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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: Top 10 FMLA Challenges

January 21, 2020While many employers have developed strong skills and experience navigating the administration of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), questions remain. All too often, these specific questions are left unanswered ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Practical Guidance to Improve Your Bottom Line Through IMEs

January 16, 2020Rising healthcare costs continue to put a pinch on employer budgets. According to Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2019 Employer Benefits Survey, employer sponsored health coverage rose 5% in 2019 alone. Many ... Read More

Compliance Memos: January 2020

January 16, 2020Paid Family Leave Benefit for Civilian Federal Employees Paid family leave for birth, adoption, or fostering is a new benefit for 2.1 million federal civilian employees, available for these family ... Read More

Paid Sick Leave Quarterly: 4th Quarter 2019

January 14, 2020The end of 2019 brought more nuances, but also resolutions to paid sick leave (PSL) state and local laws. For instance, challenges to the Michigan PSL law and Alabama preemption law were resolved, but the PSL turbulence in Texas continues as we await a decision from the Texas Supreme Court on whether it will wade into the PSL controversy.

Request for Opinion on Michigan Paid Sick Leave Law Rejected

December 20, 2019On Dec. 18, 2019, the Michigan Supreme Court said no, it would not issue an advisory opinion on the legality of the recently enacted state PSL law.

Challenge to Alabama Preemption Law Rejected

December 19, 2019On Dec. 13, 2019, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc decision, rejected the challenge to Alabama’s minimum wage and employment benefits preemption law.

Webinar Recording: Solving Leave Management Challenges – PFML, STD & More!

December 10, 2019Absence management professionals are struggling to keep up in an era of unprecedented change. As state leave laws continue to evolve, it can be difficult to keep pace. Coordinating the ... Read More

Webinar Recording: How Leave of Absence Intersects with Other Employment Laws

December 5, 2019Leave of absence is just a portion of the employment law universe in which human resources and benefit professionals live. Decisions made in one employment practice or policy may impact ... Read More

San Antonio Sick and Safe Leave Law Enjoined

November 25, 2019On Nov. 22, 2019, a Bexar County judge temporarily enjoined implementation of San Antonio’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance to become effective on Dec. 1, 2019.

Webinar Recording: Intermittent Leave and the ADA – What’s Reasonable?

November 21, 2019With the recent 7th circuit court decisions regarding leave as an accommodation, many employers are grappling with how to reconcile these requests and needs with EEOC guidance. Intermittent leave is ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Understanding Absence – What Your Employees Think They Know

November 19, 2019As absence professionals, we spend time learning about various absence regulations under the FMLA and paid family leave (PFL) statutes, the confines of these laws, and how much leave an ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Statutory Paid State Leaves – What You Need to Know

November 14, 2019If you have employees in any of these statutory jurisdictions — California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and/or Washington — you might ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Occ or Non-Occ – Does It Really Matter?

November 12, 2019This session discussed the interplay between workers’ compensation and leave management strategies.  While these areas are covered under different jurisdictions (in some cases, many jurisdictions), there is also an opportunity ... Read More

Westchester Safe Time Leave Has Arrived

November 6, 2019The Westchester County Safe Time Leave Law took effect on Oct. 30, 2019, and starting on Jan. 28, 2020, employers must begin providing eligible new hires with a copy of the law and written notice, which is intended to explain how the law applies to them.

Webinar Recording: Creating a LGBTQ Inclusive Workplace – Going Beyond Policies

October 31, 2019While most companies have a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, 46% of LGBTQ workers remain closeted at work. A culture of inclusiveness means being visible from ... Read More

Paid Sick Leave Quarterly: 3rd Quarter 2019

October 29, 2019The paid sick leave (PSL) turbulence in Texas garnered most of the PSL headlines in the third quarter. How that turbulence ends will determine the fate of PSL ordinances in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.

Webinar Recording: Midwest Region Compliance Update

October 29, 2019The compliance landscape surrounding absence and disability management is changing at a dizzying pace. Our annual compliance update webinar series is designed to help struggling employers keep up with the ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Reduce Your ADA Burden – Return-to-Work Strategy & Implementation

October 24, 2019The evolution of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) brings additional complexity to an employer’s return-to-work (RTW) strategy. While most HR professionals are skilled at managing employees on short- or ... Read More

6th Circuit Rules Regular, On-Site Attendance Is Essential Function

October 22, 2019The 6th Circuit held “regular, in-person attendance constitutes an essential function of most jobs," but an employer must tie time-and-presence requirements to some other job requirement in order to prove that in-person attendance is indeed an essential job function.

Webinar Recording: West Region Compliance Update

October 22, 2019The compliance landscape surrounding absence and disability management is changing at a dizzying pace. Our annual compliance update webinar series is designed to help struggling employers keep up with the ... Read More

Webinar Recording: South Region Compliance Update

October 15, 2019The compliance landscape surrounding absence and disability management is changing at a dizzying pace. Our annual compliance update webinar series is designed yo help struggling employers keep up with the ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Basic, Better, Best – Solutions to Improve Your ADAAA Documentation

October 10, 2019We know proper documentation is critical to our programs and policies, but some of us still struggle to incorporate robust documentation systems within our organizations. Without clear guidance on the ... Read More

Massachusetts Begins Withholdings to Fund Paid Family and Medical Leave

October 3, 2019After an initial delay, payroll and wage withholdings to fund the Massachusetts paid family and medical leave program began Oct. 1, 2019, which will establish a fund that will allow employees in the Commonwealth to begin taking paid leave in 2021 for their own serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

Webinar Recording: FMLA/ADA Abuse – How to Conduct an Effective Investigation

October 3, 2019Handling FMLA/ADA claims is a necessary function for all organizations. However, from time to time, an employer may have to respond to claims that are not valid, and in some ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Northeast Region Compliance Update

October 1, 2019The compliance landscape surrounding absence and disability management is changing at a dizzying pace. Our annual compliance update webinar series is designed yo help struggling employers keep up with the ... Read More