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This is the voice of our experts. Sedgwick is committed to continuous improvement, being open to new ideas, delivering value, and advancing our industry through the sharing of knowledge. Our bloggers provide unique insight and commentary on a wide range of issues facing employers today. We discuss the most important industry developments and emerging trends in workers’ compensation, liability, disability, benefits management, property and more – and we invite you to join the discussion.

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December 01, 2021
Matt Walker
Benzene threat detected in spray deodorants

Online pharmacy Valisure is warning that spray deodorants may be toxic to consumers — creating big problems and possible litigation threats to companies that aren’t paying attention. Valisure recently tested and detected unsafe levels of benzen…

December 01, 2021 by Matt Walker
November 30, 2021
Chris Frechette
Vice president, liability practice
Electric vehicle claims

Advances in battery technologies and environmental concerns continue to bolster a growing interest in the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). While the U.S. lags Europe in adoption, multiple indicators suggest a shift away from many hybrids to more …

November 30, 2021 by Chris Frechette, Vice president, liability practice
November 24, 2021
Ben Price
head of operations, MCL Global
Major and complex loss review 2021

Since early 2020, organisations in every sphere of business have felt the pressure of an unforeseen, unprecedented global pandemic — it has continuously tested our resourcefulness and ingenuity. Even as our ability to meet, talk and intera…

November 24, 2021 by Ben Price, head of operations, MCL Global
November 24, 2021
Mark Buckingham
Recall advisor
Is all well with our daily vitamins?

European consumers have always had a strong interest in health and wellness. But when it comes to vitamins and minerals, are they getting the treatment they deserve? During COVID-19, European’s use of dietary supplements more than doubled — fr…

November 24, 2021 by Mark Buckingham, Recall advisor
November 23, 2021
Skot Penfold
Head of building consultancy services
Beyond the building process

When it comes to construction projects, insurer clients want overall control without compromising efficiency or increasing spend. Previously, any major property damage claim could involve various external building consultants — with different m…

November 23, 2021 by Skot Penfold, Head of building consultancy services
November 19, 2021
Guest authors: William Troutman, Kate Findlay and Hernan Gonzalez
Spotlight: Product safety compliance across North American borders

Foreword by Jeremy Schutz, director of business development at Sedgwick: Welcome to the latest edition of spotlight. Spotlight is our way of sharing insights and perspectives from our strategic partners – lawyers, insurers, risk managers and crisi…

November 19, 2021 by Guest authors: William Troutman, Kate Findlay and Hernan Gonzalez
November 18, 2021
Bo Petersson
PE, mechanical engineer, EFI Global
Much more than a lot of hot air: How ventilation assessments of HVAC systems can help reduce COVID-19 transmission

There is a great deal of uncertainty regarding the ways in which buildings can contribute or prevent the spread of COVID-19. Engineering professionals and other experts have indicated the transmission of COVID-19 can be reduced with changes to buildi…

November 18, 2021 by Bo Petersson, PE, mechanical engineer, EFI Global
November 12, 2021
Ryan Gooley
A crackdown on counterfeit goods is on the way

Counterfeit goods have become increasingly problematic for the consumer product industry as more brands transition from traditional brick-and-mortar to online retail. The rise of counterfeit goods poses both a physical and financial threat, as they’r…

November 12, 2021 by Ryan Gooley
November 11, 2021
Lisa Frederick
quality assurance manager, Australia
How Sedgwick Australia has improved and elevated claims handling practices during COVID-19

After an extended battle with COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown, Australia is slowly beginning to lessen border restrictions and reopen its economy. A federal roadmap led the way — supported by an underlying framework created by the states and …

November 11, 2021 by Lisa Frederick, quality assurance manager, Australia
November 09, 2021
Mark Buckingham
Recall advisor
The real fall out from fakes

With toys, clothing, medicine, motor parts and food all being pirated, the public is facing a growing global health risk when it comes to counterfeit products. Whilst fake goods often seem like an attractive bargain, they can be dangerous and hold li…

November 09, 2021 by Mark Buckingham, Recall advisor
November 08, 2021
Leon Briggs
head of property & national executive adjuster, Australia
COVID-19 Australia update: Surprises in the detail of the Second Test Case Judgment

In most court decisions there can be surprises, and one could say that the decision of Jagot J in the Second COVID-19 Insurance Test Case had its own share of the unexpected. In reviewing the decision in the Second Test Cases, the aspects that relate…

November 08, 2021 by Leon Briggs, head of property & national executive adjuster, Australia
November 04, 2021
Brian McDonald
ACII APCIP, head of fraud engagement
The challenge for commercial landlords amid COVID-19

Property investors and commercial landlords want and need tenants who will respect and occupy their units while paying the agreed rent on time. That’s a fact. If one tenant leaves, they maintain their investment — generally safe in the knowledg…

November 04, 2021 by Brian McDonald, ACII APCIP, head of fraud engagement
October 31, 2021
Diego Ascani
Chief executive officer, Australia
Evolving workforce challenges in Australia: Local needs and global solutions

With its wide array of mountains, rain forests, beaches and deserts, Australia offers wide interest and appeal to those from around the world. The impact of the pandemic has changed our lives, work and the vacation destination on a scale never seen b…

October 31, 2021 by Diego Ascani, Chief executive officer, Australia
October 29, 2021
Stephen Elliott, MBA, JD, CISSP, CSM
SVP, IT innovation
New technology in claims and productivity management: Making sense of the blur

You know the feeling of being in a car, hurtling down the highway and catching glimpses of the things of interest passing you by? Sometimes that same feeling can hit you from a business technology perspective, too – like you’re looking out the window…

October 29, 2021 by Stephen Elliott, MBA, JD, CISSP, CSM, SVP, IT innovation
October 21, 2021
Kimberley Daley
Head of professional services Australia
Australia update: Business interruption policy response to COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, there has been intense interest in the extent to which business interruption policies would respond to claims for business losses arising from COVID-19. In September 2020, Sedgwick published an extensive…

October 21, 2021 by Kimberley Daley, Head of professional services Australia