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Posted: January 13, 2016

 Empowering Employees in the Age of Cyber SecurityCyber security has taken center stage among the issues employers must face head on, including developing policies and procedures to protect themselves against the risk of a data breach. This involves taking a more proactive approach including empowering employees to do more to beef up a firm’s cyber security.

In addition to implementing the latest firewalls, anti-virus software and data encryption, security awareness and training among employees are critical …



Tags: cyber security Employee Empowerment Employee Morale
Posted in: blog, Cyber Liability

Posted: January 11, 2016

Employment Practices Pay Close Attention to California’s New Fair Pay ActCalifornia’s new Fair Pay Act, in effect as of January 1, 2016, requires equal pay, regardless of gender, for employees performing “substantially similar” work – not just “equal” work, as previously was the case. The requirement also extends to different locations run by the same company, not just “the same establishment,” as under the earlier law. In addition, the law protects employees from retaliation if they seek information on wages …



Tags: California Employment Practices Fair Pay Act

Posted: December 30, 2015

HIPAA Exposures Grow with the Use of Standard Messaging Apps in Healthcare IndustryMessaging applications over standard consumer communication platforms are increasingly being used to streamline and facilitate workflow among healthcare providers and organizations. But along with the benefits of these applications also come the risk of data breaches and other HIPAA liability exposures. These exposures include the loss or theft of devices with stored protected health information (PHI), the lack of encryption in the messages, the use of technology in public spaces …



Tags: Apps Cyber Liability exposures HIPAA Insurance liability
Posted in: blog, Cyber Liability

Posted: December 28, 2015

Reducing Legal Malpractice ClaimsAttorneys are on the frontline of lawsuits defending clients against allegations of malpractice or errors and omissions related to the performance and delivery of work. Equally, attorneys can also find themselves sitting in the defendant’s chair when an unhappy client turns the table on them and sues for legal malpractice.

Yet, when a legal malpractice claims is made, often they can be resolved early on. The key is not to …



Tags: Claims Management E&O errors and omissions Insurance liability Malpractice professional liability
Posted in: blog, Claims Management

Posted: December 21, 2015

Purchasing Fiduciary Liability Insurance in Today’s MarketA Fiduciary Liability insurance policy is designed to protect the personal assets of company fiduciaries (trustees, benefits administrators) in addition to the financial assets of the company and employee benefit plans against lawsuits alleging plan mismanagement, and improper investing, insufficient funding, among others. But today’s policies go well beyond breaches of fiduciary duty and administrative errors and omissions; they have been crafted to address the complex and ever-evolving modern risks …



Tags: Fiduciary Insurance liability

Posted: December 18, 2015

 the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not permit an employer to terminate an employee for extended absencesJust recently the University of Southern California (USC) made headline news when it was announced that former head football coach Steve Sarkisian is suing the school for more than $12 million, putting an important employment practices issue front and center. Sarkisian was fired in October for drinking on the job. He claims USC discriminated against him because he has an alcohol problem, which is considered a disability.

Under the American …



Tags: Drunk Employees Employment Practices Insurance liability

Posted: December 16, 2015

The Importance of Forensics in a Cyber AttackOn numerous occasions, we have discussed the importance of having a strong cyber plan in place that outlines the steps to take before and after a data breach or compromise occurs, including having a robust Cyber Liability insurance policy to respond to the various costs incurred in the wake of a incident. One of these costs involves forensic investigation by a security firm to determine the extent of a breach, …



Tags: Cyber attack Forensics Insurance liability
Posted in: blog, Cyber Liability

Posted: December 11, 2015

EPLI Worker Wage & Hour Lawsuits Continue to Set RecordsWorkers filed a record number of wage and hour lawsuits during the federal fiscal year 2015 that ended September 30, according to Seyfarth Shaw, a law firm that analyzes data from the Federal Judicial Center. There were 8,781 cases filed in fiscal 2015, which reflects an 8% increase over last year.

“New federal labor regulations, the fight for a minimum wage hikes and an intense focus on independent contractor classification …



Tags: Employment Practices EPLI liability insurance

Posted: December 2, 2015

Crime Insurance Addressing Workplace FraudDid you know that the average organization loses five percent of its revenue due to fraud each year? What’s more, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), median fraud loss among U.S. companies is $100,000. Occupational fraud in the workplace comes in the form of asset misappropriation, which is by far the highest participation of fraud at about 85% of all incidents; corruption; and financial statement fraud.

How



Tags: Crime Insurance Fidelity Insurance liability Prevention Risk Management Workplace Fraud
Posted in: blog, Crime Insurance

Posted: November 30, 2015

Cyber Liability Get In the Know About Security Breach Notification ChangesForty-seven states currently require employers to notify employees when personal information such as Social Security numbers are acquired by unauthorized parties. This can be rather complicated for multi-state employers as notification laws differ from one state to the next. Moreover, the undertaking has become even more complicated with eight states having enacted amendments in 2015 to their breach notification laws with new and unique requirements.  The bottom line: It’s essential …



Tags: Cyber Liability cyber security data breach Insurance liability security breach
Posted in: blog, Cyber Liability

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