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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

Westchester County Adopts Safe Time Law

May 22, 2019On May 3, 2019, Westchester County Executive George Latimer formally signed into law the County’s Safe Time Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Law (Safe Time Law).

Webinar Recording: Examining Mental Health in the Workplace

May 21, 2019Mental health is a universal asset, but one of significant importance for workers and organizations. The mental well-being of a company’s workforce can make or break performance, production, and profitability. ... Read More

Connecticut Appellate Court Holds That Regular, Reliable Attendance Can Be An Essential Function

May 17, 2019A recent Connecticut Appellate Court case provides helpful reminders that regular, reliable attendance can be an essential function of many jobs; and eliminating an essential job function is not a reasonable accommodation.

Webinar Recording: Absence and the Alphabet Soup of System Solutions

May 16, 2019Technology in the integrated absence management space continues to evolve. Savvy professionals are getting the education they need to understand their technology options, and are learning how to leverage solutions ... Read More

Amended Minneapolis Sick and Safe Leave Law Upheld on Appeal

May 9, 2019The Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance can be enforced against businesses not physically located in the city but who have employees who work at least eight (80) hours in a year within the geographic boundaries of the city, according to a state appellate court decision last week.

May 2019: New State & Local Posting Requirements

May 3, 2019Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York.

Connecticut Issues Guidance on Pregnancy Accommodation

May 1, 2019On Apr. 23, 2019, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO) issued a Best Practices Bluepaper as guidance for employers with three or more employees facing accommodation requests from employees for pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions.

Dallas Joins the Fray – Will Paid Sick Leave Prevail in Texas?

April 30, 2019Over the next several months, the fate of local paid sick leave laws may well be decided by the Texas legislature.

Pittsburgh Issues Guidance on Pregnancy Accommodation

April 29, 2019The Pittsburgh pregnancy accommodation ordinance has been in effect since Mar. 15, 2019.

Webinar Recording: Effective Implementation of Disability Auto-Enroll – From Strategy to Communication

April 25, 2019The Department of Labor (DOL) released a letter approving the use of auto-enroll for employer sponsored disability insurance. But what does this really mean for employers and their employees come ... Read More

6th Circuit Rules a Plaintiff With PTSD Is Not Disabled Under the ADA

April 19, 2019The 6th Circuit’s ruling in Tinsley v. Caterpillar Fin. Servs., Corp., No. 18-5303 (6th Cir. Mar. 20, 2019) is a good reminder that not all impairments rise to the level of a “disability” within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Webinar Recording: Medical Certification and Recertification

April 18, 2019What is an employer’s option when they doubt the validity of a leave request? When is it appropriate to trigger recertification or a second opinion? This session offered answers to these ... Read More

Kentucky Adopts Pregnant Workers Act

April 15, 2019Governor Bevin signed Senate Bill 18, the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act. The Act amends the Kentucky Civil Rights Act (KCRA) and applies to employers with 15 or more employees within the state in each of twenty (20) or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, as well as any agent of the employer.

Michigan Supreme Court to Consider Request for Advisory Opinion on Paid Medical Leave Law

April 5, 2019The Michigan Supreme Court will wade into the clash involving the constitutionality of the state’s Paid Medical Leave Act, at least to decide whether to consider the substance of that clash.

April 2019: New State & Local Posting Requirements

April 2, 2019Review the new state and local posting requirements for Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia.

The 4th Circuit Reaffirms Regular, Reliable Attendance Is Essential Function of Most Jobs

April 1, 2019The 4th Circuit has reaffirmed its position that regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of most jobs.

Webinar Recording: Breaking the Silence to Improve Behavioral Health Conditions

March 28, 2019Jobs and their essential functions are typically designed for workers in optimal health, but not all workers show up that way. Millions of Americans struggle with mental health and substance ... Read More

The FMLA, ADA and Overseas Employees

March 20, 2019In the global economy, it is not unusual for U.S. multinational companies to have employees working overseas. Overseas employment arrangements require employers to navigate a variety of complex legal issues – some of them leave related.

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