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January 22, 2013

  Risk, Insurance, Claims & Safety 
  • Aon Benfield: Solar-storm threat requires attention
    Risk management related to solar and geomagnetic activity deserves increased attention as the threat posed by solar weather is expected to approach a peak this year, according to Aon Benfield. Such "pear-shaped phenomena" operate in cycles that can be researched and better understood to better tailor insurance and reinsurance for such events, an Aon Benfield report says. Artemis (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cyberinsurance needs depend on potential exposure, expert says
    An organization should weigh its risk exposure when determining the type of cyberinsurance policy it should buy, experts say. "To the extent that an entity has a large number of personally identifiable information records, then there's a much bigger chance of exposure," said Kevin Kalinich of Aon Risk Solutions. Cyberinsurance is still evolving and is offered by about 40 insurers, says David Bradford of RIMS. BankInfoSecurity.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Workplace & Retirement 
  • Aon Hewitt survey: Employees' perception of health isn't accurate
    An Aon Hewitt survey indicates that while 87% of employees and dependents say they are healthy, 53% reported height and weight combinations that put them in the overweight or obese category, based on body mass index. Workers also estimated they spent about half as much on health care as they actually did, according to the survey. Employers should give workers "the necessary tools and resources that give them a realistic picture of their health" and urge healthy decisions, said Joann Hall Swenson of Aon Hewitt. Employee Benefit News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Higher Education 
  • Report spreads blame in Calif. pepper-spray incident
    Planning shortcomings by campus police and aggressive behavior among some students contributed to an April incident in which pepper spray was used outside a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting, an independent review found. Police using pepper spray didn't comply with policy, and some of the 100 students gathered to protest increasing fees began shoving and encouraging others to be disruptive, according to the report. Two students went to the hospital following the disturbance, and dozens received treatment for minor injuries, according to this article. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio State to pay $268,000 to resolve lab-testing allegations
    Ohio State University has reached an agreement to pay $268,000 to settle federal allegations that its medical center's clinical lab mishandled test samples, university officials said. As part of the agreement, the medical lab director will be replaced and extra training will be given to lab personnel. Federal officials said the university violated rules that forbid it from sending quality-control samples to other hospital labs for analysis. Dayton Daily News (Ohio)/The Associated Press (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • How quiet focus can make you a better leader
    Taking time to slow down at work can help you become calm, focused and notice when others need the same help, Mary Jo Asmus writes. She suggests building time into your day to set intentions, pausing before reacting and talking with co-workers, not at them. "Look them in the eye and listen deeper than you ever have," she suggests. "You might find that you really don't need to say much at all." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News From Aon 
  • 2013 Hot Topics in Retirement
    In October 2012, Aon Hewitt surveyed more than 425 U.S. employers, representing 11 million employees, to determine their current and future retirement benefits strategies. The 2013 Hot Topics in Retirement examines the expected actions regarding the design, management, and delivery of retirement programs in the U.S. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aon Thought Leadership Guide
    Aon's continually growing directory of intellectual capital provides the latest insights into innovative ways of identifying, quantifying and managing a wide range of current and emerging risks. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
--Abraham Lincoln,
16th U.S. president


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