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The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 dedicated to providing absence and disability professionals with ongoing support and the latest information, tools, and resources organizations need to minimize employee lost work time, improve staff productivity, and maintain legally compliant absence and disability management programs. We can connect members of the media with top experts in the integrated absence management field.

Latest DMEC News and Events

July 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

July 6, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California and Illinois.

Webinar Recording: Are You Fostering a Stay-at-Work Culture?

June 28, 2018We have all heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In absence management, we typically focus on activities after the fact, during the leave of ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Remote Workers and Open Workspace Design – The Impact on RTW

June 21, 2018When you think of remote work or open work spaces, you may think of all the positive impacts it can bring to talent retention and employee morale. Have you considered ... Read More

Paid Sick Leave Turbulence in Texas

June 15, 2018Austin passed its PSL ordinance in February, the first PSL law in the South. Last month, PSL advocates in San Antonio submitted signatures to support their effort to have voters decide in November whether to enact a PSL ordinance.

Webinar Recording: I Have to Manage How Many Different Leave Laws?

June 14, 2018The complexity of leave laws at federal, state, and municipal levels can be daunting. This webinar took a dive into the various leave laws and their interaction, while outlining the ... Read More

June 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

June 11, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, Georgia, Kentucky, and Nevada.

Webinar Recording: A Mindful Approach to Mental Health – Strategies for Increased Productivity and RTW

June 7, 2018Significant mental health illness (MHI) affects almost 20% of employees each year, costing employers over $80 billion annually, mostly for lost productivity and absenteeism. Anxiety, depression, and substance abuse disorders ... Read More

Duluth Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

June 1, 2018On May 29, The Duluth (MN) City Council passed an Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, requiring employers to allow employees to accrue an hour of leave for every 50 hours worked. The ordinance is effective in January 2020.

Webinar Recording: Seeing the Big Picture – Making Benchmarking Data Actionable

May 31, 2018HR, benefits, and disability professionals too often find themselves inundated with reports from their carriers or third-party administrators (TPAs). As stand-alone documents, this information highlights specific costs or incidence levels ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Paid Family Leave – New York & Beyond

May 24, 2018Paid leave programs are becoming more and more popular. New York’s Paid Family Leave law has re-energized this conversation, and more states may follow suit. You don’t have to wait for ... Read More

Court Confirms Minneapolis Sick Leave Ordinance Not Enforceable

May 23, 2018Last week, a court upheld the Minneapolis paid sick leave ordinance, but ruled that it is only enforceable against employers within the city’s limits.

Webinar Recording: Don’t Hang Up! Strategies to Manage Absence in Call Centers

May 15, 2018Organizational call centers are an integral component of successful business operations. However, data shows that organizations with a customer service call center exhibit high rates of absence and lost time, ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Best Practices in Creating a Successful Disability Experience

May 10, 2018Employers are the foundation in building a successful disability experience. However, when each situation is unique, how do you balance the necessity of consistent policies and procedures with the individual ... Read More

May 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

May 9, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.

New Jersey Adds Paid Sick Leave, Cancels Thirteen Municipal PSL Ordinances 

May 4, 2018On May 2, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy made the Garden State the tenth in the nation to enact a paid sick leave (PSL) law and also canceled 13 municipal PSL laws within the state.

IRS Issues Guidance FAQs Regarding the Paid Family Leave Federal Tax Credit

April 23, 2018This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued FAQ guidance regarding the employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave. As a reminder, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) provides a tax credit to employers that voluntarily offer paid family and/or medical leave to employees.

Preparing for Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave

April 19, 2018By the end of this year, employers with employees in the state of Washington must be ready to comply with last summer’s newly-enacted paid family and medical leave law. Since the law’s passage, Washington has been busy fine-tuning the program and providing updates.

Webinar Recording: The Complex Patchwork of Paid Sick Leave – A Growing Compliance Challenge

April 11, 2018In the past 15 months, five state laws requiring some form of paid leave have either become effective or enacted with more likely to follow. The overarching compliance challenges to ... Read More

Paid Sick Leave Update: 1st Quarter 2018

April 6, 2018The vast and complex patchwork of paid sick leave (PSL) laws expanded in the first quarter of 2018 with the addition of a state law in Maryland and a local law in Austin, Texas. The patchwork now has more than 40 laws: nine state laws, the District of Columbia, two county laws, and about 31 municipal laws.

March/April 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

April 5, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Missouri, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.

Webinar Recording: Mythbusters! Debunking Common IDAM Misconceptions

March 29, 2018This webinar took a closer look at the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), statutory disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); cutting through common misconceptions to provide a ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Baby Has Arrived — Now What? NY PFL 2.0

March 20, 2018With the addition of Paid Family Leave benefit under the NY DBL program on January 1, 2018, employers are scrambling to insure compliance and consistency. Understanding the implications and reporting ... Read More

New Jersey May Become Paid Sick Leave State Number Ten

March 12, 2018With a new Democratic Governor who supports a paid sick leave law (PSL) and solid Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers, New Jersey is poised to become the tenth state to enact a paid sick leave law.

New Guidance for the New York Paid Family Leave Payroll Deduction

March 12, 2018The ever-moving target that is the New York Paid Family Leave law has shifted yet again. New York State regulators confirmed that employers do not need to cap the weekly employee payroll deduction for PFL at .126% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage.

A Paid Sick Leave Revival in Westchester County, NY

March 10, 2018The Westchester County Board of Legislators is considering a paid sick leave (PSL) bill that is substantially similar to the bill introduced but not passed last year. The proposed Earned Sick Leave Law has the typical PSL architecture.