The Disability Management Employer Coalition announced Thursday that it has named Bryon Bass as its new CEO.
Mr. Bass, based in San Francisco, previously served as senior vice president, workforce absence and disability practice leader for Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.
Mr. Bass said in an interview that his goals in his new position include educating professionals about better integrating disability management into employment practices — an issue workers’ compensation experts have found concerning.
“Regardless of the type of injury, whether it occurs to workers or from an occupational perspective, the overlap in terms of the laws that apply is pretty consistent,”; he said. “Everyone in the field has a responsibility for housing management or disability management and needs to think about these things together and not as separate silos.”
Working with employers to understand the “patchwork” of state and federal disability management laws and regulations is also a goal, Bass said, because the intersection of such measures “creates a very complex and confusing legal landscape for both employers and employees.”
DMEC’s membership includes 18,000 absence and disability management professionals in the United States and Canada. A DMEC member since 1996, Mr. Bass has served on the DMEC Executive Advisory Board and the DMEC Employer Advisory Council. He won the DMEC Partnership Award in 2009.
Before coming to Sedgwick, Mr. Bass Director of Integrated Disability Management at Pacific Gas and Electric.