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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.
August 02, 2021
David Stills
senior vice president, carrier and risk practice
A look ahead: 6 ways to ensure success of our risk management program

In part one of this blog, we focused on market reflection — discussing trends and lessons learned. Next, we’ll explore six ways to ensure success of our risk management programs moving forward. Make purposeful insurance buying decisions Ma…

August 02, 2021 by David Stills, senior vice president, carrier and risk practice
July 29, 2021
Beth Burry-Jackson, MA, CRC, ARM, SVP, case management, clinically integrated programs and Kimberly Culver, MSN, RN, RDMS, RT(R), director of clinical pharmacy
Long-haul cases demand attention – and now ADA coverage

The mention of long-haul COVID-19 cases and their impact on the workplace has surged to the top of many discussions — even at the highest levels of government; as of this week, long COVID is now a recognized, protected condition under the Ameri…

July 29, 2021 by Beth Burry-Jackson, MA, CRC, ARM, SVP, case management, clinically integrated programs and Kimberly Culver, MSN, RN, RDMS, RT(R), director of clinical pharmacy
July 27, 2021
Michael Boyes
head of construction and engineering
Construction groundwork claims: Unfortunate or foreseeable?

Across New Zealand, the winter weather conditions threaten to saturate the ground — potentially causing landslips and soil collapse and often, causing disruption to construction works. Increased rainfall during the winter months is expected, bu…

July 27, 2021 by Michael Boyes, head of construction and engineering
July 22, 2021
David Stills
senior vice president, carrier and risk practice
A look back: Adapting from and responding to evolving risks

Having now entered the second half of 2021, let’s reflect on what we learned — not only from the last six months, but previous years as well. As risk managers, reflection is a key component to ensuring the success of our risk management and cla…

July 22, 2021 by David Stills, senior vice president, carrier and risk practice
July 19, 2021
Chris Harvey
VP, crisis solution
CBD and cannabis: With opportunity comes risk

An exclusive life sciences webinar hosted recently by Sedgwick’s brand protection experts offered insight into the latest product safety challenges facing medical device, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, including an insightful discussion …

July 19, 2021 by Chris Harvey, VP, crisis solution