Benefits of Employee Group Benefits Plans

An employer's business is only as good as its employees. As such, to retain employees and keep them engaged, healthy, and feeling appreciated, it's important to offer a comprehensive benefits program.

Federal Data Breach Regulations Take Effect Nov. 1, 2018

In order to avoid fines and penalties, organizations will need to understand PIPEDA and its basic requirements.

5 Tips for Contractor Equipment Security

In the world of contractors' equipment, theft is a major threat to your bottom line. Here are five things you can do to protect your equipment against major loss and theft.

Non-Profit D&O Insurance: Examples of insurance at work

Even when acting in good faith, directors and officers of non-profits expose themselves to risks with each decision they make on behalf of their organization. In the event of a claim, non-profit leaders could suffer severe damage to their reputation and personal finances simply based on their decisions.

Of Every 10 Businesses in Canada, Only 4 Have Data Breach Policies in Place

The goal of this survey was to learn how knowledgeable organizations are on privacy issues and requirements, understand the types of privacy policies and practices they have in place, and determine their privacy information needs.

Remodeling your home

It's time to renovate your home or cottage! Whether you have hired someone to renovate or you're doing it yourself, there are some things you need to be aware.

CCOHS Launches E-Course on Marijuana and Workplace Impairment

With the federal legalization of recreational marijuana right around the corner, it’s more important than ever that employers understand the dangers of workplace impairment, particularly as it relates to marijuana usage.

Preparing Your Business for Flooding

Neglecting to prepare your property for possible flooding can sink your business. Stay afloat with solid preparation and a thorough flood plan.

Ontario Workplace Health and Safety Records Now Available Online

WISB recently launched a new online tool to make health and safety a matter of public record. Compass lets Ontarians find and compare health and safety statistics for businesses across Ontario.

Cryptocurrencies and What They Mean For Your Business

Technology has added efficiency and modern conveniences to daily life. Among these conveniences, computer experts have managed to apply digital traits to new, online currencies in what is called cryptocurrencies.

Here are the highlights from Canada's 2018 Federal Budget

Overall, the budget aims to narrow the deficit to $18.1 billion; however, there is no target date for a return to balance.

The Staggering Cost of Workplace Bullying

Almost 40% of workers report having been bullied. Bullying can cause emotional and physical damage to employees; such damage often includes feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.

5 Construction Trends for 2018

Preparing for the year ahead can set your construction firm up for success in 2018 while simultaneously helping you avoid major setbacks. In order to stay competitive, the following are five major construction trends for 2018

Top Legal Risks to Watch in 2018

As the economy becomes increasingly complex and unpredictable, businesses continue to face serious legal risks. According to a report from Borden Ladner Gervais, this year is no exception.

Health Effects of Working in the Cold

Workers exposed to extremely cold conditions are at risk of serious health problems, including hypothermia, frostbite, dehydration, and muscle injuries.

Transport Canada Mandates Two New Safety Devices

The government hopes these technologies—electronic stability controls and electronic logging devices (ELDs)—will improve road safety and create a more level playing field in terms of compliance.

Social Host Liquor Liability - Holiday Parties

A social host may be held responsible for the acts of their guests if their conduct creates or exacerbates a risk to the public.

Noteworthy Cyber Security News Items

Yahoo Says All Accounts Were Hacked in 2013, Equifax Cyber Security Incident, Canadian Government Hit by State-sponsored Cyber Attacks an Average of Once Per Week

The Importance of Fire Safety Plans

One of the best ways employers can protect their organization from costly and devastating fires is by establishing a fire safety plan.

Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist for your Business

Severe winter weather can lead to property damage, employee illness or injury, and possible business closures.

How to avoid Construction Defects

Learn how to avoid defect claims. Construction defect claims are a common risk architects, engineers, and contractors five with every project they take on.

November is Fall Prevention Month

Approximately 215 older adults are hospitalized each day because of falls. Falls are a cause of serious injury in older adults and it's critical to learn ways to keep loved ones safe.

Keeping Drivers Safe During Rest Stops

Gas stations and truck stops are a popular target for criminals, and it’s important to do the following in order to safeguard your drivers and cargo

Federal Government Publishes Data Breach Reporting Requirements Draft

The Canadian government published proposed regulations relating to the mandatory reporting of privacy breaches under Canada’s federal data protection law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

5 Tips for Applying for Cyber Insurance

For cyber coverage to be effective, it requires a high level of due diligence on the part of prospective policyholders. To get the most out of your policy, you will want to consider these five best practices when applying for cyber insurance.

3 Business Lessons from the HBO Hack

On July 31, 2017, HBO revealed that a group of hackers had stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from the network. Following the breach, unaired episodes of “Game of Thrones,” one of HBO’s flagship shows were systematically leaking spoilers.

Benefits of Creating Accessible Workplaces

Recruiting and retaining skilled talent can be a challenge for businesses across Ontario - especially as markets are faced with an aging workforce and a lack of young talent.

10 Common Workplace Hazards for Construction Workers

Hazards on construction sites can cause serious injuries or even death, making it all the more important to be aware of the most common threats facing employees.

Canada is the Second Most Expensive Country for Data Breaches

A report found that the average total cost of a data breach is approximately $5.78 million.

