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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

Amendments to Puerto Rico 2017 Employment Reform Law

June 24, 2022Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi has signed into law changes reversing portions of the 2017 employment reform law. House Bill 1244 (HB 1244) rolls back and changes the statutory probationary period, vacation and sick leave accrual, and eligibility for the annual Christmas Bonus, among other requirements.

Webinar Recording: What Employers Need to Know about Statutory PFML Plans

June 22, 2022The rapid adoption of statutory paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws is enough to make heads spin. And it’s impacting a growing number of industry professions. In the 2021 ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Are Your Behavioral Health Benefits Working?

June 21, 2022The recent global health crisis has dramatically increased the prevalence and severity of mental health challenges, and the working world has seen the impact. These challenges can disrupt employees’ ability ... Read More

Illinois Expands Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave to Cover Additional Family Members, Losses

June 16, 2022Illinois has enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the Family Bereavement Leave Act (FBLA).

2022 DMEC Workplace Accommodations Pulse Survey Results

June 13, 2022The definition of a workplace has expanded greatly in the past several years, impacting both when and how organizations conduct business. As a result, we’ve seen shifts in accommodation management ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Ins and Outs of Workplace Accommodations

May 19, 2022The definition of a workplace has expanded greatly in the past several years — impacting both when and how organizations conduct business. As a result, we’ve seen shifts in accommodation ... Read More

Delaware Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Signed

May 12, 2022On May 10, 2022, Delaware Governor John Carney signed the Healthy Delaware Families Act, which provides up to 12 weeks of leave and benefits to covered employees for certain parental, family caregiving, and medical reasons.

Webinar Recording: The Stay-at-Work Game Has Changed – What Will Your Normal Look Like?

May 5, 2022Remote work is no longer just a temporary solution to get through the pandemic, but an indefinite format for the workforce. And it’s here to stay. Is permanent remote work ... Read More

New Paid Family Leave Laws Sprout in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia Region

April 26, 2022Both Maryland and Virginia have joined the District of Columbia in enacting laws relating to paid family and medical leave for private-sector workers.

Webinar Recording: Data-Driven Claims Management for Improved Outcomes

April 21, 2022Absence and disability management professionals work hard to identify and leverage the tools at their disposal. Data is one of the most valuable assets available for managing disability claims. Whether ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Quantify This – A Guide to Benchmarking Best Practices

April 20, 2022How does your lost time experience compare to your competition? Is your workplace safer? Are your employees more likely to go out on short-term disability (STD) or long-term disability (LTD)? ... Read More

2021 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

April 15, 2022DMEC and Spring Consulting Group, an Alera Group Company have partnered for the eleventh year to conduct annual research about employer leave management practices. Our national survey tracks employer methods ... Read More

2021 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

April 15, 2022DMEC and Spring Consulting Group, an Alera Group Company have partnered for the eleventh year to conduct annual research about employer leave management practices. Our national survey tracks employer methods ... Read More

Washington Amends Its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

April 13, 2022The Washington State Legislature has again amended the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Act.

Webinar Recording: Paid Sick Leave vs. Paid Medical Leave – Back to Basics

April 7, 2022Paid sick leave versus paid medical leave — the 2010s were the decade of paid sick leave laws, and the 2020s are shaping up to be the decade of paid ... Read More

Philadelphia Enacts COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

March 25, 2022On Mar. 10, 2022, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a new ordinance expanding COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) until 2023.

Massachusetts Ends COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

March 14, 2022The Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program will end on March 15, 2022, the state has announced.

Pittsburgh Issues Important Guidance for Victims of Domestic Violence Protections

March 11, 2022Following the passage of a bill that expanded the City’s anti-discrimination law to include employee “status as a victim of domestic violence,” Pittsburgh recently published additional guidance for employers.

Amount of Paid Leave Dramatically Increased Under D.C. Universal Paid Leave Law

March 11, 2022Due to a surplus in the District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Fund, the number of weeks of paid leave available to D.C. workers under D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Act will significantly increase on Jul. 1, 2022.

San Francisco OLSE Updates Guidance Regarding Paid Sick Leave and COVID-19

March 7, 2022While many employers are concerned with complying with the recently passed statewide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, employers should also be aware of the interactions between regular paid sick leave and COVID-19 related absences.

Webinar Recording: Results of the 11th Annual Leave Management Survey

March 2, 2022As leave management grows in complexity, so do the questions plaguing absence and disability professionals. If you’ve ever wondered about the leave benefits offered by others in your industry, or ... Read More

CDC Relaxes Mask Recommendations

February 28, 2022In response to requests across the country, and following a number of states who have relaxed or removed their mask requirements, CDC has relaxed its mask recommendations.

Webinar Recording: Have You Checked Your Vitals Recently? Healthcare Research & Industry Trends

February 22, 2022Since the start of the pandemic, employers have been struggling with how to support their workforces. This is especially true for the millions of front-line healthcare workers who are experiencing ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Next Level Leave Administration – FMLA Guidance for 2022 and Beyond

February 10, 2022Human resources professionals are feeling the pressure of being tasked with understanding and navigating multiple intersecting leave laws while guiding their workforce through the complexity of the leave landscape. To ... Read More

Nationwide Injunction on COVID-19 Vaccine for Federal Contractors Applies to Vaccine Requirement Only

January 27, 2022The federal court that issued a nationwide injunction of Executive Order (EO) 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors,” has issued a new Order stating that it enjoined only the vaccine requirement of the EO’s implementing tool: the Safer Federal Taskforce (Safer Taskforce) Guidance.