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Staff vaccine status discussions, disclosures pose challenges for businesses

June 17, 2021 by Danielle Edwards - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Cynthia Fernandez said her personal sense of responsibility for the safety of her clients led her to publicly disclose that her staff were vaccinated against COVID-19 earlier this spring. “I think a lot of people are nervous still

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How to create effective, engaged workplace teams after the COVID-19 pandemic

June 16, 2021 by Matthias Spitzmuller, Associate Professor and Toller Family Fellow of Organizational Behaviour, Queen's University, Ontario

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site.   Well into the pandemic’s second year, we are beginning to

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Pandemic enabled small- and medium-sized businesses to work remotely: survey

June 15, 2021 by Salmaan Farooqui - THE CANADIAN PRESS

At Jeremy Shaki’s tech education company, his workforce of around 75 people weren’t always so keen on remote work. But as the pandemic stretches on, and Lighthouse Labs invested more into the necessary infrastructure and employee programs to make remote

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Pressure from investors isn’t the only reason insurers are exiting from fossil fuels

June 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

Many insurers and reinsurers are considering or actively transitioning away from insuring fossil fuel companies as pressure mounts from investors and clients over environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. “But pressure from end investors isn’t the whole story,” Tom Johansmeyer,

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Workplace ‘turnover tsunami’ is brewing as COVID-19 subsides

May 27, 2021 by Jason Contant

Work conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic have created the perfect storm for a “turnover tsunami,” a Hub International speaker suggested during a webinar last week. More than 53% of Canadians have received their first dose of vaccine to protect against

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People analytics: How you can use employee data for internal hires

May 19, 2021 by Jason Contant

When acquiring talent, organizations should consider using employee data to glean insights into the best internal hires for their teams, one tech vendor suggests. There has been some debate within the Canadian P&C industry about whether to look outside the

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Gallagher to acquire certain Willis Towers Watson assets

May 12, 2021 by Jason Contant

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has announced an agreement to acquire certain Willis Towers Watson reinsurance, specialty and retail brokerage operations as part of a proposed “regulatory remedy” for the pending Aon and Willis Towers Watson deal. Under the agreement,

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The Number 1 challenge facing Canada’s broker channel

May 11, 2021 by David Gambrill

Out of all the challenges facing the broker channel right now, the hard market is the biggest one of them of all, according Canadian Underwriter‘s 2021 National Broker Survey. Seventy-four per cent of Canadian P&C insurance brokers who responded to

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Broker strategies for making it through the hard market

May 11, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers are currently caught between a pandemic and a hard market, with several insurers predicting that Canada’s hard market cycle in property and casualty insurance will last at least one or two more years beyond the end of the pandemic.

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In the hard market, are you selling on price or coverage?

May 11, 2021 by David Gambrill

Price point and carrier capacity have become increasingly important factors for brokers in recommending insurance coverage to their clients over the past year, according to Canadian Underwriter’s 2021 National Broker Survey. Canadian Underwriter asked 234 Canadian P&C insurance brokers across

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How to engage your staff in a hybrid office

April 19, 2021 by Adam Malik

Keeping staff engaged and stimulated when life returns to something resembling the old normal will be a top challenge for property and casualty insurance industry leaders, experts say. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian P&C industry is expected to implement

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Small business struggling amid COVID-19 pandemic looks for aid in Liberals’ budget

April 13, 2021 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A group representing thousands of the country’s small businesses says many hope the Trudeau Liberals heed their concerns and reshape aid in the upcoming federal budget to help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Federation of Independent