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August 06, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Workforce Absence
Furlough FAQs

Among the many issues employers are facing in the wake of the spread of COVID-19 is the possibility of furloughs, temporary location closings and short-term layoffs. Not only are these actions devastating and challenging for individuals and teams, th…

August 06, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Workforce Absence
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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 …

March 30, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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March 25, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Coronavirus update: New York sick leave, disability and family leave provisions

On March 18, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed emergency legislation guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The law requires job-protected, employer-provided paid sic…

March 25, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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March 18, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Coronavirus – statutory state updates

As we continue to track updates to workforce absence-related laws to support coronavirus (COVID-19) absences, we have created a statutory state chart as a resource to help make sense of the changes. The matrix includes scenarios to identify which ben…

March 18, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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January 10, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
The challenges and benefits of state PFML programs for employers

For employers operating in multiple states — and even in single states — it’s become more challenging to effectively manage employee benefits. Many bills have been introduced that have components impacting paid leave benefits, such as cha…

January 10, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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January 09, 2018
Kathy Tazic
Managing Director Client Services
Charting industry trends for 2018

At Sedgwick, our colleagues are dedicated to taking care of our clients and helping them stay informed on key changes and emerging trends in our industry. We recognize that 2018 will be a year of change in a variety of critical business areas. Sed…

January 09, 2018 by Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services
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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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April 10, 2017
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Pregnancy: A waiting game

April the Giraffe has been quite the internet sensation! Some 20 million people around the world have followed her seemingly endless pregnancy since February. Although currently closed for the season, the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New …

April 10, 2017 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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January 27, 2017
Todd J. Squiers, Director, Client Development
Now trending: Paid parental leave

Brian Gifford, PhD, Director of Research for IBI, discusses paid parental leave trends. On January 18, I attended the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) Paid Parental Leave and LOA Regional Event in San Jose, California. The topic of the day was th…

January 27, 2017 by Todd J. Squiers, Director, Client Development
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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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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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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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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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