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May 17, 2022
Dr. Teresa Bartlett managing director, senior medical officer and Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW manager, behavioral health services
Addressing mental health concerns

Many of those who became accustomed to remote arrangements during the pandemic fear they will lose their work-life balance upon returning to the office. Meanwhile, others feel they will gain social engagement and a sense of connectedness. For employe…

May 17, 2022 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett managing director, senior medical officer and Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW manager, behavioral health services
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May 16, 2022
Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development and Dr. Teresa Bartlett, senior medical officer
Supporting the workforce in today’s challenging landscape

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the face of the workforce. Much like an individual who survived a near-death experience, workers around the world have en masse taken stock of their lives during the past two years, reconsidering their priori…

May 16, 2022 by Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development and Dr. Teresa Bartlett, senior medical officer
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April 19, 2022
Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW
manager, behavioral health services
Handling employees’ emotional fallout when returning to the office

Over the past two years, workers’ resilience has been repeatedly tested and challenged. As a result, many are stronger, more agile, and more adaptive than ever before. At the same time, many workers are drained and reeling from the toll of grief, los…

April 19, 2022 by Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW, manager, behavioral health services
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April 14, 2022
Lisa Orr
senior human factors consultant
Ergonomics at work: creating a safer environment at home and in the office

The rapid shift to work-from-home arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many remote work setups were quickly put together without long-term considerations in mind. Given that two years have passed since the start of the pandemic, now i…

April 14, 2022 by Lisa Orr, senior human factors consultant
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April 13, 2022
Bryon Bass, SVP, workforce absence, and Max Koonce, chief claims officer
Long COVID cases in the workforce — and what employers should be doing about it

Long COVID is an umbrella term for cases in which people experience symptoms related to COVID-19 long after the standard expected recovery period. According to the World Health Organization definition, symptoms “generally have an impact on everyday f…

April 13, 2022 by Bryon Bass, SVP, workforce absence, and Max Koonce, chief claims officer
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April 06, 2022
Dan Ogale
AVP, workers’ compensation, Canada
Navigating the workers’ compensation landscape in Canada

Sedgwick is best known in Canada for property loss adjusting and related services, but did you know that we’re also one of the leading Canadian third party administrators (TPAs) in the workers’ compensation (WC) arena? Many of the inquiries we get ab…

April 06, 2022 by Dan Ogale, AVP, workers’ compensation, Canada
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March 31, 2022
Dr. Teresa Bartlett, senior medical officer and Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development
Mental wellness key to workforce and public health

In the U.S., April 4-10 marks National Public Health Week, which aims to educate policymakers, practitioners and the public about topics that are important to improving the health of our nation. Among the issues to be highlighted this year is menta…

March 31, 2022 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, senior medical officer and Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development
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June 21, 2021
Douglas Dell
vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
Virtual adjustments to claims training: Here to stay

Like many organizations amid the pandemic, Vale Training paused its in-person operations. Virtual learning — initially thought to be temporary — soon transitioned to a thriving delivery model. To meet the needs of students and providers, …

June 21, 2021 by Douglas Dell, vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
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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.
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March 06, 2020
Douglas Dell
vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
Creating impactful training programs to improve employee and client experiences

Much has been said about constructing training programs that enhance business performance, but the impact of training on the colleague deserves just as much attention. At a time when employee churn is at an all-time high, particularly in the insuranc…

March 06, 2020 by Douglas Dell, vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
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January 25, 2019
Desiree Tolbert-Render, AVP, National Technical Compliance-Workers’ Compensation
Will U.S. Supreme Court independent contractor ruling have ramifications outside the transportation industry?

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted the case, New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira,for review to resolve disagreements among courts across the country regarding the exclusion in Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) of “contracts of employment of seamen, …

January 25, 2019 by Desiree Tolbert-Render, AVP, National Technical Compliance-Workers’ Compensation
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May 02, 2018
Mark Debus
clinical behavioral health specialist
The value of work: A case study

In a recent case, I helped an injured employee overcome anxiety and return to work.  It turned out that going back to work was its own kind of cure.  Ryan was off work due to a lower back injury.  His claims examiner contacted me becau…

May 02, 2018 by Mark Debus, clinical behavioral health specialist
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April 20, 2017
Dave North
executive chairman
RIMS 2017: Welcome to the Wellness ZENter

I have been coming to RIMS for over 20 years and it never grows old. I remain as excited this year as I did the first time I attended. Again I can say rapid changes are happening in our industry, especially in the area of technology. At Sedgwick…

April 20, 2017 by Dave North, executive chairman
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January 19, 2017
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Think about it: Addressing mental health in the workplace

On December 8, I hosted a webinar along with Donna Hardaker, former Director, Wellness Works Mental Health America of California and Heather Holladay, Integrated Health Manager Pacific Gas and Electric Company. It was a fantastic discussion on a topi…

January 19, 2017 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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August 15, 2016
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
managing director, senior medical officer
New updates on Zika

In a previous blog post, I covered how a person can become infected with the Zika virus.  The pathways for infection include: Bite from an infected mosquito. Sexual intercourse with a person infected with the virus. Prevention is critica…

August 15, 2016 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, managing director, senior medical officer
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