Public Entity Industry Challenges and Solutions

Public entities face a wide variety of challenges, including unique claims exposures, limited budgets, and a limited insurance marketplace. In this facilitated roundtable at RIMS 2023, industry leaders from the public sector shared their latest challenges and discussed potential solutions. Panelists included: Mark Walls, Vice President of Client Engagement at Safety National (moderator) Tamika Puckett, […]

OSHA Compliance and Workers’ Compensation

What are the major reputational risk facing employers in today’s environment? At the 2022 WCR Conference, a group of expert panelists discussed the interplay of managing OSHA compliance risk and workers’ compensation. The speakers included: Jordan Hetherington – ARM – Workers’ Compensation Manager, Tesla Roy Park – Park | Guenthart Amir Sharifi – Sr. Manager, Workplace Risk, […]

Risk Challenges Facing Companies in Transition: New Businesses, Big Growth, Restructures and Change

The last few years have been major challenges for risk managers. Besides COVID-19, risk managers have had to face dramatic changes in business demands, supply chain and economic disruptions, the Great Resignation, court shutdowns, “yo-yoing” workers’ compensation costs, hard insurance markets, work-from-home and return-to-the-workplace issues. Some companies got bigger by growth or acquisition, some went […]

Where Have the Risk Managers Gone?

At the 2022 PRIMA Annual Conference, a session discussed how to facilitate the transition from a long-time risk manager to a new person in that role. The speakers, all past PRIMA presidents, were: Sarah Perry – City of Columbia (retiring soon) Dean Coughenour – City of Flagstaff (recently retired) Daniel Hurley – City of Chesapeake […]

Risk Managers Discuss Their Strategies in Producing Quality Claims Outcomes

What are the most important focuses for workers’ compensation programs that lead to quality claims outcomes and what are the claims strategies and initiatives that best drive results? At the 2021 Workers’ Compensation Institute Conference in Orlando, a a panel of risk managers share what has worked well for them, and how they drive those […]

Navigating Public Entity Risk Management Challenges

Public entity risk professionals face unique challenges that most recently include issues with law enforcement liability and a variety of workers’ compensation presumptions. This RIMS 2021 session discussed investigated these various challenges and offered approaches to managing those issues. Speakers included: Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National Barry Scott, Risk Manager, […]

The Evolving Portfolio of Risk in Higher Education

Between the shift to remote learning and mitigating the risks of COVID-19, higher education has had a tumultuous year. And with new risks emerging almost too regularly, retentions and limits are increasing, making obtaining coverage a challenge. In this session at RIMS 2021, four higher education risk management specialists covered the dominant risks shaping coverage for […]

Navigating the Challenging World of Emerging Risk

Identifying emerging risks and their potential impact is critical to any organization’s ability to achieve business objectives and longer-term strategy. This session at RIMS 2021 investigated various practices in recognizing and assessing emerging risks. Speakers included: Jana Utter, Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management, Centene Corporation Lorie Graham, Chief Risk Officer, American Agricultural Insurance Company Suzanne […]

Ergonomics: The Impact of Working From Home

Ergonomics concepts can be traced back to WWII when it was first used to assist pilots—minimizing fatigue, reducing error and keeping pilots flying longer. Shifting to today, we’re dealing with the health effects from computer overuse while working from home and injuries from handheld devices, like “texter’s neck” and “gamer’s thumb.” In this session at […]

Pathway to the Boardroom: Advancing Risk Professionals

Now more than ever, because of the current global pandemic and the myriad of risks in today’s global business and economic climate, organizations must recognize the benefits of having a risk professional seated on a board. This RIMS 2021 session explored why a risk professional may want to serve on a board and the pathway […]

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