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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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June 18, 2021
Luke Evans
Green light for self-drive in UK raises risk concerns in motor supply chain

The UK is the first country in the world to announce regulated guidelines for self-driving cars on motorways. This means you could see cars with Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) on British roads by the end of 2021. Many cars already incorporate…

June 18, 2021 by Luke Evans
June 14, 2021
Mason Bartleson
VP, process design and operational excellence
Remote field adjusting is a tool with the human touch

Experts in the insurance and claims space by nature are always prepared for the unexpected. Whether we’re contending with a season of extreme weather, sudden accidents, or a global pandemic, we know the importance of responding quickly to property cl…

June 14, 2021 by Mason Bartleson, VP, process design and operational excellence
June 11, 2021
Mark Buckingham
New European report identifies rising product recall trends across five major sectors

2020 was undoubtedly one of the most turbulent times for Europe’s manufacturers and retailers. As they fought to innovate, while maintaining standards, performance and compliance, they faced continuous COVID disruption in supply chains, production an…

June 11, 2021 by Mark Buckingham
June 04, 2021
Mark Buckingham
The hidden danger in common crops

You can’t see, taste or smell them but aflatoxins can be present in everyday dried staples. And with COVID-19 and global warming impacting crop production and storage, they are on the rise. During the month of April 2021, there were 22 RASFF (Rapid…

June 04, 2021 by Mark Buckingham
June 03, 2021
Dave North
executive chairman
Let the WCI countdown begin: Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

The collective dedication of individuals working to enhance the workers’ compensation system and the experience for injured workers never ceases to amaze me. It takes a collaborative effort and exchange of ideas to uncover what works, what needs to b…

June 03, 2021 by Dave North, executive chairman
June 02, 2021
Matt Walker
recall advisor
DOJ increasing enforcement on off-label promotion: Here’s what to expect

We’ve been warned. Recent settlements between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and several FDA-regulated drug and medical device manufacturers serve as a prelude to future DOJ enforcement activity involving off-label promotion. The DOJ and the U…

June 02, 2021 by Matt Walker, recall advisor
May 25, 2021
Graham Plaister
principal specialist – agriculture & rural
UK food and farming post-Brexit

The UK farming sector is at a crossroads due to major changes brought by Brexit. Fundamentally, the government plans to phase out any direct payments to farmers by 2022 and the funds from these payments will be redirected to environmental schemes. Th…

May 25, 2021 by Graham Plaister, principal specialist – agriculture & rural
May 24, 2021
Lance Watkins
VP, client services, Sedgwick MCO
5 reasons Ohio employers choose Sedgwick MCO

Managed care organizations play a valuable role in the workers’ compensation system, providing key claims resources to help employers. At Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio (MCO), we focus on getting injured employees back to work, lowering medical bills and…

May 24, 2021 by Lance Watkins, VP, client services, Sedgwick MCO
May 24, 2021
Dr. Reema Hammoud
AVP, clinical pharmacy
COVID-19 long-haul claims and our clinical approach

With the advent of vaccines, we now have more hope in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is still clinical data to digest and trends to keep a close eye on. One of them being long-haul cases. Most people infected by COVID-19 experience little…

May 24, 2021 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, AVP, clinical pharmacy
May 21, 2021
Matthew Rodda
regional vice president, EFI Global
Safety and prevention measures are on the frontlines of managing wildfires

Each year, wildfires affect thousands of people and ravage millions of acres. What can begin as a small accidental fire due to human activity, equipment failure or a lightning strike can quickly grow out of control, threaten communities and towns in …

May 21, 2021 by Matthew Rodda, regional vice president, EFI Global
May 18, 2021
Juan Carlos Araiza, Ph.D., PE.
vice president and managing principal, large and complex loss, EFI Global
Structural collapses and the stories they tell

From investigating the collapse of a high-rise building to a bridge overpass or stadium — forensic engineers grapple with complex questions while determining what happened in order to avert future failures. Moreover, their findings can have a m…

May 18, 2021 by Juan Carlos Araiza, Ph.D., PE., vice president and managing principal, large and complex loss, EFI Global
May 14, 2021
Guest author: Carolyn Wagner
Spotlight: New proposed legislation to prevent furniture tip over

Foreword by Jeremy Schutz, senior corporate sales manager at Sedgwick: Welcome to the latest edition of spotlight. This month, Carolyn W. Wagner at Crowell & Moring LLP shares her thoughts and opinions on the STURDY (Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risk…

May 14, 2021 by Guest author: Carolyn Wagner
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