Entries by Andrew Silcox

Product Recall: Learning from Nanna’s

Australian frozen foods brand Nanna’s has made the news recently after infecting 18 Australians to date with Hepatitis A.  National Health departments have got involved and the company has had to put out a nation-wide recall for four of its frozen berry products.  However, this is only a taste of what’s to come for Nanna’s […]

Unfair Dismissal Claims on the Rise

A recent study has found that unfair dismissal claims have risen by 10% a year since the introduction of the Fair Work Act in 2009.  Now sitting at an average of 17,000 annual claims [Paul Oslington, Australian Catholic University, December 2014], unfair dismissal presents a considerable risk to today’s business owner. Regardless of blame, the […]

Prepare For More Devastating Bushfires

Australians are being warned to prepare for another devastating bushfire season this year, particularly in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. A new report by the Climate Council warned the length and severity of the bushfire season is increasing year on year. “Record-breaking heat and hotter weather over the long term in NSW has worsened […]

Insurance issues for 2015: Cyber, Terrorism & Climate Change.

A survey has found that cyber attacks and terrorism represent the two biggest emerging risks to the reinsurance industry in 2015. The survey, by Guy Carpenter & Company in the United States, found that 40% of those polled ranked cyber attacks as the most threatening emerging risk of 2015, while 31% labelled terrorism as the […]

Is Santa covered this Christmas?

Far, far away in the North Pole, Santa was worried. With the busy Christmas period coming up and an ageing workforce of elves and reindeers, would this be the year something went wrong? Santa had the same insurance for years now after a recommendation from his good friend, the Easter Bunny. But it has been […]

Anti-Social Media and your employees

Employers are to expect the very best from their employees but what if employees don’t act on good faith, trust and fidelity and don’t have the best interests of their employer at heart? The number of unfair dismissal claims has increased due to employers not having appropriate policies in place to set the boundaries for […]

Why business interruption insurance matters

The majority of Australian small businesses choose to go without Business Interruption insurance – but that’s often because they don’t realise the implications and the risk they’re taking on. While small business owners are aware of the need to insure their property, equipment and stock, most do not protect themselves from the potentially crippling impact […]

Lightning-quick recovery turns celebrity chef to broker fan

It’s long been a darling of the Sydney food scene but chef Neil Perry’s acclaimed Rockpool Bar & Grill was the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons in April this year. A fire broke out in the kitchen during the dinner service, forcing the evacuation of more than 200 diners and staff. Six […]

Online scam attacks becoming daily occurrences

Nearly one in every five Australian businesses are targeted by online fraudsters each day and large businesses are now taking prevention methods more seriously than just 12 months ago, according to new research. Jeff Price, Managing Director of Experian Decision Analytics APAC, says the unprecedented levels of fraud attacks on Australian businesses is only set […]

One big hitch? Industry questions discount campaign

Consumer group One Big Switch has secured hardworking Aussies a 40% discount on home and contents policies – and that can only be a positive insurance story, can’t it? Not at all, say industry figures, who fear the campaign’s intense focus on price is dangerous and ill-advised. About 70,000 people signed up to the One […]