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BOSTON, April 24, 2000 – Lexington Insurance Company has introduced EPL Risk Management Services Select, a risk management and loss control services program for Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insureds, featuring an Internet-based employee tutorial and a toll-free employee hotline, that addresses employer requirements set by recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

EPL Risk Management Services Select features an interactive, Internet-based risk management training web site, that offers a number of EPL risk management and loss control services, including a tutorial that enables employers to provide human resource and preventive litigation training to management personnel, and workplace training and orientation to non-supervisory employees.

The on-line tutorial is an efficient vehicle to train employees on workplace and employee relations issues as it eliminates the cost of central site training (airfare, hotels, missed days at work, etc.); provides seamless coverage of training topics for existing and new personnel; and enables an insured to track, evaluate, and continuously improve the training of its workforce.

The content of the tutorial training modules was created by Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., a nationally recognized employment lawyer at Baker & McKenzie and an acknowledged expert in the EPL defense bar. The training modules address the requirements set by the U.S. Supreme Court rulings over the last 24 months in the cases of Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, Burlington Industries v. Ellerth, and Kolstad v. American Dental Association. These cases indicate that employers that adopt employment practices compliance programs with “state-of-the-art” personnel policies and practices, proper orientation and training for non-supervisory personnel and a comprehensive workplace training for management personnel, can avoid liability or punitive damages for discrimination and/or harassment.

“EPL Risk Management Services Select creates the infrastructure for a model compliance program consistent with an insured's corporate culture,” said Kevin H. Kelley, Chief Executive Officer, Lexington Insurance Company. “Equally important, EPL Risk Management Services Select's tracking feature enables an insured to present the necessary proof in a litigation context so as to avoid liability and punitive damages under the Faragher, Ellerth, and Kolstad cases.”

The web site also includes a number of risk management and loss control components. Lexington's Best Workplace Practices Manual; frequently asked questions and answers; a library of legal and regulatory regulations; sample policies, procedures and guidelines; newsletters and management alerts are among the risk management tools included on the web site.

In addition, EPL Risk Management Services Select offers access to a toll-free employee hotline provided by Kroll O'Gara to report harassment, discrimination and other problems to an independent third party. The hotline is designed to meet the requirements specified by the Supreme Court in Faragher and Ellerth. Kroll O'Gara consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer the calls, generate reports and forward the reports within one business day to the designated contact person at the insured's company for follow-up.

EPL Risk Management Services Select also offers all of the risk management services previously available to Lexington insureds including its in-house EPL risk management consultant, employment practices audits, a toll-free EPL hotline for management, coordinating national defense counsel for multi-party litigation, regional EPL seminars, HR/COMPLY, an electronic HR reference system and newsbriefs. All of these services are free of charge.

For more information on EPL Risk Management Services Select, please contact a broker or Lisa Mansour Bee, Director, Risk Management Services, 617-330-8562.

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Lexington Insurance Company, based in Boston, is the leading U.S.-based excess and surplus lines carrier. Lexington Insurance Company is rated A++ (superior) Class XIV, by A.M. Best Company and AAA by Standard and Poor's.

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