CCH Presents Audio Conference: Best Practices for Managing Absenteeism and Presenteeism

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., February 7, 2007) – CCH, a part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business and a leading provider of business compliance information, software and services is presenting a 90-minute audio conference entitled Best Practices for Managing Absenteeism and Presenteeism featuring Frank Alvarez, JD, of Jackson Lewis LLP; Lisa Velte, SPHR, director of HR at Analytical Graphics, Inc. (named the 2006 Best Medium Company to Work for in America); and CCH Workplace Analysts Brett Gorovsky, JD, and Pamela Wolf, JD on Wednesday, February 14, at 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Central. Those attending can earn 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification (

With absenteeism on the rise, U.S. employers are losing ground when it comes to finding the most effective programs for keeping healthy workers on the job. According to the 2006 CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey, the rate of unscheduled absenteeism has climbed to its highest level since 1999, costing some large employers an estimated $850,000 per year in direct payroll costs, and even more when lost productivity, morale and temporary labor costs are considered. But employers are also increasingly concerned about “presenteeism” and the threat that sick employees pose in the workplace.

This CCH audio conference will help HR professionals understand what programs legally can be used to keep employees on the job and identify workable solutions to minimize presenteeism and maintain a healthier workplace – not just during flu season but throughout the year.

Specific topics to be covered include:

  • The legal upside and downside of various absence control programs;
  • Combating absenteeism and presenteeism without running afoul of the FMLA, ADA and wage hour laws;
  • Whether the most popular absence control programs are the most effective; and
  • Best practices on how to cultivate a healthier, more productive workforce.

 The seminar will include a live question-and-answer session.

About the Speakers

Frank Alvarez, a partner in the White Plains, N.Y. office of the national workplace law firm of Jackson Lewis LLP, is the national coordinator of Jackson Lewis’ Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group, which assists employers in meeting the legal and practical challenges posed by federal and state laws protecting injured and ill employees. Counseling hundreds of employers each year, Alvarez spearheads the firm’s effort to be the leading law firm in the country providing imaginative and creative solutions to the complex array of workplace disability and health management issues faced by both large and small companies. Alvarez writes and speaks frequently on disability management issues including legal developments under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Lisa Velte, SPHR, has served as the HR director at Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) for the past 10+ years. AGI is the leading producer of analysis software for the national security and space industries. She has played an integral role in designing and maintaining an award-winning, full service HR program. Most recently, AGI was named the #1 Best Medium Company to Work for in America in 2006 after winning the #1 spot in the Small company category for 2004 and 2005. The company has also been honored in the Inc. 500, Technology Fast 50, and the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania contests. AGI’s commitment to creative incentives, best practices and a fun, fast-paced workplace culture has resulted in record-breaking employee growth, productivity and retention rates.

Brett Gorovsky is an attorney and employment law analyst who tracks and analyzes employment and labor law issues, cases and trends. He is the coordinating editor of CCH’s Accommodating Disabilities Decisions, which provides analysis on key federal and state law decisions related to discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Gorovsky also co-wrote CCH’s FMLA-ADA Leave Advisor, a workflow tool that walks HR professionals through the maze of federal leave law.

Pamela Wolf, an attorney and employment law analyst, is the editor of CCH’s EEOC Compliance Manual and its newsletter, which addresses new developments related to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its implementation and enforcement of federal antidiscrimination laws. Wolf is also a contributing editor to Employment Practices Guide, which reviews federal and state laws, regulations, rules and decisions pertaining to workplace discrimination and Accommodating Disabilities Decisions. As a practicing attorney for 12 years, Wolf’s experience included employment and civil rights matters.

How the Audio Seminar Works

CCH’s live audio seminars require nothing more than a telephone connection. For the per-site fee, an unlimited number of listeners at a site can participate and get up to speed and in-the-know on this important topic.

Earn CE Credit

This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). HRCI credit is earned only by attending the live audio conference. CD-only purchases do not qualify for HRCI credits. Please be sure to note the program ID number provided with your registration on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at

Special Bonus

Along with detailed handout materials, each site registering for this audio seminar will receive a PDF file of the 2006 CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey, a $39 value.

How to Register

To register online using a credit card, go to To register by phone, call CCH Customer Service at 1-800-775-7654. Please have your credit card information ready.

About Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research products and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals, as well as casebooks and study aids for law students. Its major product lines include Aspen Publishers, CCH, Kluwer Law International and Loislaw. Its markets include law firms, law schools, corporate counsel and professionals requiring legal and compliance information. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, Ill.

Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal and regulatory, and education sectors. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2005) of €3.4 billion, employs approximately 18,400 people worldwide and maintains operations across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. For more information, visit

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