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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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February 24, 2021
Claira Kapraun
Corporate Citizenship Administrator
Defining and living a meaningful corporate citizenship strategy

When it comes to corporate citizenship, leaders around the country and across the globe are asking what it means and how will it impact their business. They want to know if the concept of corporate citizenship is simply another trending buzzword or i…

February 24, 2021 by Claira Kapraun, Corporate Citizenship Administrator
February 19, 2021
Max Koonce
Chief Claims Officer
COVID-19 vaccinations and workers’ compensation

Today’s COVID-19 environment continues to present unique questions within the workers’ compensation industry. Initially, questions focused on compensability of what some qualify as an “ordinary disease of life.” Many states enacted presumption laws o…

February 19, 2021 by Max Koonce, Chief Claims Officer
February 19, 2021
Chris Harvey, Amanda Combs and Jeremy Schutz
The future of AI regulation in the consumer products industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, AI in the manufacturing market is expected to reach $15.27 billion. The consumer product industry is one of many considering the use of these technolog…

February 19, 2021 by Chris Harvey, Amanda Combs and Jeremy Schutz
February 12, 2021
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Evolving health benefits impact employers and employees

Not since 1939 have job losses impacted U.S. business more than in 2020. In turn, this has had a resounding effect on health insurance coverage in general and on employee benefit programs in a more specific sense. These changes are driven in large pa…

February 12, 2021 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
February 05, 2021
Leon Briggs
Head of forensic advisory services, New Zealand
Flogging a dead hotel

What’s next for insurers following the recent UK Supreme Court ruling? Earlier this year, the UK Supreme Court handed down its highly anticipated decision on insurers’ obligations under policies providing non-physical damage business interruption co…

February 05, 2021 by Leon Briggs, Head of forensic advisory services, New Zealand
February 05, 2021
Matt Gigg
Online purchases of toys and children’s items with serious risk are recalled

It is normal for us to see recalls of children’s items and playthings rise in January as countries catch up on the swell of hazardous products which flooded their markets over the festive season. Last week, there were 11 notifications in this catego…

February 05, 2021 by Matt Gigg
February 04, 2021
Chris Harvey
Important lessons from a recall of “high-quality” pet food

A U.S. pet food manufacturer that voluntarily recalled one of its products because of potentially dangerous mold contamination is now being sued for deceptively marketing the pet food as “high quality” and “nutritious” despite its contamination. Mi…

February 04, 2021 by Chris Harvey
January 29, 2021
UK slow to report on product recalls in Europe

Last week [Week 3], there were 38 recall notifications placed in Europe, and 37% (14) of those were for motor vehicles. All but two of the vehicles are being recalled from end users. Germany submitted the most alerts (10), however five of those rela…

January 29, 2021
January 27, 2021
Phil Marshall
CAT Manager, Sedgwick Australia
Catastrophe review: Australia's black summer

Sedgwick's CAT review gives you an insight into our response to the devastating bushfire season that’s known as the black summer of 2019-2020 – highlighting just some of the challenges we faced and how we overcame them. We’ve also tried to capture …

January 27, 2021 by Phil Marshall, CAT Manager, Sedgwick Australia
January 26, 2021
Jeremy Schutz
Internet sales heighten the dangers posed by lithium-ion batteries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers “not to buy or use loose 18650 lithium-ion battery cells” that are typically manufactured as part of larger battery packs and are unintended for individual sale. The batteries are…

January 26, 2021 by Jeremy Schutz
January 22, 2021
​Nathanaelle​ Vercruysse​, director of claims management ​and Fabrice ​Collet​​, hub manager and expert
Tempête Alex, un évènement hors-normes, une mobilisation exceptionnelle

Read the English version Nathanaëlle VERCRUYSSE, Directrice gestion des sinistres pour compte de Sedgwick, et Fabrice COLLET, Expert fort enjeu Directeur Hub Provence Entreprises de Sedgwick sont revenus sur les particularités de la tempête Alex, ar…

January 22, 2021 by ​Nathanaelle​ Vercruysse​, director of claims management ​and Fabrice ​Collet​​, hub manager and expert
January 22, 2021
​Nathanaelle​ Vercruysse​, director of claims management ​and Fabrice ​Collet​​, hub manager and expert
Storm Alex, an exceptional event, an exceptional mobilization

Lisez ceci en français Storm Alex arrived September 30 on the coast of Southern Brittany and hit the Alpes-Maritimes department with a bang on October 2. The storms associated with the front poured large quantities of rain into the hinterland. The …

January 22, 2021 by ​Nathanaelle​ Vercruysse​, director of claims management ​and Fabrice ​Collet​​, hub manager and expert
January 22, 2021
Wayne Mitchell
Automakers must take heed of NHTSA’s new battery safety initiative

With more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, people are beginning to wonder whether the technology is safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is concerned, too. This month, NHTSA announced it will be zeroing in on the ris…

January 22, 2021 by Wayne Mitchell
January 15, 2021
Bob Peterson
President
Drive to thrive in 2021

Sedgwick’s industry experts and thought leaders are committed to keeping our clients informed on emerging trends and industry news. We’re excited to introduce “Drive to thrive in 2021” which highlights the topics and trends that employers, risk manag…

January 15, 2021 by Bob Peterson, President
January 15, 2021
Wayne Mitchell
Safety advocates demand better recall effectiveness; NHTSA under fire

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established in 1970 primarily to reduce deaths and injuries related to motor vehicle crashes. But safety advocates now accuse the agency of being “asleep at the wheel.” A recent arti…

January 15, 2021 by Wayne Mitchell