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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

Webinar Recording: Evolving Accommodation Requests – You Need What?!

March 19, 2019While leave may be the most common accommodation request, many employers are also reporting an increase in telecommuting and workplace modification requests. A clear understanding of what constitutes a reasonable ... Read More

What Employers Can Do to Prepare For Westchester County’s Earned Sick Leave Law

March 18, 2019Companies should begin preparing now for the new Westchester County Earned Sick Leave Law, which becomes effective on Apr. 10, 2019.

Webinar Recording: 5 Basic Strategies to Support RTW and Manage Accommodations

March 14, 2019Effectively returning employees to work and managing accommodations have long been challenges within even the best absence and disability programs. This session offered an understanding of five effective strategies to ... Read More

2018 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

March 12, 2019For eight years the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group (Spring) have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer methods ... Read More

2018 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

March 12, 2019For eight years, DMEC and Spring Consulting Group have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. With information from over 820 employers, the national survey tracks employer methods ... Read More

Pittsburgh Now Requires Pregnancy Accommodations for Employees and Partners

March 12, 2019In major news for employers in Pittsburgh, the City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance greatly expanding protections for pregnant employees and imposing several new requirements on private employers, much like those under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and related EEOC guidance.

Webinar Recording: The 3 C’s of ADA – Consistency, Compliance, and Communication

March 7, 2019The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) process can be a daunting experience, even for the most experienced companies. Consistent policies, which are effectively communicated, can drive compliance and improve the employee ... Read More

March 2019: New State & Local Posting Requirements

March 4, 2019Review the new state and local posting requirements for Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, and Virginia.

Broad Workers’ Compensation Release Agreement Bars Disability Discrimination Claims

March 4, 2019The District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed an employee’s disability discrimination claims based on a broad release in her workers’ compensation settlement agreement with the employer.

Unsettled Waters at the Accommodation of Last Resort

February 20, 2019In 2019, we are poised to learn where the 4th Circuit stands on reassignment as an accommodation — an issue that has split the Circuits.

Dispute Over Content of Voicemails Requires Jury Trial on FMLA Claims

February 13, 2019An employee seeking the protection of FMLA leave must give adequate and timely notice of the need for leave.

Webinar Recording: Results of the 8th Annual Leave Management Survey

February 7, 2019As absence and disability programs continue to evolve, so do the complexities of leave administration. DMEC and Spring Consulting Group partnered together to understand employer challenges in managing all types of ... Read More

Achieve Savings by Maximizing Your SSDI Offset Provisions: A White Paper from Genex

February 5, 2019Many employers utilize self-insured programs to offer long-term disability (LTD) coverage to employees. With the potential financial risk of taking on self-insured programs, it’s important that employers are aware of ... Read More

2018 Hospital System Best Practices White Paper

January 30, 2019Full content is available to DMEC members only. Please log in to view the complete resource. If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members ... Read More

Webinar Recording: New Year’s Resolution – Master the FMLA Forms

January 22, 2019The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) medical certification form and other required notices can prove challenging for employers. Evaluating the information provided and making an accurate determination of leave ... Read More

Federal Court of Appeals Will Decide Whether or Not Morbid Obesity Is an Impairment

January 12, 2019We know that the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) substantially altered the landscape for review of claims asserting a disability. But, are employees still required to show some sort of disorder or impairment to state a claim?

Appellate Courts Agree: Regular Attendance Is Essential Function of Most Jobs

January 4, 2019Recent decisions from the 2nd, 5th, and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeals exemplify the growing consensus among courts that even employees with a disability are generally required to comply with company attendance policies.

January 2019: New State & Local Posting Requirements

January 4, 2019Review the new state and local posting requirements for Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rhode Island, and Washington.

California State Disability Insurance Increases

January 2, 2019It’s a new year, and California SDI benefits will be increasing. The SDI withholding rate continues to be 1.0% of wages. But, the taxable wage limit will increase from $114,967 to $118,371.

EEOC Revises Wellness Plan Regulations

December 21, 2018On Dec. 20, the EEOC revised wellness plan regulations by removing the section that permitted incentives. In doing so, the EEOC left employers back in the quandary they were in before. Neither the law, nor the remaining regulations, expressly prohibit (or permit) incentives.

Michigan’s Amended Paid Medical Leave Law

December 19, 2018The Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act requires employers in Michigan to provide their employees with accrued paid medical leave to use for their own or their family members’ medical needs and for purposes related to domestic violence and sexual assault. The new law will become effective in March 2019.

2018 DMEC Business Impact of Paid Leave Pulse Survey Results

December 18, 2018In the last few years, our country has seen a constantly shifting landscape of paid family and paid parental leave laws cropping up across many states and municipalities. Additionally, employers ... Read More

Michigan Governor Signs Sick Leave Amendment

December 18, 2018On Dec. 13, Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder signed into law the bill amending the recently enacted Paid Sick Leave (PSL) law, putting the finishing touch on a two-step political strategy to have the legislature craft a PSL bill rather than have voters consider a bill crafted by PSL advocates.

December 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

December 7, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Nevada.

Webinar Recording: EEOC Insights Into What Employers Still Get Wrong About the ADA

December 6, 2018This webinar provided a front row seat to the EEOC’s perspective on best practices for ADA compliance and lessons learned from employers who get it wrong. A representative from the ... Read More