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Brokerage loses bid to dismiss human rights complaint

May 31, 2022 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Human Rights Tribunal has denied an application by insurance brokerage Shaw Sabey and Associates to dismiss a complaint lodged by one of its former employees, Adam Kwan, who is of mixed racial descent. “I want to be clear that

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Brokers bemoan lack of seasoned underwriters

February 22, 2022 Gloria Cilliers

A major shortage of seasoned commercial underwriting staff is impacting broker relationships and productivity, some brokerages have reported. For an industry already struggling with a country-wide talent crunch exacerbated by the pandemic, renewed M&A activity and a hard market, brokers

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You’re (still) probably working too much at home

May 21, 2021 by Adam Malik

A new report shows not a whole lot has changed when it comes to how many extra hours people are putting in while working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last summer, virtual private network provider NordVPN Teams reported that

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Will the need for social interaction make the hybrid office a passing fad?

April 21, 2021 by David Gambrill

While many Canadian employees wish to return to a hybrid office — some adamantly so, according to a recent survey by human resources firm Robert Half — some believe the “fear of missing out” on the opportunity to socialize with

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What would a hybrid workplace even look like?

March 26, 2021 by David Gambrill

Canadian property and casualty insurance professionals would like a more flexible, hybrid workplace, a recent survey shows, but the question for employers now is what such an arrangement might look like. About 87% of the more than 1,150 P&C insurance

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Advice for how to go beyond a ‘general commitment’ to diversity and inclusion

January 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Your organization may be committed to having a diverse and inclusive workplace, but you may need to go further than that, the Toronto-based Human Resources Professionals Association suggests in a recent report. “A general commitment to diversity and inclusion is

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Communicating during COVID: What industry employees want to hear from their leaders

September 3, 2020 by David Gambrill

Okay, so it appears the pandemic crisis will be with us for a long time, with P&C organization employees already feeling uneasy, worn down, and uncertain about many things — their health, job security, sending kids back to school safely,