Topic: New York Developments

LL Surplus Lines Series (Entry 2): New York to Consider Elimination of Diligent Search Requirement for Certain Commercial Policies

One of the hallmarks of surplus lines regulation throughout the United States is the “diligent search” requirement whereby the surplus lines broker (or retail producer) must attempt to place insurance coverage in the admitted market before exporting such coverage to an eligible, unauthorized surplus lines insurer.

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New Guidance on Insurers’ Use of Big Data and Algorithms in New York

Having concluded an investigation into New York life insurers’ underwriting guidelines and practices, the New York Department of Financial Services has issued Insurance Circular Letter No. 1 (2019) to advise insurers of their statutory obligations regarding the use of external consumer data and information sources in underwriting for life insurance.

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Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter – January 2019

Locke Lord’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter provides topical snapshots of recent developments in the fast-changing world of privacy, data protection, and cyber risk management. For further information on any of the subjects covered in the newsletter, please contact one of the members of our privacy and cybersecurity team.

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2018 Statewide Elections: A Mixed Bag for Insurers?

All eyes have been focused on the federal mid-term elections and the impact on the U.S. House and Senate. Post-mortems by the pundits have begun. See Locke Lord’s take on the mid-terms. The divided government in Washington, D.C. may well stymie efforts to regulate the insurance industry at the federal level, except in very limited circumstances where bi-partisan accord can be achieved.

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Document Retention Aspects of New York Cybersecurity Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations, 23 NYCRR part 500 (the “Cybersecurity Regulations”), require companies subject to the regulations to update their record retention schedule for particular documents mandated by the Cybersecurity Regulations. 

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Update on Sexual Harassment Laws in New York: Today, Posting and Information Sheets Must be Distributed

As we reported last on July 11, 2018, New York State and New York City recently passed several anti-harassment laws in the wake of the #MeToo movement that will soon require employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to all workers, distribute a comprehensive sexual harassment prevention policy, and update their form employment contracts and settlement agreements. Today, key parts of the City law go into effect. 

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Best Interest of the Consumer

On July 18, 2018 Maria T. Vullo, New York Financial Services Superintendent, announced the adoption of certain amendments to Insurance Regulation 187, which requires insurers to establish standards and procedures for agent recommendations to consumers with respect to annuity contracts and life insurance policies to best address the insurance needs and financial objectives of the consumer.

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Reminder: Key Provisions of New York’s Sexual Harassment Law Take Effect Today

New York State and New York City recently passed several anti-harassment laws in the wake of the #MeToo movement that will soon require employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to all workers, distribute a comprehensive sexual harassment prevention policy, and update their form employment contracts and settlement agreements.

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