(BOSTON, MA, September 2009) – In the current economy, employers are searching for ways to contain the rising costs of healthcare, maximize their benefits programs and maintain compliance with ever changing regulations. DMEC’s newest publication “Tools of the Trade” is a comprehensive guide for integrating absence, disability and productivity programs which can help employers cut costs.

Spring Consulting Group, LLC, which provides strategic consulting services to companies of all sizes and industries, worked with the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) to publish the “Tools of the Trade” guide, which was released during the DMEC 2009 Annual International Conference in July.

Karen Trumbull English, CPCU, ARM, one of Spring’s founding partners, was the lead editor and co-author of this publication. Several other members of the Spring team, including Teri Weber and Karin Landry, contributed to the publication, which contains over 260 pages of information from industry experts. Whether it be starting an initiative, reviewing legal compliance, developing processes, metrics or ROI, “Tools of the Trade” should be on every benefit professional’s desk.

“Tough economic times are forcing many organizations to take on parts of projects themselves or at least be more directive with external resources,” says Karen. “Tools of the Trade recognizes that organizations are at different places with their integration efforts, and attempts to ‘meet them where they are’ by covering the different topics they may be considering.”