SAN DIEGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC), the leading developer of integrated disability management strategies in all disability and absence related employer programs, today announced its 2006 education programs. Thousands of Human Resource, Disability, Absence, Benefits, Workers' Compensation and Occupational Health and Risk Professionals have earned Continuing Education Units and acquired the most current information available from DMEC's education series. In 2006, professionals can participate in the following opportunities: Management Series The Management Series are half day seminars that provide employers with practical problem-solving tools. "Leadership Insights in Health and Productivity," sponsored by the Reed Group. * How a Successful Disability and Absence Management Program Impacts your Employees and Effects your Business Results * The Latest Employer Trends in Integrated Disability, Absence and Health Management * The Metrics of Leave Management and How they Guide Health and Productivity Strategy Development Meeting dates and locations: April 11 The Warwick New York Hotel New York, NY April 13 Tryers Dutch Heritage Belleville (Columbus), OH April 18 Mendakota Country Club Mendota Heights, MN May 9 The Grand Long Beach Event Center Long Beach, CA May 10 Holiday Inn Express San Francisco, CA "Health and Productivity Management with an Aging Workforce," sponsored by UnumProvident: * Define current health, productivity and economic patterns related to an aging work force * Illustrate the labor market dynamics that impact hiring, retention and retirement over the next decade * Present the building blocks of a productive aging program as part of corporate based disability management, benefit design and human resource management strategies. Meeting dates and locations: May 18 The Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta, GA May 25 Holiday Inn Newton, MA September 7 The Biltmore Hotel Santa Clara, CA September 14 The Grand Hyatt Tampa, FL September 21 Marriott Houston West Loop Houston, TX "The Impact of the AMA Guidelines on California Workers' Compensation", sponsored by Crawford and Company. Dates to be announced in late spring. All sessions are from 8:00 AM to Noon. Cost is $69 for DMEC members, $89 for non members, with discounts for three or more members from the same company. Leadership Series The Leadership Series, sponsored by Liberty Mutual, is an "invitation only" opportunity in which employer panelists meet with an audience of their peers to exchange ideas and experiences. This year's topic is "FMLA Administration Guidelines." May 9 Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, PA May 23 Four Seasons Dallas, TX June 6 Four Seasons San Francisco, CA June 7 Heathman Hotel Portland, OR All sessions are from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and are free of charge. Virtual Education Forum The Virtual Education Forum (VEF), sponsored by UnumProvident, is a series of web-based sessions in which employers and service providers share knowledge and experiences about successful disability and absence management programs. April 11 "Managing the Impact of Cancer on the Health and Productivity of a Work Force" September 12 "Managing Chronic Pain and Arthritis in the Work Place" October 10 "Managing Lost Time in a Call Center Operation" November 14 "The Changing Role of Employer Based Occupational Health Functions" All sessions are free of charge. To register for any DMEC educational series, visit http://www.dmec.org/educational or call 800-789-3632. About DMEC The Disability Management Employer Coalition, Inc., DMEC, is a nonprofit, employer-focused professional association founded in 1992 to advance the development of integrated disability management processes in all disability- related employer programs. The coalition encourages employers, health and disability providers, and the government at all levels to support the concept of disability management and benefits integration. Visit DMEC on the Web: http://www.dmec.org.