Employment Practices Liability Insurance Claims and Premiums Surge

Pre-Vaccine frequency and severity only to intensify with first vaccine mandate suits filed in September.

“It’s common knowledge that the employee practices liability insurance arena nationwide has been unfriendly to buyers. Earlier this year, a survey of 20 EPLI carriers showed 15 reported rate increases for the line ranging from 5% to 35% (nationwide)….It costs about 260% more to resolve a claim in California than it does outside of the state, and according to a recent report from Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, 21% of reported settlements in excess of $2 million were brought in California, as were four out of the top 10 settlements. [1]

There are 3,962 claims involving CoVid according to #FisherPhillips and their extremely cool litigation tracker available at — https://www.fisherphillips.com/innovations-center/covid-19-employment-litigation-tracker-and-insights.html

Due to the lack of data either available or being provided by those “in the know” in EPLI, this type of reporting is money to better understand jurisdictions, cause of loss and client company size that are showing greatest frequency of events. While perfect world would be accompanying $ amounts by claim type diced, “frequency breeds severity”, and therefore this is extremely helpful in a data-limited enronment.

Budget increases in premiums and retentions. Understand credit risk under retention layers and fund layers for probable future claims. Look hard at California, and price accordingly. Think double.

[1]https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/05/24/615626.htm

Florida Passes Legislation Banning Vaccine Mandate unless certain Exemptions are Provided

The State of Florida legislature passed a new law banning private employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines unless several exemptions are offered to employees. The ban does not prevent private employers from requiring vaccines, however employers must certain exemptions for workers not to be vaccinated.

The exemptions are:

Medical Reasons

Religious Reason

Proof of Covid-19 “Immunity”

Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Agreed Periodic Testing

The forms to use use for these exemptions can be found on the link below

http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2021/11/20211118-florida-department-health-covid19-vaccination-exemption-forms.pr.html

A great summary of the new legislation and an excellent breakdown of new law can be found at Fisher Philllips LLP. A link to their analysis can be found below.

https://www.fisherphillips.com/news-insights/florida-passes-legislation-banning-vaccine-mandates.html

Commissioner Approves 5.3% Rate Cut in New Jersey

Just a few days after Florida dropped workers’ compensation rates for 1/1/22 by 4.9%, the New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance approved a 5.3% decrease.

Coincidentally enough, the New Jersey Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau recommended a 4.9% rate cut, but the commissioner revised the filing.

Average rate changes will vary by industry group. The “miscellaneous” category will see the largest average decrease at 7.1%, while manufacturing will see the smallest at 2.6%, according to information provided by the Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau.

The bureau also announced that the commissioner approved changes to the Workers Compensation and Employers Liability Insurance Manual.

A summary of manual changes is available here.

Sixth Circuit Court to hear Lawsuits over Vaccine Rules Mandate

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals won the “lottery” selection as the court to decide the constitutionality of OSHA/Biden Administration vaccination mandate or weekly tests for employers with 100 or more employees.

Lawsuits challenging the rule came in quick succession. Within 10 days, 34 lawsuits were filed, covering all 12 regional circuit courts and giving each of those courts one entry a the lottery to determine which Circuit Court would resolve the issues. In a process resembling a Powerball drawing, a dozen ping pong balls, each representing one court, were placed into a wooden drum on Tuesday. The winning ball was drawn in Washington, D.C., by a selector from a judicial panel that oversees multidistrict litigation.

PEO Compass will continue to update you as matters develop. In the meantime, click on the link below to read more about the ongoing litigation over this issue.

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/16/1056121842/biden-lawsuit-osha-vaccine-mandate-court-lottery

New York’s Departure From Interstate Experience Rating

As of 10/1/22, New York will withdraw from the NCCI interstate rating plan and become an independent bureau.  The NCCI announcement is as follows and can be found by clicking here.

NCCI Press Release on NY Workers Comp Experience Mods

(c) NCCI – New York’s Departure From Interstate Experience Rating. The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (NYCIRB) announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services approved a new edition to the New York Experience Rating Plan Manual (Plan) effective for experience rating modifications (Mods) with a rating effective date on or after October 1, 2022. Upon implementation of their new Plan, New York will withdraw from the NCCI interstate
rating plan.

