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Better safe than sued: How to advise your clients on temperature screening, glove use

May 29, 2020 by Adam Malik

Your commercial clients may expose themselves to legal risk if they don’t adhere to all government recommendations to protect clients and employees from the spread of coronavirus while re-opening, legal professionals warned. As social distancing rules loosen in various parts

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Six-figure pain and suffering judgement against Wal-Mart Canada attracts appeal court scrutiny

May 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $225,000 award in a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Canada, arising from the accidental spraying of a fire extinguisher by a worker, could be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The victim of the accidental spraying, Kim Manos, initially won

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Contactless payment in a pandemic: There’s an app for that

May 29, 2020 by David Gambrill

Retail clients of brokers and insurers can now prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus by taking advantage of digital, contact-free payment methods now available on mobile apps. Increasingly, businesses will have to operate within the health and safety guidelines

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Hitching a ride: How risky is carpooling during COVID 19 pandemic?

May 29, 2020 Melissa Couto - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Whether it’s giving your neighbour a ride to the grocery store, or letting a friend borrow your car, health experts generally advise against sharing a vehicle during the COVID-19 pandemic. But like many coronavirus-related scenarios, determining the probability of infection

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These types of businesses are in serious need of a cyber policy

May 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

With ransomware and financial fraud on the rise, smaller businesses in Canada are vulnerable, particularly less-sophisticated organizations that move large amounts of money. For smaller brokerage houses selling cyber, examples of your next opportunities may be car dealers, people involved

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A new trend for BI coverage dispute lawsuits

May 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insurers who deny business interruption claims during COVID-19 could be sued by clients whose legal fees come from third-party litigation funding providers, an industry watcher suggests. “One thing that is happening now is a lot of insurance companies are

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Why insurers are investing more in this technology

May 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

Accelerated drone usage by the insurance industry is another of the ripple effects that will come as a result of change thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have changed the way people and businesses interact due to

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

In an age of social distancing, contactless claims resolution is an important part of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Canadian Underwriter has talked to those in the claims industry about how to do their jobs safely in the

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Pyrrhic victory for Intact in faulty workmanship coverage dispute

May 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance has convinced an Alberta court that the “faulty workmanship” exclusion applies in a disputed commercial fire claim but the carrier still has to pay more than $600,000 to a bakery, mainly because the judge rejected Intact’s definition of

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Dry conditions in Nova Scotia fuelling three large wildfires

May 27, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Provincial officials in Nova Scotia are warning about the potential for forest fires in dry, humid conditions as firefighters battle three significant wildfires across the province. The fires burning Tuesday follow a weekend blaze near Porters Lake east

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Opinion: How changes forced by pandemic are reducing litigation costs

May 26, 2020 Ari Krajden, Kawaguchi Krajden LLP

It has become common to say that we’re living through an unprecedented time. We’re also living in a time of great change that has been forced upon us. Some of these changes have been for the better — and have

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 26, 2020 by David Gambrill

More than 3 million Canadians lost their jobs in March and April due to the business closures to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. An Angus Reid poll published in March suggested that 44% of Canadian households reported lost