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2020 Global Employee Benefit Trends

As we embark on a new decade, it’s impractical not to reflect on the one that just concluded. The employee benefits landscape evolved arguably more in the last 10 years than it ever has and yet, global spending on health care remains higher than general global inflation. Over the last…

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Comergon S.A. Joins Assurex Global Partnership

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Comergon S.A., a leading independent insurance broker based in Marousi, Athens, Greece, has become a Partner of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. (more…)

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Assurex Global Welcomes Two New Board Members

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group, welcomed Jim Bailey and Erin Powell to its Board of Directors at the 2019 Global Conference in Paris on September 17-19. (more…)

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Assurex Global Names Dean Hildebrandt President

COLUMBUS, OH – Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group, has announced the appointment of Dean Hildebrandt as President. Dean’s previous role at Assurex Global was Executive Vice President of North America. Jim Hackbarth, formerly President & CEO, will continue to…

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Mini Podcast: Mental Health Awareness and Employer Strategies

Mental health issues affect all generations, and cost businesses hundreds of billions of dollars annually. This stems from missed work days, lower productivity, lack of focus on the job, and higher premiums due to increased medical, prescription drug and disability claims. Further, for many countries, their governments have had little…

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NSI Insurance Group Joins Assurex Global Partnership

COLUMBUS, OHIO – NSI Insurance Group, a leading independent insurance broker based in Miami, Florida, USA, has become a partner of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. The firm is now one of 108 independent brokerages that are Assurex Global…

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2019 Global Employee Benefit Trends

The workplace is changing and there’s no denying it. Whether it’s because of the technology and data available, the changing demographics and expectations of the workforce, greater degrees of automation or the advancing “gig” economy, business is evolving to stay relevant and employees are demanding more of their employer.As the…

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Mini Podcast: Financial Wellness Overview

The term “financial wellness” has been a buzzword in the employee benefits industry for some time now, and it's a relevant topic in all parts of the world. The shift in employer focus from wellness to total wellbeing means including financial wellness in any strategic discussions. Listen to this podcast from…

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Assurex Global SVP Meg Allwein Named in Business Insurance 2018 Women to Watch

Named as the Only Honoree in Ohio and One of Only 30 Women Nationwide COLUMBUS, OHIO – Meg Allwein, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of Assurex Global in Columbus, Ohio, has been named one of 30 Women to Watch in the United States insurance industry by Business Insurance. (more…)

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Assurex Global Announces Five New Partner Firms

Expands worldwide partnership of independent brokers with leading regional firms in Panama, Mexico City, Netherlands and New York City. COLUMBUS, OHIO – Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group, has welcomed five leading independent insurance brokers as its newest shareholders. The…

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New HSA Limits Announced for 2019

  The Internal Revenue Service recently announced new limits for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2019. While the minimum deductible levels did not change, the out-of-pocket maximums and maximum contribution levels did increase. These changes have ramifications for employers planning their benefit strategies for 2019. Should you have…

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Assurex Global Elects Juan Mario Acevedo to Board of Directors

COLUMBUS, OH – Juan Mario Acevedo, president of Correcol – Corredores Colombianos de Seguros, has been elected to the board of directors of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. He will also serve as the Latin America/Caribbean regional chairman. (more…)

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Top Employee Benefit Trends for 2018

Here are five key developments that employers offering employee benefit packages should monitor in the coming year. (more…)

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Assurex Global Hosts 2017 Global Conference in Sydney & Appoints Chair-Elect and Regional Chairmen

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management, and employee benefits brokerage group, recently held its 2017 Global Conference in Sydney, Australia. (more…)

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Assurex Global Elects Kristy Furrer to Board of Directors

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Kristy Furrer, senior vice president and vice chair of Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. in San Francisco, California, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. (more…)

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Assurex Global Elects Greg LaMair to Board of Directors

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Greg LaMair, CPCU, ARM, is president of LMC Insurance & Risk Management, Inc. in West Des Moines, Iowa, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. (more…)

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Assurex Global Announces Two New Partner Firms

Expands worldwide partnership of independent brokers with leading regional firms in Brazil and Vietnam. COLUMBUS, OHIO – Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group, has welcomed two leading independent insurance brokers as its newest shareholders. The two firms - headquartered in São…

