Workforce Absence in the Public Sector

David Setzkorn
SVP & Workforce Absence & Disability Practice Leader, Sedgwick
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In this episode, David Setzkorn discusses workforce absence in the public sector. David explains the challenges posed by the implementation of statutory paid and family medical leave benefits in different states, which affects public sector employees. He suggests that employers review the legislation, consider employee opt-in options and assess the cost of participating. David also discusses the upcoming challenges related to religious accommodations and paid family leave requests, advising organizations to proactively handle accommodation requests and consider enhancing group disability benefits to compete for talent.

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David Setzkorn
SVP & Workforce Absence & Disability Practice Leader, Sedgwick

Summary of Qualifications

David has over 14 years of experience working for both carriers and brokers as a subject matter expert on leave administration. His experience includes consultation and development of time away from work benefit programs for clients that range from program and policy development, training, benchmarking analysis and ongoing compliance management with state and federal regulations. He is a nationally recognized speaker working with organizations such as Disability Management Education Coalition (DMEC), Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and others to deliver trainings and content regarding FMLA, ADAAA, paid family medical leave, and state and municipal leave programs.


David is responsible for providing thought leadership in the absence and disability space for Sedgwick as well as supporting both internal and external clients in order to provide best-in-class products and services. He also provides compliance and operational best practices to clients and internal partners.

Business Experience

Prior to joining Sedgwick, David worked for two of the largest insurance carriers, one public traded and one private employer, for over 10 years. He spent 3-1/2 years as the North American practice leader for the 5th largest broker in the world, focusing primarily on U.S. and Canadian clients. David also has 15+ years as a procurement officer working in the hospitality and gaming industries.


David is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in purchasing and logistics management and an MBA with an emphasis in project management. He also holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation along with multiple certifications in IT and operational management.

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