Reed Group, a leading provider of absence management solutions, has acquired the absence management administration business of Aon Hewitt, making it the second-largest provider of extended-leave services in the US. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With Aon Hewitt’s industry-leading absence management outsourcing administration business, Reed Group expands it\’s portfolio of services with new technologies and additional service delivery operations. Reed Group will also add 200 blue chip customers, 1,300 employees and seven US, Canadian locations, as well as three locations in India.

Based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Aon Hewitt is a global provider of risk management, insurance brokerage and human resources and outsourcing services. The company has 500 offices in 120 countries and provides consulting, outsourcing and reinsurance brokerage services.

Kristi Savacool, CEO of Aon Hewitt, said in a statement: “We have built a comprehensive approach to absence management that enables clients to address complex compliance issues, achieve positive cost management results and promote wellness and return-to-work strategies that build a healthy and productive workforce. We believe Reed Group has the means and strategic intention to further invest and grow the business and deliver added value to clients, and we will maintain a strong relationship with Reed Group to provide comprehensive health solutions with the individual employee in mind.”

David Roberts, CEO of Reed Group, said in a statement: “This acquisition is a game changer for Reed Group. We have always focused on superior service, technology and innovation for our customers, and with this acquisition, we significantly increase our scale and capability,” and also added: “In what is an increasingly complex and complicated industry, Reed Group has achieved significant success in delivering solutions for large employers, including many Fortune 500 companies. We have a relentless belief that there is a better way to help employers manage absence and get people back to work and normal life.”

Founded in 1991 and based in Westminster, Colorado, Reed Group, Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America®, a market leader in helping organizations reduce the cost, compliance risk and complexity of employee absence. Reed Group’s products and services include MDGuidelines, Absence Management, Case Management, Return-to-Work, Workers Comp, FMLA, ADA, Disability, Short-term disability (STD), Long-term disability (LTD).