An often misunderstood insurance coverage that is very important for a business, is Hired and Non-Owned Automobile ("HNOA") coverage. Most of the time, the company that is considering such coverage doesn’t think it has exposure to this particular risk since they do not own any automobiles. This could not be further from the truth... Recently, there was a tragic accident in NYC Times Square, where a delivery vehicle on its way to a jobsite fatally injured a pedestrian.
Recently, I came upon an interesting (albeit disturbing) example of how generic insurance obligation language in a contract left the Landlord without Additional Insured protection from their contractor.
In the case of Seven Up Realty vs AJ Greenwich Contracting, the contract that Seven Up had with Greenwich did not REQUIRE Greenwich
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.
Topics: business, Insurance, Risk Mitigation, The ALS Group, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), catastrophic loss,, what is total cost of risk, total cost of risk definition, total cost of risk analysis, total cost of risk insurance
As the Hospitality industry continues to experience growing activity amidst a strong economy, there are, inherently, challenges that must be continuously addressed and improved on to ensure customers keep coming back. Identifying challenges and solutions to those challenges is one aspect of avoiding pitfalls, but an often overlooked perspective is the risk(s) to which those challenges could, ultimately, lead.
Errors and even outright fraud in certificates of insurance is a growing problem. We encounter a 70% noncompliance rate on initial documents.
The certificate of insurance compliance function protects a company by ensuring that its contractors have appropriate types and amounts of insurance coverage. The burden of this compliance process is often underestimated.
There may be a number of times that you’ve considered evaluating your company’s insurance broker for various reasons, including:
- Ensuring a sense of confidence and peace of mind that the broker who is working with you is, in fact, working in your best interests and delivering the best solutions for your firm’s coverage;
- Conducting your standard vendor evaluation, or;
- You are frankly not satisfied with your current insurance broker’s services and looking to identify alternatives.
Topics: Broker RFP, Insurance, Insurance Broker Purchase Strategies, Insurance Broker Selection, Insurance Coverage Purchase Strategies, Insurance Coverage Selection, Request for Proposal, RFP, Risk management, Risk Management Blog
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?
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 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.
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