California has become the latest state to outlaw the ‘previous salary’ question.

California joins Delaware, Massachusetts, Oregon, and several cities (including San Francisco) in passing laws preventing employers from asking prospective workers for their salary history. If asked, companies must also provide a pay range for the job in question. The new law, which comes into effect January 1, aims to curb the gender pay gap by keeping low salaries from following women through their careers.

-JK

Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign…

Saw this sign driving around L.A. yesterday. Employers beware. Your employees are exposed to this type of marketing from attorneys. First and foremost, treat your employees with the respect they deserve. Build a strong culture of trust and put your employees first. However, what if you do your best but still get a bad seed filing a groundless wrongful termination or discrimination claim against you? Do you have the money and resources to defend it?

EPLI

They say nationally, the cost of settling an Employment Practices Liability #EPL claim out of court averages $75,000, and the average jury award hits $217,000 if you go to court and lose. In CA, I’m sure it’s higher. Are you prepared? #EmploymentPracticesLiability

-JK

Commercial Building Fire In Gardena

A client of mine, a commercial building owner, suffered a fire on Saturday afternoon at their commercial industrial property in Gardena, CA.

Here are some pictures of the scene:

We reported and initiated the claim right away over the weekend with the carrier. Thanks to technology, we were able to get it done remotely while I was out of town.

-JK

Hackers Are Shutting Down Factories

A growing number of cyber criminals are targeting factories for ransom, knowing that the industry’s time-sensitive nature puts pressure on companies to pay up. “if we don’t make our product in time, that means Toyota doesn’t make their product in time, which means they don’t have a car to sell on the lot that next day. It’s that tight,” says John Peterson, AW North Carolina’s IT manager. The factory was hit with malware last year, with the potential to lose $270,000 in revenue, plus employee wages, for every hour it was out of commission.

Source: LinkedIn

Manufacturers: do you carry Cyber Liability / Data Breach insurance? Cyber extortion coverage protects your business against losses caused by ransomware and other types of cyber extortion. Many cyber liability policies cover three types of costs.

-JK

Where Orange County Gets its Water

Non-insurance related, do you know how Orange County gets its water? This whiteboard video explains how/ from where

-JK

The U.S. Is seeing Some of the Largest Increases in Auto Accidents in More Than 50 years…

…And commercial auto insurance rates are spiking hard as a result. Carriers are backing down on coverage and most are putting some serious restrictions on their appetites.

See Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s (PCI) 7 summer driving safety tips:

Also, see more from Hanover on why auto insurance rates are rising so dramatically:

-JK

Ransomware Victims Have Paid Out More Than $25 Million in Past Two Years

Ransomware victims have paid out more than $25 million in the past two years, according to a new study by Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The study reviewed 34 separate families and discovered that a particularly harmful strain, Locky, received more than $7 million in payments. Ransomware, which infects and locks a system until payment has been received, has become “an almost unavoidable threat” over the past few years. It’s shown to be popular amongst cybercriminals, who often demand payment in the form of bitcoin. Two ransomware attacks made earlier this year by WannaCry and NotPetya had been “deemed destructive in nature,” Forbes writes, but only received $140,000 and $10,000, respectively.

A viable solution to this sort of threat? A good Cyber Liability insurance policy will pay extortion expenses and extortion monies as a direct result of a credible cyber extortion threat. This is only one of the many areas a Cyber Liability insurance policy can help.

Cyber insurance can be essential in helping your company recover after a data breach, with costs that can include business disruption, revenue loss, equipment damages, legal fees, public relations expenses, forensic analysis and costs associated with legally mandated notifications. A lesser-known benefit of cyber insurance is the role it can play in protecting your company long before a breach occurs.

#RansomwarePayout #CyberLiability

-JK

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