COVID-19

September 15, 2021

Risk Management Has Never Been So High Up the Corporate Agenda

The global COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how critical risk management is for virtually all organizations, especially at this delicate stage of recovery amid the threat of the virus’ resurgence caused by the Delta variant. According to Claire Combes, chairperson of UK-based risk management association Airmic, the pandemic has shown the importance of understanding and managing...

August 31, 2021

Strategies to Reduce Employees’ Return-to-work Stress

As local governments begin lifting COVID restrictions, millions of people are gearing up for the return to the physical office. While there’s plenty to be excited for, reopening plans can also be a source of anxiety, especially for those employees who have effectively adapted to remote work, and now find themselves needing to adapt again....

August 25, 2021

Premises Liability: Securing Evidence to Diminish Exposure

Premises liability is a legal concept that stems from circumstances where an injury is caused by an unsafe or defective condition on property someone either owns or occupies, and insured commercial property operators must understand the importance of gathering and preserving evidence when an accident occurs to help mitigate extremely costly claims. Whether the property...

August 23, 2021

Preparing for Open Enrollment With a Hybrid Workforce

With open enrollment season approaching, now’s the time for HR professionals to kick off their planning. Due to the pandemic—and employees’ desire for flexibility—many employers now find themselves with a workforce on a hybrid schedule. It’s imperative they make appropriate adjustments to lead a successful open enrollment period. As a flexible model designed to support...

August 16, 2021

OSHA Urges Employers to Require Vaccinated Workers to Wear Masks

The U.S. agency that regulates workplace safety issued guidance on Friday urging employers to require many fully vaccinated workers to wear masks to protect unvaccinated colleagues and customers, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended that workers wear masks “in areas of substantial or high community transmission,” such...

August 12, 2021

The Most Common Work-From-Home Injuries

The most common types of job-related injuries for remote and hybrid workers are in the lower and upper back, shoulders, hands and wrists, according to Lisa Orr, ergonomics expert and senior human factors consultant for Sedgwick. Many of these injuries are because of improper home office accommodations, she says. This can include chairs that were not...

August 2, 2021

Preparing Workers’ Comp for Future Pandemics

Intending to recognize additional catastrophic exposures on workers’ comp systems that can impact ratemaking, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is proposing that any event exceeding $50 million in losses be excluded from the data used to set rates, including future pandemics. Other than certified acts of terrorism, NCCI’s catastrophe provision only accounts for single-event losses...

July 19, 2021

The Impact of Biden’s Competition Executive Order on the Health Care Industry

The American economy is finally recovering after more than a year of stagnation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden’s administration wants to continue this momentum and further stimulate the economy. To help in that effort, President Biden recently signed an executive order aimed at increasing competition among businesses. According to the White House,...

July 14, 2021

OSHA Actions Impact the Construction Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is planning to take actions that will directly impact employers in the construction industry. Among the most prominent are the proposed amendments to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) that are being designed to conform to changes in the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)....

July 7, 2021

Managing Re-entry Anxiety Related To The COVID-19 Pandemic

With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming much more widely available across the country, the topic of returning to in-person work, school and other activities is being discussed constantly. The reopening of the country, though, comes with some uncertainties and may lead to feelings of re-entry anxiety. What Is Re-entry Anxiety? Re-entry anxiety is an overall uneasiness...