COVID & Supply Chain Risks – Are You Prepared?

Posted by Nick Sica on May 28, 2020 1:49:42 PM

COVID-19 forced many companies to close their operations, which caused a great deal of disruption for numerous businesses on both direct losses and their revenue stream.

With America trying to “re-open” there is a host of issues that need to be wrestled with. One of the areas that, we think, might be low on the list for many companies is how their supply chain has been affected and will continue to be impacted by COVID related issues. Having latent supply chain disruption can wreak havoc on a business already challenged by the shutdown. This type of risk needs to be understood, so the company can plan for alternatives.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Supply Chain Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), COVID-19

For Mental Health Awareness Month – Review your Wellness Plan

Posted by The ALS Group on May 18, 2020 12:06:12 PM

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to raise awareness of a cause that while is a very significant issue, has not been brought to the forefront when speaking about either mental health or human capital risks. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention construction occupation has the highest rate of suicide across all careers.

Senior leadership of an organization, which incorporates strategic risk management into their business plan, knows that having a wellness plan in place for their employees is essential. Implementing a robust wellness plan in the workplace encourages healthy activities among employees and puts the emphasis on safety which, in turn, will lead to healthier, happier and more productive employees.

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Topics: Construction, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), risk management consultant, wellness plan

COVID Claims – Notify, Notify, Notify…

Posted by Albert Sica on May 13, 2020 11:54:13 AM

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to impact businesses, it will, surely be an uphill battle to have insurers confirm coverage under most standard insurance policies. Ultimately, a flurry of litigation and government intervention will determine how insurers deal with the losses that their insureds are suffering and will continue to experience stemming from this disaster.

Over the next few weeks and months (maybe years), as these claims unfold, insurers will be faced with the task of interpreting policies and informing their insureds how coverage will or won’t respond. In the meantime, there are some things a business can do to preserve their position with potential COVID-19 claims.

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Topics: Claims Management, Claims Management Process, Strategic Risk Management, pandemics, COVID-19, risk management consultant

The Challenges of Working Moms

Posted by The ALS Group on May 11, 2020 8:23:20 AM

Our blogs usually address specific risk related topics, but as we celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, we wanted to dedicate this one to all the amazing moms who are there for their families and organizations as well as address some of the challenges they face.   

Most of us have experienced and continue to experience a drastic shift in our daily lives when the country began its COVID-19 fight a few months ago. There is one group, however, that has been particularly and profoundly impacted by the lock-down even more than the rest and that is working moms. 

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Managing People Risk during Pandemic

Posted by The ALS Group on May 4, 2020 12:14:00 PM

As the Coronavirus Pandemic unfolds, one primary concern for all organizations is people. How to care for its workforce during pandemic and nurture a healthy workforce post-pandemic has become a trending topic. We recently shared what we, as the organization’s leaders, do to care for our own remote working employees as they face the challenges brought on by this pandemic.  COVID-19 is people related crisis and all risks relating to employees i.e. people risk is the one thing that keeps Senior Leaders up at night. After all, a company’s most important asset is its people.  It is a tough time for companies and individuals, alike, due to uncertainty and threats to business operations, both, during and post pandemic. 

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Total Cost of Risk (TCoR) – Strategies for Cost Savings

Posted by Albert Sica on Apr 21, 2020 5:03:06 PM


As part of any effective risk management program, the quantification of the Total Cost of Risk (“TCoR”) is an important number to focus on.

This article focuses on how Workers Compensation (“WC”) costs contribute to a company’s TCoR and, specifically, how the Experience Modification (“X-MOD”) factor works and can be managed.

We take TCoR seriously in our risk advisory practice as having a TCoR that is lower than a company’s peers gives that company a competitive advantage in, both, how it conducts its business and the opportunities it can pursue.

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Topics: Claims Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Insurance, Risk management, Risk Mitigation, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR)

The ALS Group's Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide in the Construction Industry

Posted by Albert Sica on Apr 17, 2020 2:53:13 PM

Yesterday, the Governor of New York announced that he was going to extend the Coronavirus shutdown order until May 15th, which, although necessary from a health standpoint, adds additional pressure to many people who need to get back to work. One of the areas that is hit very hard by this shutdown is the construction industry. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction occupations are at the second highest number of suicides across all occupational groups, an alarming statistic to say the least.

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Types of COVID-19 Phishing Scams That Are Circulating Right Now

Posted by The ALS Group on Apr 13, 2020 4:24:14 PM

As a follow up to our previous article on the subject of Cyber Security During a Pandemic, we thought we’d share with you some of the topics used in phishing scams, so that you are better prepared, should you become the target of one.

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Phishing Scam, COVID-19, risk management consultant

Webinar: COVID-19 Has Shut Down Your Construction Project. Is There Insurance for That?

Posted by Kristen Poisler on Apr 10, 2020 2:51:24 PM

 

Most businesses in the United States have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the illness spreads far and wide, many businesses have had to comply with local and federal "stay at home" orders, as well as orders to cease all non-essential construction work, causing delays, and disruption across the construction industry.

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Topics: Claims Management, Construction, Enterprise Risk Management, pandemics, COVID-19, business continuity plan

4 Cyber Security Tips for Businesses with Remote Workers

Posted by Jon Edwards on Apr 7, 2020 12:36:39 PM

Most companies have been forced to quickly implement a remote work solution that suited essential employees or even the entire firm’s staff. This has exposed many companies network to new risks as everyone has a different set up at home. Some are using MACs, some using PCs, some have outdated operating systems and software while others are already infected with viruses or malware. 

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Topics: Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, cyber attacks, COVID-19, remote work, work from home

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We manage more than a quarter billion dollars of premiums for a diverse range of clients around the globe. 

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