2021 Tools & Tactics Webinar: Results of the 10th Annual Leave Management Survey

Jennifer NelsonTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, Feb. 11

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

As leave management grows in complexity, so do the questions plaguing absence and disability professionals. If you’ve ever wondered about the leave benefits offered by others in your industry, or sought a benchmark for your leave management processes, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

DMEC has partnered with Spring Consulting for the 10th year in a row to conduct our Employer Leave Management Survey. We gathered information from employers around the nuances of leave management practices, and explored everything from what’s being outsourced, to the caseloads of managing internal and external staff, and the technology used. The 2020 survey took a deeper dive into leave plan design for short-term disability (STD), long-term disability (LTD), paid parental, paid family, sick, vacation, and PTO so that employers will be able to benchmark their programs against others of similar size and industry. The questions included details such as funding, waiting periods, elimination periods, benefit amounts, and benefit durations.

Join us for this eye-opening session where we will break down the findings of the 2020 survey, discuss the trajectory of ongoing trends, and examine the emergence of new observations.

This DMEC webinar is free for members and nonmembers.

DMEC members receive free access to 30+ live webinars per year. Not currently a DMEC member? We invite you to register for this free webinar to get a taste of one of the many benefits DMEC members have access to throughout the year.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine employer challenges in administering and managing all types of leaves.
  • Discover how employers of various sizes and industries are managing leaves of absence.
  • Identify best practices and tips for managing leave as outlined in survey feedback.


Karen English
Senior Vice President
Spring Consulting Group, LLC

Karen has over 20 years experience in the disability, absence, health, and welfare arenas. She provides strategic direction, analysis, and implementation expertise, and routinely works with integrated disability, absence, and health management programs. She has received industry awards for both brokerage and consulting and has spearheaded years of industry leading research.

Lai-Sahn Hackett
Director of Market Research
Spring Consulting Group, LLC

Lai-Sahn has over five years experience in employee benefits, program design, and implementation. She provides technical research and conducts a number of benchmarking surveys focused on integrated disability, absence and health management, wellness, and voluntary products. She holds the CPDM and ARM designations, and her MA life, health and accident insurance licenses.

Terri Rhodes
Chief Executive Officer

Terri has extensive experience in all aspects of absence and disability management and is responsible for strategic oversight and management of DMEC. Prior to joining DMEC, Terri was an Absence and Disability Management Consultant for Mercer, Director of Absence and Disability for Health Net, and Corporate IDM Program Manager for Abbott Laboratories. 


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 ADMS, 1 CDMS, 1 CLMS, 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 for 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 Complimentary
Nonmembers Complimentary

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