Beginning with experience rating worksheets with an effective date of October 1, 2022, and after, interstate experience rating will not use New York experience in the calculation of interstate experience rating mods. New York experience can be used for experience rating purposes on mods prior to rating effective dates of October 1, 2022.

Mod worksheets containing New York experience that have a rating effective date of October 1, 2021, and after will display a comment advising customers that New York experience will no longer be used in mods on and after October 1, 2022. NCCI may issue additional communications as New York transitions away from the interstate experience rating plan.

What That Means For Employers

If your company has workers comp policies that cover multiple states including New York, your Workers Comp Experience Mod for New York will not be combined into NCCI’s E-Mod algorithm.

Your company’s New York payrolls will be matched with claim values only in New York.

Will New York Workers Comp Experience Mods Cost Us More Premium?

I hate to answer that good question with – it depends. Let us look at how it could affect your company’s workers comp budget.

A high amount of NY Claims with lower NY Payroll – New York Mod will be higher likely causing an increase in premiums. Any other situations will be – it depends.

For instance, If your company has a low amount of claims and higher NY payroll, then one could say that the NY Mod will be lower. Hold on, though, as the NY payroll will not count in as a buffer for higher claims in your company’s other states of operation.

I recalculated one of our clients’ Mods taking out the NY payroll and claims. The NCCI Mod dropped. The NY Workers Comp Experience Mod increased the premium slightly. I think we will need to leave it at – it depends.

This blog post is provided by James Moore, AIC, MBA, ChFC, ARM, and is republished with permission from J&L Risk Management Consultants. Visit the full website at www.cutcompcosts.com.

Libertate Insurance adds new Workers Compensation Carrier

Libertate Insurance, an Assured Partner company, has added another workers compensation carrier to its impressive roster of existing carrier partners.

Libertate has partnered with Kinetic Insurance through Nationwide E & S to provide a new workers compensation solution combining coverage with safety technology.

Kinetic said its proprietary, patented technology has been verified by actuary firm Perr & Knight to reduce injury frequency up to 50-60% and lost workdays by 72%.

Kinetic provides wearable technology at no extra cost to policyholders in an effort to bring “big company safety culture within the reach of mid-market companies.” Employers can gain the risk management benefits of wearable tech within their existing workers’ compensation policy budget.

While Kinetic’s wearable technology is included at no extra cost with the insurance policy, policyholders must commit to using the technology with their workforce. As an additional incentive, policyholders who attain the minimum device usage may opt into a dividend program that could further reduce their net premium.

The Kinetic Reflex device detects unsafe postures and provides workers with real time feedback whenever a high-risk motion occurs. Over time, workers can use Reflex to improve their biomechanics, which the firm says can result in fewer injuries and improved well-being.

Safety managers can view risk data in the Kinetic dashboard, which can be used to make targeted changes to workplace processes that can help to reduce injury risk further.

Click on the link below to learn more about this new innovative workers compensation solution provided by Libertate Insurance, an Assured Partners company.

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2021/11/16/642468.htm

5 Good Reasons to Start a Mentorship Program

Post contributed by Heather Keefer Saulsbury. Vice President of Sales and Marketing for StaffLink Outsourcing, Inc.

Mentorships support new employees so they feel a sense of community and support. They also improve worker satisfaction across the board.

Key takeaways:

  • Workplace mentoring offers guidance. It involves a senior colleague working with someone new in their career to offer guidance and opportunities to grow, or teaching another worker new skills
  • Five advantages of workplace mentorship programs:
    • Networking opportunities
    • Employee satisfaction
    • Problem-solving
    • Job confidence
    • Industry insight

Many of today’s workers are starting new jobs remotely, and that makes it easy for them to become siloed. Even if workers aren’t remote, they still run the risk of fumbling and not performing satisfactorily if company culture is poor and senior employees aren’t helpful. These situations can quickly turn into job dissatisfaction and low staff morale.

Some companies are turning to mentorship programs to give remote and in-person workers a much-needed boost. When employees feel more supported and get the guidance they need as new hires and established workers, they’re more likely to be engaged. In fact, 91% of employees with a mentor are more satisfied at work.

