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 .

Government Risks’ Sarah Schmitz to Present at CLM Conference

OneBeacon Government Risks’ Claims Examiner Sarah Schmitz will present on Thursday, April 7 at the 2016 Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) annual conference. Her session will take place at 11:30 a.m. ET and focus on municipal law and medical marijuana in the workplace. Find out more about this three-day, Orlando-based event by visiting Government Risks’ In the Know blog>>

Government Risks Exhibiting at Missouri Small Agency Conference

Celebrating Insurance Careers Month

This month we are teaming up with our industry colleagues to commemorate the second annual “Insurance Careers Month.” This industry initiative unites members of the insurance community to raise awareness of insurance as a desirable career choice. With nearly half of insurance professionals expected to retire within the next 15 years, we realize how critical it is to attract young talent to our workforce. During this month’s awareness campaign, we joined others in inspiring the next generation by sharing intriguing facts, career insights, tips and general information about insurance.

So, why choose a career in insurance?

Opportunity and growth, according to OneBeacon Government Risks’ VP of Business Development Brad York.


Challenge, stability and satisfaction, according to millennial Laura Peterson’s blog. Laura, a member of OneBeacon Government Risks, shares an inspiring story about joining the industry.

A commitment to educating tomorrow’s leaders. OneBeacon is committed to fostering insurance knowledge among students and supporting risk management programs across the U.S. Earlier this week, OneBeacon launched its annual scholarship program, which awards 16 graduating high-school seniors with $2,000 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year. This month we are also attending two college career fairs. Although located in different states, our goal at these events is common: offer career opportunities to tomorrow’s leaders and spread awareness about our industry.

For more insights and tips related to Insurance Careers Month, we invite you to follow @OneBeaconJobs on Twitter.

Lifting the Haze on Medical Marijuana Use

While there are currently 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana use, laws regarding employment practices and general policies vary in each state. Additionally, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, further putting a disadvantage on cardholders for protection in the workplace.

Reefer Madness: Medical Marijuana in the Public Sector Workplace is a recent article co-written by OneBeacon Government Risks Claims Examiner Sarah Schmitz. Published in the Winter 2016 edition of Litigation Management, the article outlines the various statutes and laws in certain states, and steps that public sector employers and employees can take to educate themselves on medical marijuana use, possession and storage.

Please take a moment to read the entire article and share the link with others that may be interested in this topic.


Curbing Distracted Driving by Law Enforcement

From cell phones to navigation systems, distracted driving is ever-present on our roads today. Recent studies have shown that distracted driving by law enforcement officials – who are often required to use radios, computers and operating emergency lights and sounds – is on the rise. With the difficult job of looking out for the safety of our communities, police officers cannot afford to put themselves at any more risk by multitasking at the wheel.

In an article recently published in American City & County, OneBeacon Government Risks’ (OBGR) Julie Frisbey Decker offers insight on how officials can avoid distracted driving by minimizing or removing in-vehicle distractions and obstructions. Read the full story>>

Where We’re Sharing Our Specialty Expertise This Week

From Government Risks to Technology, our groups are in the midst of an active spring conference season! Here’s a preview of where our businesses will share their specialty expertise this week. And if you’re attending any of the events mentioned below, we invite you to connect with us!

  • On Tuesday, OneBeacon Design Professionals’ Bruce Demeter will moderate a panel on ethics at the American Institute of Contractors Annual Forum in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Government Risks’ Denver group will host a Colorado PRIMA meeting on Wednesday; while Joe Garcia will present at the Missouri/Kansas PRIMA Annual Conference in Lake Ozark, Missouri on Friday.
  • Our Technology group will be in Madrid, Spain for the European Alliance of Insurance Companies (Eurapco) conference on Thursday and Friday.
  • And finally, Keith Fruechte & Lisa Phillips of Financial Services (OBFS) will exhibit Wednesday and Thursday at the Texas Bankers Association (TBA) Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. Visit our team at the Texas Bankers Insurance Agency booth #424. Pictured below, the OBFS graphic featured in the TBA program book!