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Evacuation Disaster Preparation

Like families, businesses should have plans in place in the event an evacuation is required while your employees are at work. Develop a plan for an emergency evacuation, and share it with your employees. Help them create a "Go Bag" and identify what to take with them or to leave behind with enough supplies for up to 72 hours of disorder due to disaster. This checklist offers recommendations for some essential items. Time wasted collecting items before evacuating could be a serious, even deadly mistake.

Tag(s): Loss Control; Disaster & Emergency; Claims Advocacy;

Power and Generator Emergency Resources Checklist

Approximately 70% of businesses in the U.S. will lose power sometime in the next 12 months. Since every organization has different power support needs, it is imperative to understand your risk as well as your building’s power and backup requirements. The following checklist highlights some of the steps that should be taken in order to effectively plan and recover from a power outage.

Tag(s): Loss Control; Disaster & Emergency; Claims Advocacy;

Public Universities Face New Frontier of First Amendment Challenges

Many people are reacting to a story about a professor, Steven Salaita, whose recent job offer from the University of Illinois was rescinded following his polarizing personal tweets about Israel. The situation has sparked protest and commentary on First Amendment rights and potential risks to universities. Reactions aside - and regardless of the outcome, how could this affect the university and its image?

Tag(s): Higher Education; Management Liability;

Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - December 1 - Weekly Market Update

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.

Tag(s): Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services;

Earthquake Preparedness Checklist

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.

Tag(s): Loss Control; Disaster & Emergency; Claims Advocacy;

Advisor: Wyndham Derivative Action Dismissed

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?

Tag(s): Management Liability;