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How “Pure Entity” Australian Class Actions have distorted the D&O market

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In 2012, the Federal Court of Australia’s decision in ASIC v Healey sent shockwaves through the boardrooms of large Australian companies and beyond. All seven non-executive directors as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Centro Group were found by … Continue reading →

How tax reform could influence defined benefit funding decisions in 2018

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We ended 2017 with pension plans in slightly better shape than they the year before. Strong market returns and larger-than-expected employer contributions, helped boost defined benefit plan funding to reach its highest level since 2013. The rationale for employers to consider … Continue reading →

3 steps for making employee benefits a year-round conversation

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If you’re like most HR professionals, you breathed a sigh of relief when annual enrollment ended. No more meetings, no more reviewing communication materials for nine months. Not so fast! Effective communication (that engages employees and helps them see the … Continue reading →

7 steps for improving employee performance management programs

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If you’re questioning the effectiveness of your performance management program, you’re not alone. Our Global Talent Management and Rewards Study found that many employers believe their performance management practices fall short when it comes to driving high performance or encouraging … Continue reading →

Four things successful leaders do during mergers and acquisitions

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A multitude of factors are making managing and leading mergers and acquisitions through a successful integration increasingly challenging: Cross-border transactions require unifying national and corporate cultures. Mega-deals create a host of complex workforce and culture issues that can push integrations … Continue reading →

Top 5 human resources priorities for 2018

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As we take stock and reflect on HR trends from 2017, we’re reminded of the exciting developments around automation, artificial intelligence, diversity, gender parity and contractual talent. We’ve also seen previously “radical” concepts such as flexibility, personalization and transparency become … Continue reading →

From rhetoric to commitment: Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace

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In Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, she suggests, “In the future, there will be no female leaders, there will just be leaders.” As I walk through Grand Central Station in New York City, a place that naturally evokes ideas about … Continue reading →

Understanding the motivations behind medical malpractice

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In our last post, we examined the motivations of so-called rogue medical practitioners— physicians, nurses and other medical personnel responsible for causing multiple patient injuries. For the most part, such bad actors may be described as either reckless, financially motivated, … Continue reading →

2018’s most dangerous risks for insurers

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One definition of insanity is “doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.” Well, we asked insurers the same question in December 2017 that we asked in December 2016: What are the most dangerous risks to your company in … Continue reading →

The importance of D&O insurers’ commitment to advance defense costs

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The problem One of the most important provisions in any D&O policy is the commitment by insurers to advance defense costs pending the resolution of the claim. That’s because many large and complex claims, including U.S. securities claims, take many … Continue reading →