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New Report Offers Tips for HR Execs Evaluating Benefits Admin Systems

With heightened compliance requirements, automation may be a game changer, but steep costs stifle decisions. COLUMBUS, OHIO – Although automation can streamline workflows and ease administrative burdens under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Affordable Care Act, human resources executives remain stifled by fears of choosing the wrong…

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Effective Management of Volunteers a Key to Success for Many Nonprofits

Assurex Global report offers steps for nonprofits to stem high rates of volunteer turnover COLUMBUS, OHIO – With volunteers often vital to their success, nonprofits need to establish a strategic framework for recruiting, screening, managing and retaining these workers. A new report from Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held…

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The Future of Integrated Risk Management

Businesses in the health care, transportation, and manufacturing industries have a responsibility to their employees’ health and safety. This responsibility is especially important because their employee’s job performance impacts the safety and health of patients, drivers and many others. (more…)

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Assurex Global Names Matt Donnelly Chairman of the Board

Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group, today announced the election of Matt Donnelly as chairman of its board of directors. (more…)

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Insider Secrets to Successful Volunteer Management [White Paper & Infographic]

Volunteers perform a number of pivotal tasks for nonprofits, from greeting guests at a museum to providing leadership experience on a board of directors. Nonprofits may believe their organization does not need insurance to protect against the risks associated with using volunteers. However, accidents and crimes do happen, and nonprofits must…

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New Report from Assurex Global Cites Key Misconceptions About Cyber Threats Among Middle Market Companies

Some Businesses Still Lag Behind in Securing Protection COLUMBUS, OHIO – Despite frequent media reports of hacking, cybercrime, security breaches and related events in all parts of the U.S., many middle market companies continue to underestimate their exposure to these attacks along with their need for focused risk management measures,…

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Global Survey Finds Mid-Sized Firms See Natural Disaster Exposures As Increasing, But Insurance and Risk Management May Fall Short

Gap Exists Between Catastrophe Risks and Readiness as Many Firms Lack Insurance, Planning, Direction, and Government Infrastructure for Preparedness and Recovery COLUMBUS, OHIO – Even as middle market businesses in all parts of the world view their exposures to natural catastrophes as increasing, many fall short of managing these risks…

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Assurex Global Report Outlines Unique Airport Liability Exposures and Insurance Solutions

Specialty Coverage Often Needed As Most Standard Commercial Liability Policies Exclude Airport Risks COLUMBUS, OHIO – Municipal airports, as well as the authorities and fix-base operators that manage many of their activities, must navigate a wide range of potential liability exposures related to the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, materials…

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Assurex Global Captive Insurer Named To Bermuda Captive Hall of Fame

Captive has provided Professional Liability Insurance to Large, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers for 30 years HAMILTON, BERMUDA – Professional Agencies Reinsurance, Ltd. (PAR), a captive insurance company domiciled in Bermuda, has been named to the Bermuda Captive Hall of Fame. Conceived and established by Assurex Global and The Council of…

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Drone Insurance: A Market on the Rise [white paper]

The drone market is forecasted to hit $4.8 billion by 2021. With so many companies and individuals employing unmanned aircraft, the need for insurance coverage will only increase. (more…)

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Take the Necessary Steps to Prevent Identity Fraud

In 2015 alone, more than 13 million Americans fell victim to identity fraud, resulting in damages of more than $15 billion. (more…)

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7 Top HR Blogs You Should Be Reading

Navigating the employee benefits and human resources landscape can be especially challenging due to nearly constant tech innovations, legislation and other industry complexities. One way to learn more about this ever-changing industry is to seek advice and news from top online HR resources. While the Assurex Global Employee Benefits Practice…

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As OSHA Stiffens Penalties, Construction Firms Should Check Compliance and Safety Measures

New Report from Assurex Global flags risks for firms with temp workers COLUMBUS, OHIO – Construction companies and contractors that employ temporary or leased workers now have added incentives to make sure they’re in compliance with federal and state labor regulations along with their reporting requirements. In a new report,…

