name her or his favorite week of the year and you might be surprised at the answer.
Culture Week is lots of things to lots of people. A favorite work week? A chance to learn and grow? Intimidating to newcomers? Maybe. Meaningful and fun? Definitely!Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
We’re not sure how you feel about dogs in hotels, but what do you think about making sure homeless dogs get to sleep on those comfy hotel pillows?
It’s not what it seems…it’s better! A Hilton hotel in West Chester, PA, recently adopted a protocol to donate its used hotel pillows to their local SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).Continue reading
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.Continue reading