2019 Regional Compliance Webinar: Northeast Region Update

DMECRegional Compliance, Webinars

Tuesday, October 1

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

The compliance landscape surrounding absence and disability management is changing at a dizzying pace. Our annual compliance update webinar series is back to help struggling employers keep up with the changes impacting their organizations. Each session in this four-part series will focus on a different region of the United States, bringing you the latest developments in circuit court decisions, legislative updates, state worker’s compensation changes, and other critical compliance news. Join our compliance experts as they bring you key information to keep your absence and disability management programs compliant.

This webinar will cover 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).

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.


Daris Freeman, JD
Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel

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.

Don Lipsy
Director, Networks

Don Lipsy is a manager in the managed care specialty products division of Sedgwick. Specializing in pharmacy and utilization review (UR), Don has over a decade of experience in the design and implementation of pharmacy and UR solutions specific to workers’ compensation, as well as special expertise in government advocacy efforts related to these areas. A graduate of the University of San Diego School Of Law, Don spent several years defending California State hospitals and doctors in medical malpractice and toxic tort litigation. Following that experience, Don chose to leave practice and enter the world of workers’ compensation, specializing in regulatory compliance, research, and advocacy.


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.

Desiree Tolbert-Render
AVP, National Technical Compliance & Workers’ Compensation

Desiree R. Tolbert-Render serves as the assistant vice president of national technical compliance and workers’ compensation for Sedgwick. In this important role, Desiree serves customers and consumers by researching and maintaining regulatory tracking to ensure compliance with national workers’ compensation statutes and regulations. Through ongoing communication and training, she also helps ensure Sedgwick colleagues understand their role in complying with statutory and regulatory changes. Desiree has more than 30 years of experience as an insurance professional, with a record of success in the areas of multi-jurisdictional claims handling, management, marketing, and customer service. She holds a certification in workers’ compensation litigation from the WCCP, an associate in claims designation, and an associate in service designation.


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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