Guest Post: Derek Symer, ASAE
As the pandemic wanes and associations start hosting hybrid or fully face-to-face meetings, they must consider traditional issues of risk management when it comes to shifting insurance liability in contracts and intellectual property.
After 20-plus years in the business of insuring nonprofits, one thing I have learned is that sound risk management requires a consistent, sober look at the entire range of potential risks an association may face. While it can be enticing to talk about the latest risk trends like cyber, social inflation, ransomware, and COVID-19, it is equally important to re-examine the risks we think we understand well to ensure the most comprehensive risk prevention strategy.
As we move further into 2021, many associations have decided (or are strongly considering) a return to in-person or hybrid meetings. This makes it a good time for a quick refresher about a few old-fashioned risks that come with in-person conferences. With all the talk about COVID-19, vaccines, and herd immunity, keep in mind that issues like contract liability, intellectual property, and copyright concerns continue to pose threats to associations.