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Additional Insured Form Comparison

CG 20 10 (Edition 11/85): Ties Additional Insured status to liability arising out of “your work” – i.e., the named insured’s work – for the additional insured. Applying the coverage to “your work: encompasses liability incurred while the named insured’s work is in progress and also the named insured’s completed operations. Addresses a coverage requirement that is frequently imposed by project owners on contractors doing work for them – “the contractor will provide the owner with additional insured status for claims against the owner arising out of completed work”. Later versions of CG 20 10 were revised to take away completed… Read More »Additional Insured Form Comparison

Truck Brokers’ Contingent Liability

Designed to protect truck brokers in the event one of their contracted truckers has a coverage issue. Truck and freight brokerage operations need coverage for the exposures presented when their clients’ policies fail to respond. Our Truck Broker Contingent Liability product helps to service this segment of the industry. Coverages Contingent auto Contingent cargo E&O General liability Limits Truck Brokers Up to $5,000,000 – Contingent Auto, GL, Professional (E&O) Up to $250,000 – Contingent Cargo Truck Leasing $1,000,000 – Contingent Auto $100,000 – Off-Lease Physical Damage Availability National Requirements Contingent Brokerage Application: https://paperless-insurance.com/insurance-application/ Sample Broker Carrier Agreement List of Motor Carriers… Read More »Truck Brokers’ Contingent Liability

Learning Pods – Insurance Risks explained

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As parents across the U.S. and Canada grapple with their children’s return to school amid a pandemic, “learning pods” have emerged as a potential solution to meeting kids’ academic and social needs while minimizing contact with large groups.

Two mothers in Delaware County, Ohio recently launched Web Student Services, LLC, a learning pod startup that pairs certified teachers with limited groups, or “pods” of students to facilitate an at-home school curriculum on public grounds. The company has already enrolled more than 70 families, most of whom pay about $90 per week.

Other parents are organizing learning pods with neighbors and hiring tutors or nannies to support their children’s online learning at different homes each week. Others are enrolling in commercial programs, either at existing child care or tutoring centers or other facilities—like fitness centers—that have reconfigured their traditional model to offer child care and learning support services for school-aged children.

Despite widespread need and the potential for revenue these new ventures are not without risk.Read More »Learning Pods – Insurance Risks explained

Insurance for Educational Institutions

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For almost 15 years, Paperless Insurance Services agency has offered exceptional and cost-effective insurance solutions for educational institutions. We specialize in Higher Education insurance for colleges and universities with 10,000 or fewer enrolled students and provide excellent insurance products that cover everything from general liability, property, educators legal liability, employment practices liability as well as risk management solutions.

Higher Education insurance is a specialized product with specific coverages designed to protect colleges and universities against the numerous hazards they may face. We offer dedicated insurance packages tailored to fit the needs of our higher education clients. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our coverage.

Do we cover college sporting events?
We offer excellent coverage for college athletic events, provided there are CDC concussion procedures in place at the institution. Contact sports injuries like concussions and traumatic brain injuries are a major issue in higher education, costing colleges millions of dollars every year. Our coverage options include participant accident and student accident insurance to protect college staff members and student-athletes in the event of an incident.

Do we cover extracurricular events?
Yes. Colleges and universities often host extracurricular events both during the academic year and during school breaks. We cover a wide range of these extracurricular activities for our higher education clients.

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Ordinance or Law Insurance Coverage

Generally, Ordinance or Law insurance coverage provides limited protection for costs associated with repairing, rebuilding, or constructing a structure when physical damage to the structure by a covered cause of loss triggers an ordinance or law.

According to Adjuster’s International Disaster Recovery Consulting, compliance with ordinances and laws after a loss can add 50% or more to the cost of the claim*.

Insureds should take a proactive approach to their insurance program and the coverage provided by the program. Learning about important exclusions and limitations after a catastrophe strike will cause the Insured to experience frustration and anxiety. Insureds should always read their policies, and in some states, may be required by law to do so.

Ordinance or Law Exclusion

Most property insurance policies will have an Ordinance or Law exclusion. The exclusion applies to both physical damage and time element coverage.Read More »Ordinance or Law Insurance Coverage

What is D-1 Disclosure Form in Insurance

What-is-D-1-Disclosure-Form-in-InsuranceSeeing the words “not licensed”, “insolvency” and “payment of claims may not be guaranteed” on an insurance policy can, understandably, cause concern with insureds, especially those with little to no experience with the excess and surplus (E&S) marketplace. Let’s take a closer look at required disclosure wording used on surplus lines policies so when your insureds have questions, you can put them at ease.

What is D-1 Disclosure Form in Insurance

Prior to binding insurance coverage with a non-admitted carrier, you are required to sign the Disclosure Form (D-1 Form), formally making you aware of the insurance policy being issued by the non-admitted insurance company.

1. “The insurance policy that you are applying to purchase is being issued by an insurer that is not licensed by the state of California.”

