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Minimize Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims, Avoid Liability

Minimize Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims, Avoid LiabilityThe issue of sexual harassment has been a topic of discussion most recently in the news in the wake of allegations made against former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and resulting payment settlements by the network’s parent company, negative comments made by the director at a Bay Area Veteran Affairs clinic in San Francisco when responding to workplace harassment allegations made by his staff, and various legal pundits weighing in

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Cyber Liability: Small Businesses Increasingly Targeted by Hackers

Cyber Liability Small Businesses Increasingly Targeted by HackersSmall businesses are increasingly the target of hackers. In fact, according to figures by a major insurance carrier, in 2014, 60% of all online attacks targeted small and mid-size businesses. The reason: Limited security budgets, outdated security and lax employees, which can leave holes easily exploited by ever-more-sophisticated digital criminals.

Indeed, according to many experts in the cyber security field, smaller companies are easier to hack, as they don’t have …

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Are There Holes in Your Cyber Insurance Coverage?

Are There Holes in Your Cyber Insurance CoverageIncreasingly more firms are realizing the true value of Cyber Liability insurance to address their exposures to computer fraud or attacks. This goes beyond just large corporations who rank cyber among the top risks they face today. Small and mid-sized businesses in fact are now beginning to understand the extent of their risk and how a cyber incident can not only affect their bottom line but also their reputation among …

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HIPAA Exposures Grow with the Use of Standard Messaging Apps in Healthcare Industry

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 …

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Reducing Legal Malpractice Claims

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 …

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Purchasing Fiduciary Liability Insurance in Today’s Market

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 …

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EPLI Issue Highlighted As Former USC Coach Sues for Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

 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 …

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The Importance of Forensics in a Cyber Attack

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, …

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Crime Insurance: Addressing Workplace Fraud

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

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Cyber Liability: Get In the Know About Security Breach Notification Changes

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 …

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