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Zurich Insurance Plays Down Impact of COVID-19 Claims

ZURICH — Zurich Insurance Group does not expect property claims triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic to materially affect the group, Europe’s fifth-largest insurer said on Thursday, adding that it planned to maintain its dividend policy. Insurers have been hit across …

Parents Say Employers Are Illegally Firing Them During Pandemic

Parents who’ve lost their jobs during the pandemic are driving a surge of litigation, alleging their employers discriminated against them for taking care of their kids when schools closed. Since March, working parents have filed at least 40 lawsuits accusing …

Outdoor Dining Tents Raise Questions of Virus Safety as Winter Nears

As temperatures cool, many of the outside dining options that have sprung up across the U.S. in reaction to pandemic restrictions have become a little less open-air. The new structures come in varying forms, from clear plastic tents that allow …

Kentucky High Court Upholds Governor’s Powers To Fight Virus

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the governor’s authority to issue coronavirus-related orders putting restrictions on businesses and individuals to try to the contain spread of COVID-19. The ruling delivered a victory for Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear …

Fired Amazon Worker Files Discrimination Lawsuit Over Pandemic Conditions

NEW YORK — A former Amazon.com Inc worker who protested conditions at his New York City fulfillment center sued the retailer on Thursday, accusing it of discrimination for firing him and for putting Black and Hispanic workers at heightened risk …

Zoom Boosts Security After U.S. Claims it Misled Users

Zoom Video Communications Inc. agreed to boost its security to settle claims it misled users about access to online meetings and other issues, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said. Since at least 2016, the videoconferencing platform, which skyrocketed in popularity …

Viewpoint: Risk Management Lessons From COVID-19 Extend Far Beyond Pandemics

Even though we are still mired in the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not too early for insurance and risk management professionals – as well as society as a whole – to do what humans have done for centuries: Learn from …

NCCI Says Fewer Miles Driven During Pandemic Means Fewer Comp Claims

The COVID-19 pandemic comes with one bright spot for workers’ compensation insurers: Fewer workers are being injured in motor vehicle accidents. A research brief issued by the National Council on Compensation Insurance last week projects that workers’ compensation claims caused …

In Virus Era, Bubbles Provide Game-Changing Lessons Learned

The NBA wants to be back in December. The NHL is aiming at games resuming in January. Baseball’s spring training may begin in February, like normal. They almost certainly won’t be in bubbles if and when any or all of …

Retail Therapy, Last Pints: England Readies for New Lockdown

LONDON — Last-minute shoppers in England were out in force Wednesday and thirsty drinkers planned their final freshly poured pints in a pub for the next month as Britain prepared to join large swathes of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown …