ERM | RISK TREATMENT

Posted by Andrew Masini on Apr 6, 2017 10:41:09 AM

In our latest posts on Enterprise Risk management (ERM), we addressed the three phases of Risk Assessment: Risk Identification and Risk Analysis and Risk Evaluation. In this post, we turn our attention to Risk Treatment.

 

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), ERM, Risk Register, Strategic Risk Management

Certificate of Insurance Compliance: Eliminating the Blind Spots

Posted by Andrew Masini on Mar 16, 2017 10:25:09 AM
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Topics: Insurance, Strategic Risk Management

3 Emerging Risks That All Businesses Face in 2017

Posted by Andrew Masini on Mar 9, 2017 9:47:36 AM

 

Last month, Risk.net, a UK-based website that covers operations risk at financial services firms, released its list of top 10 operational risks for 2017. It's no surprise that financial services companies face many of the same risks that businesses in all industries face.

So what are those top three risks and how can organizations combat them?

 

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Topics: Cyber Security, Political Risk, Strategic Risk Management

The 10 Fundamentals of a Sound Risk Management Program

Posted by The ALS Group on Feb 28, 2017 9:25:48 PM

More than 80% of companies don’t manage risk effectively. Is yours one of them?

A 2014 survey by a non-profit business research firm found that fewer than 20 percent of executives say their companies effectively manage risk. Companies will often have a process in place to identify and monitor risks. But they fall short when it comes to actually implementing practices to manage those risks as part of the overall strategic plan.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

401K PLAN FEE DISCLOSURE – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Posted by Albert Sica on Jul 28, 2016 4:28:47 PM

With the deadline for filing form 5500 literally around the corner (July 31), fees and expenses associated with 401(k) are critical issues for plan sponsors.   One of the most important things a plan sponsor can do is to benchmark their plan fees against the ones in comparable plans, to mitigate their risk for lawsuits or sanctions.  According to the July 20, 2016 article in Bloomberg BNA "New York Accused of Profiting Off Workers' 401(k)", New York Life has been sued by employees who claim that one of the company’s in-house mutual funds carried needlessly high fees that eroded their retirement savings.

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Topics: 401(k) Plan Fee Disclosure, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management

Supply Chain Risk- How “Wood” You Prevent Your Companies From Being Exposed to a Financial Loss?

Posted by The ALS Group on May 19, 2015 6:03:17 PM

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the plight of Lumber Liquidators who has been struggling to deal with the fallout from a scandal that was caused due to the use of formaldehyde in its wood.  You may have seen this on a “60 Minutes” program in early March. If you are a retailer after reading this article and watching the 60 Minutes TV spot you must be asking the question. How well do I know my 3rd party vendors and what  process, if any, does my organization have to contain a similar event?

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Topics: Claims Management, Insurance, Lumber Liquidators, Manufacturing and Distribution, Reputational Risk, Risk management, Risk Management Blog, strategic, Strategic Risk Management, supply chain, Supply Chain Risk, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

The Battle Between "Blanket" Additional Insured Endorsement and the Underlying Contract

Posted by Purnima Rangarajan on Apr 7, 2015 2:21:47 PM

The construction and real estate industry continue to grow and so do the risk exposures from a fundamental inconsistency between a contract’s commercial intent and insurance policy language. “Additional Insured” is a very common requirement in a real estate or construction contract and many times there is a distinct lack of specificity with what is, actually, being required and why the provision is appropriate.  Additional Insured status provides vicarious liability coverage to an outside entity, usually, an owner or general contractor, under the subcontractor’s policy. It is often a requirement in construction contracts, and it can be the source of insurance disputes if not handled correctly given the changes in the regulatory framework of today’s insurance policies.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Accidents, Construction Premiums, Construction Project Risk, Insurance, Limit of Liability, Property Risk, Real Estate, Risk management, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk

Defense Costs – In Addition to My Limits?

Posted by The ALS Group on Mar 24, 2015 2:13:16 PM

One of the areas often overlooked, but vital to an insured, is the defense costs coverage a liability policy provides. As some insureds may be aware, there are two types of defense costs payments, those policies that pay “in addition” to the limits and those whose payments are “within” the policy limits.

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Topics: Construction Project Risk, defense costs, Employment Practices, Fiduciary, General, Liability, Limit of Liability, Risk management, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk

Determining Soft Costs Coverage Under Builders Risk Policy

Posted by Purnima Rangarajan on Feb 4, 2015 12:41:30 PM

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Soft cost or delay in the project completion coverage has been a hot topic of discussion and concern, recently, due to the unique claims scenarios that occur during a construction phase of a project. At first glance, the term “soft costs” seems easy to explain; however, it is a complex subject.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Premiums, Construction Project Risk, Real Estate, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, The ALS Group

Construction Drones: Who's At Fault When Skynet Takes Over

Posted by The ALS Group on Jan 23, 2015 2:41:21 PM

It should not be surprising that as technology evolves, so does the way that these innovations are implemented in everyday business. The construction industry tends to exemplify this notion, as new equipment that increases efficiency at the worksite is utilized and embraced. Construction giant, Komatsu, announced this month that it plans to release a series of drones that will be capable of providing the heavy lifting of the foundation work in new construction, deeming the process: “Smart Construction.” This includes equipment such as “aircraft, bulldozers, and excavators” operating unmanned, all of which could, drastically, change the landscape of construction contracting.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Project Risk, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Property Risk, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management

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