The Importance of Proper Lighting

When working in the manufacturing industry, proper shop lighting is key to preventing employee injuries. Specifically, improper lighting can create the following exposures:

Cyber Exposures and the Importance of Coverage in Manufacturing

Cyber security is a top-of-mind risk for manufacturers, as it is an industry norm for organizations to quickly adopt new, more efficient technologies—technologies that are often a target of cyber criminals.

Noise: The Not-So-Silent Workplace Hazard

Excessive workplace noise can cause hearing damage that is disabling and often permanent.

Heat Illnesses and How to Protect Employees

While it’s best not to work outside in high temperatures, the nature of certain jobs—like construction or landscaping—sometimes makes it unavoidable.

6 Considerations When Buying Cyber Insurance

The market for cyber insurance has grown exponentially. However, unlike other forms of insurance, cyber insurance is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Ransomware Attack Sweeping the Globe

Another global cyber attack was activated Tuesday, June 27, leaving companies across Europe, Australia, and the United Stated struggling to respond.

5 Types of Cyber Attacks That Threaten Small Businesses

Small businesses face a high risk of cyber attacks and could have to front $46,000 or more per cyber security event. Learn more about the common cyber attacks that threaten small businesses.

6 Simple First-Aid Tips That Could Save a Co-Worker's Life

Ensure that you can help your co-worker during these six first-aid emergencies.

1 in 4 Internet Users Don't Know How to Respond to a Ransomware Attack

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) recently found that 1 in 4 internet users would have no idea how to respond to a ransomware attack.

5 Tips for Restoring Your Business Following a Flood

Floods can be miserable ordeals, even with extensive preparation. Read on to learn five tips to properly restore a business after a flood.

Devastating Reputational Risks for Your Business

A strong reputation has the potential to be your largest asset, but just one crisis could irrevocably tarnish your image and ruin your business.

10 Steps to Follow When Moving Your Business

During a move, businesses may experience challenges that can adversely impact their bottom lines if the proper planning isn't considered. Learn what steps to take to ensure a successful move.

Slip and Fall Prevention Tips

Employee and customer slips and falls are a large liability for your company. Train employees to practice slip and fall safety using good housekeeping and prevention techniques.

What To Do When Water Damage Happens

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you will experience water damage in your home or business. Don't panic, make sure everyone is safe, call your insurance broker's claims line and follow these steps.

6 Steps for Building a Successful Emergency Response Plan

Emergencies of all kinds can have a significant impact on the workplace and can harm the health of your employees and property. Specifically, things like fires, explosions, medical emergencies, earthquakes, power failures, and chemical spills can occur without warning, potentially costing organizations time and money.

How the 2017 Federal Budget Could Impact Employee Benefits

The full budget details how the government will spend $330 billion ($1 billion of new spending) on programs, services and paying down Canada's debt.

Does Your Builders Risk Policy Cover Soft Costs?

Builders risk insurance provides valuable protection in the event of a direct property loss experienced by a contractor, project owner, or other insured party during the construction process.

Insured Losses from Catastrophic Events Reached $4.9 Billion in 2016

In insurance, a catastrophic event is one that is typically unpredictable and causes extreme loss. Catastrophic events can be either natural or man-made disasters, and common examples include earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and terrorist attacks.

Highlights from the Federal Budget 2017

The Liberal government recently tabled the 2017 federal budget, which Finance Minister Bill Morneau says will put Canadians to work and make the country more innovative and globally competitive.

Employee Management to Reduce Occupational Fraud

An employer's worst nightmare! Some of the most damaging cyber attacks can come from within the business, in ways such as occupational fraud, which many employers overlook when it comes to their cyber security.

9 Benefits of Trade Credit Insurance

Trade credit insurance - also know as credit insurance or export credit insurance - is a form of insurance that transfers risk for businesses seeking to protect their accounts receivable against nonpayment.

Report Predicts Escalation of Cyber Attacks in 2017

According to a recent report, businesses can expect to see an increase in the number and severity of cyber attacks in 2017 and a large number of politically motivated cyber attacks near the end of 2016 will escalate into larger cyber attack conflicts.

88 Percent of Employees Lack Knowledge to Prevent Cyber Incidents

According to a recent report, 88% of employees lack the understanding necessary to prevent common cyber incidents.

Benefits of a Smoke-Free Workplace

According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) study, smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion per year in health care costs and lost productivity. Furthermore, the number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from 6 million to 8 million annually by 2030.

Average cost of data breach: $6.2 million - Defending your business with insurance

Email is an essential business communications tool, but its use can cause complications for your company. Employees often misuse company email accounts for personal matters, potentially landing them and their employers in hot water.

5 Common Sources of D&O Liability

In today's business climate of corporate transparency and accountability, an organization's officers and directors face a myriad of employment-related exposures. Regardless of your company's size or mission, the legal costs associated with a lawsuit can be crippling for both the organization and your directors and officers. We now explore 5 of the most common sources of directors and officers (D&O) liability.

The Biggest Cyber Security Disasters of 2017

2017 was not without its share of cyber security incidents—incidents that impacted companies of all sizes and affected multiple industries. The following are some of the biggest cyber security disasters of 2017.

Amendments to Ontario's Construction Projects Regulation Come Into Force January 1

These changes are meant to strengthen and clarify existing requirements relating to the use of suspended access equipment. Suspended access equipment refers to work platforms or seating that is suspended by wire ropes from an overhead roof anchor. These platforms or seating that is suspended by wire ropes from an overhead roof anchor. These platforms are often lowered along the face of a building or structure. Examples include things like swing stages and boatswain's chairs.