Webinar Recording: Test Your Knowledge – COVID-19 and the Impact on Employee Leave

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The ever-changing nature of COVID-19 has presented challenges that have been a shock to the functionality of the global workforce. Employers have been scrambling for weeks to understand how to run their businesses amid stay-at-home orders, conflicting information on what it means to be an ‘essential business,’ and new work dynamics. A recent DMEC survey indicates a 50% increase in remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the same survey shows some employers have been forced to make challenging workforce management decisions such as furloughing employees (31%), reducing pay (15%), and offering early retirement (almost 5%). What do all of these changes mean for the future of work? How does COVID-19 impact absence management program integration? What considerations do employers need to make as they start planning their organizations’ return-to-work efforts?

This webinar presented attendees with real-life scenarios. Each question had multiple options to test attendee knowledge of compliance and best-practice procedures in a new era of pandemic absence management. Our panel walked through each situation to explain the best answer, and provided insights and best practices to help your organization prepare for the next steps in your pandemic response efforts.


  • Jennifer Hader, Director of Disability, Absence Management & Paid Leave, Guardian
  • James Venable, JD, VP, Employment Law, Absence, and Accommodation Compliance, ReedGroup
  • Sue Woods, Esq., Senior Compliance Counsel, ReedGroup


This webinar qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. If you are interested in receiving continuing education credit for the recorded webinar, you will need to watch the full webinar, and then download your certificate of attendance from the “Webinar Recording and Continuing Education” tab.

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If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members have access to white papers, case studies, @Work magazine articles, free webinars, legislative updates, and much more. These resources will assist you in building an effective and compliant integrated absence management program, saving you time, resources, and money. Learn more.

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