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May 07, 2020
Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer, Sedgwick and Max Koonce, Chief Claims Officer, Sedgwick
Virtual Wellness ZENter: Medical marijuana, hazy health and cloudy compliance

Has it ever been more important to be mindful, stay present and set a clear path for health and wellness than it is right now? For this year’s RIMS 2020 conference, Sedgwick had planned to invite attendees to join us in the annual Wellness ZENter, a …

May 07, 2020 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer, Sedgwick and Max Koonce, Chief Claims Officer, Sedgwick
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April 29, 2020
Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services and Brad Krauss, VP Business Development
3 key questions: Getting back to business after COVID-19

While we will miss seeing you at the Annual RIMS Conference & Exhibition in Denver, there has never been a more important time for us to connect or a more valuable message to share. The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected us all deepl…

April 29, 2020 by Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services and Brad Krauss, VP Business Development
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December 10, 2017
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
What’s ahead in 2018? Increased opportunities for collaboration

Human resources and benefit managers will have excellent opportunities to demonstrate their expertise in 2018. The complexity of issues they address on a daily basis continues to grow and evolve. Federal, state, county and city laws that govern emp…

December 10, 2017 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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March 01, 2017
Mike Merlino
SVP Medicare Compliance
It is happening: LMSAs (and NFMSAs) are almost here

For the past several years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been providing the industry with vague hints about liability Medicare set-aside arrangements (LMSAs). The absence of clarity left the liability community unable to…

March 01, 2017 by Mike Merlino, SVP Medicare Compliance
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February 02, 2017
In the weeds on marijuana and workers’ compensation

It’s a topic that gets much buzz – how will the cloud of legislation surrounding recreational and medical marijuana use impact businesses, specifically when it comes to compensability for workers’ compensation? I am sure you have all caught up on n…

February 02, 2017
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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
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October 28, 2016
Mike Merlino
SVP Medicare Compliance
CMS appears to have altered zero dollar MSAs approval process

For the past several years, we have been successful in obtaining zero dollar MSAs approved by the MSA review contractor. The case, however, had to meet very strict criteria: The case was denied; There had to be no payments for indemnity; There…

October 28, 2016 by Mike Merlino, SVP Medicare Compliance
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December 03, 2015
Stephanie Simpson, SVP, Disability & Absence Management Practice & Compliance
Maintaining ADA/ADAAA compliance when leave is involved

This blog article has been republished as originally run in Human Resource Executive magazine’s November 2015 issue As we talk with employers around the country, we hear many similar concerns. “Managing leave as an accommodation has become challengi…

December 03, 2015 by Stephanie Simpson, SVP, Disability & Absence Management Practice & Compliance
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September 30, 2015
Stephanie Simpson, SVP, Disability & Absence Management Practice & Compliance
Does your family and medical leave policy need a domestic partner re-evaluation?

It’s that time when human resources professionals and legal counsel review employment policies for the upcoming year, and this year there are new challenges impacting family and medical leave. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Obergefell v. …

September 30, 2015 by Stephanie Simpson, SVP, Disability & Absence Management Practice & Compliance
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June 26, 2015
Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
Same-sex marriage: Action steps for employers

The United States Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States. This decision just made life easier for employers and TPAs who are responsible for administering leaves. We can…

June 26, 2015 by Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
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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
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May 07, 2015
Robert Jackson, SVP, Information Security Officer
Has healthcare set the data security bar too low?

Data security, or cyber security, is and has been on everyone’s minds now for some time. The hits just keep coming even as organizations step up their efforts to keep data protected. In the area of healthcare, it is especially true that you would w…

May 07, 2015 by Robert Jackson, SVP, Information Security Officer
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March 24, 2015
Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
U.S. Department of Labor updates definition of spouse

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new rules revising the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), which entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpa…

March 24, 2015 by Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
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January 07, 2015
Malcolm Dodge
VP Risk Services
New Year brings new changes to OSHA

New OSHA reporting requirements in effect Jan. 1, 2015 The U.S. Department of Labor announced revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recordkeeping rule, including an expansion of the list of severe work-related injuries tha…

January 07, 2015 by Malcolm Dodge, VP Risk Services
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November 13, 2014
Darryl Hammann
EVP Disability and Absence Management Operations
Keys to compliance: Managing ADA/ADAAA as part of an integrated program

This blog article has been republished as originally run in Human Resource Executive magazine's November 2014 issue As an employer, you've most likely heard about the multimillion-dollar lawsuits and settlements related to the Americans with Disabil…

November 13, 2014 by Darryl Hammann, EVP Disability and Absence Management Operations
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