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December 26, 2012

  Risk, Insurance, Claims & Safety 
  • Report: Aviation insurance rates have dropped 10% this year
    Rates for lead hull and liability aviation insurance have declined 10% on average during 2012, according to an Aon report. Forty more programs are expected to be placed by year-end, Aon said. "Much of the catalyst for the reductions is through insurers' challenge to meet broader plans for forecast targets in what is a profitable market as a result of the low level of claims in the industry over the last two years," Aon says. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Economy, investor wariness threaten infrastructure P3s in India
    The government of India is looking to partnerships with private companies to generate $350 billion to $400 billion worth of infrastructure investments in roads, ports, railways and airports. Achieving that may not be easy as a slowing economy and increasing costs make investors wary, experts say. "Now they often insist on more equity, and land acquisition and environmental clearances being in place before investing in a road project," says Athar Shahab, CEO of Uniquest Infra Ventures. The Economic Times (India) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conn. school shooting will spur civil lawsuits, expert says
    The shooting incident in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26, many of them children, will lead to civil litigation, with entities including the school district possibly facing lawsuits, writes Christopher Tidball, an executive claims consultant. "As the inevitable litigation comes forth, it creates a particular challenge for those defending such actions where the sympathy factor will likely play a significant role in outcomes," Tidball writes. PropertyCasualty360 (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Workplace & Retirement 
  • Calif. lawmakers seek to curb lump-sum severance payouts
    Republican state senators in California are crafting legislation aimed at halting a practice by which employees can build up large severance payouts by accruing vacation time and other paid leave. California's obligation for accumulated time off was $3.9 billion last year, according to data gathered by Bloomberg. One employee had a severance payout of $609,000 in 2011, Bloomberg found. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A geographical look at retirement-plan ownership
    Americans contribute an average of $1,325 to their retirement accounts per year, with workers in California, the Midwest and the East Coast being most likely to have 401(k) accounts, according to an analysis by Esri. This article features two maps from Esri that break down by location the likelihood that people have retirement accounts. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Higher Education 
  • San Francisco college to cut jobs, salaries amid enrollment shortfall
    City College of San Francisco is planning salary cuts and layoffs of 34 full-time clerical employees and dozens of part-time instructors and counselors at a time when it's seeking to quickly boost its enrollment. The college's accreditation is at risk, according to the regional accrediting association, and it faces the loss of an expected $6.5 million in state funding that is dependent on the school's enrollment. San Francisco Chronicle (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Good leaders are great communicators
    Would-be leaders should prioritize developing their communication skills, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. That means mastering public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. "You may be hired for what you know, but you'll be promoted for your ability to influence people," Rosswurm writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News From Aon 
  • Retirement Pulse Survey
    You are invited to take Aon Hewitt's Retirement Pulse Survey, which seeks to analyze employer-matching contribution frequency trends. All individual survey responses will be kept confidential. Findings will be reported in the aggregate only. Take the survey. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2012 Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer
    Aon Global Risk Consulting's Actuarial and Analytics practice recently published the inaugural benchmark analysis for workers' compensation for the health care industry, the 2012 Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer. Register to access an abridged version of the Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer analysis. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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