July 19, 2016
INDUSTRY NEWS
NCCI Reports Positive Workers Compensation Results
"Overall, 2015 was another positive year for the workers compensation industry," NCCI Chief Actuary Kathy Antonello said in regards to NCCI's State of the Line Report.

Read the report and check out NCCI's new Agent newsletter. 
Large U.S. Auto Insurers Drag Industry Wide Customer Satisfaction Down 
Overall customer satisfaction with the nation's largest auto insurers is declining following an improvement in each of the past 2 years, according to the recently released  J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Auto Insurance Study.  Further, the study finds that the perception of price increases is the main driver of this decline.   
If A Self-Driving Car Gets Into An Accident, Who Is To Blame?
In February of this year, a self-driving car crashed into the side of a bus outside of Mountain View, California. The incident was a landmark: It was the first time an autonomous vehicle had caused a crash, not just been a part of one.
 
 
LEGISLATIVE NEWS
Multistate Licensing Reform Stalled
Earlier this month the White House announced three more nominations to the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (NARAB) board.   NARAB will provide agents and agencies with a vehicle for obtaining the authority necessary to operate on a multistate, nonresident basis. 
 
The three most recent nominations join seven other individuals nominated earlier this year, including  Big "I" leader Angela Ripley.   The Big "I" urges the Senate to confirm these NARAB nominees-and remaining three nominees-prior to the conclusion of the 114th Congress at the end of the year. If the Senate does not act before then, the nominations must be resubmitted by the next Administration.
Updated Q&A on DOL Overtime Rule
In May, the Department of Labor (DOL)  finalized a rule that will have a significant impact on many Big "I" agencies and their business clients.

The DOL rule updates a regulation that exempts certain employees from overtime and minimum wage requirements commonly referred to as the "white-collar" exemptions. The new rule will require that employers pay overtime to many employees who were not previously entitled to it. Employers should review employee salaries and overtime eligibility status and adjust them to comply with the new rule before it takes effect Dec. 1.


BIG "I" BLOG
ASSOCIATION HAPPENINGS & THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM IIAN'S STAFF
WISDOM COMES FROM THOSE AROUND YOU
Jeremiah Gudding, Marketing Director, discusses how by listening to the people around you can often gain new insights and ideas.

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ASSOCIATION NEWS
We invite you to join us to raise funds for the IIAN Foundation Scholarship and College Programs! This golf outing benefits the IIAN Foundation's college scholarship programs for Nebraska students - approximately $88,000 in scholarships has been awarded to date.  And t he  Foundation and IIAN are launching a new program in 2017 to help independent agencies and companies connect with upper-level college students, implement internships, and expose students to career opportunities in the independent agency system.

Two Dates and  Locations This Year: September 27, 2016, Papillion
                                                                 October 12, 2016, Axtell     
See all the details . . .  
Interested In Serving on IIAN's Board of Directors? 
Each summer IIAN's Nominating committee meets to review candidates for recommendation for election to the IIAN Board of Directors.  The election happens during the Annual Member Meeting at IIAN's Annual Convention each year - this year it's on October 26 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
    If you would like to be considered, or recommend an IIAN member you know, please contact IIAN Nominating committee chairman Phil Winkelmann (pwinkelmann@omahains.com) or CEO Carol McClelland ( carol.mcclelland@biginebraska.org.
by August 1.  
Nominate Someone Deserving An IIAN  Award
Each year IIAN recognizes the contributions of outstanding individuals who have given service and support to the Independent Agency System in Nebraska. This year's awards will be presented during the 109th Annual Convention, October 25-27, at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney. Please take a few minutes to nominate your choices in the following categories: 

Five Star Company of the Year, Company Representative of the Year, Young Agent of the Year, Spirit of Nebraska Award, and Trusted Choice┬« Agency of the Year.
Nominations are due September 15 - download nomination form here. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
FREE CE SEMINARS - 6 CEU's*
For Members Only

August 23 - Grand Island
August 24 - Norfolk
August 25 - Ashland
International Exposures & Solutions
Cyber Liability Risk Assessment & Coverages
                           PLUS
Flood Insurance - NFIP Agent Resources, Update  on 2016 Changes, Basements,
Claims, Discounts . . . and more!
AGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FACE-OFF - ONLINE
July 29 - 10:00-11:30 AM CDT
Watch live as the Top 9 agency management systems pitch their systems!  

Each agency management system will get ten minutes to tell you what is so great about their management system.   Then we will break out into a panel where the agency management systems will have a chance to debate the issues facing agencies and technology.
More information and registration
IIAN PARTNER OF THE MONTH
Thank You!
Their support enables IIAN to present affordable, high-quality member programs.


Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
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