For nine years the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer methods for administering both regulatory and non-regulatory leaves, and offers a detailed view of employer preferences and strategies for managing and overcoming the many challenges of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and overall leave administration.
The survey was released at the 2019 DMEC Annual Conference, featured over 80 questions, and used a similar online format as 2018. It was completed by 873 employers who collectively represent all organizational sizes, U.S. states, and a broad range of industries.
The 2019 report highlights trends and employer perspectives on regulatory leaves (e.g., FMLA, ADA), non-regulatory leaves (e.g., vacation, personal leave), and state paid leave programs. It also reviews practical application of return to work, accommodations, administrative processes, systems used to manage leave, and staffing for insourced and outsourced programs.
The results from the survey were also presented in the Tools & Tactics Webinar: Results of the 9th Annual Leave Management Survey.
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If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members have access to white papers, case studies, @Work magazine articles, free webinars, legislative updates, and much more. These resources will assist you in building an effective and compliant integrated absence management program, saving you time, resources, and money. Learn more.
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