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Aon Consulting Survey on Wireless Ban Affecting Employers Highlights Significance of Policy Considerations

November 23, 2009

Results reveal more than half of employers surveyed do not have a policy addressing the use of wireless devices while driving

TORONTO, Nov. 23 - Aon Consulting, the global human capital consulting organization of Aon Corporation (NYSE: AOC), recently released findings of a survey on organizations and their respective Mobile Device & Driving Policies. Conducted immediately after the Ontario law was enacted October 26, 2009, the survey received responses from a total of 387 organizations across Canada.

The results show that 56 per cent of employers do not have a policy, while 38 per cent are considering creating or modifying a policy.

During the course of the study, some participants seemed unaware the legislation had been enacted. This was likely due to the fact that the legislation was recent or not yet in place in their respective jurisdiction(s).

For organizations that already have or are developing a policy, the survey questioned how they plan to address mitigating risks associated with employees talking or texting while driving. More than 70 per cent say their policy would cover not only devices they provided, but also other devices, such as employees' personal mobile phones.

While some of the responses reflect a degree of due diligence with respect to legislated requirements, some noted certain policies extending beyond employer-provided devices to include restrictions on the use of personal devices, too. Most of the legislation currently in force in Canada allows individuals to use a wireless device provided it is with a hands-free device.

Aon Consulting asked if employees who were provided with a wireless device were also supplied with a hands-free device, and 55 per cent confirm this is indeed the case.

When asked if employers were instituting policies that were in line with their respective legislation, 62 per cent indicate they are simply complying with the applicable provincial legislation and regulation, while 27 per cent indicate they have completely banned the use of wireless devices while driving for business reasons.

About Aon Consulting Canada
Aon Consulting is one of Canada's leading integrated human capital consulting and outsourcing firms. Fueled by the ideas and best practices of 36,000 colleagues in 120 countries, our 800+ Canadian professionals in 12 offices coast-to-coast offer benefits, talent management and rewards strategies and solutions to help clients attract, retain and develop world-class talent. Driven by inspired and independent thinking, Aon Consulting is committed to delivering innovative and personalized business solutions with tangible value to help clients shape their organization into the workplace of the future.

About Aon Consulting
Aon Consulting Worldwide is among the top global human capital consulting firms, with 2008 revenues of $1.358 billion and more than 6,300 professionals in 229 offices worldwide. Aon Consulting works with organizations to improve business performance and shape the workplace of the future through employee benefits, talent management and rewards strategies and solutions. Aon Consulting was named the best employee benefit consulting firm by the readers of Business Insurance magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008. For more information on Aon, please visit

About Aon
Aon Corporation (NYSE: AOC) is the leading global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human capital consulting. Through its more than 37,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon readily delivers distinctive client value via innovative and effective risk management and workforce productivity solutions. Aon's industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered locally through more than 500 offices in more than 120 countries. Named the world's best broker by Euromoney magazine's 2008 and 2009 Insurance Survey, Aon also ranked highest on Business Insurance's listing of the world's largest insurance brokers based on commercial retail, wholesale, reinsurance and personal lines brokerage revenues in 2008 and 2009. A.M. Best deemed Aon the number one insurance broker based on brokerage revenues in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and Aon was voted best insurance intermediary, best reinsurance intermediary and best employee benefits consulting firm in 2007 and 2008 by the readers of Business Insurance. For more information on Aon, log onto

For more information contact:
Autom Tagsa
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Aon Consulting Canada
Phone: 416-542-5659

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