Wording on a policy that references an unlicensed carrier means that the policy was issued by a non-admitted insurance company. A non-admitted insurance company is not licensed in the state where the risk or insured is domiciled and does not file rates in that state. “Not licensed as an admitted carrier” does not mean unregulated. Each insurer must meet certain criteria to be an eligible non-admitted market, including regulations for solvency. It does mean that the carrier has the ability to set their own rates for the classes of business they write, leading to the flexibility in rate and form that is a key differentiator in the E&S marketplace.

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Certificates of Insurance Law

certificate of insurance lawThe Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) issued a bulletin to provide guidance on the implementation of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 175L, concerning the issuance of certificates of insurance.

Chapter 175L was signed into law on Jan. 7, 2015, by then-Gov. Deval Patrick and became effective on April 7, 2015. The DOI stated in its bulletin 2015-02 on May 8 that the purpose of this new law is to regulate and standardize the practice of using certificates of insurance.

Chapter 175L defines a certificate of insurance as “a document or instrument, regardless of how titled or described, that is prepared or issued by an insurer or insurance producer as evidence of property or casualty insurance coverage.” The bulletin notes that the term shall not include a policy of insurance, insurance binder, policy endorsement or automobile insurance identification or information card. Chapter 175L explicitly regulates certificates of insurance for the first time in Massachusetts.

The new law codifies the long-time rule that insurance certificates may not modify the terms or conditions of the underlying insurance policies that they evidence. In this regard, Chapter 175L requires that all certificates of insurance must be both true and accurately reflect the policy they represent, and mandates that no one may knowingly prepare, issue or require the issuance of a certificate of insurance that contains any false or misleading information or that alters, amends or extends the coverage provided by the underlying referenced policy.

The new law applies to all certificates issued in connection with property, operations or risks located in Massachusetts, regardless of where the certificate holder, policyholder, insurer, or insurance agent is located.

The bulletin further stated that a certificate of insurance that violates the requirement of Chapter 175L will be deemed to be null and void. Under the law, the insurance commissioner is authorized to examine and investigate the activities of any person that the commissioner reasonably believes has been or currently is engaged in an act prohibited by Chapter 175L. Additionally, Chapter 175L grants the commissioner the authority to enforce the law by imposing a fine of up to $500 per violation.

Key provisions of Chapter 175L are as follows:

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Top 5 Ways for Homeowners to Prepare for Winter

Top 5 recommendations to homeowners to prepare for winterRoof is the largest single surface and the first line of defense in protecting your home. Insurance carriers tend to see a lot of damage to roofs in those instances where they also have structural claims. Obviously certain portions of the country get very different climate and different winter weather. The northern states will have heavier snow and ice, where the south may get more rain.

Here are top 5 recommendations to homeowners to prepare for winter:

    • Do a visual inspection of your roof to look for maintenance issues or things that could make it more susceptible to hail or wind or other damage — like missing or damaged shingles or tiles on sloped roofs. Or if it’s a flat roof, look for surface bubbles in the membrane material or missing gravel.
    • Look at flashing along the roof to make sure it’s in place and in good condition. The flashing is where you transition between vertical places and the horizontal roof — things like around skylights, vents or chimneys. Anywhere where you have a change in roof elevation, you’ve got flashing there and that’s a typical source or place for water to penetrate into the roof covering.

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Study: Opioid-Related Deaths Cut by 25% in Medical Marijuana States

Medical Marijuana InsuranceOpioid-Related Deaths Cut by 25% in Medical Marijuana States according to a new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which examined the rate of deaths caused by opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2010. Results reveal that on average, the 13 states allowing the use of medical marijuana had a 24.8 percent lower annual opioid overdose mortality rate after the laws were enacted than states without the laws, indicating that the alternative treatment may be safer for patients suffering from chronic pain related to cancer and other conditions.

Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain. Approximately 60 percent of all deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses occur in patients who have legitimate prescriptions. Additionally, the proportion of patients in the United States who are prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain has almost doubled over the past decade, indicating the need to do a more focused examination on the safety and efficacy of these and other treatment options. In states allowing the use of medical cannabis, the drugs may be prescribed as an alternative to opioids.
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Report: New Emerging Risks

Report New Emerging RisksSwiss Re has released a report – ”New emerging risk insights,” which is based on the reinsurer’s SONAR process, described as a “unique tool which uses Swiss Re’s internal risk management expertise to observe and evaluate new and emerging risks.”

Some of the other emerging risks examined in the SONAR report includes the following:

  • Cloud computing security
  • Contagious emerging market crisis
  • Eurozone crisis leading to deflation
  • Short-termism of macro-policy measures
  • Air pollution as mortality driver
  • Concussion crisis in sports
  • Democratisation of genetic testing
  • Digital slander
  • E-cigarettes
  • Financial consumer protection regulation
  • From closed to open business models
  • Food and water safety: trade-offs with growthRead More »Report: New Emerging Risks