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Defend yourself: Be your own safety hero — August 28, 2014

No special powers are needed to "Defend yourself" against workplace hazards such as: slips on wet surfaces, trips over cords and falls on stairways — that's the message SFM is sending its policyholders in an effort to raise awareness of slip, trip and fall hazards.

SFM wins two AASCIF communication awards — August 21, 2014

SFM placed second in two categories of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) communication awards.

Save the date for the third annual SFM Foundation Ladies' Night Out fundraiser — August 7, 2014

Mark your calendar for SFM Foundation's third annual "shopping for scholarships" fundraiser on Thursday, November 6. This year's event will be hosted at the Mall of America.

SFM training program brings new grads into insurance industry — July 24, 2014

Six recent college graduates have joined SFM as claims representatives and underwriters following a successful training program that started last summer.

Healthcare SIT series now available at sfmic.com — July 10, 2014

A new Supervisor Initiated Training (SIT) series developed specifically for nurses and nursing aides is now available on SFM's website. A SIT is a hazard-specific training talk presented by a supervisor in less than three minutes.

Nebraska includes PTSD treatment in benefits — June 16, 2014

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently ruled that an employee diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder due to an incident at work is eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Bent re-elected to MWCIA board — May 30, 2014

Director of Underwriting Brian Bent was re-elected to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association (MWCIA) Board of Directors in April.

SFM Foundation receives Trusted Choice Community Service Award — May 8, 2014

The SFM Foundation received the Trusted Choice Community Service Award from the Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association on Wednesday, April 30. Foundation Board Member Michael Happe accepted the award, along with a $2,000 donation, at the association's annual convention in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Safety Conference to feature SFM presenter and panel — May 1, 2014

Attendees at the Minnesota Safety Council’s annual Safety and Health Conference will have the opportunity to hear an SFM-facilitated panel discussion featuring policyholders and an SFM attorney talking about their philosophies, rationales, methods, challenges and success stories regarding post-injury return to work.

Minnesota safety grants up to $10,000 available— April 24, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry makes safety grants available to qualifying employers in Minnesota. Grants up to $10,000 are awarded for projects designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness to workers.

SFM Foundation golf event June 16 — April 17, 2014

The SFM Foundation's sixth annual Golfing for Scholarships event, SFM Foundation's biggest fundraiser of the year, takes place Monday, June 16, at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota. Consider participating as a golfer or event sponsor.

SFM recognizes customer service excellence — April 10, 2014

SFM's in-house law firm is now under new leadership and a new name after longtime Chief Defense Counsel Andy Lynn stepped down from the position to take on more casework. John Hollick, who has been with the firm for 24 years, is now leading Lynn, Scharfenberg & Hollick. Hear his perspective on the value SFM's attorneys provide policyholders.

SFM attorneys, here to help you — March 20, 2014

SFM's in-house law firm is now under new leadership and a new name after longtime Chief Defense Counsel Andy Lynn stepped down from the position to take on more casework. John Hollick, who has been with the firm for 24 years, is now leading Lynn, Scharfenberg & Hollick. Hear his perspective on the value SFM's attorneys provide policyholders.

Telecommuters: Follow these tips to manage the risks — March 13, 2014

No matter where your employees are working from, you are still responsible for any work-related injuries. The rule of law that asks whether an injury occurred "in the course and scope of employment" applies to employees who work from home just like it does to those who work in your office.

NCCI reports a decline in claims frequency — March 6, 2014

Frequency of lost-time claims was down by 5 percent in accident year 2012, according to a study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

SFM donates to 35 organizations in 2013 — Feb. 13, 2014

In 2013, SFM continued its longstanding legacy of giving back to the community by supporting 37 local, regional and national charitable organizations. SFM and its nearly 220 employees raised more than $100,000 in monetary donations, logged hundreds of volunteer hours, and donated numerous items to those in need.

