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Reed Group Launches Leave of Absence Advisor

Newest Addition to MDGuidelines™ Return-to-Work Toolkit Helps Users Navigate FMLA, State FML and Other Leave Laws

With a myriad of overlapping leave laws and potential million-dollar claim disputes, it’s no wonder eight out of 10 employers cite leave law administration as their most difficult HR activity.

To help organizations cope with this growing complexity, Reed Group® today announced the launch of Leave of Absence Advisor™, a searchable online reference tool that provides accurate and complete information on FMLA, state FML and other leave laws.

Leave of Absence Advisor simplifies the tangled web of state and federal leave laws. Users can search by keyword, browse by category or specify state and leave reason, and also can obtain information on corresponding best practices by Reed Group’s return-to work and leave law experts.

The result is easier leaves administration, reduced risk of costly compliance errors, and increased confidence that employees are receiving the appropriate leaves when personal difficulties arise.

“No human being can possibly understand, interpret, and apply overlapping regulations in multiple jurisdictions while in the daily process of approving and administering leaves,” says Jon Seymour, MD, Reed Group president, guidelines. “Leave of Absence Advisor is a critically needed tool for navigating that complexity. The subscription cost is negligible in light of its potential to reduce risk and improve productivity.”

Reed Group Chief Compliance Officer Martha J. Cardi says that Leave of Absence Advisor users can rest assured that its content is the most up-to-date information available.

“Our content is in full compliance with the multitude of state and federal leave laws, says Cardi, a recognized expert in employment and leave law. “We track leave of absence legislation throughout the country and implement changes into all of Reed Group’s products and services on an on-going basis. Users will benefit immediately from this competency when they sign up for Leave of Absence Advisor.”

Everyone involved in return-to-work matters can benefit from using Leave of Absence Advisor, including employers, insurers, third party administrators, attorneys, government entities, and employees.

Leave of Absence Advisor is the most recent addition to Reed Group’s MDGuidelines™ web-based toolkit of return-to-work information, and is just one of several recent Reed Group innovations for helping organizations better manage absence. Reed Group’s new LeavePro™ software for absence management also contains the content of Leave of Absence Advisor in its rules engine, ensuring that organizations are administering leaves with the most current laws available.

MDGuidelines also includes Reed Group’s Medical Disability Advisor real-world and physiological return-to-work duration guidelines with predictive modeling, medical monographs, ACOEM treatment guidelines and state medical treatment guidelines for workers’ compensation.

For more information and a free demonstration of MDGuidelines Leave of Absence Advisor, phone Reed Group at 866-889-4449 or email us

Join Us at DMEC!

Will you be attending DMEC 20Eleven in Dallas next week?

The Reed Group team will be there. We’re looking forward to seeing old and new friends, and to introducing you to our exciting new products and services.

Register to win an iPad at our booth #104 and receive personalized demos of:

* Leave of Absence Advisor — Our newest addition to MDGuidelines™, this industry-changing suite of reference tools eases the burden of administering FMLA, state, and other leaves of absence.

* LeavePro™ — Our best-in-class absence management software that allows you to administer employee leaves with confidence, knowing you’re compliant with constantly evolving leave laws.

And of course, we’re always ready to share our expertise on reducing the cost of absence, effectively returning employees to work, and mitigating regulatory risk. If you have questions or a challenge you’d like to discuss, our experts are ready to help you. Send us a quick email if you’ll be at DMEC and want to make sure we connect with you.

Don’t miss Kevin Curry’s DMEC presentation — Insourcing vs. Outsourcing: Two Employer Journeys
Wednesday, August 3 at 9:15 am.

Kevin Curry, Reed Group SVP, National Practice Leader and DMEC board member

Reed Group SVP, National Practice Leader and DMEC Board Member Kevin Curry will be co-presenting with Valerie J. Pax, Worldwide Director of Absence & Disability Management for Johnson & Johnson.

Together, they will trace the journeys of two major employers — one who successfully outsourced, and one who successfully insourced, absence management. Along with results of a recent Reed Group survey, the presentation will give you insight into their multifaceted decision-making process, challenges faced, and how ROI and outcomes were measured.

Request a copy of the presentation with our Insourcing/Outsourcing survey results.

Can’t make the conference this year?
We’re always happy to give you individual demos of our products and discuss your absence management challenges. Contact us

Reed Group is proud to be a platinum sponsor of DMEC.