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Auto insurers giving premium credits because of outbreak

By JACK WEATHERLY Auto insurers will give Mississippians a break on their insurance premiums to reflect the fact that during the corona virus pandemic they have traveled far less than usual, especially since Tate Reeves and other governors issued stay-at-home orders. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said in an interview on Tuesday that he expects all auto insurers to issue ...

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ALEX PURVIS — Coronavirus Business Insurance Q&A: Policyholder coverage counsel on developing insurance issues

Q: It seems that many businesses are being told that they simply don’t have insurance coverage for coronavirus.  Why is that? A: My sense is that we’re seeing general assumption based on broad concepts that may not apply to all claims.   For example, most insurance policies that contain some version of business interruption coverage will use the term “direct ...

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CORONAVIRUS: Review your business interruption insurance policy now

As our nation deals with the far-reaching consequences of the coronavirus (COVID 19), the impact will range from grocery store shortages, school closings, and many businesses closing or reducing hours or services, to casinos closing in many jurisdictions, all for the benefit and safety of their employees, customers, and the general public. As closures increase, we will see many of ...

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SouthGroup names Cyndi Tullos chief operating officer and executive VP

The Board of Directors of SouthGroup Insurance & Financial Services has named Cynthia Raney Tullos as its Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President.  Tullos is a Jackson native and has spent the past 18 years in operations with SouthGroup.  Prior to assuming the COO position she was Vice-President of Operations and Technology in the agency. Ronnie Tubertini, President and CEO, ...

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ALEX PURVIS — The Coronavirus and business insurance coverage: Steps to take now

Mississippi business leaders will continue to hope that the new coronavirus, COVID-19, stays away from and out of our state.  But even if we avoid direct exposure to this worldwide health crisis, Mississippi companies will face risk and resulting losses.  From international shipping and travel to reliance on component parts manufactured on foreign shores, Mississippi businesses may not realize the ...

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Little joins Pyron Group Insurance as agent

Pyron Group Insurance recently announced the hiring of Zac Little who joins its Jackson team as an agent. The Brandon native is a graduate of the Mississippi State University’s Risk Management and Insurance program. He is a member of the Gamma Iota Sigma professional fraternity. Before joining Pyron Group, Little held internships at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance and SouthGroup ...

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Dream realized: Independent pharmacy opens in Jackson

  By JACK WEATHERLY Whitney Harris is living her dream. And she is fully awake to the challenges. Harris opened her pharmacy, District Drugs and Mercantile, in the District at Eastover last week. It’s an independent in the era of the chain pharmacy. After her postgraduate pharmacological education, she put in four and one-half years at an indie, Beemon Drugs ...

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HUB International names Stephen Cali benefits consultant

Stephen Cali is joining HUB International’s Employee Benefits division, accepting the role of Sr. Vice President / Sr. Benefits Consultant. Cali joins HUB from his most recent post as Director of Sales for GILSBAR, where he was employed since 2006. Cali oversaw all business development efforts across the U.S. for GILSBAR’s benefit management segments, including population health, wellness and member ...

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Many different elements factor into which employee benefits are most valued

By BECKY GILLETTE Health insurance costs continue to rise, low unemployment rates mean stronger competition for top talent, and there is legislation such as Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. All those affect what types of benefits employers provide, as well as the need to cater to a multigenerational work-force that requires different benefits at different life stages, said ...

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