Hartford Chapter Discusses #MeToo and Pay Equity

This past Thursday, June 6, the Hartford Chapter held a workshop at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Forty attendees discussed the #MeToo movement’s efforts to hold abusive managers accountable, how to include non-binary members of the workforce, how corporations can empower all employees, and how these issues impact insurance underwriting and claims. The attendees enjoyed a reception after the workshop to continue the discussion and network with their colleagues.

Thank you to the Hartford Chapter for organizing this event and thank you to everyone who attended! Enjoy the photos and we hope to see you at another event soon.

2018 PLUS Conference Preview: Everything is D&O (But Didn’t Use to Be)

Here is our last exclusive preview of one of the stellar education panels happening at the PLUS Conference in just a few days. Keep an eye out for conference coverage on the blog, as well as on the PLUS twitter and the PLUS Instagram accounts. Use #PLUS2018 to join the conversation!

This panel will cover how the #MeToo movement is changing how companies react to and handle sexual conduct issues, and how this affects claims, coverage, and more. Dove Burns will be moderating this session on Friday, November 9. Panelists for this session include Kristine D’Amato, Tony Galban, Eric Sauter, and Carol Zacharias.

Below is a summary of the panel as well as a white paper by panel moderator Dove Burns. The conference begins on Wednesday, November 7—we hope to see you in San Diego!

Friday, November 9, 3:00 pm – Everything is D&O (but didn’t use to be) / #Metoo

With the #MeToo environment creating hysteria in the boardroom, companies are paying closer attention to sexual conduct issues and using extreme measures to enforce a non-hostile environment. As a result of this movement, new legislation may be enacted, extending limitation periods and creating additional duties on companies and executives. This presentation will discuss loss controls, how companies mitigate claims and promote inclusiveness among executives as well as employees in the workplace.

Moderator: Dove A. E. Burns, Partner, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, LLP

Panelists:

Kristine D’Amato, Director, Executive Risk Claims, Crum & Forster

Tony Galban, SVP, D&O Product Manager, Chubb North American Financial Lines

Eric Sauter, Esq., Partner, Wilson Elser

Carol Zacharias, Underwriting Counsel, QBE

White paper: The Weinstein Effect (CLM Magazine, April 2018)

2018 PLUS Conference Preview: Pick a Topic on the Wheel of Misfortune

In just a over a week, this year’s PLUS Conference will be underway, with incredible speakers, networking opportunities, and education sessions. Here is another exclusive look at one of these sessions happening at the conference.

Claudia Costa will be moderating an Employment Practices Liability focused panel on Thursday, November 8, about the wide variety of liability issues that can occur in the workplace. Panelists for this session include Marci Houston, Carrie Kurzon, Thomas Lookstein, Jennifer Weinstein, and Laura Zaroski. The discussion will focus on trending claims and new directions in this every-changing branch of the industry.

Below is the panel summary as well as a white paper for the panel. Stay tuned for future blog posts with previews of panels and sessions happening at the conference so you can get the most out of this incredible event. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time to claim your spot— see you in San Diego!

Thursday, November 8, 10:30 am – Pick a Topic: Wheel of Misfortune

The high-energy and interactive session will focus on Employment Practices Liability. This sector of coverage has been in the news quite a bit of late, from religious objections, the #MeToo movement, support animals, LGBTQ rights, religious objections, and much more. Industry experts will weigh in on how claims are trending, the ways in which underwriting must evolve, and what’s next in this exciting and constantly-evolving sector of insurance.

Moderator: Claudia A. Costa, Esq., Partner, Gordon & Rees

Panelists: 

Marci Houston, Senior Vice President, Bond & Specialty Insurance Claim, Travelers Insurance

Carrie Kurzon, National EPLI Practice Leader, The Hartford

Thomas Lookstein, Vice President – Financial Lines & Professional Liability Claims, Starr Companies

Jennifer Weinstein, Esq., AVP Mangement Liability Claims, OneBeacon Insurance Group

Laura Zaroski, JD, RPLU, Area Senior Vice President | Law Firms Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

White paper: Wheel of Misfortune—EPL Claims Today