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PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

It has always been the opinion of Agency Consulting Group that evaluations are important ONLY as a development tool for an employee.  Further, one should only evaluate performance that can be controlled by the employees.  This requires the standards of performance to be known, to be written and to be acknowledged by the employee.  …

A PRODUCER’S ROLE: PART ONE

First in a series about what successful producers do to separate themselves from the mediocre producers.

ANOTHER LOOK AT THE SEVEN HABITS

You “recharge” phones and other electronics, don’t you? Every once in a while you need to “recharge” your own motivation and lifestyle….

THE DANGERS OF ABSOLUTE EXCLUSIONS, AND WHY ARE REGULATORS ALLOWING THEM?

“IN 2010, I authored an article on the dangers of absolute exclusions.1 That article was prompted by an appellate decision in Florida, James River Ins. Co. v. Ground Down Eng’g, 540 F.3d 1270 (11th Cir. 2008). In that case, an engineering firm that was providing consulting services on whether land had become polluted found that its errors and omissions (E&O) policy, which covered it as an environmental consultant, didn’t cover pollution!”

Cyber Risk & Insurance

Cyber Risk & Insurance

While cyber threats have been a concern for more than a decade, the last eighteen months have been marked by a number of large-scale cyber breaches. These breaches caused companies and insurers to expend considerable financial resources to recover from the breach and mend their damaged public images. As a result of the increase in cyber threats, public and private entities are scrambling to ensure the security of their systems and the information and data these systems store. As part of the risk management analysis presented by cyber threats, companies of all sizes are evaluating their existing insurance policies to understand what, if anything, traditional insurance policies will cover with respect to cyber claims. In most instances, obtaining additional
cyber coverage, either through special endorsement to existing policies or through a stand-alone cyber liability policy, is necessary.

A Review of the Modern Claims Made Form

“Since its creation, “claims made” wording’s use has expanded outside of the “profession” and professional liability realm, finding use in diverse liability coverages. But the roots of “claims made” wording, and its most common use still, is found in covering the exposures created by a “professional’s” activities. As seen by the list of true “professions,” professionals are individuals who provide a service to society which, if done poorly, could cause extreme or irreparable personal or financial harm. …

The expansion of claims made policy forms beyond “professions” caused the basic “claims made” concept to diverge and evolve into two distinct forms. One evolutionary branch commenced in professional liability coverages (known also as “errors and omissions” coverages in this series) and the second branch grew out of the financial services industry and the need for directors and officers liability protection, fiduciary liability and employment practices liability (referred throughout this series as “executive liability” coverages).

Although both branches attach to the tree at the same point; greatly different “claims made triggers” have resulted. Additionally, coverage terms, conditions and definitions differ between the two branches.”

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Craig Andrews

Craig Andrews has served in multiple roles within the property-casualty insurance industry for over 43 years.   He brings to each expert witness and consulting engagement significant experience in both the insurer and agency sectors of the insurance industry.  He has a record of success as an independent insurance agent, a commercial insurance underwriter, the manager…

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