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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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July 18, 2017
Mary Beth Sanford, Managing Director
Dismantling the beast

The art of rooting out complicated cost-building tactics and re-pricing complex bills The healthcare industry has an uneven compensation system. Healthcare providers, by necessity, utilize complex pricing systems and strategies that inflate costs …

July 18, 2017 by Mary Beth Sanford, Managing Director
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April 17, 2017
Terri Brown, chief people officer for Sedgwick
Insight for Bridging the Talent Gap

Many industries today share a dilemma: how to bridge the talent gap. As seasoned professionals retire, they take with them institutional knowledge, industry experience, subject matter expertise, and technical and leadership competencies. Recru…

April 17, 2017 by Terri Brown, chief people officer for Sedgwick
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February 17, 2017
Kimberly George
global head, innovation and product development
Health Affairs, The Work/Health Relationship Recap

Health Affairs is the leading peer-reviewed journal addressing health, health policy and health care - including cost, quality and access. Since the early 1980s, health research published in the journal has been used to shape policy nationally. To my…

February 17, 2017 by Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development
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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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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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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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November 23, 2015
Mark Debus, Clinical Behavioral Health Specialist
Behavioral health prevention vs. intervention in dealing with addiction

The idea of identifying and addressing risk factors for addiction as a means of prevention is not groundbreaking; this concept has existed since at least the 1970s. Unfortunately, there has not been much application of this concept to workers’ comp…

November 23, 2015 by Mark Debus, Clinical Behavioral Health Specialist
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October 05, 2015
Marwan Shiblaq, managing director, disability operations
Colleague engagement is essential for a smooth acquisition

It’s no secret that acquisitions have been part of Sedgwick’s growth strategy in recent years. I joined Sedgwick through the acquisition of my previous employer in 2011 and was on the task force dedicated to integrating the two companies. When one…

October 05, 2015 by Marwan Shiblaq, managing director, disability operations
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