Insurance & Benefits Archive

Facebook Posts Raise Questions For Employers

by Mark Friedman 2/1/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled in December that a woman who was fired for posting “arguably” critical comments about her employer on Facebook could receive unemployment benefits. It's the latest decision in an escalating legal war between employment and social media.

USAble Life Names James Casey CEO

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/28/2016 08:46 am

USAble Life and its parent company, Life and Specialty Ventures, LLC, announced that James Casey assumed his role as President and CEO on Jan. 1.

US New-Home Sales Soar in December

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 11:52 am

Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, with 2015 marking the strongest year for this segment of the housing market since 2008.

Baptist Health Forms Insurance Company

by Mark Friedman 1/26/2016 04:24 pm

Baptist Health of Little Rock has created an insurance company to handle its general business insurance. Diamond Risk Insurance LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baptist Health, is Arkansas' first special purpose captive insurance company, according to the Arkansas Insurance Department.

QualChoice Medicare Product Adds 1,000 New Members

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2016 01:58 pm

QualChoice said Tuesday that its QualChoice Advantage product added more than 1,000 new members during the Medicare annual enrollment period for 2016.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.8 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2016 10:26 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point, from 5 percent in November to 4.8 percent in December.

Indiana Firm Pays $4.3M for 17.7 Acres (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Watermark Residential of Indianapolis bought 17.7 acres at the northeast corner of Steele Boulevard and Van Asche Drive in Fayetteville for $4.3 million.

Arkansas Heart Hospital's Dr. Bruce Murphy on the High Cost of American Medicine

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Dr. Bruce Murphy is a co-founder of Arkansas Heart Hospital and became president and CEO of the hospital in August 2011.

A Master Class in Feedback (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Every year, aspiring singers participate in auditions for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Judges provide feedback to each of the singers. Most of the conversations were great examples of powerful feedback, delivered with skill and impact.

Uncertainty Surrounds Governor's Highway Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/24/2016 01:15 pm

With a plan to tap into the state's surplus and divert some general revenue, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is offering short-term relief to Arkansas' long-struggling highway funding system. At the same time, his approach may inject more uncertainty into the state's budget in the coming years.

US Home Purchases Rebound; 2015 Had Most Sales in 9 Years

by Associated Press 1/22/2016 10:31 am

U.S. home sales rebounded in December after new regulations had delayed the completion of purchases in November. And total sales in 2015 were the most in nine years.

Lloyd's Appoints New Regional Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/20/2016 10:52 am

Lloyd's, a specialist reinsurance market, announced Wednesday the appointment of Enya He as Regional Director for its newly-established south central U.S. region.

John Goodson, Others Respond to Judge; Court Date Reset

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 12:00 am

The "show-cause" hearing date involving more than a dozen attorneys in the controversial class-action "forum shopping" case has been moved up a day to Feb. 18.

NLR Chuy's Rings Up $4.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 1/18/2016 12:00 am

The sale of a North Little Rock eatery tipped the scales at $4.5 million. A Sherwood car wash transaction weighed in at $2.5 million. And apartments in midtown Little Rock changed hands in a $1.74 million deal.

Central Arkansas Economy Shows Growth in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 12:00 am

The economic recovery in central Arkansas accelerated in 2015, with job growth surpassing the national average since March, said Metroplan, the federally designated planning agency for Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline and Lonoke counties.

Big Arkansas Banks Gear Up For $10B Threshold

by George Waldon 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Not long ago, crossing the $10 billion-asset threshold for a bank was merely a big round-number achievement. Now, however, banks surpassing $10 billion in assets face additional costs, fee restrictions and new layers of regulatory oversight.

National Charter Conversions to State a One-Way Street

by Gwen Moritz 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Most regulated industries don't get to choose who regulates them, but, to a limited degree, banks do. And while the door can swing both ways, in reality the traffic has flowed in one direction: converting from national charters to state charters.

Physical Education in Arkansas Receives $150K Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2016 11:55 am

The Arkansas Department of Education received a $150,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation to provide physical education instructors additional professional development opportunities and classroom resources.

Scott Pace Named to Lead Arkansas Pharmacists Association

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/11/2016 11:43 am

Scott Pace has been named executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, the nonprofit group announced Monday.

Another OneFinancial Asset Eyed by Johnelle Hunt's BHL

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/11/2016 12:00 am

BHL Financing is making a claim on $1.2 million worth of trust-preferred shares issued by West Tennessee Bancshares Inc., holding company for the $337 million-asset Bank of Bartlett.