New England Insurance Agent Blog

Fishing for Fraud

When disability insurers suspect that recipients are faking injuries, they often use surveillance cameras to prove otherwise. They might video tape the "disabled" performing strenuous work at home or in a workplace. Video cameras might be hidden in gym bags, briefcases, even lapel pins. Video evidence can be essential in proving that people are fully capable of working. Which brings us to Paul Hebert, a "disabled" fisherman operating out of the scenic port of Gloucester MA. The Associated ...

Same Sex Marriage: Considerations for insurance agents

Last month's 5-4 Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that gave the green light to same-sex marriages meant that many employers had to rethink or adjust various benefit programs. The ruling also has implications for insurance products. We've rounded up several resources that point out many of the issues that insurance agents need to be aware of in advising clients. Bill Wilson in Independent Agent (IA), What the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means for P-C Insurance On June 26 in ...

Coming soon to your neighborhood: Insurance drones

Expect that insurance drones will soon be deployed on some of your upcoming claims. See Greg Ryan's story in Boston Business Journal for an update: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an ... insurance adjuster? Liberty Mutual to begin using drones. Ryan reports that in June, the Federal Aviation Administration granted the Boston-based insurance company permission to use four types of drones of varying sizes. The drones are restricted to a height of 400 feet off the ground, a maximum weight ...

What insurance agents need to know about DOL's proposed overtime rules

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued proposed overtime rules for exempt/non-exempt status, a ruling that will affect millions of workers. You need to be aware of how this ruling might impact your staff but also for how it will affect your commercial clients. Issued by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of DOL, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Overtime proposes lifting the threshold for exempt workers from its current $23,660 ($445 a week) to $50,400 ($970 a week). This state ...

Report on opioids, workers comp and where we go from here

Over the last 20 years, an enormous opioid crisis spiked, resulting in addiction, death and a myriad of other problems both in the occupational and public health arena. A 23-page report by Peter Rousmaniere - We're beating back opioids - now what? (PDF) - documents that crisis, particularly in terms of the impact on workers compensation. It also talks about the role that the workers comp industry played in stopping that trend and what needs to be done in the future to be sure it has stopped ...

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