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A “magic bullet” to reduce workers’ compensation costs?

Workers’ compensation is a “no fault” system. Every state has laws and regulations mandating the prompt reporting of all injuries and accidents. Most of these laws are in place to protect the rights and benefits of injured workers. What many employers do not realize is that immediate reporting of all injuries can actually be a magic bullet that helps reduce their workers’ compensation costs. Barriers to reporting A significant barrier to reporting of claims is the economics of workers’ c

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Congressional resolution limits timeframe for OSHA citations

In our Insights for 2017 forecast released earlier this year, one area in which we anticipated significant changes affecting employers was the regulatory arena. That prediction came true this week with the approval of a congressional resolution limiting the timeframe in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can penalize employers for violating its requirements to make and maintain records of workplace injuries and illnesses. President Donald Trump signed H.J. Resoluti

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Workers’ Memorial Day

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual international observance to pay tribute to workers who have died or experienced exposures to hazards on the job. Thanks to the efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and talented risk management and safety professionals across the nation, U.S. employers maintain very high standards when it comes to safe working conditions. Nevertheless, unforeseen accidents happen, and regrettably 4,679 U.S. people died in 2014 from work-r

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Preventing workplace assaults in healthcare

OSHA offers suggestions for preventing workplace assaults in healthcare settings. (image courtesy of OSHA.gov) Despite several unfortunate and tragic instances in the news recently, workplace violence rates as a whole have been declining. According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in its 2012 research brief Violence in the Workplace, the rates of workplace violence for both homicides and assaults have dropped. From 1993 to 2009, workplace homicides fell 59% and workpla

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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 that employers must report to OSHA beginning Jan. 1, 2015. OSHA has long required employers to, at minimum, report the death of any employee and the hospitalization of three or more employees within eight hours of the work-related occurrence. (Some jur

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Ebola: What you need to know

The possible spread of the Ebola virus to persons in the United States has raised concerns regarding the handling of insurance claims that might result from this disease. As the leading North American provider of claims management services, Sedgwick offers many resources to assist our clients during times of uncertainty. From the initial report of the claim, each line of business has best practices in place to manage claims related to threats to public health, such as the Ebola

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Employee stress and mental health issues – what are employers’ obligations?

Stress in the workplace is a public health issue that the World Health Organization called the “health epidemic of the 21st century.” According to the 2013 Stress in the Workplace national survey by the American Psychological Association, 65% of U.S. adults cited work as a significant source of stress and 35% of working Americans reported that they typically feel stressed during the workday. As pointed out in the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) research study on stress in the workplace

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