Thursday, October 27, 2011 (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)
Qualifies for 1 CPDM CE
(Please note start time: 9:00am PT, 10:00am MT, 11:00am CT or 1200pm ET)
Join this timely webinar about the critical impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and recent EEOC actions (such as the $20 million consent decree against Verizon) on company absence management practices.
Reed Group absence management experts Kevin Curry and Martha Cardi will address steps employers must take to develop an effective ADA accommodation program and to ensure the integration of ADA considerations into various absence plans, including the FMLA, workers’ compensation, company disability plans, and more.
Cindy Gonzales, US Disability Program Manager of Intel Corporation, will share the challenges the company faced on its path to successful integration of continued absence as an ADA accommodation into Intel’s wide array of absence benefits
Kevin Curry, Senior Vice President, National Practice Leader
Kevin Curry brings more than 15 years of experience in Integrated Absence management and consulting to Reed Group. As Practice Leader, he is responsible for setting and facilitating Reed Group’s absence and disability business, with focus on technology, content and services. Before joining Reed Group, he was a well-known and highly respected senior absence management consultant in Mercer’s Total Health Management practice, where he helped numerous employers achieve cost reduction and productivity improvements in FMLA, disability and broader employee absence management activities. Mr. Curry is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the areas of Integrated Absence, Health & Productivity. Prior to his work on behalf of employers at Mercer, Curry held various leadership positions at CORE Inc.
Martha J. Cardi, Chief Compliance Officer and Employment Counsel
Martha Cardi is Chief Compliance Officer for Reed Group, a leave of absence software and services company. Ms. Cardi is responsible for ensuring that Reed Group services are provided in compliance with state, federal, and local leave and employment laws. Her team tracks legislative developments, trends, and case law on an on-going basis. Ms. Cardi is the chief author, editor, and content expert for Reed Group’s Leave of Absence Advisor, an in-depth online referential guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act and state leave laws. Ms. Cardi’s expertise includes more than 25 years as in-house employment counsel for national companies and in private practice with Denver law firms, where she provided management clients with advice and counsel on employment compliance matters and represented clients in state and federal courts and agency proceedings. She is admitted to practice in Colorado. Ms. Cardi holds a B.A. from Colorado State University and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Cindy Gonzales, US Disability Program Manager
Cindy Gonzales is the US Disability Program Manager at Intel, where she has worked for 18 years. After getting a business degree from New Mexico State University, Cindy owned and operated a hobby store business where her benefit learning’s began with a small group of employees. She started her career at Intel in the Payroll team and then moved over to Benefits where she managed Intel’s in-house COBRA administration and Health Care Provider data exchange before both were outsourced. She then took over as the supplier manager and added LOA Operations to her scope after it, too, was outsourced. Finally, when a vendor change occurred moving both STD/LTD and LOA administration, she developed and created her current role as US Disability Program Manager, where she has been for the past 6 years.
In this position, Cindy owns front to end program management the administration of Intel’s Short and Long-term Disability programs, including monitoring of trust accounts money flow, audit/compliance of the plans, resolving complex customer escalations and issues, and managing stakeholder relationships. She also works with the Intel Global Benefits Design group on the strategy, design and implementation of related plan changes.