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Mar. 26, 2013

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Extreme disaster planning pays off
Crain's New York Business
Hurricane Sandy drove home just how important it is for businesses in New York to put plans in place to protect their operations from big storms. Unfortunately, many companies across the country fall short on this front. A 2012 study by Travelers Insurance found that 48 percent of businesses did not have a written continuity plan or disaster recovery document." It can be hard to find time for such efforts, but experts say they can more than pay for themselves. A well-thought-out plan can prevent a costly disruption that, in some cases, may lead to lost customers — and business failure.
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Drivers: You never really know
By Bennett Cromer
Sometimes you may be tempted to take shortcuts or overlook background checks on prospective employees, if you know them and feel they are trustworthy. But, you never really know. Even though you use a hiring checklist for new employees and try to gather all the right information, you might miss something. Just because an employee's motor vehicle record shows no violations, you cannot assume the driving record is spotless.
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Top 10 hot new markets
Insurance Journal
Insurance Journal examined industries experiencing changes and expansions during the past year. The following are the top 10 market sectors that just might deliver hot opportunities for agents and brokers in the property/casualty insurance industry in 2013.
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    RIMS President John Phelps discusses the SMART Act, ERM and cyber/reputational risk (WRIN-TV)
4 tips for managing a social media crisis (Hotel News Now)
Q4 commercial insurance prices increased 7 percent (Insurance Networking)
Lessons from Mother Nature — isn't it time we learned? (Connecticut Post)
Do the legwork and boost your crisis management (Business 2 Community)

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Reduce Your Electrical Safety Risk

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Pharmacy Benefit Management

IPS has a comprehensive suite of PBM services structured to provide the highest quality prescription health services at cost containment prices while streamlining and simplifying the claims management process for adjusters. IPS also provides ancillary healthcare services to injured workers and policyholders in need of durable medical equipment and supplies, home healthcare, home therapy including physical, occupational, and speech, and transportation and language services through a single touch point. MORE
Medical and Pharmacy Canvasses save you money!

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Business owners on pre-Superstorm-Sandy mistakes
Fox Business
As a result of Superstorm Sandy, 56 percent of small businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were impacted by phone and Internet connectivity issues and 71 percent experienced power outages. In addition to difficulties with utilities and the corresponding connectivity issues, 74 percent of businesses surveyed had to close their doors for an average of seven days. As a result, slightly more than half saw a decrease in sales or revenue. Looking back at the period before Sandy struck, very few businesses were ready for the severe storm.
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3 ways to manage supply chain risk
Business 2 Community
Companies have been slow to prioritize supply chain risk management and the current known metrics fail to capture the degree of risk present in a company's supply chain. Therefore, it is increasingly difficult to convince executives to invest in these measures without effective metrics. There are four key categories where companies should consider significant initiatives.
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SRM Is Your Global Recovery Partner

ServiceMaster Recovery Management is your single source solution for disaster readiness and rapid response. We are always ready. Now you can be too. MORE
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Forward planning is the key to crisis management
Money Marketing
As the saying goes, nothing lasts forever. Advisers can leave firms for a number of reasons, ranging from personal or family reasons to regulatory concerns or even in extreme cases criminal conduct. A lot of the time an adviser will leave amicably with good will on all sides. However, that is not always the case, and as lawyers we see the fall out when advisers and firms part on bad terms. When those situations arise, it pays to lend some thought to a number of issues, including reputation management.
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Risky business: How cloud tech and mobile workers add up to an insurance nightmare
Does your company rely on mobile workers? If it does, the worker likely is a "+1," an employee who carries both a mobile device and a tablet And those mobile workers who need to access data may be using a consumer cloud like Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive to get that access. This mass migration of data to the consumer cloud, however, all happening without much IT oversight and control, may give rise to potential exposure to unknown security risks to the company.
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A deceptive calm
CFO Magazine
Finance chiefs might be forgiven for being complacent about the state of their companies' directors-and-officers liability coverage. After all, the past year saw a lull in merger-and-acquisition activity, and that was accompanied by a decline in federal class-action lawsuits. But M&A-related class actions are now being pursued almost exclusively in state courts, according to Cornerstone.

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The importance of risk management
Dobbins Air Reserve Base
The Air Force recently lost two Airmen to ground mishaps while loading and unloading aircraft. We continue to hear of Airmen dying on our highways. We also continue to crash our airplanes. Bottom line, our life and duty as Airmen is risky. If it was easy, anyone could do it. The challenge as commanders, Chiefs, supervisors and First Sergeants is to eliminate what risk you can and mitigate the rest.

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RIMS President John Phelps discusses the SMART Act, ERM and cyber/reputational risk
In January, RIMS welcomed a new president John Phelps. He also serves as the Director of Business Risk Solutions for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. spoke to John about some of the issues facing risk managers today, including the SMART Act, which streamlines the Medicare claims process, Enterprise Risk Management, and cyber and reputational risks.

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Medical malpractice insurance — remember to review before you renew
Live Insurance News
Few physicians, if any, would argue that it's important to ensure no lapse in your medical malpractice insurance coverage. Too many, though, fail to put as much attention where it's desperately needed — when it's time to renew their policy. A thorough review of the proposed coverage is essential, whenever your policy is due for renewal. Premiums and levels of coverage can change, sometimes in your favor, sometimes not. There are many factors that can affect the level of protection your medical malpractice insurance affords you and its cost to your practice.
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5 ways businesses can avoid credit card fraud
The National Law Review
According to a March 2013 report from the Commerce Department, retail sales increased 1.1 percent in February to $421.4 billion, marking the biggest surge in the retail space since last September. Elevated sales numbers mean additional credit card transactions and, as a result, an increased risk for fraud. Organizations need to increase their awareness of this growing threat and the rather simple steps they can take to prepare themselves. The following are five tips for businesses leaders as they navigate through the economic climate in 2013 and beyond.
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Hack-proof your company's social media
Harvard Business Review
On Monday, Feb. 18, Burger King woke up to one whopper of a social media problem. The company's Twitter account had been hacked. And Burger King wasn't alone. Less than 24 hours later, a similar fate befell Jeep. These incidents followed closely on the heels of a security breach at international media retailer HMV in late January, when a disgruntled social media manager hijacked one of the company's social media accounts and aired to the world details about recent layoffs and mismanagement. So what's a socially engaged company to do? Banning social media altogether is no longer a realistic option. Retreating from social media means ceding a significant competitive advantage. But there are ways to reduce risks.
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Will more companies start playing employee weight game?
Fox Business
There are certain questions your employer cannot legally ask you. For example, your sexual orientation, religion and age are off limits, but your weight, as uncomfortable as it might be, is on the table. And one company is asking its workers to fess up their number on the scale to help combat rising health-care costs. CVS Caremark recently announced it will be asking employees receiving employer-sponsored health-care coverage to reveal their height, weight, body fat percentages to the company's insurance carrier as part of a wellness screening to encourage workers to be more healthy and proactive in their health care to keep a lid on coverage costs.
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