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Leave law bulletin - October 2017

Summary of leave legislation for private employers

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Edging up: Short takes on emerging industry issues – government compliance updates, state legislation and drug law changes

ERISA changes being introduced BY BRYON BASSSVP, Disability and Absence Management, Sedgwick Several changes in the regulations governing claims and appeals under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) became effective in January 2017 with the final phase effective January 2018. On December 19, 2016, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published final regulations governing the ERISA claims and appeals process, which requ

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OSHA proposes extending 2016 electronic reporting date to Dec. 1

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OSHA delays electronic reporting requirement

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Edging up: The alphabet soup of government compliance

The alphabet soup of government compliance   There are many recent industry-related changes and others on the horizon that could have a significant impact on employer programs. Some of these legislative updates and rule changes occurred during 2016 and will become effective soon; others were announced more recently and are still pending final approval. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ISO ClaimSearch enhancementAs of February 1, 2017, the per-claimant submission rate for an index bureau report increased f

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Congressional resolution limits timeframe for OSHA citations

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Workers’ Compensation: 10 issues to watch for 2017

Highlights from this year’s first Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark webinar are showcased and posted on PropertyCasualty 360º. Featuring Kimberly George of Sedgwick and Mark Walls of Safety National, the article lists 10 workers’ compensation issues to watch throughout 2017. Among the issues featured are election impact, health care reform, OSHA, ADA/FMLA, rates and premiums, workers’ compensation long-tail exposure, state legislative agendas, treatment guidelines, constitutional challeng

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Sedgwick forecasts industry trends for 2017

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Changes in Canadian auto accident benefits

As a part of this change, some other key amendments were made: The only dispute resolution process available to parties is a hearing through the LAT Mandatory mediation is no longer part of the resolution process No court action can be commenced for statutory accident benefits disputes There is no right of appeal, other than a reconsideration option with the Executive Chair of the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals of Ontario for exceptional circumstances and the Divisional Court

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Changes in Leave Benefits Are on The Horizon

In 2017, employers can expect to see a significant number of changes in paid employee-leave programs and related compliance requirements. No matter what the outcome of the election, both candidates have plans to add paid employee-leave policies at varying levels. Not only can paid leave help attract and retain job candidates, it can also have a positive impact on job satisfaction and engagement.

Client bulletin
Oklahoma Supreme Court renders Employee Injury Benefit Act unconstitutional

On Sept. 13, 2016, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided that a core provision of the OEIBA is unconstitutional.

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Edging up: Short takes on emerging industry issues

State legislative changes impact prescription drugs BY ROXANNE BROWNDirector, Regulatory Compliance, Sedgwick   Arizona, Tennessee and New York recently passed legislation related to prescription drugs that will provide added safety for patients who are prescribed narcotics. Below is a brief summary on each of the state updates. ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1283 on May 12, 2016 requiring medical providers to access a patient utilization report before prescribing opioids or benzodia

Client bulletin
OSHA’s new electronic reporting requirement

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Edging up

It’s time to expand use of EDR tech By Mario RodriguezDirector, National Technical Compliance, Sedgwick After the crash at the Oklahoma State homecoming this past October, one of the key elements in the investigation was the car’s event data recorder (EDR). From electronic navigation systems that talk to you to collision avoidance technology, a growing number of cars are equipped with many of the latest bells and whistles the industry has to offer.1 There is considerable existing and emerging t

Blog
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 challenging…” “Intermittent leave is a challenge for us…” Does this sound familiar? When it comes to managing leave and maintaining compliance as it intersects with other benefits – including the Americans with Disabilities Act/ADA Amendments A

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