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WSHB Case Update: DOL Proposes Increase to Minimum Salary Threshold

Employees in salaried positions earning under $35,308.00 annually will become newly-eligible for overtime pay if a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor is enacted. Employers with salaried positions under that amount should begin preparing to perform an audit of exemption classifications to ensure ongoing compliance in the event this rule is enacted.

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Changing Face of Construction Litigation – Emerging Trends That Are Disrupting the Industry

Emerging trends in construction litigation which are disruptive to all facets of the industry will be explored in depth at the upcoming CLM Annual Conference. In a highly anticipated presentation, nationally acclaimed litigator Stephen Henning will take center stage with a distinguished panel of experts dissecting five specific issues which are the most disruptive to those handling construction exposures. Henning, co-founder of national law firm Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, will speak on a panel at the CLM Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida on March 14, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. on the hot issue of "Emerging Trends that are Disrupting the Industry." Joining Henning is panel of highly respected thought leaders in the construction arena: Phyllis Modlin, Claim Manager with Markel; David Stern, President of West Coast Casualty Service, Inc.; George Truitt, Cole Scott; and Maria Quintero with Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Emerging Trends in Employment: Practice Pointers for Minimizing Liability

It has been called a "hot button" or "stress trigger" for businesses, the source of sleepless nights for human resource departments. Insurers on the risk for employment related issues are seeing a rise of certain issues in terms of frequency and severity for this genre of claim. Smart risk management strategies and practice pointers for those charged with management of this genre of claim is top of mind for those on the front lines. These issues and more will be the subject of a highly anticipated panel exploring the issues trending in employment liability litigation which is taking place during the CLM Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida March 13-15. In an aptly named panel presentation, WSHB partner Alicia Kennon will be sharing sage practice pointers and strategies for managing these issues during the "What's Trending in EPL" taking center stage on Marcy 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. Joining Alicia is a distinguished panel of industry experts which enjoy critical acclaim in the area of employment, Alona Croteau from CapSpecialty, Angela Lee from Beazley, and Mary Anne Medina from Specialty Group.

Innovative Law Firm Relationship 3.0 – Using Dynamic Methods to Drive Quality Performance

Innovation and disruption in the legal industry are buzz words which are thrown around often by law firms, corporate clients and insurance carriers. Often, the connotation is there is diminished quality in the end result associated with these concepts. In a highly anticipated presentation, WSHB Chairman Dan Berman is on center stage in a presentation entitled "Innovative Law Firm Relationship 3.0 – Using Dynamic Methods to Drive Quality Performance" at the 2019 Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference on March 14th at 10:10 a.m. Joining Mr. Berman will be William Garcia from Liberty Mutual and Raymond Weisse from Navigators.

Smile You are on Candid Camera! Cellphones, Drones, and Granny Cams, a Tortfeasor’s Worst Nightmare

Emerging technology has given us the ability to capture photographs and videos through the use of smartphones, doorbells, and even children's' teddy bears. With the proliferation of images and video is the realistic shrinking privacy of those captured in acts, both innocent and nefarious. When it comes to litigation, these images speak louder than words of witnesses to the trier of fact. This emerging, hot topic will be addressed head on by WSHB Partner Constance Endelicato who will lead a panel discussion entitled "Smile You are on Candid Camera! Cellphones, Drones, and Granny Cams, a Tortfeasor's Worst Nightmare" at the 2019 Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference on March 15th at 10:40 a.m. Joining Ms. Endelicato in the dais will be Caryn Siebert, Gallagher Bassett Services; Leslie Smith, ProAssurance Corporation; and David Prisco, Avalon Claims Management.

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