Aon: Damage total may put Harvey among costliest US natural disasters | Study: State governments fall short on cybersecurity staffing | 3 dead, 19 injured in collision of 2 buses in NYC
September 19, 2017
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Aon: Damage total may put Harvey among costliest US natural disasters
The costs of Hurricane Harvey's damages could place the storm among the worst on record in the US, and storms will continue to pose a risk as September is the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season, according to Aon Benfield's Impact Forecasting unit. Meanwhile, Houston has been flooded three times over the last three years, causing officials to reexamine the city's flood-control measures since Harvey.
Reinsurance News (9/12),  Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (9/11) 
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Study: State governments fall short on cybersecurity staffing
A study from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium identifies areas where state governments are lacking in their cybersecurity staffing and resources. According to the study, 68% of state governments' IT professionals say they have too few cybersecurity staff members and 38% say their organizations' cybersecurity training is insufficient.
StateScoop (9/13) 
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3 dead, 19 injured in collision of 2 buses in NYC
A crash involving a charter bus and a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus on Monday morning in New York City left three people dead and 19 injured. The charter bus' driver, a former MTA employee, is among those who died in the collision, which is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
ABC News (9/18) 
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Employee Benefits
GOP senators pitch block grants in final attempt to unravel ACA
Four GOP senators unveiled what could be the party's final attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, calling on Republicans to support legislation that would provide states with federal block grants that would replace tax credits, Medicaid expansion funding and cost-sharing reduction subsidies. The bill, which would also repeal the ACA's individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax, faces tough odds as Republicans only have until Sept. 30 to pass it through the reconciliation process.
Politico (9/13),  Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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Milwaukee County increases participation in wellness program
Employee participation in Milwaukee County's wellness program has increased from 51% four years ago, when it was just beginning, to almost 70% now, according to coordinator Claire Schuenke. Some employees using the program have lowered their health risk levels, Schuenke says, and many of the wellness initiatives come from employee surveys.
Urban Milwaukee (9/12) 
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Higher Education
Survey: Higher ed unprepared for cyberrisks
Survey: Higher ed unprepared for cyberrisks
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A new survey from Netwrix found that 77% of IT departments in educational institutions are not prepared for cyberrisks. The data also showed that the majority of IT professionals said budget restrictions and lack of time hampered their cybersecurity efforts.
Campus Technology (9/8) 
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U. of Calif. sues government over ending DACA
U. of Calif. sues government over ending DACA
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The University of California has filed a lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The lawsuit argues that discontinuing DACA violates constitutional protections and federal law.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/8),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/8) 
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Leadership & Management
Are you growing as a leader?
A successful leader should strive to grow through life experiences and new connections, writes Marlene Chism. She identifies seven ways to determine whether you are growing, including achieving more than you originally planned and trying to change bad habits.
SmartBrief/Leadership (9/11) 
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News From Aon
Hurricane Harvey likely to be among costliest natural disasters on record for US economy, Aon report says
Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, launched the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during August. Read more.
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Despite surge in job growth, pay raises, bonuses for US workers unlikely to rise in 2018
Despite a strengthening economy and high job rates, most US workers are unlikely to see sizeable increases in their salaries for 2018, according to Aon's 2017 US Salary Increase Survey of 1,062 US companies, which projects base pay is expected to be 3% in 2018, up slightly from 2.9% in 2017. Read more.
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