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Mandatory vaccination: Is it right for your P&C workplace?

September 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

An increasing number of organizations have been mandating that their workers get vaccinated, while many others are trying to decide whether to follow suit. For those still deliberating their options, the decision could have a significant impact on short-term productivity

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Return of events pushes hosts to address vaccination, COVID tests and masks

September 9, 2021 by Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – When Sept. 11 comes, Natasha Koifman’s backyard will be awash with chatter and music as up to 100 guests gather for an elegant dinner meant to raise funds for Haitians to access education. But the public relations maven’s

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The ‘Triple A’s’ to successfully navigate your company through the pandemic

September 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

The ‘Triple As’ of strategic agility — avoid, absorb and accelerate — are distinct ways that successful companies navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent blog from Harvard Business Review. Companies such as Airbnb that not just survived by

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MGA’s program gives employees money to take time off

September 1, 2021 by Brooke Smith

You’re burning out. According to a June survey from Canadian Underwriter, 54% of P&C employees reported feeling at least some stress and burnout working from home. Human resources experts often recommend that employees use their vacation entitlement to recharge, but

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Why top performers should rotate throughout your company

August 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

Allowing top performers to move around your brokerage or insurance company will be critical to retaining talent as businesses emerge from the pandemic, according to information adapted from a human resources think tank. “Of course, it’s human nature to want

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Should public workers’ compensation protect clients from liability for mental stress caused by harassment?

August 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s workers’ compensation tribunal was wrong when it decided that a Niagara Falls hotel can’t be sued by a former worker who alleges she was forced to quit after suffering harassment, the provincial Divisional Court has ruled. As a result

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Former State Farm Canada head Bellissimo joins industry regulator board

August 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Barbara Bellissimo, former chief agent for State Farm Canada, is now on the board of Ontario’s insurance regulator. The Ontario Financial Services Regulatory Authority announced Monday that Bellissimo is a member of its board of directors effective Aug. 12. Bellissimo

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Will 4th wave, mandatory vaccines spur more insurers to re-imagine the workplace?

August 16, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

With COVID-19 cases rising across Canada and several large employers — including the federal government — announcing they’ll require workers to be vaccinated, insurers and brokers may begin rethinking their return-to-office plans. Not long before the fourth wave hit, some

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The importance of employee experience in the post-pandemic world

August 13, 2021 by Jason Contant

Improving employees’ experience is a top priority for almost all Canadian employers’ post-pandemic success, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) said in a study released Aug. 11. However, while employers recognize adapting to the new reality will take time and require a

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4 ways to stay visible while working remotely

August 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

As more Canadian property and casualty insurance professionals shift to a hybrid workplace, it will be important for remote workers to remain visible while the rest of their colleagues are in the office. To be viewed as a valued team

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How many people Marsh hired amidst ‘distraction and uncertainty’ of Aon-Willis merger discussions

July 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Amid the uncertainty over Aon PLC’s now-scuttled plan to acquire Willis Towers Watson PLC, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. increased its staff level by nearly 2,000 during the first half of 2021, Marsh & McLennan CEO Dan Glaser says. “We

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Former Bermuda reinsurer CEO now on Intact board of directors

July 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Emmanuel Clarke, a former CEO of Bermuda insurer PartnerRe Ltd., is now on Intact Financial Corporation’s board of directors, Toronto-based Intact announced Thursday. Clarke, a French national, was appointed CEO of PartnerRe in 2016, shortly after EXOR S.p.A. completed its