Blog - Sedgwick
Latest Coronavirus updates from Sedgwick Back to business solutions
News + media > Blog

Sedgwick connection

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.

Please view our community guidelines.

Please note: opinions expressed by blog contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of Sedgwick.

Search
View
September 18, 2020
Dr. Paul Peak
Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
Clinical studies: Finding the value and ignoring the noise

Just over 40 years ago, the New England Journal of Medicine published a five-sentence letter to the editor [1] that would be used to ignite one of the worst public health tragedies of our time. Written by a Massachusetts physician and graduate studen…

September 18, 2020 by Dr. Paul Peak, Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
September 11, 2020
Steve Powell
EVP, Specialty Operations
Calm during the storms

You might have heard it, thought it or said it out loud yourself in frustration – something like, “2020 is a disaster.” In real terms, this year has thrown more at us than usual, and for many it’s presented an unimaginable combination of hurdles to o…

September 11, 2020 by Steve Powell, EVP, Specialty Operations
September 10, 2020
Andrew Robinson
Head of Product Liability and Recall
​Product recall, Brexit and COVID-19 – The triple threat to consumer safety

(Insurance POST) Product quality is essential to business survival, and yet these days it seems recalls are rarely out of the news. Mistakes happen and processes fail often resulting in disastrous consequences to the business and the brand. Given the…

September 10, 2020 by Andrew Robinson, Head of Product Liability and Recall
September 04, 2020
Charles McMartin
Director, Regional General Adjuster, Contents Solutions Division
Time and accuracy, scope and cost are critical in contents adjusting

After a commercial or residential property loss, the building’s physical damage is top of mind. But it’s equally as important to consider the contents inside that were likely destroyed and, as a result, unavailable for inspection. For over 30 years,…

September 04, 2020 by Charles McMartin, Director, Regional General Adjuster, Contents Solutions Division
August 28, 2020
Don Lipsy
AVP, National Technical Compliance, Managed Care Practice
Workers’ compensation health disparities in a post-COVID-19 environment

The inarguable fact of COVID-19 is that the coronavirus itself has been an indiscriminate and equal-opportunity tragedy on a global scale. Women and men, young and old, across the world and right next door, COVID-19 has impacted the way in which we l…

August 28, 2020 by Don Lipsy, AVP, National Technical Compliance, Managed Care Practice
August 21, 2020
Dan Ogale
Assistant Vice President Workers’ Compensation
Resilience and change management during changing times

Today, keeping up with the pace of change in business seems nearly impossible. The COVID-19 pandemic is continually testing each organization’s resilience skills and change management processes. Leaders are challenged with balancing business, client …

August 21, 2020 by Dan Ogale, Assistant Vice President Workers’ Compensation
August 14, 2020
Keith Pokorny, Regional Vice President, EFI Global Inc. and Ed Reis, President, Repair Solutions
Trending themes in building safety and repair

You may think you are prepared, but are you really prepared? As more organizations move from a planning phase to an active return to workplaces, schools, campuses and more, they are facing an urgent need to have resources at the ready from a building…

August 14, 2020 by Keith Pokorny, Regional Vice President, EFI Global Inc. and Ed Reis, President, Repair Solutions
August 06, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Workforce Absence
Furlough FAQs

Among the many issues employers are facing in the wake of the spread of COVID-19 is the possibility of furloughs, temporary location closings and short-term layoffs. Not only are these actions devastating and challenging for individuals and teams, th…

August 06, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Workforce Absence
July 31, 2020
Jennifer Milton
Team Leader / Senior Claims Manager, Sedgwick Germany
What lasting, positive transformations may we see because of COVID-19?

Headlines continually tell us about the plethora of changes and disturbances taking place around the globe and in most aspects of our lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And whether the end to this catastrophe will occur through the development of re…

July 31, 2020 by Jennifer Milton, Team Leader / Senior Claims Manager, Sedgwick Germany
July 24, 2020
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
COVID-19 six months later: Where are we?

As of this writing, we have over 15 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 4 million cases here in the U.S. Those numbers are staggering – and not what we expected when I first wrote on Sedgwick’s blog only six months ago about the no…

July 24, 2020 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
July 16, 2020
James McIntosh
National Manager-Technical Services, Building Consultancy Division, Sedgwick Australia
Defects in residential strata buildings? Take care not to overlook the most prevalent!

In recent times, the construction and strata industries across eastern Australia have shifted their focus away from leaking buildings and toward the highly publicised structural failures, fire separation and combustible materials. The attention is wa…

July 16, 2020 by James McIntosh, National Manager-Technical Services, Building Consultancy Division, Sedgwick Australia
July 10, 2020
Marcia Giesler, Affinity Business Development Director and Tom Hebson, Managing Director, Captive and Program Affinity
How can captives play a role in getting back to business during COVID-19?

With the recent spike in numbers, the coronavirus doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. And with a second wave of COVID-19 likely on its way later this year, many employers are recommitting to the planning and coverage of their businesses durin…

July 10, 2020 by Marcia Giesler, Affinity Business Development Director and Tom Hebson, Managing Director, Captive and Program Affinity
July 02, 2020
John Gragson, Senior Vice President, Catastrophe Operations Danny Miller, Executive Vice President, Loss Adjustment Property, Specialty Services Gail Oliver, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Property
A catastrophe within a catastrophe: Storm prep amid COVID-19

It’s hard to think about given our current environment, but it's important to remember just the same: Storm season is here. Hurricane season typically runs from early June through the end of November; data on ocean temperatures and related factors ar…

July 02, 2020 by John Gragson, Senior Vice President, Catastrophe Operations Danny Miller, Executive Vice President, Loss Adjustment Property, Specialty Services Gail Oliver, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Property
June 24, 2020
Andrea J. Buhl, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Managing Director, Clinical Operations, Sedgwick and Will Kimbrough, MD, MSPH, Senior Medical Director of Clinical Services, One Medical
Testing, tracking, talking: Additional strategies in the back to business toolkit

In Sedgwick’s recent blog, we discussed return to work strategies during the pandemic. Let’s keep the momentum going.  Business owners are asking many questions about how to bring employees back to the workplace in a way that is safe and p…

June 24, 2020 by Andrea J. Buhl, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Managing Director, Clinical Operations, Sedgwick and Will Kimbrough, MD, MSPH, Senior Medical Director of Clinical Services, One Medical
June 19, 2020
Christophe Friang
National Director, Sedgwick France
France: Rise of costs in construction and claims management expected post-confinement

Lisez ceci en français Following talks with various organizations and unions within the construction sector, the French government published in April a “Guide to health safety recommendations for the business continuity of construction in the midst …

June 19, 2020 by Christophe Friang, National Director, Sedgwick France