August 2010

Professional Liability Coverage for Contractors

Zurich has introduced an enhanced professional liability policy aimed at mid-sized and large construction customers. “The coverage is designed for the professional exposures of a construction manager, whether offered through an at-risk or agency contract, as well as trade subcontractors with or without direct design exposure,” said Scott Rasor, head of Construction for Zurich’s North America Commercial business division. “The… Read More »Professional Liability Coverage for Contractors

Pregnancy Discrimination

As reported by WorkForce.com (full article: http://www.workforce.com/section/00/article/27/30/48.php_ A pregnant welder who was transferred from her job can pursue pregnancy discrimination and Americans   with Disabilities Act claims, a divided (2-1) federal appeals court has ruled in largely overturning a lower   court decision. However, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld the lower court’s… Read More »Pregnancy Discrimination

Another Workers Comp increase in California?

California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is considering requesting a 30 percent increase in pure premium rates for 2011 policies. The news that California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) might ask for the increase came out of a meeting of the bureau’s actuarial committee. That committee makes a recommendation to the WCIRB’s governing committee, and then the governing committee… Read More »Another Workers Comp increase in California?

Illegal Insurance Rescission Prevention in California

California Insurance Commissioner has imposed regulations designed to combat illegal rescissions. The rules take effect on August 18. Currently, health insurers may only rescind policies under very specific, limited circumstances defined by law and regulations. In the past, some insurers have exploited vagueness in these laws to improperly rescind health insurance policies, according to the Department of Insurance. The new… Read More »Illegal Insurance Rescission Prevention in California

WCIRB Violates Open-Access Agreement with Department

Newly discovered documents obtained by Workers’ Comp Executive reveal that the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) is violating both the letter and spirit of the agreement it signed with the California Department of Insurance 16 years ago. WCIRB continues to violate the agreement by denying the public, employers, the Legislature, the executive and regulatory branches of government, and other… Read More »WCIRB Violates Open-Access Agreement with Department