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What Canada’s Supreme Court says about employers’ liability for bonuses

October 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A constructive dismissal award against a Halifax-based fish oil maker of nearly $1.1-million has been restored by the Supreme Court of Canada. When it comes to employment practices liability, a key lesson from Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., released

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Employment lawyers on returning to work during and after the pandemic

May 12, 2020 Nicole Thompson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – As provinces begin the slow process of reopening their economies and people start returning to the workplace, questions abound about the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in the aftermath of COVID-19. The Canadian Press asked two

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No layoffs in Canada for this Top 5 liability insurer

April 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite the massive disruptions from COVID-19, commercial insurer Chubb Limited is promising no layoffs in Canada. “Concerning our no-layoff pledge, we want our 33,000 employees around the globe to be assured that their jobs are secure at this difficult time,”

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Considering a career change? Look before you leap, say industry experts

August 15, 2019 by Adam Malik

The grass continues to appear greener on the other side for Canadian workers, but disgruntled employees are not always ready to make the jump, a new survey has found. Before brokers venture off towards greener pastures, they should keep a

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One insurance role that could be wiped out by artificial intelligence

July 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Artificial intelligence is going to have a big impact on adjusters, actuaries and insurance agents, but it won’t necessarily kill their jobs, an AI expert suggests. But lower-skilled jobs may be in jeopardy. “Jobs at call centres are going to

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Labour market tightens in finance, insurance

June 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Wages and job openings in the insurance and financial sectors have dropped, Statistics Canada reported recently. The vacancy rate in insurance and finance stood at 2.8% during the first quarter of 2019, down from 3.1% in 2018 Q1, StatsCan said

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Retirement: How “Freedom 55” may become “Freedom 65+”

May 30, 2019 by Adam Malik

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) wants to talk about delaying the traditional retirement age to beyond 65. Many are already choosing to work beyond age 65 anyway, said John Dark, CIA president. “It makes sense to update our country’s

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How harassment lawsuit ruling affects insurers

March 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Despite a recent ruling that harassment is not a free-standing tort in Ontario, corporate clients and their brokers still need to view harassment accusations as a serious liability risk. In Merrifield v. The Attorney General, released in 2017, Justice Mary Vallee

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Employment down over 10 years among Canadian P&C carriers

December 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The number of people employed by property and casualty insurers in Canada has dropped slightly over the past 10 years but increased from 2016 to 2017, a study released Tuesday says. The total number of people working for P&C carriers

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Great American offers supplemental employment insurance in British Columbia through BFL

April 15, 2016 by Greg Meckbach

The Canadian branch of Great American Insurance Company is offering consumers coverage intended to supplement federal Employment Insurance benefits through brokerage BFL Canada Risk and Insurance Services Inc., BFL announced Thursday. BFL is selling the Great American coverage, dubbed SalaryGuard,