Drones and the City

Drones seem to be everywhere in our lives, and they are beginning to make their way into the professional setting for architects and engineers as well.  That is, it’s emerging in some cities while others are a bit slower to change for several reasons.  New York City is one of those cities slow to embrace this change as reported by the Wall Street Journal.  The path to legalizing drone use within the city has been 18 ...

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Site Safety

By Michael J. Maloney

 

There are two sure-fire ways to get tagged with liability for site safety:

  1. Assume site safety responsibility in your contract with the owner, or
  2. Assume site safety responsibility by your behavior on the jobsite.

Option 1 is pretty clear cut, and is easy enough to avoid.  But you and your employees should be on your guard against Option 2.  If your contract specifically excludes site safety responsibility (as ...

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Joining Forces with Attorney Kevin Godbout

This week, Maloney & Company, LLC caught up with Attorney Kevin Godbout!

Attorney Godbout has been recognized by Super Lawyers and has been named to the 2016 Connecticut Super Lawyers in the practice area of Professional Liability: Defense. He has also been rated AV-Preeminent by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell. The account managers at Maloney & Company, LLC frequently meet with Attorney Godbout to discuss trends in the A&E industry and new risk management techniques. This week, the statute ...

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A Closer Look at Professional Liability / E&O

The insurance that protects your company in the event that a client alleges you made a mistake that caused them a loss is extremely important. For dentists and doctors, this is called malpractice insurance. For design professionals, this is called Professional Liability, Errors and Omissions, or E&O coverage. Whatever you wish to call it, it covers the errors (or omissions) that your company has made, or the errors that your client perceives your company has made.
As ...

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Big Plans for our Cities

New York City has just announced major infrastructure projects to improve New Yorkers’ quality of life. Beginning in Summer 2016, the city will start replacing pay phones with 7,500 tech kiosks, creating the world’s most expansive and efficient public WiFi network, offering NYC users broadband speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second. The city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that all 277 underground subway stations will have WiFi service by the end of 2016, and by ...

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Crime Insurance on a Rise

At Maloney & Company, LLC, we’ve been talking more and more about different coverages that are becoming very important. Employers Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), Directors and Officers Liability (D&O), Crime, and Cyber Liability are included in this mix. Let’s talk a little bit about Crime Insurance:

What it Does:

Commercial Crime Insurance covers money, securities, and other property against a variety of criminal acts that occur inside and outside the premises of your business due to external threats and/or ...

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Employment Practices Liability Insurance – is it Important?

Well, the likelihood of being sued by an employee is now three times greater than experiencing a fire loss. In just 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received nearly 90,000 discrimination charges that year. 65% of these claims were groundless, but those employers still had to shovel out costs of investigating and defending against them. Along with claims from employees, many service-oriented ...

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Data Breaches at a Record High

2014 was a record year for data breaches, and the numbers will only rise. The number of U.S. data breaches that were tracked in 2014 hit an all-time high of 783, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Since 2005, there have been in excess of 5,000 data breach incidents, involving over 675 million records. Keep in mind, that this number only encompasses those reported, many breaches fly under the radar every day.

Eva Velasquez, the president and ...

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Out-of-State Workers’ Comp Claims

Many employers assume that workers’ compensation policies cover out-of-state exposures, when in reality, each workers’ compensation policy must be written to reflect specifically all states where the employer has either work or employees.

A workers’ compensation policy will usually extend to cover employees who are hired in one state while temporarily working in another; the benefits would be from the state of hire. It becomes a sticky situation when the state in which the employee is ...

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