DOL’s New Definition of “Spouse” Takes Effect March 27

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The Department of Labor announced on February 25, 2015 that it officially amended the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by revising the regulatory definition of “spouse” to include same-sex marriages regardless of the state in which the employee lives. … Continue reading →

UK Insurance Act Receives Royal Assent

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The Insurance Act 2015 received royal assent on 12th February 2015. The Act, which I described as the “the most profound shift in UK commercial insurance law ever,”  introduces key changes to the duty of disclosure in commercial insurance contracts … Continue reading →

Greater Corporate Criminal Responsibility is Coming to the UK


You may have been following the civil damages claim based on phone hacking allegations brought by Sadie Frost, Alan Yentob and other well-known personalities against Mirror Group Newspapers. The trial is currently underway.  Continue reading →

Nanotechnology: Risks of the Sixth Revolutionary Technology


Humanity’s ability to control matter at the nanoscale (approximately 1 to 100 nanometers) is improving. This growing capability will have a revolutionary impact on industries such as manufacturing and engineering—primarily because at that size level, matter takes on different qualities … Continue reading →

See Dick Build, Watch Jane Sue: Go/No-Go Project Evaluation for Architects


Without a formal process of evaluating whether or not it makes good business sense to take on a given client and project, a design firm’s risks of having a claim increases significantly. Continue reading →

Not Such Good News For Rogue Directors After All

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Usually, I report on developments (good, bad or indifferent) for honest directors of companies doing their best to avoid personal liability. Until very recently, it seemed there was good news just round the corner for rogue directors seeking to avoid … Continue reading →

Chief Data Officers – The Case for the Defence

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A large number of financial institutions (FIs) have appointed chief data officers (CDOs) over the past couple of years. I know a few of them and while they come from a wide variety of backgrounds—some technical, some business, some ‘data … Continue reading →

Cyber Threat Explodes on Mobile Devices

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According to IDC’s quarterly report for Q3 2014, sales of mobile devices, (smart-phones and tablets) exceeded 327,000,000. There is currently something over 3 billion internet users with almost 6 billion internet devices live. The shift to mobile is pervasive and … Continue reading →

The Implications of ‘ObamaCare’ for Your Expatriate Workforce

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We’ve all heard a lot about the United States healthcare reforms under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as ‘ObamaCare’, and its effect on the US domestic health insurance market. However are you aware of the … Continue reading →

TRIA, Panic and the Illusion of Business as Usual – Reflections for the Insurance Industry


Looking back on the surprise of TRIA’s temporary non-renewal offers lessons for an industry that may not fully acknowledge the complexity of its relationship with government and regulators and may not be ready for fundamental challenges that lie ahead. Continue reading →