Breach of jobs database affects millions of accounts in 10 states | Several factors fueling decline in use of public transit, expert says | California's Oroville Dam needs repairs by fall, experts say
Health Care Costs Out Pay Inflation Rate by 2X
March 28, 2017
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Breach of jobs database affects millions of accounts in 10 states
America's Job Link Alliance says a data breach compromised the Social Security numbers and other personal information associated with as many as 4.8 million of its user accounts. The 10 states using the jobs-board system are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont. (3/24) 
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Several factors fueling decline in use of public transit, expert says
Ridership on public transit fell in most major cities in 2016, and an expert said a number of factors are to blame. Jon Orcutt of TransitCenter in New York said the rise of ride-sharing companies, cheap gas prices and unreliable service due to lack of maintenance spending are all contributing to the decline.
WBUR-FM (Boston) (3/21) 
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California's Oroville Dam needs repairs by fall, experts say
Repairs to the spillway of the Oroville Dam in California need to be completed by the fall rainy season to mitigate the potential of a "very significant risk," safety experts say in a report. A state report, meanwhile, estimates that flooding poses a threat to $575 billion worth of structures in California.
The Associated Press (3/23),  Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.)/The Associated Press (3/23) 
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Employee Benefits
AHCA's failure means Medicaid expansion likely in more states
Republicans' failure to pass the American Health Care Act is likely to result in more states expanding Medicaid. Kansas and North Carolina are already moving forward with plans to do so, and several other states were considering such moves before President Donald Trump's election victory.
Forbes (3/26) 
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N.Y. county aims to boost workplace safety, cut costs
St. Lawrence County, N.Y., has hired a risk manager to improve workplace safety for county, town and village staff with the goal of addressing rising workers' compensation claims. Workers' compensation payments cost the county about $120,000 per week, up from around $30,000 per week six years ago.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (3/23) 
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Higher Education
How colleges can best collect student debts
Many college and university leaders say they're implementing personalized proactive policies to collect from students in arrears on their tuition. Leaders say developing a student-focused policy can help universities collect unpaid fees while still leaving the student with a positive view of the school.
University Business (3/2017) 
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Calif. proposal would levy tax to fund free college
A California lawmaker has proposed a measure that would levy a 1% tax on residents making more than $1 million per year to pay for tuition-free college programs. If the tax is passed by the Legislature, it still would face voter approval, potentially in 2018, before going into effect.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (3/20) 
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Leadership & Management
How to handle nervousness when presenting
It's normal to feel nervous before giving a speech or presentation, so acknowledge that and find your own little ways of coping, writes Stephanie Scotti. Also, be prepared should something go wrong during your presentation, such as slides not working.
SmartBrief/Leadership (3/23) 
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News From Aon
Aon at RIMS 2017
Listen as Aon colleagues provide an update on some of the notable events that took place within Aon's Cyber Risk Practice in 2016, including the acquisition of Stroz Friedberg and launch of Aon's Cyber Captive Solution. The result of these innovations and investments is a robust suite of solutions aimed at assessing and mitigating cyberexposures and efficiently resolving them when they occur. Watch the video.
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20th Aon Risk Pooling Symposium 2017 -- New Realities in Risk
Please join the Aon Risk Pooling Practice for the 20th Risk Pooling Symposium, happening July 23 to 26, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, just outside Albuquerque, N.M. We will be delivering timely information and entertaining sessions on topics important to your pool. Topics will include changing public perceptions about law enforcement, new technologies affecting government risks, cyberexposures, active shooters and potential fallout from Brexit. Register.
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