Cameras Required in all New Vehicles?

February 28, 2012

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) has plans to announce a significant new piece of legislation which would require automobile manufacturers to install rear-facing cameras in all new passenger vehicles. According to The New York Times, the goal is to have this requirement in place by 2014.

I can speak from experience that rearview cameras are incredibly helpful for preventing minor parking lot fender benders. And, believe me, you'll never want to

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Lifeguarding: How Old is Too Old?

August 23, 2010

Last week, a West Bend loss prevention representative was asked by the aquatics director for one of our customers if we had a policy on the maximum age of a lifeguard. This is an excellent question. In short, virtually no organization should have a policy indicating a maximum age limit for any employees. For an in-depth legal analysis we turned to our very own Jenn Seidler.

Jenn is an attorney with West Bend’s specialty lines division. In addition to handling employment practices liability claims, Jenn works on property, liability and crime policy claims.

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Same-Sex Marriage and Community Orgs

August 05, 2010

[Editor Note: Number of states recognizing same-sex marriage or civil unions updated on February 2nd, 2012] A same-sex couple in North Carolina with three adopted children was denied a family membership at their local YMCA. The Y’s policies and procedures indicate that only a “legally married husband and wife or those who file joint tax returns” may qualify for a discounted family membership.

The couple was encouraged to purchase two separate memberships – a single-with-dependents membership and a single adult membership. While this approach would have given the family access to the Y and its programs just like a traditional family membership, it would also cost an extra

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