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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: Navigating the Complexity of Paid Leave

July 16, 2019The complex paid leave landscape in America is expanding as new states continue to implement paid family and medical leave programs. While understanding the difference between accrued paid leave, mandated ... Read More

Intermittent Leave Limits in FMLA Medical Certification Trumps the ADA Duty to Accommodate

July 2, 2019A Minnesota federal court decision upheld an employer’s termination for excessive absenteeism of an employee with an intermittent leave certification.

Oregon Enacts Living Donor Leave Law

June 28, 2019Earlier this month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 796 into law, providing protected leave under the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) for employees who miss work in connection with donating a body part, organ, or tissue.

Paid Sick Leave on Track in Dallas and San Antonio

June 28, 2019By Aug. 1, 2019, most employers with employees working at least 80 hours a year in Dallas or San Antonio should be prepared to comply with paid sick leave ordinances.

Webinar Recording: Are You Ready for Emerging Paid Statutory Leave Programs?

June 27, 2019Paid family and medical leave programs are gaining traction across the nation, and are currently approved in seven states. Each state’s approved program is unique in terms of plan design, ... Read More

New Maine Law Requires Time Off From Work for Appointments at VA Medical Facilities

June 26, 2019For the second time this month, Maine is adjusting its leave laws. Employers in Maine will soon be required to provide veterans with time away from work to attend scheduled appointments at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

Why Disability Income Protection Should Be Part of Your Financial Wellness Toolkit: A Study from Prudential

June 21, 2019Americans across the socioeconomic spectrum face numerous barriers to financial wellness, affecting everything from the quality of their child care to planning for retirement. Prepared or not, most Americans are ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Opioid Epidemic and Employer Solutions

June 20, 2019Over 60% of the 10 million Americans with opioid use disorder are employed. Many are valued employees whose illnesses lead to lost productivity, involuntary leave, excessive healthcare costs, work accidents, ... Read More

New Nevada Laws Provide Additional Benefits for Employees

June 19, 2019Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a law requiring private employers with 50 or more employees in Nevada to provide 0.01923 hours of paid leave for each hour an employee works.

Webinar Recording: A Family Affair – Employer Obligations for Pregnant Employees and New Parents

June 18, 2019While a normal pregnancy is not considered an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) disability, there are employer obligations that may come into play with pregnant employees. Pregnancy is a strategic priority ... Read More

Webinar Recording: ADA – Accommodating Workers with Mental Health Issues

June 13, 2019Mental health and depression continue to rise as leading causes of disability leave. Today, nearly 20% of American workers report having a mental health condition in any given month. This ... Read More

Nevada Enacts Paid “Any Reason” Leave Law

June 13, 2019While Maine may have been the first state to pass a paid “any reason” leave law, Nevada was a close second. On June 12, Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak, signed a bill requiring private sector employers with at least 50 employees to allow employees to accrue paid leave which may be used for any reason.

Absence and Disability Readiness Index: A Study from The Standard

June 11, 2019In a recent study, The Standard asked HR business decision makers to rate their organizations’ absence and disability practices, and their confidence in managing absence and disability programs. Scores were ... Read More

June 2019: New State & Local Posting Requirements

June 3, 2019Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, and Washington

2019 DMEC Mental Health Pulse Survey Results

May 30, 2019Mental health issues in the workforce continue to challenge many employers. Companies are reviewing offerings to support employees in need, but often still struggle to understand and effectively address this ... Read More

Paid Leave Law in Maine Signed By Governor

May 28, 2019The Maine legislature recently passed an act authorizing earned employee leave. If Governor Mills, who has been vocal in her support of the bill, signs the bill into law, it would take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

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).

Governor Sununu Vetoes New Hampshire Legislature’s Paid Family Medical Leave Plan

May 21, 2019The New Hampshire Paid Family Medical Leave law has been left behind in the dust after Republican Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the bill.

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.