Back to the Future: An Insurance Perspective on COVID-19 Church Re-Openings

“For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11 Faith communities and charitable organizations have continued to serve their congregations and carry on important work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, as permitted within the scope of government rules and regulations regarding closure of non-essential workplaces and respecting bans on public gatherings. Over the past few weeks to varying degrees, these restrictions [...]

COVID-19 Questions & Answers

With provinces across Canada gradually easing restrictions on COVID-19 bans on public gatherings, events and closures of non-essential workplace premises, the leaders of charities across Canada are looking for direction from governments, lawyers and their insurance providers to do so safely.  Our office has seen a rise in questions from our church, school, camp, mission and other charity client organizations and we’re pleased to provide the following Q & A for the eight (8) most commonly asked questions. 1. Our [...]

COVID-19 Church & Charity Update Bulletin

RE: INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT QUESTIONS FROM CLIENTS While our world continues to adapt to the widespread implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the continuing government authority order closures of non-essential workplaces and bans on public gatherings, we are also working through the insurance and risk management implications with our valued church and charity client organizations. As an essential workplace, our brokers, our underwriters and our customer service representatives are available to provide advice, resources and continuing protection. One of most common [...]

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Update

Attention: Church and Charity Leaders RE: STREAMING SERVICES, VACANT BUILDINGS AND COVID-19 RESOURCES The Coronavirus Pandemic has changed much of our world in the past few weeks, including at work, home and church.  Closures of non-essential workplaces and bans on public gatherings implemented by civil authorities in provinces across Canada has meant that building premises and many charitable programs and services deemed non-essential, have ceased temporarily and indefinitely.   While the best practices contained in our IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS NOTICE posted March 11th may [...]

Important Coronavirus/COVID-19 Notice to Church and Charity Leaders

Re: WORKPLACES, PUBLIC EVENTS AND SHORT-TERM MISSION TRAVEL This information is being provided in response to inquiries by our church and charitable organization clients and is intended to keep our clients healthy, informed and prepared. However the decision regarding safety and risk management is the responsibility of your board of directors, or in accordance with advice and orders by public health authorities. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the world health community continues to closely monitor the emergence of [...]

Vulnerable Trust Positions, Power Relationships and Employee Relations in a Faith Organization 

By Ken Hall, President of Robertson Hall Insurance  It is important now, more than ever, to ensure that your organization is protected by implementing an effective anti-harassment policy. Doing so can assist your organization in recognizing and responding to unlawful behaviour and helping to prevent it from reoccurring.  When a manager, leader, co-worker or other third party is the harasser, an employer is generally liable if the victim can prove that the employer:  Knew or should have known about the harassment; and  Failed [...]

UPDATED EDITION Abuse Prevention Made Easy(er)

Physical and sexual abuse remains the #1 concern for organizations entrusted with the care and safety of children, youth and vulnerable adults. But some think: “Abuse Prevention is a lot of work!” “We’re just a volunteer organization!” “We trust our workers!” “It’s too expensive!” “Its unspiritual and legalistic!” “We’ve never had an abuse claim!” We know that abuse prevention measures including effective screening can be an ongoing challenge. In a perfect world, we could trust everyone! But as we are all aware, it’s not a perfect, and a [...]

Upcoming Events Fall 2019

Want to know where we will be next? Check out the following Church & Charity Seminars where we will have a table and representative from our Church and Charity Protection Plus office. We would love for you to stop by our table and chat! October 7,2019 Creating Clarity and Focus: A Step-by-Step Process to Strategy Development presented by Chris Bosch, Chisel Consulting Location: Compassion Canada, London, ON For more information visit the Canadian Christian Relief and Development Association website - [...]

Managing Transportation Risk for Churches and Other Charities

This CCCC webinar includes discussion about ways to manage the risk of transportation involving owned buses and vans; rented vehicles; and  personally owned vehicles used by staff and volunteers on behalf of your organization. Length: 27 mins 23 sec Presenter: Ken Hall (Robertson Hall Insurance), Gilbert Langerak (Canadian Council of Christian Charities)  Where: Webinar on Canadian Council of Christian Charities Website Cost: CCCC Members Free. Non-members $25.00.  Link to Webinar - Click Here