Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting operations of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The December 2014 issue includes healthcare reform updates, a technical bulletin, webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news
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Many people associate the risk of earthquakes with seismically-active areas such as California, Washington State, Nevada and Utah as well as areas in and around Yellowstone National Park. In actuality, the risk of earthquakes exists across a broad portion of the United States and Canada as well. This Earthquake Preparation list outlines some basic issues to consider when preparing for an earthquake and better recovering in the aftermath.
2014 has been a year of challenges, surprises and mixed signals that have caused more than one employer to veer off course. Preview this year’s final installment of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Pitfalls & Perils.
This Risk Assessment form was produced collaboratively with our partner, Agility Recovery. This disaster risk assessment checklist will guide you through identifying and rating these disaster risks while providing a guideline for preparation and recovery initiatives.
The holiday shortened trading week saw a slew of economic data releases and a major decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The news that really moved the needle was OPEC’s decision to keep output unchanged at 30 million barrels a day for the next six months, at which time the economic cartel will reevaluate based on how the market reacts to continued output growth, notably driven by the U.S. oil renaissance. Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.
In 2014, shareholders of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation served its board of directors with a derivative lawsuit, that is, one purportedly brought in the name of the corporation. It alleged that the board had failed in its fiduciary duties of care and loyalty. The lawsuit further noted the corporation had committed corporate waste in relations to a number of data breaches which had occurred between 2008 and 2010. Did the board observe the formalities of corporate law?
One exclusion found in many management liability policies is the exclusion for liability assumed under contract. The language of these exclusions varies widely. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburg, PA was involved in a lawsuit by two bond insurers, Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. and Lexon Insurance Co.. seeking coverage of a $40 million settlement of a real estate dispute. How did the contractual obligations factor into the outcome of this lawsuit?
The Progress and Potential of Private Exchanges: Evaluating an Emerging Marketplace and Its Opportunities for Employers
Just what are private exchanges and what do they offer employers - now and in the future? Insurance exchanges have become a big topic in an employee benefits environment that's experiencing little relief from cost pressures.
Recent announcements of hydrogen fuel cell cars and a U.S.-China carbon emissions agreement disguise the fact that the world still runs on fossil fuels. Oil is by far the most economically and geopolitically important commodity in the world and the market landscape is shifting dramatically. How long and far could the oil price slide continue, and how will it impact the U.S. and global economies? Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.
Private Exchange Solution Provides Associates Greater Value and Choice While Allowing Company to Stay Compliant and Control Costs
The leadership of Miller-Valentine Group felt the time was right to explore new benefit options such as Gallagher Marketplace that could provide their associates greater value and keeping them healthy while allowing the company to stay compliant and control costs.