Get safety tips through Instagram — Feb. 4, 2014

SFM is now sharing safety messages through photos and short videos on Instagram. The new Instagram channel complements SFM's presence on other social media networks including LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter.

SFM ranks first in prompt action on claims — Feb. 4, 2014

SFM once again topped the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's list for prompt action on lost-time claims among large insurers. For the 15th consecutive year, SFM responded on time to a higher percentage of lost-time claims in fiscal year 2013 than any other insurer with more than 1,000 claims.

Poor performers: Keeping them on staff can impact workers' compensation costs — Jan. 16, 2014

Nearly one of every four workers' compensation lost-time claims involves problem employees. Learn what mistakes to avoid and what to do when dealing with poor performers.

Slip-resistant shoes: Schools bring Shoes for Crews onsite for employee fittings — Jan. 9, 2014

A good pair of slip-resistant shoes will significantly reduce the potential to slip on water, oil or soap. And because they are comfortable, available in many styles and generally no more expensive than non-slip-resistant shoes, there's really no reason not to use them.

Ladies' Night Out tickets on sale now — Oct. 1, 2013

The SFM Foundation is holding its second annual Ladies’ Night Out–Shopping for Scholarships event Thursday, Nov. 7, to benefit students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in a workplace accident.

Violence at work: Take steps to lessen the odds of something happening — September 19, 2013

Workplace violence is becoming a disturbing fact of life. But employers can take precautions to keep employees safe.

Employers adding penalties to boost wellness programs — September 5, 2013

More firms are combining penalties with rewards to improve employee participationin wellness programs and control group health plan costs.

New Minnesota law: Trauma-induced mental injury covered under workers' comp — August 22, 2013

Minnesota employers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder due to an incident at work will be eligible for workers' compensation benefits under a new law enacted by the 2013 Minnesota Legislature. The law is effective Oct. 1.

SFM Foundation seeking sponsors, vendors and donors for Ladies' Night Out fundraiser — August 8, 2013

The SFM Foundation is seeking sponsors, silent auction donors and vendors to participate in Ladies' Night Out—Shopping for Scholarships from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington located just south of Interstate 494 at France Avenue.

Lack of sleep leads to work accidents, study says — July 25, 2013

A recent large-scale study showed that 29 percent of employees reported extreme sleepiness or falling asleep at work, according to a research analysis by the University of Washington.

SFM receives A+ rating and accreditation from BBB — July 1, 2013

The Better Business Bureau recently accredited SFM Mutual Insurance Co., giving the company its highest rating of A+.

SFM launches SimplyWorkComp.com blog — June 20, 2013

SFM recently launched SimplyWorkComp.com—a blog for employers that includes legal news and information about workers' compensation, tips for controlling premiums and workers' compensation basics.

Sixteen students awarded SFM Foundation scholarships in 2013 — June 20, 2013

SFM Foundation awarded 16 new scholarships to students in 2013 for a total of $149,000. The Foundation provides post-secondary scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents.

SFM starts new underwriter, claims training program — June 20, 2013

SFM recently began a new grad training program. The class of six—three underwriters and three claims representatives—are graduates from Minnesota and Wisconsin colleges

Hennepin County grants SFM wellness award for the third time — June 6, 2013

SFM is one of 30 area companies to be named a gold level winner of Hennepin County's Wellness by Design Award for the third year in a row.

Golf June 17 and support students in need — May 31, 2013

Registration is open for the SFM Foundation's Golfing for Scholarships event on Monday, June 17, at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury.

75 percent of injuries reported online — May 23, 2013

SFM received more than 22,800 First Reports of Injury in 2012. More than 75 percent were submitted online through SFM's website.

Prompt injury reporting allows state deadlines to be met — May 9, 2013

Employers' prompt reporting of work injuries to SFM is part of the reason for SFM's continued top ranking in the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's annual Prompt First Action Report. Responsiveness by SFM claims representatives is the other major part.

 

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