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As workplace infections rise, employers grapple with ‘ambiguous’ mask rules

January 14, 2021 by Brett Bundale - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – On the factory floor, masks were optional. Until last month, workers at TEC Business Solutions’s corrugated packaging plant in Mississauga, Ont. underwent a COVID-19 screening, had a temperature check and sanitized their hands – but once inside and

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How ‘take-home COVID’ can impact employers’ liability

January 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

COVID-19 can cause a commercial general liability claim if a commercial client is sued by the family member of a worker who has caught the disease at work and then infected family members, insurance law experts suggest. “Take-home COVID” is

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How COVID-19 vaccine side effects impact liability risk

January 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Some people could suffer side effects from a COVID-19 immunization, but the vaccine manufacturers have a number of protections that minimize their liability risk, Canadian lawyers suggest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quoted last week by The Canadian Press as

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Three ways of reducing your client’s risk of false slip-and-fall claims

January 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Installing video systems, keeping an eye out for obstructions on the property and asking claimants for all names they have used in the past are among the techniques your clients can use to protect themselves from fraudulent slip-and-fall claims. Slip

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What Supreme Court says about liability risk for contract breach

January 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of a property maintenance firm has several liability risk management takeaways when it comes to contracting for commercial clients. C.M. Callow Inc. had property maintenance contracts in 2012-14 for a group

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Quebec long-term care residents threaten legal action to get second vaccine dose

January 8, 2021 by Morgan Lowrie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A group of seniors at one of the first long-term care homes in Quebec to receive COVID-19 vaccines have threatened to sue the provincial government if they don’t receive their second doses in the coming days. A formal

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Why it took four years to add snow removal contractor as a defendant in this slip-and-fall claim

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A landscaping firm with a contract to spread salt and sand during the winter has been added as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario more than four years after an alleged slip-and-fall accident. 1323765 Ontario Inc., which

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RCMP commits to changes in how it collects, uses information about protesters

December 18, 2020 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The RCMP has agreed to revamp its policies on the collection and use of information about protesters after a watchdog expressed fresh concerns, a notable shift from the police force’s position only months ago. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki

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Honda recalls 130,000 vehicles in Canada

December 17, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MARKHAM, Ont. – Honda says it will recall 130,000 vehicles in Canada, including certain Fit, Civic, Accord, Insight and Acura ILX models, after announcing a similar recall of 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. The automaker says 96,761 of the

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How family protection endorsement works when multiple tortfeasors liable

December 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling that reduced an Ontario auto insurer’s liability by more than $500,000 is now final. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Dec. 10 it will not hear an appeal from Gregory Tuffnail, who was

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What brokers need to do to place hospitality coverage

December 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When it comes to the hospitality sector, insurers’ risk appetites are constantly changing and underwriters are especially concerned about clients who get most of their revenue from alcohol, a managing general agent reports. “A broker has to spend a lot

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Taming Social Inflation

December 16, 2020 by Adam Malik, Managing Editor

Social inflation essentially describes insurers’ increasing legal costs. Why insurers are pinning this primarily on the rise of litigation funding