Employee Engagement Through SAW & RTW: Leave of Absence? Consider the Alternatives

DMEC Staff@Work

Consider AlternativesBy Marti Cardi, JD

VP Product Compliance, Matrix Absence Management

Employers have numerous options in cases where a leave of absence is not the best solution for an employee’s medical condition and work needs. Fewer or shorter leaves — when medically appropriate — can benefit all parties. Many employers hesitate to explore these alternatives for fear of violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Let’s look at the attitudes of the two enforcement agencies toward programs for stay at work (SAW) and return to work (RTW).

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