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The advice some lawyers give commercial clients over pandemic BI coverage

April 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers advising commercial clients that business interruption is not usually covered during a pandemic should not be surprised if those clients are hearing something different from their lawyers. “I would caution policyholders to thoroughly review their specific policy language before

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What to tell ‘non-essential’ clients who are closing their workplaces

April 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are temporarily closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this might be a good time for them to undertake some repairs and let the fire department know they are reducing on-site staff, advises commercial insurer FM Global. “Countless

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This $40 product could solve some work-from-home bandwidth problems

April 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerages who are running into computer or telephone problems because they sent workers home during the pandemic could get useful tips from major technology vendors. For example, Extreme Networks Inc. advises its own workers not to rely on their WiFi

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Advocates pushing for this temporary accident benefit reform

April 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Accident benefits clients who are seriously injured could be running into issues with attendant care benefits because of the social distancing precautions in effect with the COVID-19 pandemic. FAIR Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform has heard that some

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Key COVID-19 exposures for the Canadian P&C industry: A.M. Best

April 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Canadian property and casualty industry is well-positioned to withstand the financial pressures exerted by COVID-19, but A.M. Best Company is nevertheless concerned about commercial premiums dropping due to business closures and coverage disputes over business interruption. “In Canadian P&C,

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Why home Internet service can pose a problem for brokers during COVID-19

April 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your brokerage sent its employees home to work on the assumption that all they need is a broadband Internet connection, things might not go as smoothly as planned. Most residential Internet service plans are “asymmetrical,” meaning the speed at

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How COVID-19 is probably affecting your auto claimants

April 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The precautions underway to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk appear to be having a direct impact on auto accident benefits claimants – and not in a good way. “We have people who are seriously and catastrophically injured who are in their

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How Aviva is responding to dentists’ COVID-19 claims

April 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada is promising guidance to dentists who want to submit claims arising from provincial government orders shutting down non-essential services. Aviva writes TripleGuard, a property and casualty insurance product for dentists provided by CDSPI, originally known as Canadian Dental

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Will COVID-19 affect the timing of Economical’s IPO?

April 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance continues to work on converting from a mutual to a publicly traded firm, but officials with the Waterloo, Ont. carrier are keeping a close eye on the stock markets. “The outbreak of COVID-19 has adversely affected economic and

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Why insurers can expect to see a surge in demand for pandemic BI coverage

April 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your commercial clients could start asking for business interruption insurance that includes pandemic, if they have not already, a human resources lawyer says. “I think after this pandemic, most companies would probably be well-advised to take a look at their

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Intact’s take on how COVID-19 could extend the hard market

April 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Pricing relief offered to Canadians who are currently absorbing a financial hit from the pandemic could ultimately have the boomerang effect of prolonging the hard market, Intact’s chief executive suggests. “It is clear to me that this corrective action [on

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The pricing relief Intact plans for commercial clients

March 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by dropping commercial premiums, in some cases, if it finds the client’s risk has gone down. “We are adjusting risk profiles for customers where it might lead to premium relief,” Intact