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Schinnerer RM has written 36 posts for Schinnerer Risk Management Blog

Be careful with seasonal gifts to public employees

It’s that time of year when gifts among friends are common. If those friends are in private firms or public agencies, however, those gifts can cost both parties their careers. Even the appearance of impropriety can create a public relations nightmare. Firms must act in compliance with applicable gift-giving laws, which vary depending on the … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of the risk management team and all of Schinnerer, we just wanted to wish all of our blog followers, policyholders, brokers, and other industry colleagues a happy and safe Thanksgiving with friends and family. We’ll be back to our regular posting next week.

FAA releases new drone rules

Back in June, new rules covering a broad spectrum of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds were put in place. The Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS requirements, are contained in Part 107 of the FAA rules. The rules take effect August 29, 2016, with a fact sheet … Continue reading

Papers available from Invited Attorneys meeting

For 55 years, Schinnerer has provided defense attorneys and in-house counsels and risk managers with an annual conference to discuss both legal and professional practice developments. In 2016, this two-day continuing education program was held from May 26-27 in Coral Gables, Florida. Participation in this conference is by invitation only, but the end-result of this … Continue reading

Protect your firm from ransomware

In this age of increasing cyber crime, professional service firms should anticipate that their business files and systems could be held for extortion payments. Unfortunately, some have already been victims of ransomware demands. Firms that have experienced the chaos and despair that a ransomware attack causes know that it is a largely self-inflicted injury that … Continue reading

Do transgender-accessible bathrooms create professional liability risks?

Although Americans seem to be surrendering their privacy on an increasing basis through cellphone and website usage, the issue of privacy and safety in restrooms appears to still be a concern. Some concerns design firms have expressed to us include: Is there a professional liability exposure created by the move toward assuring restroom access to … Continue reading

Papers available from Invited Attorneys meeting

For 54 years, Schinnerer has provided defense attorneys and in-house counsels and risk managers with an annual conference to discuss both legal and professional practice developments. In 2015, this two-day continuing education program was held from May 28-29 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Participation in this conference is by invitation only, but the end-result of this meeting … Continue reading

U.S. Institute for Building Documentation releases new standards for as-built documentation

The U.S. Institute for Building Documentation has released new standards for specifying contracts for as-built building-measurement capture. The documents were developed to complement the already-existing standards specifying 3D building-information-modeling level of development. These new standards enable owners and clients to have assurance that constructors are building with some level of accuracy. A user guide is … Continue reading

Researchers introduce inexpensive earthquake-resistant construction

Engineers at Stanford University have created a new method of constructing earthquake-resistant homes. In a test of their prototype home, the house was undamaged after being submitted to a large shaking table that shook with the intensity of a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. The most significant factor in the construction is that the home is not … Continue reading

Luxury condos that can survive nuclear war constructed in Kansas

An interesting Wall Street Journal article highlights some luxury condominiums in Kansas that are able to survive a nuclear attack. The condos were constructed in a decommissioned missile silo under the ground. Depending on the size, the units sell for $1.5 to $3 million, and include access to indoor swimming pools, movie theaters, a spa, … Continue reading