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November 12, 2020 Edition

Headlines


 
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced a mandatory one-year moratorium on insurance companies non-renewing or cancelling residential property insurance policies, a move he says is aimed at helping 2.1 million policyholders affected to date by the record 2020 wildfire season.
 
 
As employees return to the office, some staple workplace routines should be avoided to defend against the coronavirus.
 

Business


 
U.S. commercial insurance prices increased 18% in the third quarter, driven mainly by higher rates for property exposures and financial and professional lines, according to a new report.
 
 
The value of insurer merger and acquisition transactions involving buyers or targets in the U.S. or Bermuda will likely exceed the deal value for 2019, says a new report. 
 
 
Employers testing their workers for COVID-19 should be wary of inadvertently also collecting biometric information in violation of state privacy laws.
 

Education


 
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. property-and-casualty insurers will continue to face challenges in 2021, such as virus-related insurance losses and premium volume declines.
 
 
Small businesses are no stranger to cyber risk, and few have employees dedicated to defense, so owners must understand where their cyber vulnerabilities lie and what they can do to stop a threat in its tracks.
 
 
Voters in the state that's home to Silicon Valley strengthened data privacy protections by approving a ballot measure that supporters tout as a model for other states.
 
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the number of workers being injured in motor vehicle accidents.
 
 
The color of a fire hydrant indicates its water-flow capacity, helping firefighters quickly assess a situation and decide which hydrants to use.
 
 
As the major sports leagues explore ways to return to arenas, possibly with some fans in attendance, their experiences could provide solutions to virus issues in the real world.
 

Environment


 
With an unprecedented fire season, more people have seen or experienced the detrimental effects of wildfires. Smoke from wildfires can harm not only homes but also the health of humans and animals.
 
 
The lack of a plan to reduce or eliminate net emissions creates an unfunded liability for American businesses, even for some without a global footprint. 
 

Innovation


 
QR codes have been gaining in popularity for businesses trying to protect employees, customers and suppliers during the pandemic by adopting touchless transactions and services. Unfortunately, they’ve also become targets for hackers.
 

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