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November 22, 2022
Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development, and Malcolm Hughes, executive chairman, Ireland
Accident and health coverage: the right care when things go wrong

If we’ve learned anything from the past few years, it’s to expect the unexpected. Illness can strike at any moment. Accidents happen. Flights are delayed or canceled without warning. Luggage might not arrive at its intended destination. Supply chain …

November 22, 2022 by Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development, and Malcolm Hughes, executive chairman, Ireland
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September 28, 2022
Adam Morell, AVP, product compliance, and Bridget Caswell, director, product compliance and statutory administration
No easy feat: administering leave benefits across state lines

There is no federal requirement for U.S. employers to provide paid leave benefits to their employees. While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers leave with job protection to eligible employees for qualifying events, employers are not requir…

September 28, 2022 by Adam Morell, AVP, product compliance, and Bridget Caswell, director, product compliance and statutory administration
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September 12, 2022
David Kessler, D.C., M.H.A. CHCQM, SVP and medical director, Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio (MCO)
Chiropractic care in workers’ compensation

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently published the findings of its study on the use of chiropractic care to treat injured workers in the United States suffering from lower back pain. As a chiropractor by training and a longti…

September 12, 2022 by David Kessler, D.C., M.H.A. CHCQM, SVP and medical director, Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio (MCO)
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August 10, 2022
Shane O'Dea
head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
Paving the way for improved recovery and return to work outcomes

When an employee is unable to work due to an illness or injury, early communication is key to improving recovery and return to work outcomes. In fact, research in Australia suggests that when contact is made with an injured worker within the first th…

August 10, 2022 by Shane O'Dea, head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
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August 04, 2022
Adam Morell, JD
assistant vice president, product compliance
The 4 building blocks of a strong return to work program

When an employee is unable to work due to an illness or injury, employers are responsible for creating a safe, supportive environment for them to return to. But it doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” approach. There are several ways to take care o…

August 04, 2022 by Adam Morell, JD, assistant vice president, product compliance
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July 18, 2022
Katey Bey, global head of total rewards and David Reed, global head of talent acquisition
Rethinking benefits as part of a broader recruitment and retention strategy

Fluctuation in the workforce has prompted employers to invest more resources, think creatively, and refocus on collaboration, communication and support for the needs of employee populations. Pay is still the key differentiator and primary focus for c…

July 18, 2022 by Katey Bey, global head of total rewards and David Reed, global head of talent acquisition
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July 14, 2022
Shane O'Dea
head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
Embracing new dimensions of return to work

Grabbing breakfast on-the-go, rushing to catch public transportation, or getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in order to work the traditional 9-to-5 is no longer the standard for many in the workforce in Australia and around the world. Remote, …

July 14, 2022 by Shane O'Dea, head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
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July 06, 2022
Bridget Caswell, director of product compliance; and Jennifer Dama, operations communications consultant
Making flexible work models work

Necessity has proved to be the mother of invention when it comes to adopting alternative work models. What many employers originally anticipated to be a brief sojourn into flexible work is now going on two-plus years. Despite the lack of strategic pl…

July 06, 2022 by Bridget Caswell, director of product compliance; and Jennifer Dama, operations communications consultant
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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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January 17, 2022
Max Koonce, Chief claims officer and Bryon Bass, SVP workforce absence
Vaccine mandate ruling points employers back to state and local guidance

On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court blocked the Biden Administration from implementing and enforcing a vaccine mandate on large businesses (defined as those with 100 or more employees). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), w…

January 17, 2022 by Max Koonce, Chief claims officer and Bryon Bass, SVP workforce absence
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December 17, 2020
John Brockschmidt, SVP, Pooling; Russ Hocutt, SVP, Ohio TPA Operations; Jody Moses, Managing Director, Public Entities; Frank Pagnatta, SVP, CareWorks Comp
4 ways Ohio employers can make the most of recent BWC dividends

In November, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) agreed to issue $5 billion in dividends to qualifying Ohio employers to ease the financial pressures created by COVID-19. This is the third dividend declared and paid in 2020, bringing the t…

December 17, 2020 by John Brockschmidt, SVP, Pooling; Russ Hocutt, SVP, Ohio TPA Operations; Jody Moses, Managing Director, Public Entities; Frank Pagnatta, SVP, CareWorks Comp
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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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March 28, 2018
Kimberly Webb
national technical compliance director
To grant or not to grant? That is the question Intermittent leave as an ADA accommodation

It’s no secret that intermittent leave, whether under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is difficult for employers to track and manage, but it is also an area that can spark lawsuits. What are the i…

March 28, 2018 by Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
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September 29, 2017
Dr. Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
The alarming facts about methadone

Methadone is an opioid medication most commonly used for detoxification, maintenance treatment of opioid addiction, and limited use for chronic pain. The drawbacks to its use stem from the risk of addiction and abuse with the medication, even at reco…

September 29, 2017 by Dr. Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
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