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Labour market tightens in finance, insurance

June 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Wages and job openings in the insurance and financial sectors have dropped, Statistics Canada reported recently. The vacancy rate in insurance and finance stood at 2.8% during the first quarter of 2019, down from 3.1% in 2018 Q1, StatsCan said

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Where Canada’s largest mutual is putting its new Winnipeg headquarters

June 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Four years from now, all of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company’s Winnipeg workers should be in a new office building. Wawanesa announced June 13 it will have a new North American headquarters at the southwest corner of Carlton Street and Graham

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Large commercial brokerage expands presence in benefits space

June 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

Yet another commercial brokerage has expanded its presence in the benefits space in Canada. Toronto-headquartered Navacord Corp. announced Tuesday the acquisition of Toronto-based Future Benefits Management Inc. (FBMI), effective June 3. Founded in 1995 and exclusively focused on group benefits,

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Retirement: How “Freedom 55” may become “Freedom 65+”

May 30, 2019 by Adam Malik

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) wants to talk about delaying the traditional retirement age to beyond 65. Many are already choosing to work beyond age 65 anyway, said John Dark, CIA president. “It makes sense to update our country’s

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Job hunters are changing the rules around work

May 17, 2019 by Adam Malik

Employers are being expected to offer flexible working options. And job seekers are more than happy to turn down an offer if they aren’t included. IWG, which operates virtual offices around the world, recently released its annual global study which

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How far can employee confidentiality agreements go?

May 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

If you leave your brokerage with some confidential information stored to memory as opposed to a physical document, can you use that information? A recent ruling from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that even committing to memory confidential

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Where in Canada do brokers get paid the most?

April 25, 2019 by David Gambrill

Looking to work for brokerages in the highest-paying regions of the country? Check out brokerages in either Alberta or Ontario, according to numbers contained in a recent Deloitte study commissioned by the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC). At $70,800

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How sales commissions can result in disputes over vacation pay

April 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you employ commissioned sales people, how are you calculating their vacation pay? Calculating employees’ vacation pay can be an issue for any company whose sales staff earn both a base salary and commission, Toronto employment lawyer Andrew Monkhouse, managing

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How harassment lawsuit ruling affects insurers

March 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Despite a recent ruling that harassment is not a free-standing tort in Ontario, corporate clients and their brokers still need to view harassment accusations as a serious liability risk. In Merrifield v. The Attorney General, released in 2017, Justice Mary Vallee

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This technology can help attract talent

February 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Using technology like artificial intelligence can help insurers attract the right people and keep them engaged, suggests the head of a major Canadian insurer. “It’s a tough talent market right now across the leading insurance markets in the world. Canada

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Want a flexible workplace? Throw out the policy guide

January 28, 2019 by Jason Contant

Looking to create a flexible workplace culture? Toss out the rule book and don’t formalize the process, recommends PwC. “A policy guide or a formal program can work against you,” wrote Anne Donovan, the U.S. people experience leader at PwC,

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Hub’s take on the merger between P&C and employment benefits

January 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

As it continues to expand its employee benefits solutions, Hub International is training its more than 4,000 employees in Canada to articulate that it is not just a property and casualty brokerage. “There’s still a training and development and learning