2019 Virtual Education Forum Webinar: Occ or Non-Occ – Does It Really Matter?

DMECVirtual Education Forum, Webinars

Tuesday, Nov. 12

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

In this session, we will discuss the interplay between workers’ compensation and leave management strategies.  While these areas are covered under different jurisdictions (in some cases, many jurisdictions), there is also an opportunity to utilize similar strategies to mitigate the impact of days away from work.  We will explore intra-organizational programs and collaborative methods for creation, implementation, and deployment of robust return-to-work programs.

Webinars are free for DMEC members. To receive free pricing, log in to your DMEC account prior to registering.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify how to overcome challenges that may present when trying to implement multi-jurisdiction return-to-work programs.
  • Discover how to create a return on investment analysis regarding return to work, and how to sell it to senior leadership.
  • Determine if steps can be taken to educate employees about safety at work and at home, and assess if FMLA and workers’ compensation should run concurrently.
  • Explore how to deploy best strategies to assure a successful return to work for the employee and employer.


Derek SternDerek Stern, Director, Workforce Solutions Group, Unum

At Unum, Derek is responsible for providing consultative support to large case clients in their goal to reduce absences. His focus includes return-to-work programs, lost time analyses, and benchmarking client performance against peers. Prior to joining Unum, Derek was a VP of customer relations at CareWorks of Ohio, Ltd. He spent more than 20 years at CareWorks focused on implementing return-to-work programs, and ensuring the success of his clients in managing their worker’s compensation programs. In particular, he worked with a large block of public sector employers such as State of Ohio, state universities, cities, and townships, and was deeply involved in implementation of beneficial programs for these entities. Derek is a graduate of Hiram College in Ohio.



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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