Aligning IAM Programs to Comply with FMLA and ADA
By Jaclyn Kugell, JD
Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP
As the world of unpaid, job-protected leave laws continues to grow, employers are continually aligning their policies and practices to support integrated operations. Unlike integrated disability management in which major upgrades are made to key insurance silos only once or twice in a decade, today’s integrated absence management (IAM) environment requires an ongoing upgrade process.
The drivers of change in the IAM universe are the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the many related state and municipal leave laws. Return to work (RTW) from disability leave, productivity, and cost reduction remain important, but now they are pursued in compliance with leave laws. Disability is not managed in isolation.
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