This is why 70% of Fortune 500 companies have mentorship programs. These initiatives help new people get acclimated to the job and even their chosen industry. Mentors help newer and lower-level employees succeed by offering advice and knowledge to support them. Because mentorships have so much potential, they benefit the workers involved, the company and the industry at large.

So, what is workplace mentoring, and what are the advantages it can bring to your organization? Here is your guide to the benefits of having a workplace mentorship program.

How does a workplace mentorship program work?

Mentors are employees who work with another employee, a mentee, to help them learn something new, grow in their position or company and provide consistent guidance and feedback. The mentor is usually someone with a higher-level position in an organization or an expert in the industry. They might invite their mentees to events and meetings, meet to discuss goals and targets or provide advice when the mentee is facing a challenging situation.

An important aspect of mentorship is ongoing support. Employees succeed when they feel like they have someone on their side from the beginning. Mentorships create better networking opportunities and help people get ahead in the company. These benefits are leading more and more companies to start mentorship programs.

Age isn’t always a big factor in mentorships these days, either, as it’s more about industry experience and knowledge. However, it’s not unheard of for a lower-level employee to mentor a higher-up in a business if they need to learn a new skill. It’s also not always about years working for a company, either, and often centers around what people can teach one another, regardless of status or age.

Five advantages of mentorship programs

Support and guidance touch the surface of what mentorship programs can bring to your workplace. Here are five key benefits of starting one:

1. Networking opportunities

For employees to truly succeed in the workplace, they need to feel a sense of community. This is accomplished by fostering strong relationships and networking with people they may not normally interact with. Mentors can help their mentees meet more people while creating a strong bond. Mentorship programs thus help people grow their networks and strengthen the workplace community as a whole.

2. Employee satisfaction

Mentorship programs increase job satisfaction and make it much more enjoyable for people to come to work. Nine out of ten employees with a mentor say they’re happy with their jobs. This is because they offer career support and workers feel like there’s always someone rooting for them at work. Their purpose and goals will be clearer in their career trajectory.

3. Problem-solving

Everyone faces challenges at work now and then. It would be a lot easier to deal with issues if there’s someone around who’s been there before. Mentors can guide their mentees through anything, helping them problem solve with expert advice. Mentees often have a big advantage over their coworkers when they have that kind of support.

4. Job confidence

A greater sense of satisfaction and purpose at work leads employees to feel more confident and self-assured. They know that they’re doing things right. They receive encouragement to take on new projects and recognition when they hit a target or do something great. Their expanded network helps them to have more confident social interactions, too.

5. Industry insight

Both mentors and mentees can learn a lot from each other. For instance, someone from a younger generation just entering the workforce may have a firmer grasp of the latest trends and technologies. More tenured workers bring years of industry knowledge to the table. These dynamics create enriching relationships that benefit both parties and lead to well-rounded employees that will succeed in their industry.

Why you need a mentorship program

The benefits of mentorships are clear. Companies can gain a lot by starting a program, including better workplace culture, fewer silos and greater job satisfaction that leads to increased productivity and efficiency. When an organization benefits, it impacts the industry as a whole. Networks are more easily expanded and great employees will have access to opportunities they wouldn’t normally have.

Mentorships have been proven to work well in Professional Employer Organization (PEO) businesses. They’re excellent tools for clients looking to give their company culture a boost without having to expend a lot of extra money and resources. They are cost-effective and promote a positive work environment.

Get started by creating a set of goals for your program, figuring out how mentors and mentees will be onboarded, determining the expectations of each party and setting up a system to measure success. Identify how someone will qualify to be a mentor and what population you want to serve with the program. Your employees’ productivity and satisfaction will improve as the program gets underway.

Cyber Insurance Market Lacks Proper Data to Price Risk

…an excellent article on the current state of the cyber market.  Thank you to Kevin Thompson and our friends at SecurtiyWeek.com.

