Northeast Offices Closed February 9

Due to a winter storm expected to hit the Northeast on Thursday, several OneBeacon offices will be closed on  February 9 including:

  • Connecticut- Farmington
  • Massachusetts- Boston, Canton and Quincy
  • New Jersey- Holmdel and Morristown
  • New York- New York City
  • Pennsylvania- Blue Bell

Those employees able to work from home should be reachable by phone and email. All offices are anticipated to be open for business as usual on Friday, February 10.

OneBeacon Entertainment to Sponsor and Attend 36th Annual MUSE Awards

OneBeacon Entertainment is pleased to attend and contribute as a Platinum sponsor to the 36th annual MUSE Awards.  Hosted by New York Women in Film & Television,  the MUSE Awards is an annual gala holiday event to celebrate women in the entertainment industry.

This year’s honorees include : Actors Mary-Louise Parker, Debi Mazar and Martha Plimpton; Marcia Smith (President of Firelight Media); and Jacki Kelley (Chief Operating Officer of Bloomberg Media). The event will take place Thursday, December 8, from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM at the New York Hilton hotel.

For more information about the MUSE Awards or New York Women in Film & Television, please visit

Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Entities Must Comply

More than 55 million people in America have physical or mental disabilities that substantially limit a major life activity. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law to help protect this population and ensure they receive the same rights as everyone else.

This law was especially important for the public sector because it provided guidelines to ensure no program, service or activity discriminates against or excludes anyone based on disability.

Read the rest of this insightful, OneBeacon Government Risks article featured on Independent Agent and authored by OBGR’s Bradley York.

What You Need to Know if Your Public Entities Clients Use Drones

Have you spotted any drones flying around your community yet?  As the commercial use of drones increases, so do the risks and implications for public entities.

Learn more about how communities are using drones, the latest FAA regulations and the insurance implications your clients need to know about in this recent Independent Agent article,” What You Need to Know if Your Public Entities Clients Use Drones,” authored by OneBeacon Government Risks’ Bradley York.

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OneBeacon Government Risks Exhibits at the Georgia PRIMA Conference

OneBeacon Government Risks (OBGR) is exhibiting at the 2016 Georgia PRIMA Conference on April 18-20,  at The Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA.

If you are at the conference too, stop by the OBGR exhibit booth and see Dave Byrom, AVP Business Development, Julie Frisbey-Decker, Risk Control Field Consultant, and Mary Vasquez, Senior Underwriter, to learn more about the products and coverage we offer to public entities.

For updates from the conference, follow OneBeacon Government Risks on Twitter @OneBeaconGov .

OneBeacon Welcomes Joe Fitzgerald to Lead Entertainment Business

We are pleased to announce that Joe Fitzgerald has joined OneBeacon as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating & Underwriting Officer of OneBeacon Entertainment reporting to Jeff Richardson. In his new role, Joe will lead our entertainment business, working primarily out of our Los Angeles office. With 35 years of specialty experience, including more than 24 years focused exclusively on the entertainment segment, we are excited to welcome Joe to the team. For the past 10 years, he served as National Entertainment Manager at Chubb, and previously spent much of his career at other leading carriers managing all lines of film, theater, live entertainment and contingency risks.

OneBeacon Entertainment’s goal is to provide a compelling market for your entertainment risks that align to our capabilities, backed by the strength of OneBeacon Insurance Group. For more information on our entertainment products and team, please visit

OneBeacon’s Patty Hughes Discusses Telemedicine Risks

A conversation with our insureds often begins with them asking, “Am I covered if…?” As an insurance carrier Risk Manager, I’m happy that they’re asking (and I’m really happy if it turns out they are asking before starting the business, practice, procedure or service that prompts the question). The question gives us all an opportunity to refocus on applying the risk management process to identify, analyze, treat and then re-evaluate the risk.

Increasingly, these types of questions among healthcare providers are related to some kind of telemedicine service or activity, and they are interesting questions.

The applications for telemedicine are growing exponentially (as is the variety of providers), much as TV and microwaves caught fire decades ago (figuratively, not literally, although hazards are also a domain of risk management). Why the surge in interest?

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The Delta Queen- an IMU insured- to be refurbished

The Delta Queen, an American sternwheel steamboat and a U.S. National Historic Landmark, set sail last week for New Orleans to undergo refurbishment. The ship, insured by  International Marine Underwriters, has an extensive history dating back to 1924, but has spent the last 6 years docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee serving as a floating boutique hotel. When the ship recently came under new ownership, it was announced that the Delta Queen would be refurbished back to her original glory and once more act as an operational cruising ship in 2016.  We wish the ship and crew a safe journey as she makes her way down the Tennessee River.

For more updates, videos and photos on the progress of the voyage, check out the official Facebook page.

Winter Storm Juno Update

OneBeacon’s Farmington, CT, New Jersey and New York City offices will be open for business as usual today, January 28. Due to continued hazardous conditions in the city, the Boston office will be closed. The Canton office will open, however given the significant variances in snowfall and travel conditions in Massachusetts, employees who cannot safely get to the office are encouraged to stay home.

Boston and Canton Employees able to work at home should be available by phone and email.