ACE Releases New Tool for Employment Practices Risk Management

  ACE Releases New Tool for Employment Practices Risk Management

  EPL Assist Offers Policyholders Access to Expert Legal Advice from Littler
                                  Mendelson

Business Wire

PHILADELPHIA -- February 28, 2013

The ACE Group today announced that it has, together with the world’s foremost
labor and employment law firm, Littler Mendelson (Littler), created a cutting
edge employment practices risk management tool available to ACE’s primary EPL
and Private & Not-for-Profit Company Management Liability policyholders. EPL
Assist™ provides legal content, forms, and analysis. In addition, insureds get
advice directly from dedicated Littler lawyers through a secure web portal and
a toll free hotline service. With more than 950 attorneys in 56 offices
throughout the U.S. and globally, Littler has both the expertise and the
capacity to handle a broad range of employment matters.

“Employers today face a dizzying array of employment laws and ongoing
employment issues,” said Kenneth Latham, Vice President, ACE Professional
Risk. “Whether it involves discipline or termination, wage and hour, or even
the new frontier of social media, the ever-changing legal requirements of
these issues can have a devastating impact.”

“Through EPL Assist, ACE ^ insureds have an unlimited ability to obtain expert
advice and counsel as a benefit of their policy’s program,” added Joe Casey,
Division President, ACE Westchester Professional Risk. “ACE recognizes the
unique burdens faced by employers today, and we are pleased to provide our
insureds with access to the content and advice they need in order to compete
in today’s challenging legal environment.”

“The risks related to ongoing employment issues are not limited to large
companies. ACE understands the challenges involved in securing and maintaining
a cost-effective insurance program for companies of all sizes. We’re committed
to developing and delivering services that meet the needs of our small
business customers and distribution partners through this new employment
practices risk management tool,” said Maura Verrone, Vice President, ACE
Commercial Risk Services.

Through EPL Assist, insureds can obtain:

  *No cost, online and live hotline access to the legal experts at Littler
  *Employment law updates, newsletters, and related publications
  *A compendium of online employment law resources through a secure website,
    including unlimited access to such content as:

       *Employment policies and practices
       *A Human Resources forms library
       *Sample employee handbooks, including supplement information for all
         50 states
       *State and national employment law summaries and reference materials
       *50-state surveys on various employment law essentials, including
         minimum wage and overtime requirements, protected classifications,
         new hire reporting requirements, meal and rest break requirements,
         and voting rights requirements

  *Free webinars, podcasts, and other materials on cutting-edge issues of
    employment and labor law
  *Complimentary registration to Littler’s nationwide breakfast briefing
    series
  *Complimentary access to Littler’s webinars and podcasts

ACE Professional Risk (retail-focused division) and ACE Westchester
Professional Risk (wholesale-focused division) are both part of the ACE Group,
and are staffed by specialized teams of innovative underwriters, providing
management liability and professional liability products throughout the U.S.
For more information about ACE Professional Risk and its range of products and
services, please visit our website. For more information about ACE Westchester
Professional Risk, please visit our website.

ACE Commercial Risk Services is an operation within the ACE Group that is
dedicated to providing specialty insurance products that offer solutions for
small business insurance needs in North America. ACE Commercial Risk Services
offers its products through retail agents and brokers, wholesale brokers and
wholesale producers, program agents and other alternative distribution models.
Additional information can be found at www.acecrs.com.

Access to EPL Assist is limited to primary EPL and Private & Not-for-Profit
Company Management Liability policyholders only. Littler is solely responsible
for all content furnished with respect to the risk management program. Access
to the program is voluntary and the content provided therein is for reference
purposes only. Neither ACE nor Littler assume any liability in the use or
reliance on such materials. Insureds are advised to seek the advice of counsel
prior to utilizing any employment materials, including those provided in
connection with the EPL Assist program.

Product highlights are summaries only; please see the actual policy for terms
and conditions. Products may not be available in all locations and remain
subject to the ACE Group’s underwriting criteria.

Littler is the world’s largest labor and employment firm exclusively devoted
to representing management. With more than 950 attorneys and 56 offices
throughout the U.S. and globally, Littler has extensive resources to address
the needs of U.S.-based and multi-national clients, from navigating domestic
and international employment laws and labor relations issues, to applying
corporate policies worldwide. Established in 1942, the firm has litigated,
mediated and negotiated some of the most influential employment law cases and
labor contracts on record.

The ACE Group is one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty
insurers. With operations in 53 countries, ACE provides commercial and
personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident supplemental
health insurance, reinsurance, and life insurance to a diverse group of
clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of the ACE Group, is listed on the
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index.
Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com.

Contact:

ACE North America Communications
Carla Ferrara, 215-640-4744
carla.ferrara@acegroup.com
 
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