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Executive Outlook 2021: Paul Martin, KRGInsure/RRJ Insurance Group

January 14, 2021 by David Gambrill

Paul Martin, President, Chief Operating Officer, KRGInsure/RRJ Insurance Group Limited Employee engagement will be one the biggest challenges we face in 2021. Managing a remote workforce for a long period of time is a skill set many of us do

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

January 14, 2021 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 Hub’s leader recommends tackling broker burnout

January 13, 2021 by Adam Malik

Brokers of all stripes have been especially taxed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s especially important to make the time to find opportunities to take a break, advised a national brokerage leader. Tina Osen, president of Hub

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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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COVID is forcing this tech conversation among carriers’ senior management

January 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic are putting digital transformation and new product launches high on the agenda of insurance carrier executives, the CEO of a property and casualty insurance software vendor suggests. “When we look at the impact on carriers

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Where auto insurance rate could go this year

January 11, 2021 by Adam Malik

Auto insurance rates on the whole have softened thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as vaccines offer a glimmer of hope of a return to something resembling pre-crisis normal, it’s up in the air as to what will happen to

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Bank and insurer dividend hikes, share buybacks won’t return during lockdown: OSFI

January 11, 2021 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The superintendent of one of Canada’s financial regulators won’t consider allowing banks and insurers to hike dividends, offer share buybacks or increase executive compensation until COVID-19 lockdowns have subsided. Jeremy Rudin from the Office of the Superintendent of

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What COVID-19 taught P&C leaders to do with their staff

January 8, 2021 by Adam Malik

Continue to show patience and understanding, while keeping communication open, Hub’s Canadian leader is telling her fellow leaders as COVID-19 case counts continue to rise throughout Canada. “I had this conversation with our family dinner table — just this whole

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A primer on business planning for the ‘new normal’ after COVID

January 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

As the arrival of vaccines in Canada promise to put an end to the pandemic, insurers and brokers now face the same task as their commercial clients: Creating a business plan for the ‘new normal,’ after the threat of COVID-19

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

January 8, 2021 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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Impeding, hindering or preventing: Do these mean the same thing in business interruption insurance?

January 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Say your client has a policy covering business interruption if the government prevents access to the premises. A pandemic breaks out. Say that client is not completely prohibited from conducting business, but is still losing sales because the government is