2018 Regional Compliance Webinar: Northeast Region Update

DMECRegional Compliance, Webinars

Wednesday, October 24

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

The frantic pace of changing regulations around absence and disability management are enough to send even the most seasoned professional’s head spinning. This fast-paced series of webinars will catch you up on the most pressing circuit court decisions, legislative updates, and changes to state workers’ compensation in a focused, region-specific format. Learn about recently-imposed updates and upcoming changes that will impact your region!

This webinar will deliver content specific to the Northeastern region of the United States: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware (1st, 2nd, and 3rd circuit courts).

Please note: This webinar series will be hosted on Wednesdays throughout the month of October.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore recently updated and pending legislation impacting absence and disability management in the Northeastern U.S.
  • Review recent circuit court decisions that impact disability and absence management under the jurisdiction of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd circuit courts.
  • Gain a comprehensive overview of state worker’s compensation law changes throughout the Northeastern U.S.


Edward CanavanEdward Canavan, ARM, AIC, Vice President, Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance, Sedgwick

Eddy Canavan is the Vice President for Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance for Sedgwick. In this position, he provides subject matter expertise in workers’ compensation, assists the organization with workers’ compensation best practices, jurisdictional compliance and activism, and provides consultation to our clients. He has more than 20 years of experience in claims management, having joined Sedgwick in October 2001 as a claims supervisor and then serving in a variety of roles on some of our largest programs. Eddy received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University of San Bernardino. He holds ARM and AIC designations and received his self-insurance certification from the state of California.

Daris Freeman, JD,  Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel, Unum

Ms. Freeman has been with Unum Group since 2000 when they started the leave management service. Ms. Freeman’s primary responsibility is to support Unum’s leave management center, which administers FMLA, ADA, and over 200 complementary state laws. In addition, she provides general employment law support for Unum. Ms. Freeman partners with the operation and their employer customers to ensure an absence management program compliant with federal and state leave laws. Ms. Freeman received her Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from Covenant College, her Juris Doctor from the Nashville School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee. She is a certified trainer for SHRM and CE credit, and is a frequent speaker on FMLA and ADA.


Eric Meyer, Esq., Principal Partner, FisherBroyles, LLP

Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 220 attorneys in over 20 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook.



Paul PeakDr. Paul M. Peak, PharmD, AVP, Clinical Pharmacy, Sedgwick

Dr. Peak joined Sedgwick in May 2014 as a clinical pharmacist. In the years since, he has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Clinical Pharmacy, a role in which he helps oversee Sedgwick’s PBM partners and has oversight of Sedgwick’s clinical pharmacist team. This team provides clinical support to the Sedgwick pharmacy program, as well as consultations to the medical provider community for alternative pain control strategies, targeting long-term claims with high cost and high risk. Paul graduated magna cum laude with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Samford University in May 2006. Prior to joining Sedgwick, he worked as a pharmacist for multiple companies and healthcare facilities for nine years.



This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

CLMS Logo_RGB_PNGExclusively offered by DMEC, the Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program is the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to ensure your programs effectively comply with state and federal leave laws. Learn more about the CLMS program.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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