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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

January 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

January 10, 2018State & Local Posting Requirements January 2018 Alaska Alaska has updated the ‘Summary of Alaska Wage & Hour Act’ posting with the new statewide minimum wage of $9.84 per hour, ... Read More

Q&A with Bryon Bass: An Article from Sedgwick

January 3, 2018The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and return to work (RTW) continue to be hot topics in the industry. In this article from Sedgwick, Bryon Bass, SVP, Disability and Absence Practice ... Read More

December 2017: New State & Local Posting Requirements

December 6, 2017State & Local Posting Requirements December 2017 California California has updated the ‘Safety & Health Protection on the Job’ posting that all employers statewide are required to display to their ... Read More

7th Circuit Court Case Addresses Leaves as ADA Accommodations

November 25, 2017A recent court case addressed the question of whether a leave of absence can be a reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The case is Severson v. ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Statutory Disability and Paid Leaves — What You Need to Know for 2018

November 16, 2017If you have employees in any of these statutory jurisdictions — California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island — you may be looking for tools and ... Read More

October and November 2017: New State & Local Posting Requirements

November 14, 2017State & Local Posting Requirements October 2017 Idaho Idaho has updated the ‘Equal Opportunity is the Law’ posting that all employers statewide are required to display to their employees. The ... Read More

Employer Mandate Penalties Under the ACA Are Coming Soon

November 14, 2017The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued answers to new frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding employer penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These penalties apply to applicable large employers ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Paid Family and Medical Leave for the 21st Century Workforce

November 9, 2017As the U.S. debate over paid family and medical leave accelerates, Panorama, the action tank behind The Paid Leave Project, offers a different conversation. There is a strong business case ... Read More

November 2017: State and Local Law Update

November 8, 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

Disabilities in the 21st Century: An Article from Cigna

November 8, 2017It’s 2017, and technology has become a part of our everyday lives. We’re plugged in at work, at home, and on the go. These advances have made out lives easier, ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Employer On-Site Clinics — Centers of Excellence Drive Improved Well-Being and Productivity

November 7, 2017Employers must continue to look for creative opportunities to increase employee retention and engagement, improve overall health and well-being, and increase productivity, especially as the Millennial population becomes the largest ... Read More

Regulatory Changes to the ACA

November 6, 2017Now that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are on hold, the Trump Administration is in the process of making a number of regulatory changes. The ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Social Security — Are Your Employees Still Waiting?

November 2, 2017Less than half of the Social Security claims submitted in 2017 will be approved, and that number keeps decreasing year over year. With over one million claims awaiting an Administrative ... Read More

New Laws in California

October 28, 2017AB 168: Salary History This bill prohibits employers from relying on the salary history of an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to offer employment or what ... Read More

IRS Announces a Number of 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

October 20, 2017The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Revenue Procedure 2017-58 and Notice 2017-64, which announce a number of cost-of-living adjustments for 2018. The Internal Revenue Code provides that various dollar ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Truth About ADAAA

October 19, 2017The expansion of the ADA in 2008 with the passage of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) dramatically changed the absence management landscape by requiring employers to consider leave as a reasonable ... Read More

Trump Administration Will Halt Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

October 13, 2017The White House has announced that it will discontinue cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have already sued to block this action. Under ... Read More

President Issues Executive Order on AHPs, STLDI, and HRAs

October 12, 2017President Trump has signed an executive order intended to allow individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance across state lines and bolster access to association health plans (AHPs). The ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Changing Nature of Return to Work

October 12, 2017Employment conditions are becoming more unpredictable. Jobs are changing or vanishing due to automation, artificial intelligence, and ‘Uber’-ization. The labor market is an aging, less healthy workforce dealing with many ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Return to Work and the ADA Process

October 5, 2017When it comes to return to work (RTW), programs can’t be considered only from a unilateral perspective. For a complete and compliant approach, RTW programs must encompass the interactive process, ... Read More

IRS Releases Draft 1095-C and 1094-C Forms and Instructions

October 2, 2017The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released draft forms and instructions for reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for calendar year 2017, which will be due in 2018. In ... Read More

Changes Coming to Small Group Premiums for Children

September 29, 2017New regulations will take effect January 1, 2018 that will affect the premiums for covered children and employees under the age of 21. This change will make administration even more ... Read More

Disasters Should Prompt Employers to Plan for the Next

September 28, 2017Many employers are focused on helping employees impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. These disasters, plus the earthquakes in Mexico should prompt employers to prepare for the next disaster, ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Riding the Demographic Wave — Preparing for Gen Z

September 28, 2017For the first time in our workplace history, between four and five generations are actively participating in the labor force. Millennials now comprise the largest portion of the U.S. labor ... Read More

The TrumpCare Zombie is Dead (for now)

September 28, 2017After three Senate Republicans said they would not vote for the latest version of the repeal-and-replace bill, the leadership decided not to hold the vote that had been planned. A ... Read More