April 2010

FIRSTCOMP COMBATS CLAIMANT FRAUD

The FirstComp Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is dedicated to fighting claimant fraud. The team works extensively with Department of Insurance Fraud Bureaus, State Attorney Generals, and District Attorneys across the country to ensure successful criminal convictions for claimant fraud. In 2009 the SIU assisted in bringing 11 suspects to justice by obtaining 11 convictions for fraud. These convictions are great… Read More »FIRSTCOMP COMBATS CLAIMANT FRAUD

Hartford Posted Profit

Insurer Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. reported a first-quarter net profit, but the company lost money on a per-share basis after repurchasing preferred shares from the government. The company reported net income of $319 million for the quarter, compared with a loss of $1.2 billion a year ago. On a per-share basis, the company lost 42 cents, after including a… Read More »Hartford Posted Profit

Tax Free Children

Employers can amend their health care plans immediately to provide tax-free coverage to employees’ adult children, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday. IRS Notice 2010-38—eagerly awaited by employers and insurers—involves a provision in the new health care reform law that will require health care plans to extend coverage to employees’ adult children up to age 26 and allows tax-favored coverage… Read More »Tax Free Children

Calif. Workers’ Comp Premiums Not Affected By Experience Rating Formula Changes

A recent report by the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California indicates that total statewide pure premium generated after application of 2010 workers’ compensation experience modifications has not been affected by changes in the experience rating formula that was implemented in late 2009. However, the analysis says “approximately 64 percent of experience-rated policyholders are receiving a lower experience modification… Read More »Calif. Workers’ Comp Premiums Not Affected By Experience Rating Formula Changes

Liability for ADA Violation

[ADA-signs.jpg] Companies can be found liable for discrimination against disabled people under state civil rights law even if the discrimination is unintentional.

And in most cases your liability insurance DOES NOT provide coverage for ADA violations. Most claims involving ADA discrimination are to be paid out of your own pocket. The range of the claim could be found anywhere from $5,000 to $500,000. So we hereby suggest you review the accessibility of your business premises and operations and improve anything and everything that may limit the ability of a disable person to access your business.

Here is an example of the case involved Kenneth Munson, who has a physical disability that requires the use of a wheelchair. Mr. Munson charged that when he visited the San Bernardino, Calif., restaurant operated by Lake Forest, Calif.-based Del Taco Inc., he “encountered architectural barriers that denied him legally required access to the parking area and rest rooms,” according to the opinion.

Mr. Munson sued the company under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco asked the state Supreme Court to consider the case.
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Liability for “Blast” Faxes

Recently Business Insurance had an article on court decision on “blast” faxes triggering liability coverage. In short, the sending of unsolicited “blast” faxes, which violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, triggers coverage under a commercial general liability insurance policy that provides coverage for advertising injuries, the Florida Supreme Court ruled.

Workers Comp. for Corporate Officers

Corporate officers (including partners and LLC managers and members) may choose to be covered (or not) when you obtain your policy. If they are excluded from coverage, you don’t need to report their payroll. The payroll of covered officers is assigned to the classification that best describes their job duties. Their payroll may be placed in the Clerical or Outside… Read More »Workers Comp. for Corporate Officers

Volcanic Ash – Frequently Asked Questions

The below questions and answers apply to policies purchased through Travel Guard Group, Inc. USA (Travel Guard). Question One: “I am scheduled for future travel and purchased my insurance policy prior to this volcanic event. If this volcano subsides and then erupts again, causing my future travel plans to be disrupted, will this be considered unforeseen and could coverage apply?”… Read More »Volcanic Ash – Frequently Asked Questions