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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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October 14, 2021
Andrew Berg
AVP, Operations
Mental health-related absence: Trends and predictions

Employee mental health is becoming a greater focus among business leaders as it can significantly impact organizational productivity and performance. Production demands, financial worries and chronic pain — not to mention the uncertainty around…

October 14, 2021 by Andrew Berg, AVP, Operations
October 05, 2021
Gary Gardner, BA CIP
Senior vice president, national sales
Canadian conversations: 3 challenges facing companies

As we kick off the RIMS Canada conference, we’re provided an opportunity to reflect on key claims trends. But with these opportunities comes challenges for many companies. Understanding what’s at play can help organizations operate more effectively a…

October 05, 2021 by Gary Gardner, BA CIP , Senior vice president, national sales
September 30, 2021
Leon Briggs
Head of property & national executive adjuster, Sedgwick Australia
Reflecting on the Mansfield earthquake

The Mansfield earthquake in Victoria, Australia brought back a decade of memories dealing with hundreds of claims worth billions of dollars in Christchurch. While Mansfield is not a similar crisis to Christchurch (New Zealand) or Newcastle (Australia…

September 30, 2021 by Leon Briggs, Head of property & national executive adjuster, Sedgwick Australia
September 28, 2021
Matt Walker
FDA regulations for AI/ML-based medical devices expected soon on heels of EU MDR

Following the lead of the European Union and Great Britain, the U.S. FDA has begun rolling out its action plan for regulating artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML)-based software as a medical device. The United Kingdom’s Medicines and He…

September 28, 2021 by Matt Walker
September 23, 2021
Stewart Steel
Chief executive officer, Europe Middle East & Africa
BPO: A fresh vision

The global pandemic caused some organisations to take a closer look at their operating model. Many are pursuing a simplified, more agile and flexible business structure that empowers a fast, seamless response to changes in local or global market cond…

September 23, 2021 by Stewart Steel, Chief executive officer, Europe Middle East & Africa
September 22, 2021
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
Pet food faces increased scrutiny as regulators hold manufacturers accountable

Research [1] has shown that many people prefer the company of their pets to that of their children. So it should come as no surprise that recent pet food recalls have angered pet lovers and spurred regulators to swift action. And of course, plaintiff…

September 22, 2021 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution
September 16, 2021
Eur Ing Mark Hawksworth
Global technology specialist practice group leader and executive MCL adjuster
Claim farming for damages in light of data protection laws

As new data protection laws are introduced, so are new challenges. Claim farming occurs when parties submit claims for financial gain against targets unaware of data misuse and is on the rise in the UK. After navigating hardship related to COVID-19 a…

September 16, 2021 by Eur Ing Mark Hawksworth, Global technology specialist practice group leader and executive MCL adjuster
September 13, 2021
Luke Evans
COVID-19 is still impacting recall trends across Europe

While there’s light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel and consumers anticipate a return to normal, ‘business-as-usual’ is still a long way off, as reported in our 2021 Recall Index report. Essential reading for manufacturers and retailers seeking i…

September 13, 2021 by Luke Evans
September 10, 2021
Chris Harvey, VP crisis solution
Stricter regulatory enforcement ahead for all industries in 2021 and 2022

As regulators, businesses and organizations emerge from the global pandemic, each is struggling to find its path to a new “new normal.” Most are finding it’s a rocky path. Significant questions and uncertainty persist, and reputational risks to compa…

September 10, 2021 by Chris Harvey, VP crisis solution
September 09, 2021
Max Koonce
Chief claims officer
Vaccine implications in workers’ compensation

As the battle against COVID-19 rages on, vaccinations have become a front-line conversation. The workers’ compensation implications must be addressed, as there aren’t yet any specific laws or court decisions that can guide COVID-19 vaccine-related si…

September 09, 2021 by Max Koonce, Chief claims officer
September 02, 2021
Rich Wirth
Senior vice president specialty operations
Returning to on-site loss control at the workplace

Prior to COVID-19, risk and underwriting assessments, consultative and specialty services, and safety trainings were primarily completed on-site. But when many businesses shut down in April and May of 2020, physical loss control services saw a dramat…

September 02, 2021 by Rich Wirth, Senior vice president specialty operations
August 23, 2021
Dr. Reema Hammoud
AVP, clinical pharmacy
Clinicians: Look carefully at opioid tapering data and guidelines

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced its way into every aspect of our lives for the past 18 months, it is not the only major ongoing health crisis. The opioid epidemic is still a real threat to our population despite being somewhat overshadowed in the …

August 23, 2021 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, AVP, clinical pharmacy
August 19, 2021
Douglas Dell
vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
Mining for 2022 gems from 2020 digital learning sessions

Recorded video sessions have become a crucial asset to digital learning and many of us have amassed a library of them in the past year and a half. Despite technology stumbles and occasional dog barks, they captured quick summaries of thought leadersh…

August 19, 2021 by Douglas Dell, vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
August 11, 2021
Christophe Grepilloux
Expert Certifié EEA Matériels et Installations Industrielles FUEDI ELAE - Energies Renouvelables
Les énergies vertes en réponse au cri d’alarme du GIEC

La présence plurielle de Sedgwick France en Métropole, en Corse et sur les départements d’outre-mer livre un point de vue omniscient sur les tendances environnementales et l’évolution de nos écosystèmes terrestres et maritimes. Le constat de nos expe…

August 11, 2021 by Christophe Grepilloux, Expert Certifié EEA Matériels et Installations Industrielles FUEDI ELAE - Energies Renouvelables
August 03, 2021
Douglas Dell
vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
Vehicle dents, dings and damage: The role of PDR

Your first encounter with paintless dent repair (PDR) may be after a trip to the supermarket or a night of bad weather. Whether your vehicle has a small dent from a shopping cart or severe damage from a hail storm, the results present as one or multi…

August 03, 2021 by Douglas Dell, vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.