A couple thought provoking excerpts –

  • “Discussing the 2019 Verizon DBIR, Alex Pinto, head of Verizon security research, told SecurityWeek that the DBIR figures suggest ‘a flight to ease’.  “It’s the game of security,” he said. “We make something harder [with improved security], so the criminals switch to the next easiest thing that will keep their money flowing… why bother hacking companies when we can just email the CFO and get him to send us money?”
  • data from global insurance broker Marsh indicating the take-up rate for clients purchasing cyber insurance rose to 47% in 2020 from 26% in 2016, based on all industries
  • A possible concern here is that insurance could become intrusive on their customers’ security posture. “That’s a valid concern,” said Skinner, “because some of it is already happening – the process of cyber insurance influencing cybersecurity has already begun in a somewhat rudimentary fashion.”
  • For its part, the insurance industry needs to work in lockstep with the standards bodies, the control organizations, and especially with the information sharing groups. “Insurance should be able to leverage that level of information-sharing and standards-gathering and implement them into their policies. And implement them into the holistic risk transfer package, not just insurance, but the loss control and risk engineering services that help that to happen.”

As it sits, the cyber liability insurance sector is not sustainable as price cannot be determined to cover expected loss. Upward double-digit impact on premiums, and reduction of coverage parts/exclusions/higher deductibles will be the norm. There is also more and more focus on cyber being a “core” or “mandatory” line of casualty insurance going forward. this couple along with continuous monitoring of vendors versus a “once-a-year” check-up at renewal will take on greater significance.

In general, cyber risk ratings continues to creep toward the same relative importance as a credit rating for a business.

Paul

Cyber Insurance is a work in progress, with many existing customers effectively guinea pigs

The basic problem for the cyber insurance industry is easy to state but hard to solve. Income (premiums) must exceed outgoings (claims) by around 30% (operating costs + profit). If claims increase, so must premiums for the insurance model to remain viable.

But the cost of cybercrime is rising dramatically and has been doing so consistently for many years. Continually increasing premiums to counter continuously increasing claims is ultimately unsustainable. Sooner or later, the cost of insurance will make it too expensive to be an effective form of risk management for business. The insurance industry must therefore find an alternative method of balancing its books if it is to succeed.

There is a potential solution. Decreasing costs (claims) improves the profit/loss ratio much faster than increasing sales (premiums). This is the area now being considered by the insurance industry. First, costs can be reduced by increasing exclusions in the insurance policy – but that decreases the value of insurance as a risk management tool, and there is a finite limit to its use. Second, if the customers’ security posture can be improved sufficiently to reduce claims, then the cost of insurance can also decrease (or at least be maintained at current levels).

The current cyber insurance problem

According to Moody’s research (October 19, 2021), “The proliferation of ransomware attacks has driven up losses for cyber insurance policies, and losses will likely increase in 2021 for insurers. Although insurers had been gradually raising cyber insurance pricing, rate increases began to accelerate in 2021 in response to ransomware trends, with double-digit rating increases across the board for coverage. Insurers have also reduced policy limits, increased deductibles and tightened terms and conditions, including sublimits or coinsurance, to lower exposure to ransomware.”

Ransomware is the current bête noire for both industry and insurers. But it is not the only threat. BEC (“business email compromise – https://www.securityweek.com/microsoft-disrupts-large-scale-bec-campaign ) can also cause large and unpredictable losses – and many researchers believe BEC will expand in 2022 as deepfake technology improves.

In most insurance markets, the insurers have hundreds of years of data on losses and their causes in marine, motor, home and life insurance. The data, as actuarial tables, provide accurate evidence on which to base premiums for individual cases. But there are no such actuarial tables for cyber; and it is unlikely that they can be compiled. 

“I don’t think the insurance industry can create cyber security actuarial tables,” commented Chris Reese, head of insurance at Cowbell. “The risk is unpredictable. The threat actors are smart and keep looking for new ways to exploit victims. Yes, we’re getting better, and we have more data – but the loss experience from three years ago is not relevant today. Will the insurance industry get actuarial tables like it has for the motor industry? I don’t see that happening.”

With no history to help, the insurance industry cannot be proactive in setting accurate premiums. It is forced to be reactive – and it is reacting to increased claims by setting higher premiums and insurance conditions. In short, it is becoming more expensive to get insurance, more difficult to renew insurance, and sometimes not possible.

But despite the increasing cost and shrinking coverage of cyber insurance, the market is expanding rapidly. In May 2021, the US Government Accountability Office issued data from global insurance broker Marsh indicating the take-up rate for clients purchasing cyber insurance rose to 47% in 2020 from 26% in 2016, based on all industries.

