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Insurance in Review: 2017 Recap

This year has been chock-full of news: a new president at the helm, catastrophic weather events, the continued growth of insurtech and more. Relive the good, the bad and the ugly - we've gathered some of the top insurance news compilations of 2017, along with a few items just for fun

News to know this week

Need to catch up on the news? Here's a digest of news stories that passed our desk this week. We offer quite the mix, from the latest on flood insurance, a primer on chatbots, and news on agency valuations and industry analysis.

Massachusetts data breach records now public

If you want to find out about how many data breaches there were in Massachusetts in any given year and what companies were involved, you can now do that online. The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is now making data breach reports involving potential identity theft available to the public in a database on its website. Tara Seals of InfoSecurity magazine reports that in the past, these records could only have been obtained via a public records request. She notes that Massachusetts has been in the forefront of data security and discusses some of the state's current initiatives.

Overtime rules scheduled for Dec. 1 suspended

Human Resource directors everywhere were braced for a major change in overtime rules that would have affected millions of workers nationwide by increasing the pay threshold to qualify for overtime from $23,660 to $47,476. The change was scheduled to go in effect on December 1, but in an eleventh hour reprieve for employers, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction.

Three for Thursday: What we're reading

From our recent web readings, we offer three items that caught our eye this week: a tribute on the passing of an insurance industry giant, Jay Fishman;  a prescription for how independent agents can compete and win against current and future market threats; and a primer on the four types of data analytics that will change the insurance industry.  

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