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December 10, 2017
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Practice and Compliance
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 Practice and Compliance
March 01, 2017
Mike Merlino
SVP Medicare Compliance
It is happening: LMSAs (and NFMSAs) are almost here

For the past several years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been providing the industry with vague hints about liability Medicare set-aside arrangements (LMSAs). The absence of clarity left the liability community unable to…

March 01, 2017 by Mike Merlino, SVP Medicare Compliance
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
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
October 28, 2016
Mike Merlino
SVP Medicare Compliance
CMS appears to have altered zero dollar MSAs approval process

For the past several years, we have been successful in obtaining zero dollar MSAs approved by the MSA review contractor. The case, however, had to meet very strict criteria: The case was denied; There had to be no payments for indemnity; There…

October 28, 2016 by Mike Merlino, SVP Medicare Compliance
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
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
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
May 13, 2015
Edward Canavan
VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
Overview: California independent medical review process

Recently there has been a lot of discussion – in the media and throughout the industry – about the California independent medical review (IMR) process. Introduced to the workers’ compensation system in California as part of Senate Bill 863, IMR serve…

May 13, 2015 by Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
May 07, 2015
Robert Jackson, SVP, Information Security Officer
Has healthcare set the data security bar too low?

Data security, or cyber security, is and has been on everyone’s minds now for some time. The hits just keep coming even as organizations step up their efforts to keep data protected. In the area of healthcare, it is especially true that you would w…

May 07, 2015 by Robert Jackson, SVP, Information Security Officer
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
January 07, 2015
Malcolm Dodge
VP Risk Services
New Year brings new changes to OSHA

New OSHA reporting requirements in effect Jan. 1, 2015 The U.S. Department of Labor announced revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recordkeeping rule, including an expansion of the list of severe work-related injuries tha…

January 07, 2015 by Malcolm Dodge, VP Risk Services
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
October 30, 2014
Mike Merlino
SVP Medicare Compliance
Change, non-change important to Medicare compliance regulations

If you have been trying to keep up with the latest Medicare compliance changes, you might feel like you are watching the carnival vendor who used to say, “around and around it goes and where it stops nobody knows.” Fortunately, with these answers y…

October 30, 2014 by Mike Merlino, SVP Medicare Compliance
October 17, 2014
Shawn Johnson
SVP Client Services
ADA FAQs: What you need to know

Sedgwick recently hosted a webinar discussing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) compliance, in partnership with Human Resource Executive. There was a high level of interest and employers asked many thought-provoking…

October 17, 2014 by Shawn Johnson, SVP Client Services
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