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New Legislation Opens Equity Crowdfunding Investing Opportunities [white paper]

On October 30, 2015, the SEC passed Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business (JOBS) Act. This long-awaited legislation opens equity crowdfunding opportunities from 8.6 million accredited investors to 233.7 million combined accredited and non-accredited investors. It also provides a green light for investors from a lower income bracket who…

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Assurex Global Elects Chris Duble to Board of Directors

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Chris Duble, CEO of Fred C. Church in Lowell, Massachusetts, has been elected to the board of directors of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group. (more…)

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Assurex Global Announces Five New Partner Firms

Expands worldwide Partnership of independent brokers with leading regional firms in Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New York State, Puerto Rico and Guam COLUMBUS, OHIO – Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group, has welcomed five leading independent insurance brokers as its newest Shareholders.…

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As Drones Proliferate, Operators Must Take Steps to Manage Exposures

Commercial Insurance Market for Drones Taking Shape COLUMBUS, OHIO – As the commercial and recreational use of drones continues to expand rapidly throughout the U.S, businesses and government entities relying on them face potential liability exposures, which may not be covered under standard commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policies. Meanwhile,…

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The Effects of Marijuana Legalization in the U.S. Workplace [infographic]

Four states within the U.S. have completely legalized marijuana, and many others are putting the issue on their ballots. This situation creates a grey area for employers trying to keep their workplace efficient, safe and compliant. (more…)

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Must-Read for Those Involved with Construction Defect Claims [white paper]

Construction defects are generally defined as: A deficiency in the design or construction of a building or structure resulting from a failure to design or construct in a reasonably workmanlike manner, and/or in accordance with a buyer’s reasonable expectation. And, unlike the leaning tower of Pisa, construction defects are typically…

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7 Smart Wealth Management Blogs to Start Reading

Managing your finances and investments can be a difficult feat to pursue alone, especially when you are an individual of high net worth. This is because you may require advisors who are successful in very distinct specializations. Assurex Global Partners work closely with some of the top private wealth management…

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Global Survey of Independent Insurance Brokers Finds Top Risk Issues Vary by Region

While Concerns about Cyber Risk May Be Universal, Few View It as Biggest Exposure COLUMBUS, OHIO – Middle market businesses in different regions of the world vary significantly in what they perceive as the most significant risks facing their enterprises. A new survey of senior executives at 68 leading independent…

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Marijuana Legalization: What Does it Mean for Employers? [white paper]

Four states within the U.S. have completely legalized marijuana, and many others are putting the issue on their ballots. As marijuana moves into a grey area in terms of legality, we must ask: How does marijuana affect an employers’ ability to create a safe and efficient working environment and to…

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Employee Navigator Named Preferred Provider by Assurex Global

Employee Navigator, a rapidly growing provider of benefits, HR, and compliance software, has been named a Preferred Employee Benefits Service Provider for Assurex Global, a partnership of leading independent agents and brokers worldwide. Assurex Global joins a rapidly growing list of brokers who have chosen Employee Navigator as a software…

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Avoid Temporary Worker OSHA Citations [infographic]

In 2016, OSHA will increase its workplace safety violation penalties for the first time in 25 years. The initial hike will raise fines by approximately 80 percent. To educate contractors on how to avoid a citation, we developed an infographic, Avoid Temporary Worker OSHA Citations. By reading the infographic, you’ll…

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Make More Informed Health Plan Decisions with Data Analytics

There is a nearly endless pool of health-related data. But, without analysis, the data is meaningless and inactionable - just a jumble of ones and zeros. (more…)

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Three Key Managers of Assurex Global Partner Firms Recognized as Rising Stars in Industry

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Three key managers of Assurex Global Partner firms in the U.S. have been recognized by the editors of Risk & Insurance®, a leading U.S. trade publication covering risk management and commercial insurance, as 2016 Power Broker® Rising Stars. Risk & Insurance announced the winners in its March print…

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Subcontractor Prequalification White Paper: A Must-Read for Continued Growth

Although the U.S. economy has turned around, the construction industry has fierce competition when it comes to landing projects. As a subcontractor, one of the best ways to ensure that your organization is favored by a general contractor is making sure you’re prequalified. But what is prequalification? And how can…

