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Insurers say they’re ready for Tropical Storm Emily

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The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) “stands ready to help with any insurance related questions as the Tropical Storm Emily begins to make impact along the coast,” the group said in a Monday press release. PCI and other industry groups work closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, assisting Florida homeowners and business owners before and after any disaster.

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Legislation covering Uber, Lyft filed for 2017

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Online car services such as Uber and Lyft got a preliminary win in Florida after favorable legislation was filed Wednesday in the Legislature. The bills (SB 340 and HB 221), which would apply to ridebooking companies like Uber and Lyft, combine parts of previous measures that have been introduced but not passed over the last few years. Still, “transportation network companies,” or TNCs, pretty much got what they wanted, including a provision for driver background checks that don’t require fingerprints, which are more expensive…

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Insurance group joins campaign for assignment-of-benefits reform

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The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America has thrown its weight behind the drive to control assignment-of-benefits fraud against insurance companies. The organization said in a written statement that it “will be encouraging public policymakers to explore ways to protect consumers better from contractor fraud and litigation abuses that frequently occur following major storms.” The statement marked the end of the most active hurricane season in four years, including hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. The latter storm, according to AIR Worldwide, the…

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Florida business up in arms about 14.5 percent workers comp rate hike

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Florida employers knew a significant increase in workers’ compensation premiums was coming. That didn’t soften the blow that landed Tuesday, when the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation approved a 14.5 percent average premium hike on new and renewal policies, effective Dec. 1. “Since the decision by the Florida Supreme Court on the Castellanos case to return to hourly rate attorneys fees, we knew it was only a matter of time before a significant workers’ compensation rate increase was approved, ultimately…

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Florida insurers say they’re ready as Hermine nears

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Hermine’s coming. Got your homeowner’s insurance policy handy? You might want to, said Logan McFaddin, Florida regional manager for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of the state Wednesday because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, forecast to hit the Gulf Coast as a tropical storm or hurricane on Thursday. Later Wednesday, the system was upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine. He called upon Floridians to make…

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Business lobby upset over worker’s comp decision

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The state’s business lobbying groups called for legislative action Thursday after a Florida Supreme Court decision earlier that day on the worker’s compensation law. The court’s 5-2 ruling for injured St. Petersburg firefighter Bradley Westphal strikes down a provision in the law limiting the time that injured workers can get temporary disability benefits. (Story here.) Three justices, however, suggested that the Legislature needs to overhaul the worker’s comp law. Thursday’s decision comes six weeks after the court invalidated the law’s legal fee schedule as unconstitutional, saying it was…

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Property Casualty Insurers “disappointed” by failure to pass ride-sharing regulation

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The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America said it was disappointed lawmakers capped off the 2016 Legislative Session without passing insurance regulations for Uber and Lyft drivers. “Twenty-nine other states have passed legislation addressing insurance coverage requirements for TNCs, and it is past time for Florida to do the same,” the group said in a Friday email. “PCI will continue to work with lawmakers on a solution for 2017 so that this is the last year rideshare drivers and passengers…

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