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Staff vaccine status discussions, disclosures pose challenges for businesses

June 17, 2021 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 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 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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Second auto insurance rebate coming in B.C. 

June 14, 2021 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A second insurance rebate is coming for British Columbia drivers thanks to lower claim costs due to fewer crashes during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The government says the Insurance Corporation of B.C. will begin distributing rebates averaging $120 starting

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Canadian vehicle sales increased 36% in May from a year earlier but down from 2019

June 2, 2021 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Canadian auto sales disappointed in May despite increasing nearly 36 per cent from a year earlier when sales plunged due to lockdowns to address the COVID-19 pandemic. According to estimates compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, Canadian light vehicle

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Businesses at high risk in pandemic’s final days as subsidies fade, reopening delayed

June 1, 2021 Brett Bundale - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Lisa Drader-Murphy opened her first store in 1997 with $250 in the bank. Over more than two decades, the Canadian fashion designer built her luxury clothing brand debt-free by reinvesting her earnings back into the business. “I was

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Updated: What emergency relief will insurers offer customers? Here’s what they told us

May 31, 2021 by Adam Malik

Editor’s notes: This story has been updated to include additional information from Allstate. Insurance Bureau of Canada announced in 2020 that its members are offering reductions in auto insurance premiums for consumers whose driving habits have changed significantly. You can

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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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How the pandemic has shifted employers’ priorities ‘overnight’

May 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a massive, “overnight” shift in employers’ appetite towards employee benefits plans, Hub International speakers said during a recent webinar. “There’s a fast movement towards wellness, virtual services, virtual health

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Restaurants want exemption from reduced wage subsidy as Ontario keeps dining shut

May 14, 2021 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Restaurant owners say they are concerned about operations as federal subsidies begin to wind down, even as provinces like Ontario extend stay-at-home or lockdown measures. Restaurants Canada is seeking an exemption from the federal government’s scheduled phase-out of

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Canadian primary insurers may align with reinsurers’ new communicable disease exclusions

May 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian insurers may introduce new communicable disease exclusions to harmonize policy language with their revised reinsurance policies, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said recently.  International reinsurance markets introduced a new communicable diseases exclusion in many countries over the past few

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Lower visits, revenue reported as pandemic measures created unpredictable ski season

May 6, 2021 Dan Healing - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic made for a bumpy ride for most of the ski and snowboard industry in Canada, as revenues slumped even at resorts that were able to maintain near-normal lift ticket sales in a