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March 30, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
States respond to the coronavirus: Latest disability and leave expansions

On May 12, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the next round of COVID-19 response legislation. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act with over 1,800 pages and a $3 trillion price tag includes labor and em…

March 30, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
November 01, 2019
Kimberly George
global head, innovation and product development
Behind the scenes at IAIABC

Last week, the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) held its 105th convention in Pittsburgh. The IAIABC is an association of workers’ compensation jurisdictional regulatory agencies and industry stakeholder…

November 01, 2019 by Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development
September 20, 2019
Bill Zachry
Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
Gig economy facing a massive sea change in California

Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5: Gonzalez; D-San Diego), which was recently passed by the California legislature and just signed into law Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom, will fundamentally change much of California’s gig economy, including how gig wor…

September 20, 2019 by Bill Zachry, Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
November 21, 2018
Stuart Ryland
Sr Vice President Regional, West Region
California wildfires: What happens next?

Disasters are unfortunately becoming commonplace news stories. Many people are dealing with tragic losses in the wake of both man-made and natural disasters. The recent fires that have ravaged California are now among the most devastating in U.S. his…

November 21, 2018 by Stuart Ryland, Sr Vice President Regional, West Region
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May 15, 2018
David Repinski
Global Development Officer, Sedgwick
Volcanos, earthquakes, fires and floods – how are we preparing for CATs in 2018?

The 2018 CAT season has started with a vengeance. Already, we are seeing damage from flooding, earthquakes and a volcano in Hawaii. On top of that, hurricane season will soon be underway, the potential increases for droughts and related fires, and we…

May 15, 2018 by David Repinski, Global Development Officer, Sedgwick
December 19, 2016
Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
California court rules employers must accommodate disabilities of employees’ associates

A recent ruling by the California Court of Appeal (Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal. App. 5th 1028) increases the sphere of influence of the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to include reasonable accommo…

December 19, 2016 by Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
September 21, 2016
Patrick Hudson, District Manager/Forensic Engineer, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
Staying afloat with boating safety

According to 2015 U.S. Coast Guard statistics, May through September is the peak period for recreational boating accidents. Florida, Minnesota, Michigan, and California lead the nation in the number of registered boats while Florida regularly leads t…

September 21, 2016 by Patrick Hudson, District Manager/Forensic Engineer, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
April 13, 2016
Jonathan Mast, Director Social Media
Caring counts at the Alpha Project

Time spent at RIMS is always worthwhile. We are fortunate to enjoy many opportunities to connect with friends, clients, colleagues and other industry partners, and it has been a pleasure spending time in San Diego this year. However, in the midst o…

April 13, 2016 by Jonathan Mast, Director Social Media
May 13, 2015
Overview: California independent medical review process

Recently there has been a lot of discussion – in the media and throughout the industry – about the California independent medical review (IMR) process. Introduced to the workers’ compensation system in California as part of Senate Bill 863, IMR serve…

May 13, 2015
April 13, 2015
Don’t wait for regulatory changes – manage prescription drug use today

The wheels are slowly turning across the nation as state workers’ compensation regulatory agencies and state legislators focus on how to best respond to the prescription drug abuse epidemic and gain more control. Implementing a closed formulary is …

April 13, 2015
September 25, 2014
Terri Riley, SVP Managed Care Practices and Client Services
Listening to the voice of the provider

Medical directors with California-based hospital systems recently met for a discussion focused on the quality of medical care provided to Sedgwick workers’ compensation clients. We covered many areas, including provider scoring, fraud, legal challe…

September 25, 2014 by Terri Riley, SVP Managed Care Practices and Client Services
September 18, 2014
James Worthy talks teamwork at CWC & Risk Conference

Last week at the California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference, we were fortunate to hear James “Big Game” Worthy, NBA Hall of Fame member and three time NBA champion, deliver the keynote address. The standing-room-only crowd was treated to a …

September 18, 2014
April 30, 2014
The lesson in fixing broken workers’ compensation systems – keep trying

Fixing broken workers' compensation systems is far from easy. There are multiple agendas, complex legislation and competing needs – and often conflicting demands lead to "solutions" that seem to worsen the problem. But still we try; and we should an…

April 30, 2014
March 14, 2014
Barbara Jones, VP Client Services, Disability Administration
Is a California Voluntary Plan right for you?

Did you know that California is one of only five states in the nation – along with Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island – with a mandatory disability insurance program? In California, the State Disability Insurance (SDI) "State Plan" is fu…

March 14, 2014 by Barbara Jones, VP Client Services, Disability Administration
February 14, 2014
Make a difference

Earlier this week I had a very good conversation with some of my industry peers, including some Sedgwick colleagues and some people who work for other organizations. It was exciting to hear they shared my commitment to doing more to make a difference…

February 14, 2014
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