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Diversity and inclusion can move the world

As our population and our workforces are changing, it is important to embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusion in the workplace today – people from different backgrounds, different generations, different cultures figuring out how they are better together. We can look for ways to be inclusive and find the value in others’ unique perspectives and abilities. We can also consider how to adapt our approach to communication, return to work programs and accommodations in support of individual ne

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Comp sector slow on diversity trends

Sedgwick VP, Engagement, Inclusion and Social Responsibility, Ericka DeBruce describes how the dynamics between today’s employees and workers’ compensation have changed. It is important for claims professionals to recognize the differences of the people that they serve and not apply a one size fits all approach. Further, she notes that some of the trends associated with race are no longer working as there can be differences across an ethnic divide.

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Out Front Ideas releases live documentary from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

In March, the world-renowned Rehab Institute of Chicago opened a new, state-of-the-art facility and rebranded themselves as the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. This holds significant interest for the workers’ compensation and healthcare community. In May, Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark was invited to go behind the scenes for an immersion experience and produced a professional documentary to share their enlightening visit.

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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. Recruiting new workers to take their place is a challenge. There is conflicting research on what millennials actually want and need.  The most recent research shows that it is more aligned to those of previous generations.  However, millennials

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Reflections on Comp Laude™ 2016

This past week, the workers' compensation industry came together in Burbank, CA to celebrate the 2016 Comp Laude Awards. Comp Laude was created by the late David DePaolo, WorkCompCentral founder and CEO, on the premise that workers' compensation does a lot of good things for people experiencing the misfortune of a workplace injury or illness. For two jam-packed days, attendees were busy learning from one another, networking, and sharing ideas and projects focused on improving the workers' compen

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Claim a Great Career

On page 36, Sedgwick Managing Director, Jay Ayala, promotes the claims industry as an excellent career opportunity. He outlines his career path in the business and discusses the wide ranging experiences and challenges the industry has to offer. Jay emphasizes that claims professionals spend much of their time helping others during a critical time and talks about the industry’s need to hire individuals who can connect with customers in today’s world.

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Expert view: Diversity and inclusion

edge:What are you working on right now that will have an impact on our customers in the near future? Ericka:Sedgwick customers look to us for leading-edge ways to manage risk, administer benefits, leverage technology, and take care of their people. Cultivating our diversity, inclusion and engagement is key to our ability to deliver more innovative services and to go the extra mile for our customers. A big part of my role is leading Sedgwick’s efforts to foster a culture of belonging because it

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Diversity and inclusion are a win-win for the claims industry

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Sedgwick names Ericka DeBruce VP of engagement, inclusion and social responsibility

DeBruce will focus on initiatives related to diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility and the company culture of workplace and community engagement

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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. Hodges case is an important consideration when evaluating family and medical leave policies, specifically when determining whether or not domestic partners should be included as covered family members. Let’s look at the impact of this case so you mak

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You can’t manage what you don’t understand

We are in a time unlike any other in our industry. The pace and the reach of emerging risks make our heads spin. Each day the news brings new reports on topics that we know will impact the businesses we are all looking to protect. This year at RIMS 2015, I am co-presenting on the topic of emerging risks. The goal of the session and this blog is to help you understand how some of these emerging risk areas could affect your business. HealthcareThe Affordable Care Act continues to challenge the

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Culture of health: The productivity summit

Mental health conditions in the workplace cost U.S. employers $80–$100 billion in medical expenses and productivity losses annually. The emotional and psychological impact of mental health conditions on employees, their family members and the community, coupled with a lack of knowledge and willingness to address the issue, makes it a significant concern.  Before the summit, participants were surveyed to gain insights on their thoughts and experiences, and the success (or failure) of existing pro

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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 unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. What prompted this change? Previously the definition of spouse for purposes of FMLA was based on the state where the employee resides and, because it is a federal law, it relied on th

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U.S. Department of Labor updates definition of spouse

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Change is difficult: 3 ways to increase positive perception

Change is part of everything we do and the way we go about implementing change can have a tremendous impact on how change is received and accepted by those directly and indirectly affected. At Sedgwick, one of our core values is to embrace change. This does not mean change or managing change is easy, but we have a great Implementation Project Management team who works with new clients and stakeholders to make the process run smoothly. No matter where you are in your change process, these thre

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