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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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December 04, 2020
Ericka DeBruce
VP Engagement, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility
Spreading hope for the year ahead

As I prepared to write this year’s season of giving blog, I reflected on how, every year, I think there can’t be a way to top the year before—whether professionally, personally, within my community or in the world. However, for me, this year ha…

December 04, 2020 by Ericka DeBruce, VP Engagement, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility
December 04, 2020
Ryan Gooley
What the FDA’s new draft guidance means for food manufacturers

For years, undeclared allergens have been a leading cause of food recalls in the United States. And now, those fearful of facing blame for not doing enough to protect consumers are demanding quicker and broader food recalls. This month, The U.S. F…

December 04, 2020 by Ryan Gooley
December 04, 2020
Car sales, auto recalls and inbound enquiries

The new car sales market contracted by 29 per cent in the first three quarters of 2020, with passenger vehicle registrations down from circa 9.9 million in 2019, to 7.05 million in 2020, according to figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers…

December 04, 2020
December 02, 2020
The expanding use of presumption in workers' compensation: Grand bargain at risk?

Presented by RIMS and Sedgwick, this webinar covers: the micro- and macro-economic impacts of COVID-19 as legislators, politicians, and regulators take actions that extend workers’ compensation benefits; the impacts that include the potentially signi…

December 02, 2020
December 01, 2020
Amanda Combs
Here’s what you need to know about fraudulent claims and phony COVID-19 products

From teas and essential oils to drugs, faulty masks, and other medical products, COVID-19 has brought a wave of deceptive marketing and fraud.Early on in the pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)…

December 01, 2020 by Amanda Combs
November 27, 2020
Chris Carlton, Director, Repair Solutions, Sedgwick UK
COVID-19 and Brexit – Supply chain challenges ahead

As we head into winter, and the end of a second UK lockdown, the focus remains on containing the spread of the coronavirus. Add the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, which will undoubtedly impact on labour resources across the entire construction ind…

November 27, 2020 by Chris Carlton, Director, Repair Solutions, Sedgwick UK
November 27, 2020
European recalls in decline across every major sector

Every European industry, sector and market has felt the impact of the pandemic, which has resulted in a downturn in recalls across the board. From automotive, electronics, clothing and toys to medical devices, pharmaceuticals and food and drink, our …

November 27, 2020
November 27, 2020
How net-zero ambitions will result in recalls

In late October, fast-fashion chain Primark announced that it had joined the United Nations’ Fashion Charter (UNFCCC) to support its net-zero ambitions and committed to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.The clothing giant went …

November 27, 2020
November 25, 2020
Chris Harvey
The recall trends and data you need in the final months of the year

The latest data from our Third Edition Recall Index, the leading recall insights report, confirms recall activity has remained steady, for the most part, for the last 10 months despite the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with cases surging and a turbulen…

November 25, 2020 by Chris Harvey
November 23, 2020
Jeremy Schutz
Apple’s AirPods Pro recall program: An example for all manufacturers

Exactly one year after launching AirPods Pro, Apple has announced a new “Service Program” for models of the earphones that may be affected by a problem that causes sound issues. The program comes after months of consumer complaints about the faulty p…

November 23, 2020 by Jeremy Schutz
November 20, 2020
Surge in recalls of electricals and children’s toys to last beyond Christmas

With only a few weeks left until Christmas, online retailers and high street stores will be going through their inventory lists and checking them twice to make sure merchandising is in tip-top shape ahead of the December buying surge.This is also the…

November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Donny Phillips, Business Development Manager and Heather Vogus, VP, Operations
Unemployment taxes, fraudulent claims and identity theft

As we approach unemployment tax season, the uncertainties around COVID-19 will only increase. How will the pandemic impact 2021 unemployment taxes? What about the years that follow? And in addressing unemployment, how can employers avoid fraud and id…

November 18, 2020 by Donny Phillips, Business Development Manager and Heather Vogus, VP, Operations
November 17, 2020
Applying behavioural science to recall effectiveness

The UK’s ministerial Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a study last month into product recall effectiveness. Designed to provide insights to support increasing the effectiveness of product recall in action, the st…

November 17, 2020
November 10, 2020
Bridget Caswell
Director of National Technical Compliance – Absence Management
Colorado ballot measure makes PFML history

When we think back on the past week in U.S. election events, our minds may not immediately go to one of the most potentially impactful decisions made on the state level. Colorado has become the first state to implement a paid family and medical leave…

November 10, 2020 by Bridget Caswell, Director of National Technical Compliance – Absence Management
November 06, 2020
Shelley Beasley
Marine Surveyor, Head of Marine NZ
COVID-19 repercussions for exporters, importers and insurers

Between delays and temperature exposures, event cancelations and general uncertainties around COVID-19, the marine industry has had its fair share of challenges during the pandemic. As restrictions continue to develop, many importers and exporters ar…

November 06, 2020 by Shelley Beasley, Marine Surveyor, Head of Marine NZ