ACS Announce Integrated Absence Management

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<p><strong>New York &mdash; July 19</strong><br />ACS and its human resources consulting subsidiary, Buck Consultants, have introduced Absence and Productivity Solutions, an integrated set of absence management consulting and administrative services that enables employers to manage their health care and disability costs, comply with myriad regulatory mandates and improve the health and productivity of their workforce.<br /><br />According to estimates by Integrated Benefits Institute, costs for disabled employees average more than $40,000 per event for lost productivity and health care. <br /><br />Through the unique combination of Buck&rsquo;s consulting expertise and ACS&rsquo; administrative services, the firm will help clients address the rising costs associated with managing absenteeism and lost productivity, as well as analyze root causes of deteriorating health among their workers.<br /><br />Absence and Productivity Solutions provides absence management design, implementation and administration that can be customized to each employer&rsquo;s specific workforce needs.<br /><br />&ldquo;Most employers struggle with absenteeism because business objectives simply can&rsquo;t be met if employees aren&rsquo;t at work,&rdquo; said Principal Ophelia Galindo, who recently joined Buck to lead the absence and productivity consulting practice. &ldquo;Balance is key to the solutions we provide. A well-run time-off program is a balance of program design, administration and case management.&rdquo;<br /><br />Buck&rsquo;s services include plan design reviews, disability and clinical health management assessments, compliance assessments, vendor management improvement, return-to-work program audits and advocacy programs to get employees back to work sooner. <br /><br />&ldquo;LeaveLink, a 100 percent Web-deployed application from Absentys, provides the core technology dimension of ACS&rsquo; absence management services,&rdquo; said Don Bartolai, ACS vice president of global benefits outsourcing. &ldquo;Our strategy in integrating this technology with our consulting and administrative expertise is to address employers&rsquo; leave administration pain points: eligibility and entitlement for benefits, ongoing federal and state leave law updates, return-to-work schedules, regulatory requirements and litigation-related fines.&rdquo;</p>

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