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

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.

Request a copy of Total Cost of Risk (TCoR) – Strategies for Cost Savings, below: 

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Topics: Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), what is total cost of risk, total cost of risk definition, total cost of risk analysis, total cost of risk insurance

Maintaining Business Continuity During the Pandemic

Posted by Kristen Poisler on Mar 18, 2020 11:42:04 AM

An effective risk management strategy always comes down to preparedness. The recent closings and business disruptions due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the spread of novel coronavirus, once again, demonstrate the importance of companies having a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan (BCP).  If your business is one of many that cannot simply close doors and expect to be able to re-open after the pandemic dies down,having such plan in place will insure that you can maintain the essential functions of your business during a major disruption. 

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management, Strategic Risk Management, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), Worker's Compensation, pandemics, business continuity plan

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,, what is total cost of risk, total cost of risk definition, total cost of risk analysis, total cost of risk insurance

Faulty Work & Claims Reporting

Posted by Albert Sica on Mar 6, 2019 10:22:10 AM

I came across an interesting case that illustrates how critical it is to properly notice a “downstream party” of a claim (or potential claim) and require proof that notice was filed with their insurer.

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Topics: Claim Reporting, Claims Handling, Claims Management, Claims Management Process, Risk Management Assessment, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), what is total cost of risk, total cost of risk definition

FACC Sues CEO, CFO in Wake of "Fake-President" Fraud

Posted by Jon Edwards on Dec 17, 2018 4:31:17 PM

A new development has occurred in the FACC cyber “fake-president fraud” case.

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Topics: Cyber Insurance, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Cyber Security, Phishing Scam, Risk management, Risk Mitigation, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), cyber attacks, what is total cost of risk, ceo scams, cfo scams, ceo fraud, what is risk management

Enterprise Risk Management | Monitor, Measure, and Evolve

Posted by Andrew Masini on May 25, 2017 11:12:29 AM

In our previous posts on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), we defined ERM and addressed how to set up the program and use it to assess and treat risks. We have come a long way! In this post, we evaluate the program.

ERM is not a static program. An effective approach to evaluating and enhancing the performance is a three-part one: measure, monitor and, most importantly, evolve.

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Topics: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Enterprise Risk Management, ERM, Total Cost of Risk, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), what is total cost of risk, total cost of risk definition, what is erm, erm insurance

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)

Is a Cyber Breach on Your Holiday Wish List? | The Internet of Things (IoT)

Posted by The ALS Group on Dec 20, 2016 5:32:06 PM

The holiday season usually means new tech gadgets for everyone to tap, swipe, click, and download.  Most people who unwrap a new iPhone, MacBook, Smartwatch, Fitbit, or game console probably aren’t considering the ramifications of connecting those devices to the Internet and setting up new user accounts filled with their personal information.  Unfortunately, we live in a time where have to, or at the very least, should.

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Topics: Change Password Often, Cyber Breach, Cyber Security, Personal Cyber Risk, Risk Management Blog, Risk Tolerance, Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), hacking,

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