The primary reason is the continued growth and success of cybercrime. It has been estimated that cybercrime already costs the global economy trillions, and is expected to continue to grow in the years ahead. For the insurance industry to cover increasing claims for a larger market, it will need to do more than repeatedly increase premiums – and the only viable solution is to reduce claims by improving the cyber security of its clients. The question is not whether it will do this, but how it will do it.

Possible routes for the insurance industry

An insurance security standard

The payment card industry operates a security standard (PCIDSS) to which all companies must conform before they are allowed to accept payment by bank cards. One route to improving the insured’s security could be to develop a similar security standard and require conformance.

There is precedent in the motor insurance industry in the UK. Before a driver can insure a motor vehicle, the vehicle must first pass a Ministry of Transport (MoT) designed test, and acquire an MoT Certificate. The insurance is required by law, so the test is also required by law, and the insurance industry benefits.

There is no direct equivalent in the U.S. – but there is generally a requirement for motor insurance to cover third party liabilities.

There is currently no legal requirement for businesses to carry cyber insurance – but it is not inconceivable that it might happen in the future. The route could be through governments wishing to protect their voters (the consumers) through some form of third-party liability protection backed by insurance.

Insurance required by law would benefit from a worthiness certificate such as the UK’s MoT certificate for motor vehicles. That certificate would effectively allow customers to demand, and insurers provide, lower premiums through proven high security.

Sumedh Thakar, president & CEO at Qualys, thinks something like this could evolve naturally, but stresses that it is too soon to know how it might happen or what it might involve. “Most of the interest in this route seems to be coming from the customer,” he told SecurityWeek. “If I do this and implement that, should I not get a reduction in my premiums? There hasn’t been a lot of work done at the industry level, but I think I can see the basic principle working. You can get cheaper home insurance if you can demonstrate you are protecting the home.”

A potential weakness in a PCI-type standard is that it only requires conformance on the audit day – the company concerned could be out of conformance, and therefore at increased risk of breach, for every other day of the year. 

Cowbell’s Reese doesn’t see this as a serious issue. “PCI isn’t required for just one day of the year,” she told SecurityWeek. “The requirement for conformance is for all 365 days. If there is a network security breach and it is due, or potentially due, to a lack of security on behalf of the retailer, then the brand (for PCI, the payment card industry) can withhold the cash. That’s a pretty big stick.” Her argument is the threat to decline a claim if it is shown that a breach occurred due to lack of insurance standard conformance would be enough to ensure that companies maintain continuous compliance.

The question remains, could an insurance security standard reduce insured’s claims sufficient to allow the insurance industry to keep premiums at current or lower levels? “PCI has certainly raised the cyber security bar for a lot of companies,” comments Eric Skinner, head of market strategy and corporate development at Trend Micro. “But it hasn’t magically solved the problem. You can pass a PCI audit, and still get breached. The question for the payment card industry is, does it make a breach sufficiently less likely to be worth it?”

Only time will tell if the insurance industry is able to develop, maintain and require conformance to a solid security standard that actually works. 

Requiring specific controls

An alternative approach for the insurance industry would be to require different controls for individual clients. This would be more flexible than a single all-encompassing standard since it could vary between different industry verticals depending on the perception of risk. It could also be amended at renewal time or annually as specified in the insurance contract.

A possible concern here is that insurance could become intrusive on their customers’ security posture. “That’s a valid concern,” said Skinner, “because some of it is already happening – the process of cyber insurance influencing cybersecurity has already begun in a somewhat rudimentary fashion.”

He refers to the ubiquitous questionnaire, in this case asking the customer for a statement on its security posture. “Like annual compliance audits,” continued Skinner, “these questionnaires are a snapshot in time – and they ask questions that may or may not result in reduced risk because the insurance industry is still learning about security.” 

Nevertheless, these questionnaires are having an influence on cybersecurity postures “Examples could be, ‘do you have EDR deployed?’ We’re hearing from some insurance brokers that if customers say ‘no’ to this, they run a very high risk of being declined or not renewed.” The problem is that security is not enhanced by deploying controls, but by implementing them correctly, using them adequately, and ensuring they are up to date. None of this can be gauged by a questionnaire. “I’m not sure if such questions are currently delivering the benefits the insurance companies expect.” 

