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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
January 15, 2021
Trade agreements and consumer behaviour are shaping the future of automotive recalls

Brexit negotiations were firmly in the headlines in late December, with European leaders working to reach agreements on the movement of goods throughout the continent from the beginning of this month.On 24 December, the European Automobile Manufactur…

January 15, 2021
January 08, 2021
Bryon Bass
SVP Workforce Absence
Out-thinking COVID-19: Mental health strategies

Whether or not we have tested positive, we have all been impacted by COVID-19. Who hasn’t stared at the ceiling late at night and wondered: How will my body react if I contract COVID-19? How can I prevent the spread of the virus to my family if I am …

January 08, 2021 by Bryon Bass, SVP Workforce Absence
December 31, 2020
Global perspective on pharma and medical device recalls during the COVID-19 crisis

The global response to the coronavirus crisis put a bright spotlight on the complexity of global supply chains. But not only in the traditional, “behind-the-scenes” way we think about companies sourcing inputs, component parts and ingredients. It als…

December 31, 2020
December 24, 2020
Jeremy Schutz
Recalls likely to skyrocket as CPSC shuts down port inspections across the US

Just in time for the holiday season, USA Today reveals the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) pulled inspectors from ports around the country in mid-March due to COVID-19. The shutdown continued to September, meaning inspectors were not at the…

December 24, 2020 by Jeremy Schutz
December 23, 2020
UK announcement sends shockwaves across European supply chain

Recalls of consumer products reached a total of 73 by 21 December against only one professional product this month according to RAPEX, the EU’s rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products.Among the items were chemical products (4), childcare i…

December 23, 2020
December 22, 2020
Ryan Gooley
Everything you need to know about the FDA’s proposed food traceability rule

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to establish traceability recordkeeping requirements for certain foods. The proposal applies to those who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods designated for inclusion on the Fo…

December 22, 2020 by Ryan Gooley
December 22, 2020
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas recalls

As consumer demand for children’s toys grows at Christmas so too does the volume of recalls. As expected, the recall table is packed with children’s items that have been deemed unfit for purpose by countries across Europe.Of the 36 alerts and notific…

December 22, 2020
December 21, 2020
Mark Debus
MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Team Lead
Home alone for the holidays

Joy. Cheer. Laughter. A heart-warming holiday movie. A family around the dinner table. Bright decorations and trimmings of the season. These sentiments and scenes are what many of us typically associate with the holiday season. But, alongside these,…

December 21, 2020 by Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Team Lead
December 17, 2020
John Brockschmidt, SVP, Pooling; Russ Hocutt, SVP, Ohio TPA Operations; Jody Moses, Managing Director, Public Entities; Frank Pagnatta, SVP, CareWorks Comp
4 ways Ohio employers can make the most of recent BWC dividends

In November, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) agreed to issue $5 billion in dividends to qualifying Ohio employers to ease the financial pressures created by COVID-19. This is the third dividend declared and paid in 2020, bringing the t…

December 17, 2020 by John Brockschmidt, SVP, Pooling; Russ Hocutt, SVP, Ohio TPA Operations; Jody Moses, Managing Director, Public Entities; Frank Pagnatta, SVP, CareWorks Comp
December 17, 2020
Chris Harvey
Here’s why recall and liability claim trends are on the rise

As we head into a new year, we’ve spotted a new trend impacting companies across all industries: product recalls are becoming more frequent, complex, and expensive. Based on our experience and analysis of the data, advanced technology, more effici…

December 17, 2020 by Chris Harvey
December 17, 2020
Car giant puts pedal to the metal on issuing recalls

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and many people will be looking to bid 2020 goodbye and ring in the bells on a much-anticipated new year.For the recall market, however, there is no holiday. In the past week, one of the world’s largest…

December 17, 2020
December 14, 2020
Vaccines are being rolled out, but will refrigeration cause recalls?

The world’s population has been waiting for the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine since early 2020 – and after phenomenal progress, some are now in the initial phases of rollout.One key issue to note is that pharmaceuticals have a relatively delicat…

December 14, 2020
December 11, 2020
Leah Cooper, Managing Director, Global Consumer Technology; Steve Elliott, Senior Vice President, IT Applications; Kathy Tazic, Managing Director, Client Services
Making predictions in the midst of uncertainty

It’s safe to say it’s been a year chock full of surprises — unanticipated events, unforeseen circumstances and some unimaginable outcomes. As we close in on 2021 (and, perhaps hopefully, begin to close the door on the challenges of 2020), it’s …

December 11, 2020 by Leah Cooper, Managing Director, Global Consumer Technology; Steve Elliott, Senior Vice President, IT Applications; Kathy Tazic, Managing Director, Client Services