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Swiss Re/Westport Releasing New E&O Policy Enhancements

Swiss Re/Westport policy enhancements

Swiss Re/Westport Releasing New E&O Policy Enhancements Swiss Re and IIABA created a Professional Liability Committee for state E&O program managers, state executives, and independent agents to consistently review the Swiss Re E&O program and its offerings. Through this committee and the constant feedback shared by KAIA and its members, Swiss Re/Westport is releasing important…

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Phone Carriers’ New Requirements for Business Texting

Business Texting Requirements

Phone Carriers’ New Requirements for Business Texting by AnneMarie McPherson National phone carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are starting to implement new requirements for business texting to counteract telemarketing spam. The requirements primarily focus on businesses using application-to-person (A2P) text messages sent via 10-digit long code (00310DLC) phone numbers, which are phone numbers that include…

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New Federal Flood Insurance Rating Plan to Start October 1

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New Federal Flood Insurance Rating Plan to Start October 1 The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and significant changes are coming. According to NFIP, the changes mark the first update to FEMA’s pricing methods in 50 years and are based on updated technology and FEMA’s evolving knowledge of flood risk. The following are some of…

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Post-Pandemic Job Description Review

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Post-Pandemic Job Description Review Job descriptions affect multiple aspects of employment. An effective job description should accurately reflect the essential duties and responsibilities of an employee’s position. For many employees, job duties have fluctuated as a result of the pandemic. Employees have cross-trained and absorbed additional duties when co-workers were out of the office due…

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New OSHA Guidance for COVID-19

New OSHA Guidance for COVID-19 In response to the updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), which explains that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except in limited situations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released updated guidance on mitigating and preventing the…

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3 Questions to Ask Technology Partners about Client Data

3 Questions to Ask Technology Partners about Client Data In the insurance industry, client data goes through many different touchpoints, and ownership of it has long been in a tug-of-war between multiple stakeholders: the client, whose information it is; the agency, who collects it; the carrier, who produces policy data; the management system, which stores…

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Combat Cybercrime and Protect Your Agency With Simple Security Steps

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Combat Cybercrime and Protect Your Agency With Simple Security Steps What is Cybercrime? Like traditional crime, cybercrime covers a broad scope of criminal activity and can occur anytime and anyplace. What makes it different is that the crime is committed using a computer and the Internet. You may recognize some of its most common forms such…

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Plans are nothing. Planning is everything

Plans are nothing. Planning is everything I attended my daughter’s graduation from St. Louis University, and the commencement speaker was the United States Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley. A double SLU graduate (Business, Law) began his comments with a simple statement from former President Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” The President’s…

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What should you do when buying, selling, and merging an agency?

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What should you do when buying, selling, and merging an agency? One of the most significant decisions of your professional insurance carrier comes when you decide to either sell the agency you’ve worked long and hard to create, or to buy another agency that someone else has worked long and hard to create. You’ve met…

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Masks and Your Agency

Masks and Your Agency Today, Governor Kelly released guidelines for wearing masks in public that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020.  While these guidelines are issued for the state, based on the legislative action taken at the end of the 2020 session, county authorities will have the ability to create…

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