Aon in Pact with Reed Group for Absence Management Offering

June 29, 2004 ( - HR managers have a new product to consider to help them keep track of employees' work - and absence - records.

Aon Corporation and Reed Group said in a news release that a partnership between the two firms will deliver a suite of Web-based, absence management tools and consulting services aimed at large companies.

For the first time, Aon Consulting clients can complete all necessary absence reporting requirements through Aon’s web-based HR Portal or via Reed Group’s call center. In addition to short- and long-term disability management, the Aon/Reed alliance will also enable companies to outsource compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

According to the announcement, the new offering gives employers:

  • A more efficient, automated benefit administration process and a clinically based outreach to employee health. Employers can access timely, accurate management information to track lost-time costs and absence outcomes.
  • An easier, faster way to initiate absence leave (online or by telephone) and a single platform to check leave status. Employees receive clinical information and support both online and from their case managers.
  • A closer tie to the absence management process and enhanced reporting on return to work. Their ability to view information in real time allows them to enhance their workforce planning.
  • A collaboration with clinical staff – not claims staff – to deliver consistent, medical case management and appropriate care for return to work. Nurses work with the treating providers to establish return-to-work goals and help manage the patient’s disability.