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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

A Foundational Approach to Return to Function: A White Paper from IAIABC

April 17, 2017Full 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

The 2017 Guardian Absence Management Activity Index and Study

April 15, 2017Employers are making absence management a higher priority, but advances can still be made. In Guardian’s 2017 study, they take a look at trends in employee leave practices and outcomes, ... Read More

Trump Administration Extends Grandmothered Policies

April 11, 2017The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an extension for individuals and small businesses who have certain, non-Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant policies. The extension applies to non-ACA ... Read More

April 2017: State and Local Law Update

April 10, 2017One of the most difficult things for human resource and absence management professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws. Below is a brief summary ... Read More

The TrumpCare Zombie and What Might Happen

April 6, 2017Some people are calling the efforts to revive repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the TrumpCare Zombie. After withdrawing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 24, President ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Medical Certification and Recertification for FMLA & State Leaves

April 6, 2017What is an employer’s option when they doubt the validity of a leave request? When is it appropriate to trigger recertification or a 2nd opinion? This session explored answers to ... Read More

New Privacy Training Requirements for Federal Contractors

April 5, 2017On Jan. 19, 2017, the Federal Acquisition Regulation council made effective a final rule for government contractors and subcontractors that formalizes privacy training for covered employees. Privacy training is a ... Read More

2016 DMEC Behavioral Health Survey White Paper

March 27, 2017The DMEC Behavioral Health Survey, conducted biennially, tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence, and effectiveness in the area of behavioral risk management. The findings presented in the 2016 DMEC Behavioral Health ... Read More

2016 DMEC Behavioral Health Survey Executive Summary

March 27, 2017Mental health conditions continue to be among the leading causes of workplace absence and are associated with high cost for treatments and lost wages. Mental health issues are often not ... Read More

Republicans Cancel Vote to Repeal Parts of ACA

March 24, 2017This afternoon the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives cancelled a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would have repealed significant portions of the Affordable Care ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The 3 C’s of Leave Management: Consistency, Communication, Compliance

March 24, 2017Whether you are just getting started or have an established program, consistent policies that are clearly communicated help to drive compliance. This webinar discussed leave administration, written policies, and communications that ... Read More

IRS Will Accept “Silent” Tax Returns

March 20, 2017The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it will accept so-called “silent” tax returns, that is, returns that do not answer the question about health coverage. This decision does ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Understanding Behavioral Health Disability & RTW

March 14, 2017Behavioral health conditions can be a significant contributing factor to disability, absenteeism, and loss of productivity in your workforce. Approximately 18%, or 1 in 5 American adults, experience mental illness ... Read More

DMEC 2016 Employer Leave Management Survey Spotlights Paid Leave and Other Top Trends

March 6, 2017San Diego, CA, March 6, 2017 — The landscape of employee leaves continues to grow in scope, complexity, and unpredictability. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities ... Read More

2016 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

March 2, 2017This sixth annual white paper provides a summary and an analysis of the results of the 2016 Employer Leave Management Survey, jointly sponsored by DMEC and Spring Consulting Group. With ... Read More

2016 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

March 2, 2017The landscape of employer leaves continues to undergo change and become increasingly complex. Fortunately, our 2016 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey findings signal that employers are up to the challenge ... Read More

IRS Memo on Tax Treatment of Fixed Indemnity Health Plans

March 1, 2017The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a memorandum clarifying the tax treatment of benefits paid by Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans. A fixed-indemnity health plan typically pays a set dollar amount ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Behavioral Health in the Workplace

February 23, 2017At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference in New Orleans, absence and productivity issues related to behavioral health were an area of focus, both with a preconference workshop and as a ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Results of the 6th Annual Leave Management Survey

February 9, 2017DMEC and Spring Consulting Group partnered to understand employer challenges in managing all types of leaves, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), state family and medical leaves, military ... Read More

6th Circuit: Failure to Provide FMLA Notice is Interference

February 7, 2017The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that failing to provide a notice required under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) constitutes interference with FMLA rights. The employer ... Read More

3rd Circuit: Honest Belief Defeats Retaliation Claim

February 2, 2017The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer’s honest belief that an employee was abusing his Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave was sufficient to defeat ... Read More

10th Circuit Denies Motion in FMLA Interference Claim

January 31, 2017After William Gaige was fired from his job while on leave from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), he sued his former employer, SAIA Motor Freight Line, LLC, for ... Read More

January 2017: State and Local Law Update

January 29, 2017One of the most difficult things for human resource and absence management professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws.  Below is a brief summary ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The DOL’s Perspective on the Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act

January 24, 2017Since its enactment in 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has served as the cornerstone of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) efforts to promote work-life balance. Strengthening compliance ... Read More

Federal Court Blocks Rules with Transgender Protections

January 23, 2017A federal court has issued a nationwide injunction against enforcement of health care reform regulations on gender identity and termination of pregnancy.  These regulations, which were scheduled to go into ... Read More