PIA of Louisiana's 73rd Annual Convention
July 9-12, 2016 • The Grand Hotel
Point Clear, AL
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Still Not Too Late to Attend PIA's 73rd Annual Convention

Don't be left out! We have a great list of companies and agencies attending this year's convention and it's still not too late to add your name to the list. Just show up at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL and we'll be happy to get you registered! Click here to see highlights of this convention as well as registration fees, etc.

Reunion Convention Theme = PIA's Class of 2016
Yearbook as PR Fundraiser

Even if you're not attending convention, you can still purchase a PIA Yearbook and see your many friends and colleagues in the industry throughout the years — going as far back as high school senior pictures. It's a great way to support our PR efforts as well! Click here for more details.

Advisory Letter 2016-02: Mandatory Registration
by Producer Agencies

Advisory Letter 2016-02 is to advise all producer agencies to register, under its agency license, every member, partner, officer, and director as well as other individuals that are personally engaged in the solicitation and negotiation of policies of insurance in the State of Louisiana.

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Upcoming PIA Events
07/29/2016 -- CANCELLED - New Orleans Chapter Family Zephyr's Baseball Game

07/31/2016 -- YIPS Education Scholarship Deadline

08/10/2016 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

08/16/2016 -- CISR *William T Hold - see note
(Lafayette, LA)

08/17/2016 -- CISR *Dynamics of Service - see note
(Baton Rouge, LA)

08/18/2016 -- CISR *William T Hold - see note
(Kenner, LA)

08/19/2016 -- YIPS Annual Bowl-A-Thon Sponsorship Opportunities

08/19/2016 -- YIP 12th Annual Bowl-A-Thon

08/23/2016 -- CISR Elements of Risk

08/24/2016 -- New Orleans Chapter CE Day

Virtual Exhibit Hall

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Virtual Exhibit Hall

Hurricane Relief Center
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Hurricane Relief Center

Insurance Industry Starts to Assess Brexit Effects

Lloyd's of London is considering how to safeguard its access to markets in Europe in the wake of the June 23 referendum in favor of "Brexit" — or British withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Lloyd's CEO Inga Beale said its preference is to continue operating in a passporting system, similar to what they do today. The system allows insurers and brokers based in one EU member country to provide services throughout the 28-member union.

Lloyd's Chairman John Nelson said in a statement, "I am confident that Lloyd's will stay at the center of the global specialist insurance and reinsurance sector, and I look forward to continuing our valuable relationship with our European partners. For the next two years, our business is unchanged," he added. "Lloyd's has a well-prepared contingency plan in place and Lloyd's will be fully equipped to operate in the new environment."

Observers say it will take some time to understand the complete ramifications of the vote, especially for the property and casualty insurance industry.

With Self-Driving Cars, Innovation Is Outpacing Insurance

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation into what is believed to be the first fatal crash involving a self-driving car. Joshua Brown, 40, of Ohio, was riding in a Tesla Motors Inc. electric car that was driving itself.

According to regulators and a Florida Highway Patrol report, Brown, the putative driver of the Tesla Model S, was killed when his car drove under a tractor trailer on a Florida highway. Tesla said the vehicle's Autopilot system did not automatically brake because it did not detect the white side of the tractor trailer against the brightly lit sky. Although the car included a means by which the rider could retake control of the vehicle, Brown was unable to respond to the tractor trailer in time to do so.

Autonomous vehicles are being promoted as leading to safer roads and fewer accidents, but they raise questions for insurers about liability in the event of a crash. The incident also highlights new safety concerns as Tesla, General Motors Co., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and other companies race to get self-driving vehicles on roads by around 2020.

Currently, the insurance claims process for cars using the systems generally works the same way as for cars without them, said Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). In a report last year on self-driving cars, the I.I.I. said the industry must study whether accidents with autonomous cars lead to more product liability claims, in which drivers blame carmakers or suppliers for accidents, rather than their own driving behavior. Liability laws might evolve, the institute noted, to ensure autonomous vehicle technology advances are not brought to a halt. Regulators are expected to issue driverless-car guidelines later this summer.

Workplace Violence Symposium on August 25, 2016

This Symposium will include five hours of Insurance, SHRM, HRCI, and 4 hours of CFMA CE credits are available to attendees. Experts from the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, OSHA, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, AIG partner Abernathy MacGregor, Thompson Booth, and BXSI will be presenting.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Renaissance Hotel
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Early Bird Special
Client Rate: $49
Non-Client Rate: $149
Offer ends July 22

After July 22:
Client Rate: $79
Non-Client Rate: $179

For more information, click here.

Thanks to Our 2016 PIA Partners:

American Strategic Insurance (ASI)

Capital Premium Financing

LUBA Workers' Comp

Markel FirstComp

Prime Rate Premium Finance Corporation

Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.