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  • October 01, 2018 4:51 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Goodville Mutual Casualty Company is happy to announce it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for 2018. Goodville is one of only 100 companies to be named to this list.

    This awards program is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. It was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, who are benefiting the state's economy and workforce. Companies named to the list were evaluated on workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems, and demographics. Feedback from employee surveys was also heavily factored in.

    “It’s a great honor to be named one of the best places to work in Pennsylvania,” said Goodville’s President and CEO David Gautsche. “This recognition is a testament to the unique company culture all Goodville employees have helped create and nurture. Goodville’s success is a reflection of our quality people committed to the mission and the people we serve.”

    Recognizing that employee satisfaction is important to the long-term success of the company, Goodville Mutual has an ongoing commitment to its employees. The company offers competitive pay and benefits, professional development and advancement opportunities, employee recognition and appreciation events, and employee involvement in charitable initiatives. The culture encourages teamwork and cooperation among employees, while supporting the well-being of every employee. Goodville employees enjoy coming to work each day, doing a good job, and knowing they are making an impact in the lives of the independent agents and policyholders they serve.

    Goodville Mutual will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in PA awards banquet on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. The ranking of each company on the list will be revealed at the ceremony. Tickets may be purchased online at www.CPBJ.com/events.


  • October 01, 2018 9:39 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    We would like to welcome two new staff members to our staff! First up, our new Director of Education and Events, Andrea Stroble. Andrea graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2015. Shortly after graduating, she began her career in the hospitality industry as a Sales Assistant at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. As she learned about the group sales aspect of the hotel business, she became much more interested in the event planning and catering. After about a year she was promoted to the position of Executive Meeting Specialist where she worked in the Convention Services department and obtained extensive knowledge in hotel operations and client relations. When she relocated back to the Harrisburg area in the summer of 2017, her experience at the Sheraton in Pittsburgh led her to a position as an Event Sales Manager and Wedding Specialist at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. Here she directed countless Weddings, Galas, and black tie events. When she’s not working, Andrea enjoys cooking, playing with her cat Beau, and attending live music events in the area.

    Our second new employee is our new Director of Communications and Technology, Brittany Mlynek. Brittany graduated from Juniata College with a Degree in Multimedia Technology Strategies in 2017 and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Strategic Communications. Throughout her college career, she completed an honors thesis mastering the relationship-marketing approach, which was then accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2017. After graduation, she began her career in the communications field as a marketing consultant at Operation Crusader, a relationship marketing company based in York, PA. While working there, she gained the experience needed to create a cohesive marketing and communication plan for various companies. While in her downtime, Brittany enjoys photography, drawing, and spending time with her family.

    Be sure to give them a warm welcome the next time you see them at our next events. 


  • September 25, 2018 2:10 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Boston – September 19 – Mutual Benefit Group, a property and casualty insurer in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and a longtime customer of Duck Creek Technologies, has entered into an agreement to transition its on-premises Claims solution to Duck Creek OnDemand. The carrier’s decision to migrate to Duck Creek OnDemand reflects the strength of the companies’ relationship and the inherent value of software-as-a-service (SaaS). A regional carrier in a market saturated by the largest players in the industry, Mutual Benefit Group saw this move to SaaS as an opportunity to use technology to help level the playing field.

    “As we plan our long-term technology strategy, it’s critical that we invest in systems and solutions that can evolve with our business rather than constrain us to outdated operating models,” said Adam Solomon, CIO of Mutual Benefit Group. “With Duck Creek Claims OnDemand, we’ll not only be able to offer customers better service during difficult times, but the upgradable platform will also allow us to keep pace with the evolving marketplace in our region.”

    Duck Creek Claims lets carriers make better, faster claims decisions and support their customers in the ways they prefer. It also allows companies to manage the entire claims life cycle – from first notice of loss to settlement – as well as improve internal operations through streamlined processes and automated reporting. Duck Creek OnDemand, the premier SaaS solution for the P&C insurance industry, provides an alternative to traditional on-premises implementation of Duck Creek solutions for insurers looking for a quicker realization of system benefits and a lower fixed-cost solution. An option for insurers of all sizes and regions, OnDemand supports the full Duck Creek Suite or any one or more of the provider’s individual solutions.

    “We are honored to continue to help Mutual Benefit Group with their digital transformation initiatives, and especially to welcome them into our growing family of OnDemand customers,” said Eugene Van Biert, Chief Revenue Officer of Duck Creek Technologies. “Mutual Benefit Group has long trusted Duck Creek to deliver world-class solutions, and we appreciate their continued confidence as they move further into the evolving world of digital insurance.”

    About Mutual Benefit Group

    MBG has been providing insurance coverage for automobiles, homes, and businesses since 1908; the carrier works diligently each day to help build and protect its policyholders’ economic well-being and provide for their security. MBG is known for its strong relationships with policyholders and agents; for its responsive, friendly, knowledgeable staff; and for claims service that consistently garners a high level of satisfaction, notably 96% based on 2017 policyholder surveys. Learn more at www.mutualbenefitgroup.com.

    About Duck Creek Technologies

    Duck Creek Technologies paves a genuine path to the future for P&C insurance companies. Decades of insurance experience underpin advanced technologies specifically designed to accommodate change – allowing carriers to navigate uncertainty and capture market opportunities faster than their competitors. Duck Creek solutions are available standalone or as a full suite. All are available via Duck Creek OnDemand, the provider’s SaaS solution for the P&C insurance industry. For more information, visit www.duckcreek.com.


  • September 25, 2018 1:29 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company as their CEO John K. Smith is honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award!

