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Jeffrey Forbes

Jeffrey Forbes
Jeffrey Forbes is a blog contributor specializing in risk, legislation, regulations, and casualty topics for ECBM Insurance Brokers and Consultants. He uses his years of experience as a lawyer in Denver, Colorado to provide in-depth analysis of issues faced by our clients and other business owners. To follow Jeffrey's monthly contributions to our blog, be sure to sign up for our newsletter The ECBM Edge.
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Recent Posts

COVID-19 Risk Analysis: Cybersecurity Concerns And Challenges

COVID-19 has changed the way many organizations do business. Whether out of a sense of caution or to comply with emergency orders, many businesses have shifted to allowing more work from home and remote work from employees. This increase in remote work has had significant impacts on cyber security and cyber insurance.

ISO's 2020 Update Has Important Updates, Was Your Industry Impacted?

The Insurance Services Office, more commonly referred to as ISO, has issued a number of revised endorsements dealing with additional insured status. ISO is the company responsible for creating insurance industry standardized forms. These new revised endorsements will likely be used by the majority of insurance companies for their United States-based commercial general liability policies.

Blanket Increase In Trucking Insurance Coverage Causing Industry Unease

Trucking companies have faced increasingly large jury verdicts resulting from accidents in recent years. At the same time, the insurance market has tightened, causing rate increases across many lines of commercial insurance. Trucking companies have already faced significant premium hikes over the last few years and were likely to see more of them even in the absence of any major regulatory action.

Compliance Update: 2020 Changes To Hours Of Service For Trucking Company Drivers

On May 14, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration updated the rules and regulations related to hours of service requirements for the trucking industry. The FMCSA regulates the numbers of hours in day and week that a truck driver can work and also mandates a certain amount of rest time and days off. These regulations exist to limit the number of serious accidents caused by fatigue involving tractor trailers.

Insurance Companies See Requirements And Requests For COVID-19 Relief Measures

As COVID-19 sweeps through the country and does incredible damage to the health and well-being of many Americans, the virus has also caused significant economic damage. With so many cities and states issuing lockdowns, quarantines, and stay-at-home orders, many businesses have had to completely change the way they operate in a matter of weeks. Some have had to shut down completely.

Class Certifications In Wage And Hour Cases

Rules regarding class certification can sometimes seem obscure and obtuse. These rules can have a considerable impact on multi-million dollar litigation, however. Due to the high cost and long period needed to defend against a class-action lawsuit, these cases are often won and lost at the class certification stage with defendants trying to settle cases quickly if they lose the battle to decertify a class.

HR Insights: Pay Secrecy And How It Affects Employee Morale

There are many reasons why an employer may want to prevent employees from discussing their wages, salaries, bonuses, or other compensation. Pay disparities - even if based on differences in experience, training, or pay - can disrupt the working environment and lead to unhappy employees. Such discussions may lead to an increase in the number of employees demanding raises and seeking new positions if not granted. In the worst-case scenario, the information can lead to discrimination lawsuits with the high legal fees and detrimental reputation damage that such lawsuits cause.

NJ Wage Theft Act Updates Include Protections For Workers And Steep Damages For Businesses

Employment-related legislation continues to be a hot topic around the country.  A number of state legislators have passed aggressive laws aimed at impacting employer-employee relationships.  One of the most unique and far-reaching of these laws was just signed into law in the State of New Jersey.  On August 16, 2019, the New Jersey Wage Theft Act became law.

New Truck Driver Training Requirements: What Has Changed?

A significant new regulation regarding the trucking industry has just had its effective date delayed by two years.  The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule was originally scheduled to go into effect on February 7, 2020.  Instead, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has pushed back the rule’s implementation to February 7, 2022.

Medical Marijuana And Workers' Compensation- States and Federal Laws Still Not Seeing Eye-To-Eye

Medical marijuana is still a controversial subject in the field of employment, even as it becomes less controversial generally. Thirty-three states now provide for legal medical marijuana. Many of those states legalized medical marijuana after the success of ballot measures in statewide elections. At the same time, the drug remains a controlled substance at the federal level and the Controlled Substances Act states that marijuana has no commonly accepted medical usage.