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Guardian Life debuts Guardian AbsenceWorks

April 11, 2013
New customizable portfolio offers employers solution for disability and absence management needs.
NEW YORK, New York--To help brokers and employers navigate the changing employee benefits landscape, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, a mutual life insurer and provider of employee benefits, offers employers a new absence management program known as Guardian AbsenceWorks. The program consists of two customizable product offerings that help meet the diverse needs of small and large employers, and is supported by Reed Group, a recognized absence management service industry company and Guardian subsidiary.
“The addition of Guardian AbsenceWorks to our disability portfolio has reinforced our position at the forefront of the employee benefits landscape,” said Ray Marra, vice president, Group Products at Guardian. "This is crucial at a time when demands on employers are increasing in an environment fraught with complex regulation, including adherence to the Family and Medical Leave Act. Small employers often lack the internal staff to properly track absences, while even larger companies with more advanced human resource teams find it challenging to keep up with the ever-changing state and federal laws. Guardian’s flexible, more integrated absence management solution through Reed Group has enhanced our disability offering for employers of all sizes – whether they have 50 employees or 5,000. Now employers can look to one reliable source for providing high-quality income protection to their employees, and help to easily and effectively manage all Short Term Disability and FMLA-related absences, in addition to other types of leaves. The result for customers is greater confidence, employees return to work quickly and safely, and an improved bottom line." Regardless of company size, employee absences can create a huge toll in productivity, morale, and costs. Mismanagement can also lead to significant legal and compliance issues. Guardian helps employers reduce the complexity and unwanted impact of employee absences, leveraging Reed Group’s 35 years of absence management experience and record of decreasing costs while helping ensure workplace productivity and compliance for its customers. Guardian acquired Reed Group in early 2013 to expand its disability and absence management portfolio. For additional information, visit and To comment on this topic, go to