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    SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 | VOLUME LXVI, ISSUE 3
    PAST ISSUES
    ADVOCACY
    Citizens to require premium indications for 2017 takeouts
    Great news for policyholders and agents out of this week’s Citizens Depopulation Committee meeting: Big improvements are pending for the takeout process, including the ability for agents to register the policyholder’s selection in the Citizens system, and just one letter (that includes premium indications) from Citizens to policyholders with offers instead of separate letters from each carrier. Read the CPIC blog for details on this and other Citizens news.
    OIR responds to NCCI’s workers’ compensation rate request
    Workers’ compensation rates are going up, but not by 19.6 percent as requested by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI). After a lengthy review, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation denied the NCCI’s request this week and instead issued an order giving contingent approval to an overall combined average increase of 14.5 percent statewide. Read Laura’s Legal Brief of the Week for details.
    IIABA sues to halt DOL overtime rule
    The Big “I” is the only insurance industry group to join a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor that seeks to reverse the agency’s burdensome overtime rule set to take effect December 1, 2016. Read more.
    EDUCATION
    Just say no to lender requests
    Add “requests for litigation information” to the list of unreasonable lender requests. David Thompson offers advice for handling this and other lender demands in his latest blog.
    Beware ‘entrustment’ exclusion
    If you have customers who lease their commercial property, you may want to review their property insurance coverage cause of loss form to see if it contains an “entrustment” exclusion. Why? Because a recent court ruling concluded, in effect, that leasing property is the same as “entrusting” it to the tenant, which means the exclusion could preclude coverage for a loss. Read more.
    Trusted Choice rolls out The Power of 30 Seconds training program
    Agencies interested in boosting profit, fostering growth, and cementing their business reputation should check out The Power of 30 Seconds, a new inbound sales training program created by Trusted Choice. Learn more.
    EVENTS
    ‘Until all rooms are full’ is often sooner than you think
    FAIA has a lot going on in the coming months, and if you’ve been to an FAIA event you know our room block almost always sells out before the cut-off date. With that in mind, here are some important deadlines to save to your calendar:
    IN MEMORIAM
    Daniel James Nichols
    We extend our thoughts and condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Daniel Nichols, who passed away September 10. A native Floridian, Daniel was an entrepreneur who started many diverse businesses. He loved hunting, fishing, and being with his family. Read more about his life in the Lakeland Ledger.
    MEMBER AGENCY NEWS

    Brightway Insurance, Inc., Jacksonville: named Courtney Heidelberg public relations and communications manager.

    Morse Insurance Agency, Longwood: named a “Top 100 Company” by the Orlando Sentinel.

    INDUSTRY NEWS

    Appalachia Underwriters, Inc.: appointed Aaron Reilly as property broker in Sarasota.

    Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.: appointed Jeffrey M. Farber executive vice president and chief financial officer.

    Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company: launched Universal DirectSM in Florida, Hawaii, and North Carolina.

    Orchid Underwriters: expanded commercial lines products into North Carolina and South Carolina.

    NEW AGENCY MEMBERS

    Gerdes Insurance Agency, PLLC: Naples

    Stability Insurance Group, Inc.: Ft. Myers

    SUNZ Insurance Agency: Bradenton

    West Coast Insurance Group, LLC: Sarasota

    West Coast Insurance Group, LLC: St. Petersburg

    CALENDAR OF EVENTS
    FAIA EVENTS

    LOCAL BOARD EVENTS

    Many local boards hold monthly or quarterly meetings. Visit our website for a schedule.

    • IIA of South Florida, Pre-Election Legislative Breakfast: Oct. 7, 2016; Provident Doral at the Blue Miami, Miami.
    • IIA of Central Florida, Legislative Update & State Educational Initiative Update: Oct. 12, 2016; Citrus Club, Orlando.
    • Manatee County IIA, Big I Day: Oct. 13, 2016; River Wilderness Golf and Country Club, Parrish.
    • Insurance Agents of Tampa Bay, Dinner Meeting: Oct. 13, 2016; Brio Tuscan Grille, Tampa.
    • IIA of Palm Beach County, Luncheon Meeting: Oct. 20, 2016; Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel, West Palm Beach.
    • Panhandle Big I Day; Oct. 20, 2016; Tiger Point Golf Course and Pensacola Beach Hilton, Gulf Breeze and Pensacola.
    • IIA of Broward County, Halloween Bowling Tournament and Costume Contest: Oct. 27, 2016; Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac.

    YAC EVENTS

    INDUSTRY EVENTS

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