The logical extension to enquiring about security postures would be to start insisting on certain controls. This would be a large step too far. To be effective, it would require the insurance company to have the visibility of a CISO, the business understanding of the board, and the purse strings of the CFO within every insured company. This would be far too expensive for the insurer and far too intrusive for the customer. It is, quite simply, a non-runner.

Implementing continuous monitoring

A third approach would be for the insurance industry to base their premiums on recommendations from third-party security scanning companies – such as Qualys, BlueVoyantImmuniWebOutpost24SecurityScorecard and many others. This could provide a form of continuous posture monitoring; something missing from both the audited security insurance standard and the questionnaire-based approaches. It also promises to be less intrusive and therefore more acceptable to the customer. The insurance company can simply say, our scans say you are weak in these areas: strengthen them and you will qualify for lower premiums.

The weakness is that most scans only see an external view of the customers’ infrastructure. This is still valid because it is the same view as seen by the hackers, and strengthening all visible weaknesses makes it difficult for hackers to find an entry point.

An evolutionary step up from external monitoring is internal continuous monitoring of the entire infrastructure. This is currently offered by Cowbell, a company that uses an AI engine to scan for posture weaknesses inside the network. The information it returns can be used to strengthen cyber security, but can also allow insurers to make a more intelligent assessment on the premiums necessary to insure individual customers.

In one sense, Cowbell operates as an insurance broker’s assistant. It provides brokers with the information necessary for them to negotiate the best possible premium from among the potential insurers.

The future for the cyber insurance industry

Cyber insurance is still a work in progress, which means that many current customers are effectively guinea pigs. The current model of continuously increasing premiums and exclusions to counterbalance rising claims is unsustainable.  But the insurers know this and are actively seeking a realistic solution.

They will eventually succeed. Every party to the process wants the same result: increased security with lower loss to cyber crime.

Vishaal Hariprasad, CEO at Resilience, believes the solution will come with a new relationship between the insured, cyber security, and the insurer. He came into insurance in 2016, having previously been threat intelligence architect at Palo Alto Networks. He was, and is, cyber operations officer at the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and is also (IMA) Director of Operations, 90th COS, 67th Cyberspace Wing.

“In 2016,” he told SecurityWeek, “you could buy a million-dollar cyber insurance policy and they would ask you, do you have your IT person, and did you guys buy a firewall? They never asked is the firewall turned on, because the insurance industry didn’t care back then.”

This is what must change. “Insurers need to know, is your firewall turned on? Is it consistently patched? Are you continuously bringing in the right data feeds? And are you monitoring them?” What is needed is a new cooperative relationship between the insurer and the insured.

For its part, the insurance industry needs to work in lockstep with the standards bodies, the control organizations, and especially with the information sharing groups. “Insurance should be able to leverage that level of information-sharing and standards-gathering and implement them into their policies. And implement them into the holistic risk transfer package, not just insurance, but the loss control and risk engineering services that help that to happen.”

In effect, the insurance company, through relationships with threat information sharing bodies, needs to become a cyber security advisor to its customers. Since both the insured and insurer seek the same end – better cyber security – this could be done in a mutually acceptable rather than officiously intrusive manner.

The key words in Hariprasad’s view of successful cyber insurance are engagement and continuous monitoring: cooperative engagement between the insured and an insurer that fully understands the threat landscape, and continuous monitoring of cyber controls that mitigate threats.

“A lot of folks still think in that old mindset of you set it up once and you forget about it, and just worry about the renewal in a year or two. And I think that’s the danger,” he said.

Cyber insurance and cyber security must learn to work in harmony and not be considered as alternatives to each other. Insurers must become trusted advisors to the board of the insured – and boards must learn to work with the insurer to improve their security hygiene, to improve their cyber security, and to earn the lowest possible premiums.

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Kevin Townsend is a Senior Contributor at SecurityWeek. He has been writing about high tech issues since before the birth of Microsoft. For the last 15 years he has specialized in information security; and has had many thousands of articles published in dozens of different magazines – from The Times and the Financial Times to current and long-gone computer magazines.

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