Absence Minded: Integration Continuum

DMEC Staff@Work

Your Next Step on the Integration Continuum

Integration ContinuumBy Leigh Stepan, CEBS

Absence, Productivity, and HR Consulting

Employers and vendors have been evolving integrated disability programs for decades. The fast-growing category of leave of absence is driving most of the evolution now, as more states and the U.S. Congress are considering legislation that would add new leave mandates.

Two decades ago, preventing “double dipping” overpayments from multiple plans was the primary target for integration efforts. Today, the new leave laws have employers focused on controlling employee absences and complying with a dizzying array of mandates. All of these efforts involve integrating or coordinating multiple programs to reduce or prevent absences, while also helping employees achieve positive health outcomes and work-life balance.

The Integration Continuum

Looking at the brief list of integration models and their evolution below, where is your organization on the continuum? Understanding your current state may stimulate ideas about potential next steps in your own program evolution as you consider the needs of your business and employees:

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