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Marsh & McLennan Agency Colleagues Give Back: 2017 Grant Recipient Volunteer Events

By Sara Bergmark, Communications Event Coordinator

clock November 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Each fall, Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) kicks off a season of giving through the Barney & Barney Foundation. The foundation awards grants to local non-profits, raising funds through the annual Rock the Foundation rock concert and golf tournaments in Orange County and the Bay Area. In addition to donating their time and resources at these events, our colleagues enjoy getting to know the grant recipients and the work they do by spending time volunteering. This year colleagues took advantage of volunteer opportunities at Home Start in San Diego, George Mark Children’s House in the Bay Area, and Laura’s House in Orange County.

Here’s a recap:

At Home Start

Home Start is dedicated to effectively preventing and treating child abuse. The team at Home Start provides a variety of services in the community to help eliminate the causes of abuse.  From their Maternity Shelter Program to parenting classes to child development specialists and so much more, children and their families depend on Home Start.  Key to their success is a focus on a variety of self-sufficiency programs which allow their clients to develop the skills needed to thrive.

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Topics: Community Outreach, Inside MMA

A Time of Uncertain Risk for Benefit Plan Fiduciaries

By Tim McClellan, RPLU, AFSB, ARM

clock October 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Beginning in 1974, with the advent of The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), those who manage employer benefit plans are considered fiduciaries acting on behalf of participants and beneficiaries are subject to specific standards of conduct.

The standards of conduct required by ERISA are separated into four primary categories:

  • Duty of Loyalty – Be loyal to participants and beneficiaries
  • Duty of Prudence – Be prudent in making decisions
  • Duty of Diversify – Offer a variety of investments
  • Duty to Follow Plan Documents – Adhere to plan documents

Fiduciaries agree to make decisions about employee benefits in the best interest of plan participants. The law sees the responsibility as the fiduciary’s, at times holding them personally accountable, negatively impacting their personal assets. 

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Topics: Employee Benefits

America’s Opioid Epidemic and Workplace Injuries:  How Employers and Insurance Companies Can Work Together to Combat Addiction

By Michelle Landver, CIC

clock October 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The opioid epidemic in America has become so severe that not a day goes by without hearing stories or reading about it in the news. For employers, opioid addiction has has a huge negative impact on the workplace and workforce.

Many workers who are injured on the job and are treated within the workers’ compensation system are prescribed opioids for pain management[1]. In an effort to reduce claims and costs, insurance carriers are introducing new solutions to combat opioid addiction.

In 2015, Travelers established the Early Severity Predictor model, which cut the use of opioids in over 500,000 injured employees by 30% and has helped employers reduce medical claims expenses by up to 50%[2]. The model works by identifying the likelihood that someone will develop chronic pain, a leading cause of opioid dependency. Travelers shares the results with the injured employee’s physician, helping them to identify effective treatment alternatives in order to avoid opioids.  The insurer’s claims handling professionals can also use this information to evaluate requests for prescription payments.

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Topics: Property + Casualty, Market Trends, Workers' Compensation

California Wildfires: Quick List of Resources for Businesses, Homeowners, and Volunteers

By Jennifer Johnson, Client Executive

clock October 10, 2017 at 3:15 PM

California is suffering unprecedented devastation as wildfires spread through both rural and urban communities. Many of our colleagues, clients and business partners in the affected regions are facing evacuations, fear of the unknown and in some cases, loss of property.  In the midst of a crisis, it can be hard to know what to do or how to help. We put together a quick list of resources, depending on individual needs.

For up to the minute updates on wildfire progression and evacuation areas, visit Cal Fire’s Incident Information page:

If you are a homeowner and have a home that was lost or damaged as a result of the fire, contact your broker right away.

If you are a business owner and have suffered a loss related to your business, once you and your employees are safe, contact your broker right away.

If you are not currently in an area threatened by fire and are concerned about precautions you can take to protect your own home or business, contact your broker to discuss the best plans and policies to have in place.

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Topics: Individuals, Property + Casualty

Helping Reduce Type 2 Diabetes for Beyond Benefits Members

By Nicole Mehrara, Principal, Employee Benefits Division

clock October 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Marsh & McLennan Agency and Anthem Blue Cross’ partnership is bringing value to Beyond Benefits Trust clients and their employees through the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). With 90 percent of diabetes diagnoses being Type 2, the disease is a dangerous and growing crisis worldwide*. As part of our dedication to deliver innovative and quality healthcare, the DPP will provide educational awareness to employees while empowering them to improve their long term health.

