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Beat the Heat!

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Hey we are not complaining about the heat!   We spend almost 9 months of the year in a cool climate, so when the summer solstice finally arrives, we are grateful for the long lazy hot days of summer.   However, summer heat can be more than uncomfortable, and staying well-hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to beat the heat.

Drinking Water Hydration

Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool the body, and the worse can happen….Heat Stroke.  We have some tips for you right here for staying cool when the summer heats up.    We not only care about protecting your assets, your home, car or business, but we also care about you.  Take care of yourself this summer and have a good one!

Beating the Summer Heat

Reducing Employee Identity Theft

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Did you know that employees with senior status are more likely to cause organizational losses through identity theft since they usually have more access to employees’ personal information?

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Did you know that when someone enters your place of business and is injured, you can be held liable for the injuries?

Data breaches are increasingly common occurrences, and companies are losing important data to hackers in cyber attacks….and believe it or not employees too!  As an employer you are responsible for protecting your employees’ personal information as well as your business.

In our Commercial newsletter this month, we have some tips for you to help manage these risks by taking appropriate steps to ensure that the information your company possesses is not compromise.

Keep reading to find out how you can protect your employees, and your business from identity theft, in our commercial insight Employee Theft and Business Liability

We are here to help!

Want a career in Insurance?

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Are you looking for a career change?   Are you interested in working with a dynamic group of people in Durham Region?

join our team

We are always looking for a RIBO Licensed Account Executives to join the Beyond Insurance Brokerage team.   You just need to be tech and social media savy, don’t mind working hard, but more importantly a team player.   If this is you, please send a resume and cover letter outlining why you want to join our team to Debbie Thompson @ 905-666-7600  or by email:  dthompson@beyondins.net

We don’t sell you insurance, we help you buy it ….speaks to the culture at Beyond Insurance! 

Spring means Water!

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Water damage

We have been waiting for Spring, and it appears to be here!

That old saying April showers brings May flowers, can also bring water damage to your property.   We thought you may find  the following loss prevention tips that you can put into place now, outside and inside your home or commercial property.

There’s another old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It was Benjamin Franklin that first coined this phrase…a wise man we say.

Please feel free to share these tips provided by our friends at Intact    SpringWaterDamagePrevention

Protecting Canadians from Cyber Bullying

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Any kind of bullying is not ok!  But a new law that comes into effective March 9, 2015 makes it clear that cyber bullying will not be tolerated.

Cyber Bullying

True to its name, the Act that introduces new provisions to Canada’s Criminal Code concerning cyber bullying, which increases the power of law enforcement agencies to obtain electronic information related to the investigation of crimes, becomes law on March 9, 2015.  Known as Bill-C13, the act is intended to help mitigate the devastating results for victims of cyber bullying.

Employers also have a duty to amend their privacy policies to ensure compliance.   In this issue of Workplace Safety Tips, we give you insight into this new law.

Commercial Profile Cyber Bullying Becomes Law

 

How are you managing your Subcontractor Relationship?

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Reducing the risk of misunderstandings between contractors and sub-contractors will help projects run smoothly with minimal concerns or disputes ooccurring.

Subcontractor Management

Subcontractor Management

Beginning work on a new construction project can be stressful enough, and managing various subcontractors and their teams only adds to the pressure.

However, successful construction projects all tend to have the same characteristics.   Refresh yourself on these seven tips for establishing a positive and productive relationship with your subcontractors.   Construction Commercial Insurance

If you need help with a complete Subcontractor Management Plan, which includes all insurance considerations,  just give us a call at  1-877-642-2738 .

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Our Home Page History…

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We are proud to be a business owner in Whitby, Ontario,  and it is home to the headquarters of Durham Region.  It was originally named after the seaport town of Whitby, Yorkshire England . Whitby’s chief asset was its fine natural harbour on Lake Ontario, from which grain from the farmland to the north was first shipped in 1833.

001-000-201       Brock Street, Whitby, ON  Circa  1918

The view above, is looking along the east side of Brock Street about midway in the block north of Colborne Street, as far south as the King Brothers’ Tannery at Brock and Dunlop Streets. At centre is the old town hall, on the south east corner of Brock and Colborne Streets which was built in 1877 and demolished in 1960.

Whitby Downtown today, and where we at Beyond Insurance Brokers serve our customers throughout Durham Region.

Brock Street S Whitby Today

*photos used with permission from Whitby Archives.

Safe Travels!

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Travelling

Many people enjoy travelling to learn about new and different cultures, history and traditions. As a result, many Canadians seek out extreme adventures, with their destinations becoming more and more remote. As this type of travel increases, so does risk of kidnappings, muggings, hotel break-ins and other crimes around the globe. Knowing how to protect yourself is the first step in helping you have a safe trip, too.

We hope you find these safety tips for travelling abroad useful, and don’t forget your travel insurance!

Beyond the Basics – Security Tips for Traveling Abroad

 On-Line Travel Insurance Available Right Here!

Protecting your Employees from Injuries

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The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has introduced new standards for working at heights training, in response to Ontario’s increasingly high accounts of construction workers’ injuries and fatalities. This new legislation comes into effect on April 1, 2015 (no joke!).

To find out more, download this article  and start your training program today!

Know the Law – Ontario New Working at Heights Standards for Construction Workers