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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
July 21, 2022
Marwan Shiblaq
president, workforce absence
Leading with empathy

The midst of a pandemic is an interesting and exciting time to assume responsibility for a team of more than 8,000 people. Had I been appointed president of workforce absence pre-COVID, I would have embarked on a coast-to-coast tour of our offices to…

July 21, 2022 by Marwan Shiblaq, president, workforce absence
July 20, 2022
Steve Powell, EVP, loss adjusting; Clare Cordingley, senior manager, major event response; and Brad Mountford, head of business development, Australia
Eastern Australia floods: regional catastrophe, global response

You probably recall that Australia experienced devastating bushfires in 2019-2020, as the catastrophe garnered global headlines. Regrettably, many fewer people beyond Australia are familiar with an even costlier and more recent disaster: the severe f…

July 20, 2022 by Steve Powell, EVP, loss adjusting; Clare Cordingley, senior manager, major event response; and Brad Mountford, head of business development, Australia
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
July 13, 2022
Jon Mainwaring
client director, home emergency, UK
The home heating revolution

From 2025, gas boilers will be vetoed from new homes in the United Kingdom and replaced with more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as air source heat pumps (ASHP) or hydrogen systems. It’s reported that around 47,000 heat pumps were instal…

July 13, 2022 by Jon Mainwaring, client director, home emergency, UK
July 12, 2022
Andrew Buchanan
head of construction liability, Australia
Takeaways from recent judgment under New South Wales’ DBP Act

The Supreme Court of New South Wales recently delivered an important decision on the duty of care owed by building practitioners under the highly publicised Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Act, which took effect on 11 June 2020. Both the act …

July 12, 2022 by Andrew Buchanan, head of construction liability, Australia
July 07, 2022
Laura De Sordi, managing director, Latin America and the Caribbean; and Roland Riviere, senior executive general adjuster
Preparing for the next Caribbean hurricane

When most people think about preparing for an oncoming hurricane, they picture boarding up windows and replenishing the bottled water and non-perishable food in their home emergency kit. For those of us who work in the Caribbean insurance market, dis…

July 07, 2022 by Laura De Sordi, managing director, Latin America and the Caribbean; and Roland Riviere, senior executive general adjuster
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
June 27, 2022
Beth Burry-Jackson
SVP, managed care operations
Improving outcomes: PTSD in the workplace

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims can be particularly tricky due to the shifting nature of the diagnosis. Greater awareness around mental health is helpful, but there are several factors that greatly impact a patient’s outcome. The challen…

June 27, 2022 by Beth Burry-Jackson, SVP, managed care operations
June 16, 2022
Guest author: Dr. Raymond Shelton
Training before tragedy: empathy and trauma in the claims process

Foreword by Mike Leslie, VP of sales, temporary housing, Sedgwick After a property loss, many insureds experience trauma as they work through the stages of grief for their damaged home, precious family heirloom or priceless photos. Processing the lo…

June 16, 2022 by Guest author: Dr. Raymond Shelton
June 08, 2022
Shane O'Dea
head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
Global insights: adopting an advocacy approach to workers’ compensation

Regardless of geographic location, when an injured worker is unfamiliar with the workers’ compensation journey it can be daunting to navigate on their own. It may lead to frustration, fear, disengagement, and further harm to their mental health. Ther…

June 08, 2022 by Shane O'Dea, head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
May 23, 2022
Beau Bishop, senior vice president, catastrophe operations, Danny Miller, executive vice president, loss adjustment property and Gail Oliver, senior vice president, sales
CAT season 2022: preparing our team and communities

Recent years have produced above-average storm seasons and, at the earliest estimation, 2022 is expected to continue this trend. Wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes are difficult for everyone involved — especially those whose home…

May 23, 2022 by Beau Bishop, senior vice president, catastrophe operations, Danny Miller, executive vice president, loss adjustment property and Gail Oliver, senior vice president, sales
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
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
April 11, 2022
Kimberly George
global head, innovation and product development
Wellness ZENter: Improve your view on health, wellness and productivity

Ahead of the annual RIMS Conference and Exhibition — and throughout the year — we all invest considerable time, effort and resources to find solutions and ideas to improve the well-being of our organizations and the people who support us.…

April 11, 2022 by Kimberly George, global head, innovation and product development