We kicked off the program in August and reached over 10,000 members in the Trust. Employees that chose to engage in the program determined if they prefer to meet weekly online or in a classroom setting for 16 weeks and then monthly for the balance of a year. The program teaches participants to make lasting lifestyle changes by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and improving coping skills. By providing employees with tools such as a wireless scale or an activity tracker, support through small groups, weekly lessons, and access to a personal health coach, small changes will start to make a big difference!

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Topics: Employee Benefits

Big Brothers Big Sisters to Honor Bill Brennan as Person of the Year at Annual Gourmet Dinner

By Claudette Renault, Digital Media Specialist

clock September 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Now in its 55th year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS) has served tens of thousands of youth through its much-loved and highly successful mentoring programs.  At Marsh & McLennan Agency, many of our colleagues are actively involved in the organization, with many participating in the Beyond School Walls program. Through Beyond School Walls, our colleagues are paired with youth for one-on-one mentoring in the professional workspace. We are honored to support such an incredible organization which helps change the lives of children in our community.

We are also proud to share that this year Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County will be honoring MMA Principal and incoming BBBS Chairman Bill Brennan as its Person of the Year.

MMA West Region CEO Paul Hering, who is also being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award this year, originally introduced Bill to Big Brothers Big Sisters at its Annual Gourmet Dinner. Inspired by their mission, Bill became a Big Brother in 2000. He joined the board several years later and has since served in many roles on nearly all of BBBS’ committees. As the incoming board chairman, Bill is eager to further the mission of mentoring children by focusing on BBBS’ great programs serving the San Diego area.

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Topics: Community Outreach, Culture, Inside MMA

8 Things to Get Excited About at Our 8th Annual Rock the Foundation Concert

By Lauren Brown, Communications & Events Specialist

clock September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Spice up your Thursday night on September 28, 2017 by joining us for the Barney & Barney Foundation’s 8th annual Rock the Foundation benefit concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds! This year, our goal is to raise $250,000, which means every ticket purchase counts. Rock the Foundation proceeds will benefit four non-profits in San Diego County: Home Start, Foundation of the Children of the Californias, Access Youth Academy, and Alzheimer’s San Diego.  

MMA loves to give back to the community and we are so glad to have the support of our colleagues, carriers, clients, family, and friends to help us do just that. Never been to RTF or just want to know what’s in store this year?

Here are 8 things to get excited about at the 2017 Rock the Foundation concert.

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Topics: Community Outreach, Culture, Inside MMA

Life Science Companies Receive Best In Health Insurance with Beyond Benefits

By Shawn Pynes, Principal, Director of Employee Benefits Division

clock August 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The skyrocketing employee benefits rates have been a concern for the past several years, especially for life science companies with fewer than 100 employees, who are stuck with age-based rates.

Under a Trust, multiple companies come together as a common entity, giving them access to richer benefit plans at more affordable rates. Our Beyond Benefits Trust, designed for Biocom member companies, does just this.

With more than 250 life science companies and over 20,000 employees and dependents enrolled, the Beyond Benefits Trust allows member companies to attract key talent and protect their bottom line.

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Best Practices for Product Safety at Every Stage of Manufacturing

By David Freeman, Principal, Director of Commercial Sales

clock August 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Manufacturing safe products is a primary goal and responsibility for all consumer product manufacturers. At every stage along the manufacturing process, there are factors that influence product safety and the associated liability. More and more, manufacturers are being held liable for risks both higher and lower on the supply chain. By following best practices throughout a product’s life cycle, you can improve product safety and help manage these evolving risks.

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Topics: Property + Casualty, Manufacturing

Opportunity for GROWth: Leadership Tips for Women in the Workplace

By Alison Levine, GROW Keynote Speaker

clock July 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Alison Levine, Team Captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition & New York Times bestselling author of On the Edge, shared her story of adventure and the lessons she learned on her high-risk journey to the top at our annual San Diego GROW Keynote event. Through education, mentoring and networking, GROW (Growth in Relationships and Opportunities for Women) strives to give women in the workplace the tools to become tomorrow's leaders. 

Waiting for that big promotion to a leadership role? NEWSFLASH: you’re already in a leadership position. Yeah – I’m talking to you! Leadership doesn’t start the day you’re given a particular title or have a certain amount of tenure. Leadership isn’t about how many people report to you or how large of a budget you oversee. Leadership is about realizing that every person on a team—at work, at home, or in your community—has a responsibility to help guide that team toward a goal. Here are four things you can do to obtain the mindset you need to help your team move forward starting NOW. 

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Topics: Culture, Inside MMA, Leadership

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