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December 11, 2012

  Risk, Insurance, Claims & Safety 
  • Experts: Climate change spurs "hard conversations" over Fla. coast
    The risk posed by rising sea levels should compel authorities to consider issues of public-beach access and who is responsible for payouts for storm damage in coastal areas, according to experts at a climate-leadership event in Florida. "These are hard conversations, but they are necessary," said Thomas Ruppert, a coastal-planning specialist. Such talks on windstorm premiums are taking place at state-backed Citizens Property Insurance, he said. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC will pursue measures to mitigate disaster risks, mayor says
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says officials will update building codes, widen evacuation zones and strengthen critical infrastructure in an effort to further prepare the city for natural catastrophes. While he continued to express no support for the concept of adding sea gates across New York Harbor, he said he would work for the city's waterfront to be repaired. "You don't have to be a believer in climate change to understand that the dangers from extreme weather are already here," Bloomberg said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. city and county weigh proposals for policing operations
    An official of Saginaw County, Mich., said county commissioners want the Saginaw City Council to weigh in on a counterproposal regarding a policing contract involving the city and county. The goal of such a contract is to avoid laying off a third of Saginaw's police force, according to the assistant city manager for public safety. The counterproposal would reduce the number of police and civilian positions involved to 113, after a city committee said the sheriff's initial proposal would be unsustainable. (Michigan) (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Workplace & Retirement 
  • "Fiscal cliff" threatens hiring in cities reliant on federal employers
    Cities such as Charleston, S.C., are seen as more vulnerable to the "fiscal cliff" because the city depends on federal dollars for Air Force and Navy operations in the area. Mayor Joseph Riley Jr. says the economic fallout could hinder the city in hiring police officers and adding fire equipment. "The thought that they would allow the economic harm that would ensue if we went over the fiscal cliff is mind-boggling," Riley said. Reuters (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Higher Education 
  • N.J. professors settle gender-bias suit for $4.65M
    Ten female professors have settled with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for $4.65 million after they alleged they were paid less than their male counterparts. The professors obtained public records to make their case regarding salary differences and filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit after the school's administrators took no action on the matter. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Give your employees the gift of leadership development
    The best bosses know when to step back and let their employees take the lead, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Leadership development shouldn't be reserved for people with a formal title, Miller explains. "When you provide your team members with an opportunity to exercise their leadership muscles, you're giving them a tremendous gift," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News From Aon 
  • Ask our expert: Effects of health care reform on dependent audits
    We've asked Chris Heinefield, Aon Hewitt's West Region Leader for Dependent Verification Services, to answer several questions about the effects of health care reform on dependent audits. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Business Insurance names two Aon executives as 2012 Women to Watch
    Two executives have been named to Business Insurance magazine's 2012 Women to Watch list: Jennifer Fahey, executive vice president and chief broking officer U.S. and Americas for Aon Risk Solutions, and Maria Yao, executive vice president, HR Business Process Outsourcing of Aon Hewitt. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
American physician, writer and poet

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