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Ditch the Damage: Your Guide to Winterizing your Home This Season

The winter of 2014-2015 was one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. The result: insurance companies paid the price as homeowners were saddled with addressing the damage. According to PURE Insurance, in 2015 there were more than 700 claims accounting for around 50 million dollars in losses, nearly…

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8 Great Construction Blogs You Need to Bookmark Now

Are you having trouble keeping up with the ever-changing construction industry? While it may not be easy to stay abreast on every little change that comes our way (hey, we’re all busy!), it’s crucial for everyone from construction managers, contractors and construction insurance firms to stay up to date on…

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Five Executives of Assurex Global Partner Firms Recognized by Risk & Insurance® as 2016 Power Brokers® or Finalists

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Five executives of Assurex Global Partner firms in the U.S. have been recognized by the editors of Risk & Insurance®, a leading U.S. trade publication covering risk management and commercial insurance, as 2016 Power Brokers® or Finalists. Risk & Insurance announced the winners this week in its…

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Building a Commitment to Workplace Safety – A White Paper for Construction Contractors

Since 1970, the rate of death for construction workers has dropped by 67 percent. However, one death on the job is still one death too many. According to “Building a Commitment to Workplace Safety,” a white paper from our Partners at Assurex Global, there is more to safety then simply…

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Pitfalls of Transferring Home Ownership

Over the past two decades, an increasing number of Americans are transferring personal ownership of residential property to trusts, LLCs, limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and other asset-protection or tax-advantaged entities. While transferring real property to an entity can offer a number of benefits, this strategy can also create significant unintended…

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Cybersecurity While Traveling: Important tips and considerations while on the go

How often do you travel for work or pleasure? The majority of us do so quite frequently, and yet we give little thought to how we keep our identity and data safe while doing so. To keep us informed and vigilant during our travels, Assurex Global asked its “go to” resource…

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Not So Smart Home: The Unintended Consequences of the IoT

For those unfamiliar, the promise behind the Internet of Things (IoT) is to enable technology enhanced objects—such as appliances, light switches, door openers, printers, etc.—with connectivity, thereby allowing them to communicate with homeowners and in many cases each other. Smart home appliances and other gadgets already help consumers perform a…

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Cybersecurity Privacy and Security: Important tips and considerations while on the web

Like a thief cuts through a bike lock, hackers can override your technology’s security measures. To keep us mindful of security best practices, Assurex Global’s “go to” resource for digital forensics and cybersecurity, LIFARS, has answered questions we should all be asking. (more…)

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Defending Against an Invisible Threat: Pragmatic Cybersecurity for the Interconnected Business

Think your business is reasonably safe from a cyber attack? Think again. The threat is so widespread that there is an entire black market built to arm hackers with the tools they need to breach your systems. Even worse, 50 percent of online traffic is automated. It does not sleep.…

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Wealth at Risk: How High Net Worth Families Overpay to Be Underinsured

Independent insurance agents and brokers frequently find that families with substantial assets who insure their homes, autos, watercraft, and valuable collections with mass-market, heavily advertised carriers overpay for protection that still leaves them exposed to severe financial loss. (more…)

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Targeting the Rich: Liability Lawsuits & the Threat to Families with Emerging & Established Wealth

In these highly uncertain economic times, the issue of disparities in wealth, income, and taxation has become the subject of heated debate. As the controversy deepens and proliferates, newly released research by ACE Private Risk Services, the high net worth personal insurance business of the ACE Group, shows that many…

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Boosting Profitability with Flexible Overhead – A White Paper for Construction Contractors

The Great Recession of 2007 shed a painful light on the inadequacies of the construction industry’s typical business model. Because of the highly cyclical nature of the business, contractors can no longer measure success on how much revenue growth they experience, how much equipment they own or how big their…

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Assurex Global Launches Private Exchange

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Assurex Global Private Exchange offers a unique private health care marketplace for businesses as the Affordable Care Act approaches a Jan. 1, 2014 launch. This national private exchange gives employers a wide range of administrative flexibility and employee health benefit options within the industry. (more…)

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