Happy International Women's Day!

Posted by Kristen Poisler on Mar 8, 2020 12:16:30 PM

The ALS Group whole-heatedly believes in being an equal opportunity employer. The diverse group of women who work in our office are critical thinkers who do exceptional quality work, and maintain technical competence through a commitment to training, professional education, and active mentoring. We proudly empower them to use their abilities responsibly. 

For International Woman's Day, we asked the women of the ALS Team to answer one question: How has your role at The ALS Group empowered you? Here are their answers: 

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Topics: The ALS Group, internship, risk management consultant, careers, glassdoor, risk, empowerment, women

While Constructing a Builder’s Risk Policy, Consider Soft Costs & Hard Costs

Posted by Heidi Much on Feb 24, 2020 3:28:23 PM

Every significant construction project needs a Builders Risk policy.

Sounds simple enough, but the process of procuring the correct Builders Risk policy starts with an understanding of the project costs, construction timeline, and imagining potential claim scenarios. When an insured purchases an insurance policy, there is an expectation if a loss occurs; the insurance company will make the insured whole again.  This only happens when a Builders Risk policy is designed correctly.  The key to policy design is understanding and identifying the values at risk and how those values align with the actual insurance policy definitions.

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

Insurance Risk & Rising Premium Rates – Why, & What Can be Done to Change Them

Posted by The ALS Group on Feb 19, 2020 12:53:36 PM

Three Questions for Managing Principal, Albert Sica, of The ALS Group

For the last 12-18 months commercial insurance rates have been rising and many business leaders are ill-equipped to either understand why or what they can do about it. Recently, this was captured in a good article in The Wall Street Journal and we thought we would explore this a bit more.

Business leaders often rely on a broker, whose primary role is to “sell” insurance to guide them through a complex mix of their company’s exposures, insurance policy language (including exclusions) and what can be done to, both, mitigate risk and the cost of coverage. Understanding the financial impact of a risk on a company’s balance sheet or earnings statement and what can be done to protect against that uncertainty is key to complex questions it is now essential to explore.

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Topics: business, Insurance, Risk Mitigation, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), catastrophic loss,

Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and Insurance – Oh My

Posted by The ALS Group on Oct 1, 2015 12:00:46 PM

As the world is ever changing, so are the way insurers interpret the natural disasters and how they will respond to cover these terrible events. Over the years, the U.S. has seen an increase in earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and more. The insurance industry now has created a stricter view of how they will cover these events. In particular, as we have seen with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, the insurance industry has developed a new terminology and deductible related, specifically, to “named storm/named windstorm.”

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Topics: named storm/named windstorm, Personal Lines, Property Risk, Risk Management Assessment, Risk Management Blog, The ALS Group

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

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. But it's actually a more complex subject.

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

How to Prevent Internal Fraud from Crippling Your Organization

Posted by Purnima Rangarajan on Feb 14, 2014 12:18:45 PM

In its 2012 Report to the Nations, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) found that organizations typically lose five percent of their revenue to fraud each year. Even more frightening is this statistic from that report: the medium loss of survey respondents was $140,000. Over one-fifth of the losses studied exceeded $1 million. Small-to-medium sized businesses are often fraud targets because they lack anti-fraud controls. The smallest organizations in the ACFE study suffered the largest median losses.

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Topics: Employee Dishonesty, Human Capital, Limit of Liability, Reputational Risk, Risk Management Blog, Risk Review, Strategic Risk Management, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

Social Media and Crisis Planning – Are You Keeping Up?

Posted by Nick Sica on Jan 17, 2014 8:47:40 AM

Crisis Management has been, historically, a function of the IT or Risk Management department for many companies and as social media continues to gain traction, savvy risk managers have incorporated social media into their crisis communication plans.

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Topics: 401(k), BYOD, Cyber Risk, Enterprise Risk Management, Human Capital, Risk Management Blog, Social Media Risk, Strategic Risk Management, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

ERM: Where do we start?

Posted by The ALS Group on Jan 16, 2014 9:58:17 AM

With the multitude of information available, it is no surprise that the process of implementing an ERM Program seems daunting. As highlighted in our prior blog, Strategic Risks: More Important Now Than Ever, one of the very first steps in this process is to form an Executive Risk Committee (ERC).

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Risk Committee, Risk Management Assessment, Risk Management Blog, Strategic Risk Management, TCoR, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

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