Ohio city council moves to make public transportation safer | Computer program provides risk assessments for parole | Kan. may need $1.1B more for Medicaid changes, study says
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February 12, 2013
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Climate change demands reassessment of risk, expert says
Natural disasters are occurring more often and growing more severe, requiring a re-examination of risk management, damage amounts and building design, says Rod Taylor of Aon's Environmental Services group. "We have to plan for a much different future with more frequent droughts and forest fires in areas where they never had them before," Taylor says. PropertyCasualty360 (2/5)
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Ohio city council moves to make public transportation safer
A member of the Cleveland City Council introduced a measure that would increase safety for Regional Transit Authority workers. The measure would increase the penalty for those involved in fighting, painting graffiti, playing loud music or other abusive behavior. It also calls for $2 million to go toward installing security cameras on all buses and trains. WJW-TV (Cleveland) (2/4)
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Computer program provides risk assessments for parole
A computer model aims to help calculate the risk that an individual will commit a crime based on information such as their successful completion of parole and their potential for violence. The Philadelphia Department of Probation and Parole uses the forecasts, and work that is under way could assist judges with sentencing decisions, said Richard Berk of the University of Pennsylvania, who wrote the program's code. WHYY-TV/WHYY-FM (Philadelphia) (2/11)
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Workplace & Retirement
Kan. may need $1.1B more for Medicaid changes, study says
Kansas would face added costs of about $1.1 billion over a decade if it were to extend Medicaid-eligibility requirements to people with income below 138% of the U.S. poverty level, according to an Aon Hewitt study. The Affordable Care Act allows states to make such a change. American City Business Journals/Wichita, Kan./BizTalk blog (2/8)
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A 20-year progress report on the FMLA
Most employers say the Family and Medical Leave Act has not harmed productivity as some had feared, and many say it has reduced turnover, according to a government report released on the law's 20th anniversary. Workers have taken leave more than 100 million times since the law was enacted in 1993, with illness being the most common reason for time off, followed by pregnancy or child care. Detroit Free Press/The Associated Press (2/7), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Economix blog (2/8)
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Feds investigate Ariz. college's AmeriCorps program
A student community-service program at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona is being investigated by federal authorities over allegations of more than $4 million in theft and fraud. The investigation is looking into whether students in the college's AmeriCorps program improperly received pay as well as school and community-service credit, court documents show. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (2/7)
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Anger grows at Calif. college's accreditation-saving plan
Faculty, staff and students at City College of San Francisco are planning protests and airing their disagreements with lawmakers over the college administration's efforts to overhaul the school in a bid to save its accreditation. Opponents say the administration plan will be too expensive, destroy the school's culture and lead to greater faculty turnover because of cuts to pay and benefits. The school has until mid-March to rescue its accreditation. San Francisco Chronicle (2/6)
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Leadership & Management
How to be a more virtuous leader
Good leaders need to be virtuous -- and that means embracing prudence, temperance and courage, writes Deborah Mills-Scofield. In decision-making, strive to be disciplined, balanced and reflective rather than simply jumping at every opportunity that comes along, Mills-Scofield writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/7)
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News From Aon
Benchmarking: Comparing risk-management practices
It is difficult to benchmark risk-management operations and obtain useful results. Aon, in partnership with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, found a more meaningful way. By completing a 30-minute, confidential online questionnaire, the Risk Maturity Index will assess an organization's risk-management practices. Instantly benchmark your organization and receive feedback to advance your practices to the next level.
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Population growth creates a world of mega cities
As populations urbanize, risks change for expanding cities. Aon ONE magazine takes a closer look at global population trends with a big impact on public-sector risk management. Read more.
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SmartQuote
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. ... The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
-- George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright
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