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Your workforce is modernizing — now how about your benefit delivery process?


Employers are now hiring multiple generations, all of which have diverse needs. The one-size-fits-all benefits of the past (or even two or three options) no longer works for these distinctly different employee groups. If you expect to keep up, how … Continue reading →

Q&A guide to the final FLSA overtime pay exemption regulations


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued final regulations updating the overtime pay rules that govern the so-called “white collar” exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees and for certain highly compensated employees (HCEs). These new rules update … Continue reading →

The Senior Managers Regime – Just a Matter of Doing the Right Thing?


The Senior Managers’ Regime (SMR), due to come into force in March 2016, is the U.K. financial regulators’ response to widespread concern that bank executives were not held personally responsible for the huge losses of the financial crisis. Yet as … Continue reading →

How to measure workforce productivity for better business results


The first step to unlocking the secrets of workforce productivity is measurement. Continue reading →

Dispelling the myth: Hurricane Andrew didn’t happen in an El Niño year


In the 20 or so years that span my reinsurance career the subject of the influence of El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on Atlantic hurricanes has often come up. And the topic invariable leads to the following comment “Yes, but didn’t … Continue reading →

The interest rate dilemma for European tech, media & telecom firms

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Executives across Europe may have different opinions on their greatest risk but all agree that interest rate fluctuations are their second-greatest risk. Continue reading →

How much capital should an insurer hold?


An insurer’s management often wonders whether their company has the right amount of capital.  If they are holding too little, they may not be ready for when the next catastrophe occurs, or miss an opportunity to acquire a new affiliate … Continue reading →

What is escheatment, and how does it impact the casualty claim world?


As state budgets tighten, focus is being placed on additional revenue opportunities, and “escheatment” meets that objective. Continue reading →

Using Surety to Free up Capital

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The U.K. construction slowdown of the last few years has prompted numerous contractors to move into new territories, albeit not at the rate that some anticipated (with only one of the top ten European contractors a U.K.-based firm). Those that … Continue reading →

A “drought” of major hurricane landfalls? Science weighs in.


Hurricane season is here. Tropical Storm Colin is the third named storm in the Atlantic basin this year, and has brought rough seas, heavy rain and flooding to Florida and parts of the east coast of the U.S. So far … Continue reading →