    One of the oldest non-profit insurance associations in the country, the Insurance Society of Philadelphia (ISOP), will honor Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Company CEO John K. Smith with the Distinguished Leadership Award Nov.14, 2018 at its annual Independence Gala.The event is designed to celebrate the insurance industry and provide an opportunity to give back to the community and the profession. Funds raised by the Independence Gala support ISOP and a scholarship fund for local college students. 

    This Independence Gala hosted by ISOP is not only an opportunity for industry experts to congregate and network, but also a key charity event. Every year, ISOP partners with the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preventing fires and promoting safety. The Foundation regularly supplies 10-year lithium battery smoke detectors to Philadelphia homes in need. As part of the partnership, ISOP raises funds for the detectors through a text-to-pledge campaign during the Independence Gala. The fundraiser supports the Foundation’s continuing endeavors to keep the Philadelphia community fire safe.

    To pledge and help PLM raise funds for the ISOP Independence Gala, please click here or go to http://www.plmins.com/gala/

    For more information on the Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company, please click here or go to www.plmins.com.

  • September 17, 2018 1:23 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Written By: Curt Schroder, President, Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform

     Every business in Pennsylvania should be paying close attention to the recent regulations put forth by the Pennsylvania Attorney General. These regulations attempt to create state anti-trust enforcement through regulation. The problem is that Pennsylvania law does not contain an anti-trust statute and therefore the Attorney General is not empowered to enact such broad, sweeping regulations!

    Published August 11, 2018, the proposed rulemakingventures well beyond the scope of authority provided byPennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices/Consumer Protection Act. The terms and language in the proposed regulations are themselves so vague and open ended that the Attorney General would have virtually unlimited power and authority over commercial transactions should these regulations be adopted. Perhaps even more concerning is that under the “private action” provisions of the statute, individuals would be able to bring civil lawsuits under the new anti-trust regulations, making this a bonanza for plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking to sue Pennsylvania businesses!

    Section 311.3 “General provisions – unfair market trade practices” attempts to accomplish through regulation what advocates have never been able to accomplish through statute, namely, enacting a state anti-trust act. This section enumerates a list of unfair market trade practices involving fixing minimum prices, stabilizing prices, allocating marketing territories, monopolization, as well as other practices sought to be prohibited.

    Section 311.4 creates a “Catchall” provision which would now include “unfair or deceptive conduct.” “Unfair Conduct” is defined in the proposed regs as a method, act or practice …. which violates public policy as established by “any statute, the common law, or otherwise within at least the penumbra of any common law, statutory, or other concept of unfairness; which is unscrupulous, oppressive or unconscionable; or which causes substantial injury to a victim.” This overly expansive definition would give the Attorney General and his trial lawyer allies carte blanche to determine what is unfair by arguing that a certain activity falls within the “penumbra” of any other concept of unfairness!

    In addition, Section 311.5 of the proposed regulations states that the enumeration of the unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive practices under Section 2(4) of the act are not exhaustive! The very existence of a “catch-all” provision in the act demonstrates that the enumerated methods are in fact exhaustive. Moreover, the proposed regulations combine this unwarranted and extreme interpretation of the Consumer Protection Law with a vast expansion of the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s subpoena power. Such unfettered powers will be ripe for abuse, inflicting significant costs and disruption on businesses.



  • September 17, 2018 1:23 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Written By: Vincent Philips, President, Phillips Associates

    • This week, the House of Representatives resumes work after its summer recess.  The Senate returns September 24.

    • Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) is the new Minority Chair of the House Health Committee.  He replaced former Rep. Flo Fabrizio (D-Erie) who passed away over the summer. Should you wish to reach Rep. Briggs about a legislative matter, he is found at repbriggs@pahouse.net, 717-705-7011

    • On September 18, the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee is holding a voting meeting on Senate Bill 1131 sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).  SB 1131 creates a state-run insurance mechanism to deal with landslides and is structured somewhat similar to mine subsidence insurance.  Licensed insurance agents may be utilized in placing coverage.

    • The House has three active insurance bills on its calendar:  House Bill 1286 (Metzgar-R-Bedford) on a punitive damages study of medical malpractice punitive liability (MCARE); Senate Bill 257 (Ward-R-Westmoreland) allowing dentists to be paid directly by insurance carriers; and Senate Bill 373 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) establishing a uniform health insurance claim form.

    • A fourth bill is technically on the House calendar. House Bill 1576(Pickett-R-Bradford) establishing a limited travel insurance line of authority but is moot give enactment of Senate Bill 630 (Reschenthaler-R-Washington/Allegheny) as Act 26 of 2018.

     



  • September 17, 2018 1:21 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Written By: Ron Gallagher, President, PAMIC

    The Insurance Department requested PAMIC’s help in jump-starting the movement of SB 1205 sponsored by Senator Laughlin (R, Erie).  SB 1205 is the industry agreed upon language to the NAIC’s model law dealing Corporate Governance Annual Disclosures. The bill currently sits in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.  

    On September 11, 2018, a memo from PAMIC was sent to the Leadership of the Banking and Insurance Committee and the Senate asking for the bill to move before the General Assembly session ends.  I received feedback from the Senate that there was an agreement to move SB 1205 ASAP (meaning the week of September 18, 2018). However, there are only six legislative days for both the Senate and the House to consider the bill.  If the law cannot cross the finish line before this legislative session ends, there will be a strong push during the new session that starts in January 2019 to expedite the bill.

    Our arguments for moving the movement of the Bill center around the Department’s accreditation program (this bill is a mandatory requirement for accreditation) and the need for you to prepare your disclosures.

    A special shout out to Mike Yeager, President, and CEO, Community Insurance Company for helping on this effort.

    The bill requires all carriers to submit their disclosures by June 2020.  Besides, there is additional language that constrains the Department from using outside vendors to review the disclosures.  These constraints include company size (premium), licensing status, and corporate complexity.

     





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