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May 13, 2021
Beau Bishop
senior vice president, catastrophe operations
Preparing to help those in the path of the storm

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is just around the corner, with most tropical systems forming June 1 through November 30. Starting this year, the National Hurricane Center will begin issuing regular tropical weather outlooks beginning May 15. Curr…

May 13, 2021 by Beau Bishop, senior vice president, catastrophe operations
May 10, 2021
Ryan Gooley
Federal court suspends Prop 65 lawsuits, more litigation and activism to follow

A federal court in California recently granted a motion for a preliminary injunction suspending lawsuits against companies allegedly violating the state’s Proposition 65 warning requirement for acrylamide. The court is in the midst of deciding if the…

May 10, 2021 by Ryan Gooley
May 07, 2021
Donny Phillips, business development manager and Jeffrey Burmeister, client services manager
Unemployment fraud hits home – Be aware of fake claims

Imagine getting a letter in the mail telling you about your unemployment benefits when you still have a job. Not only is it puzzling, it may leave you wondering what to do next. This type of fraudulent activity related to unemployment claims has been…

May 07, 2021 by Donny Phillips, business development manager and Jeffrey Burmeister, client services manager
May 04, 2021
Douglas Dell
vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
One year into virtual training: Here’s what we’ve learned

A little over a year ago, Vale Training closed its doors to comply with public health guidelines amid the pandemic. As a result, we were tasked with quickly reinventing the business as a virtual learning provider. Initially, many people were concerne…

May 04, 2021 by Douglas Dell, vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
April 30, 2021
Shawn Johnson, managing director, workforce absence and Adam Morell, JD, director, national compliance, ADA accommodations
Blurring the lines between accommodations

As employers reimagine their return to work programs and strategies, they often wonder about the difference between traditional return to work programs and accommodations afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At RIMS LIVE 2021, we…

April 30, 2021 by Shawn Johnson, managing director, workforce absence and Adam Morell, JD, director, national compliance, ADA accommodations
April 30, 2021
Amanda Combs
recall consultant
Revelations of another carcinogen in hand sanitizers puts more pressure on manufacturers

More than a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizers are making headlines again. This time there are new revelations about the existence of high levels of the carcinogen benzene in sanitizers widely available to the public. An a…

April 30, 2021 by Amanda Combs, recall consultant
April 29, 2021
Paul Peak, vice president clinical pharmacy and Reema Hammoud, assistant vice president, clinical pharmacy
The drugs that keep us up at night

How well are you sleeping at night? It's not uncommon to have difficulty falling or staying asleep, but certain medications and substances may either help or inhibit proper rest. From a pharmacist’s perspective, it’s essential to address the root cau…

April 29, 2021 by Paul Peak, vice president clinical pharmacy and Reema Hammoud, assistant vice president, clinical pharmacy
April 28, 2021
Robin Roeder
SVP risk management
Celebrating the next generation of leaders

For any organization, supporting the next generation of workers will undoubtedly help build future leaders. That’s why Sedgwick invests in supporting students entering our industry to pursue careers. The Sedgwick / Steven E. Penman Memorial Scholarsh…

April 28, 2021 by Robin Roeder, SVP risk management
April 27, 2021
Luke Evans
business development manager
Electric vehicle sales on the rise but concerns persist

At the end of this year, leaders from around the world will gather in Glasgow, Scotland for vital talks on climate change and what can be done to tackle this pressing concern. The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) — which wa…

April 27, 2021 by Luke Evans, business development manager
April 26, 2021
Bryon Bass, SVP workforce absence and Max Koonce, chief claims officer
Claims and COVID-19: The trends you should know about

As we all reflect on the events that transpired in 2020, now is the time to lean on the lessons learned so we can move forward together. To shed light on the size and scope of claims activity related to the pandemic — from both an occupational …

April 26, 2021 by Bryon Bass, SVP workforce absence and Max Koonce, chief claims officer
April 22, 2021
Kim Krauss
managing director, global marketing and communications
Wellness Zenter: Healthy and thriving

Sedgwick is pleased to partner with Chef Paul Kahan and the Chicago Restaurant Workers Relief Fund as part of efforts to help our clients, colleagues and communities thrive in 2021. Chicago holds a special place in our hearts this year, as it would…

April 22, 2021 by Kim Krauss, managing director, global marketing and communications
April 21, 2021
Damian Glynn
Director, Head of Financial Lines, UK
Business interruption… Groundhog Day?

COVID-19 has raised some tricky questions about business interruption cover around the world and cyber-related issues continue to present complicated challenges. We can afford to focus on those concerns because we already have the basic BI cover sort…

April 21, 2021 by Damian Glynn, Director, Head of Financial Lines, UK
April 20, 2021
Michael P. Lorms, Senior Manager Risk Management, Sedgwick and Joseph Whitlock, Ph.D., CSP, CHMM, CRMA, CIH, Certified Industrial Hygienist, EFI Global, Inc.
Staying ahead of safety trends, protocols and preparation

The COVID-19 global pandemic impacted businesses on a wide-scale basis and its effects are still visible today. While some companies were quick to pivot at the onset, others took more time to formulate a response. Essential businesses kept their door…

April 20, 2021 by Michael P. Lorms, Senior Manager Risk Management, Sedgwick and Joseph Whitlock, Ph.D., CSP, CHMM, CRMA, CIH, Certified Industrial Hygienist, EFI Global, Inc.
April 20, 2021
Amanda Combs
Embracing epidemiology in post-market surveillance

Women’s health products are facing increased regulatory scrutiny and epidemiology is the driving force behind pre-market and post-market surveillance. This evolution is driven by the premise that people of different biological sexes have unique respo…

April 20, 2021 by Amanda Combs
April 19, 2021
Bob Peterson
President
Thrive during RIMS LIVE 2021

It’s no secret that the RIMS conference is a highlight each year for me and my Sedgwick colleagues. It’s the time of year when everyone’s anticipation is high as industry professionals from around the world gather to exchange ideas, enjoy time togeth…

April 19, 2021 by Bob Peterson, President