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Ottawa loosens eligibility requirements on pandemic relief for businesses, workers

December 24, 2021 by Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canada’s federal government offered a lifeline to businesses struggling amid the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding eligibility for two benefit programs. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several members of his cabinet announced Wednesday that, due to the

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Small businesses grappling with Omicron, after two years of closures and restrictions

December 23, 2021 by Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

As the December holidays neared, the Old Triangle alehouses across the Maritimes were bustling with Christmas parties and diners revelling in the festive season. But that energy vanished in recent days as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 raged across Canada

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Travellers should check insurance coverage twice amid changing rules, experts say

December 20, 2021 by Brett Bundale - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Travel industry experts are warning Canadians to double check their insurance coverage before embarking on a trip this holiday season amid tightening travel restrictions. Holiday travel has been upended by the latest COVID-19 variant sweeping the globe, prompting some travellers

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Steps to improve talent recruiting efforts 

December 13, 2021 by Jason Contant

A few relatively simple changes can make a big difference in recruiting efforts for mid-size firms, two workforce management firms said in a recent blog.  First, rewrite job postings and descriptions to emphasize the benefits of working for you instead of your specs

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Here are the latest trends in insurance fraud

December 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

“Re-vinning” of stolen vehicles — where thieves steal a vehicle, put what appears to be a legitimate vehicle identification number (VIN) on the front dash and then sell it to an unsuspecting customer — is increasing as a fraud trend,

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Why some insurance professionals are looking forward to back-to-the-office

December 2, 2021 by Jason Contant

Anna McCrindell, vice president of commercial insurance with Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, likes the energy she gets from heading back into the office. McCrindell said during an Insurance Institute of Ontario webinar Nov. 23 that in her current role, she’s

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Why a short-term approach to talent management doesn’t work anymore

November 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

It’s time employers get better at sourcing their own talent and actively developing their employees’ skills, two authors wrote in a blog from Harvard Business Review. “For decades, companies have adopted a short-term, ad hoc approach to talent management —

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Canadian travel insurance quotes surge year-over-year

November 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Travel insurance quotes have surged nearly 300% year-over-year as pandemic restrictions ease and Canadians are eager to travel again, according to a new report from rate comparison site RATESDOTCA. The rate aggregator analyzed data from thousands of quotes from its

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When the war for talent meets the ‘Great Resignation’

November 17, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry was already facing the oft-mentioned ‘war for talent,’ and now it has to contend with a newer talent crunch: The ‘Great Resignation.’ The widespread trend of a large number of workers leaving their jobs

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Why D&O insurers need to focus on the ‘S’ in ESG

November 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

The ‘S’ pillar of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices should be an increasingly important area of focus for D&O insurers, a specialist insurance provider said recently. While ESG is clearly a hot topic, the environmental and governance pillars have

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3 steps towards preventing ‘the Great Resignation’

September 21, 2021 by Jason Contant

The global COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a tidal wave of people quitting their jobs in what’s being called “the Great Resignation.” What can employers do to combat this wave of resignations? Take a three-step, more data-driven approach to retention, said

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Linda O’Leary found not guilty of careless driving in fatal boat crash

September 14, 2021 by Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Prosecutors failed to prove Linda O’Leary was operating her boat without proper care or consideration for others when it crashed into another vessel in central Ontario two years ago, a judge ruled Tuesday as he cleared her in the fatal