Vermont workers compensation insurance rates are on their way down

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Governor Phil Scott announced that the downward trend would continue for these insurance costs. Vermont workers compensation insurance rates are falling for the third consecutive time, announced Governor Phil Scott. The state Department of Financial Regulation approved the rate decrease, which will become effective as of April 1, 2019. Since Governor Scott took office, there have been three straight decreases in the cost of the coverage. The latest Vermont workers compensation rate decrease will represent a total savings of $10.5 million for employers in the state. That said, when that…

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Cannabis business insurance is easier to obtain in 2019 (but still has a long way to go)

Cannabis Business Insurance - Hemp Leaf

Options are becoming much more widely available including coverage from top carriers. One year ago, cannabis business insurance coverage options were few and far between. Now that 2019 is getting started, these companies already have far more opportunities to obtain insurance. Moreover, many top carriers are among those selling products in this market. This niche had once been covered nearly exclusively by start-up insurers, but the trend has changed. A growing number of states have legalized cannabis. Accordingly, selling cannabis business insurance has become far more appealing to insurers of…

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Lack of art insurance leads to Banksy artwork seizures

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The pieces by the world famous street artist have been seized by Belgian authorities due to a lack of coverage. Belgian authorities have seized artworks from the famous/infamous street artist, Banksy, due to a lack of art insurance from the exhibitor showing them. As soon as the authorities realized that there could be a coverage issue, they acted to remove the pieces from the location. The Banksy artwork had been on display in an exhibition held at an empty Brussels supermarket space. The 58 pieces of Banksy artwork are valued…

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Environmental liability insurance market takes off as regulators crack down on pollution

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As standard property or general liability policies don’t cover enough, pollution coverage is increasingly common. Environmental liability insurance is rapidly growing in popularity as exposures have grown beyond the coverage from general liability and standard property policies. Claims relating to pollution and the environment are frequently complex as well as expensive. The complexity and cost relating to issues relating to pollution have sent underwriters to step away from risks relating to pollution. This has left a gap open for environmental liability insurance products to fill. The market in many countries…

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Will California earthquake insurance sales rise after The Great Shake Out?

California Earthquake Insurance - Damaged Home from Earthquake

Californians recently took part in an annual statewide event to boost preparedness for a quake. State officials are hoping California earthquake insurance sales will increase following a recent annual event. The Great Shake Out reminds Californians of the risk of a quake and the importance of preparedness. Despite the risk to residents of the state, only a small percentage have coverage against this peril. The Great Shake Out encourages people to check their supplies and practice safety drills in case of a quake. It also urges people to go over…

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California workers compensation rates are on their way down, but remain expensive

California Workers Compensation - Construction Worker

The premiums dropped across the country, but those in the state still come with the highest price. A new study shows that California workers compensation rates have followed the dropping trend seen across the country. The coverage is becoming more affordable nationwide. That said, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services found that California’s rates are still among the highest. California’s rates for workers’ compensation coverage are among the worst in the United States. The department published its Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary, a report it issues…

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US workers compensation industry will continue to be profitable this year

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Fitch data showed that the market remained strong throughout 2017 with positive 2018 performance. New Fitch Ratings data shows that the US workers compensation industry did well last year and may continue to see underwriting profits this year. The data from last year until now shows a trend of strong performance, though that could change. Last year’s strong US workers compensation performance represented the third consecutive year following that trend. The industry statutory combined ratio was around 92 percent, said Fitch Ratings data. The recent Fitch Ratings report showed that…

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