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.