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Business Premises Liability: What Can You Do?

When it comes to a business’ liability, customer safety can be a muddled area. If someone enters a place of business and is injured, who is at fault? In court, it can be tricky for a business to prove that its establishment had no part in an accident, and an injured plaintiff may be able to point out certain circumstances that suggest negligence on an owner’s part. The following are guidelines for how you can help ensure your customers’ safety and protect yourself from frivolous claims.

While you probably already keep your business premises clean and orderly, it’s a good idea to document what you do. The physical condition of your building should also be taken into account. Is the floor missing tiles? Are there unseen protruding edges? Any defect can be used against you, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is. (more…)

Filed under: Property & Casualty,Safety — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 8:14 pm May 20, 2015

Make Sure Smartphones Mean Smart Business: Beware Of Wage-And-Hour Hazards

It’s extremely important for employers to make sure their employees’ smartphone use at home isn’t putting their organization at risk of violating wage and hour laws.

Mark Tabakman explains that there is an “explosion of class-action cases” stemming from overtime-eligible employees using smartphones to extend their workday without those after-hours tasks being compensated. (more…)

Filed under: HR — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 5:51 pm

CNA Endorsed By California Manufacturers & Technology Association

cnaSAN FRANCISCO, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CNA and the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) today announced that CNA has been chosen as the endorsed business insurance carrier of choice by the CMTA.

As a world leader in advancing safety and writing coverages across 90 percent of all manufacturing classes, CNA was selected by the CMTA, working with broker Warren G. Bender Co., because of its depth of experience in the industry, financial strength and expertise in coordinating end-to-end coverage programs for today’s modern manufacturers.

“This endorsement affirms CNA’s positon as the premier provider of insurance coverages, claim and risk control services for manufacturers,” said Franklin Maccotan, director and industry leader, Manufacturing, CNA. “CNA’s goals align with the CMTA’s mission of helping California manufacturers protect the safety of their employees and the public, as well as the assets of its members. The endorsement allows CNA to be even more responsive to the unique needs and concerns of the manufacturing community.”

The CMTA represents over 400 manufacturing, processing and technology-based companies, and works to improve a strong business climate for an economic sector that generates more than $230 billion annually and employs more than 1.2 million Californians.

“CMTA is proud to announce its partnership with CNA to deliver a premier and cost-competitive commercial insurance package to its members,” said Dorothy Rothrock, president, CMTA. “California manufacturers are the backbone of our state’s economy and innovation. Because comprehensive insurance protection and effective risk control support is a critical component to operating in California, the CMTA looked at many potential partners. CNA, with its experience and long history of end-to-end coverage and manufacturing focus, was the clear choice to deliver the best program.”

CNA is the endorsed business insurance carrier for more than 15 national trade associations, including the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). CNA is also a member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

To learn more about CNA’s manufacturing industry capabilities, visit

About CNA
Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country’s eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th largest property and casualty company. CNA’s insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA’s services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. Please remember that only the relevant insurance policy can provide the actual terms, coverages, amounts, conditions and exclusions for an insured. All products and services may not be available in all states and may be subject to change without notice. Use of the term “partnership” and/or “partner” should not be construed to represent a legally binding partnership. For more information, please visit CNA at “CNA” is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the “CNA” service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

About CMTA
CMTA works to create a strong business climate for a manufacturing sector that generates more than $230 billion in revenue every year and employs more than 1.2 million Californians. For more information, please visit the CMTA at

Andy Viglietti, 916-498-3340, CMTA
Gino DiCaro, 916-498-3347, CMTA
Brandon Davis, 312-822-5167, CNA
Sarah Pang, 312-822-6394, CNA

SOURCE CNA; California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)

Filed under: Property & Casualty — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 2:09 pm May 19, 2015