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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

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 yo 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

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 yo help struggling employers keep up with the ... 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: 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

Webinar Recording: Understanding Suicide’s Impact in the Workplace

September 26, 2019The rising suicide rate has become a global issue with far reaching impact, and workplaces are not immune. Every 40 seconds a person commits suicide — the World Health Organization ... Read More

Can You Be Regarded as Disabled Based on a Potential Future Disability?

September 19, 2019Can you be regarded as disabled based on a potential future disability? In a case just decided by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, EEOC v. STME, LLC, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) espoused precisely this position.

7th Circuit Rules Employee’s Telework Accommodation Unreasonable

September 17, 2019The 7th Circuit ruled the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) did not fail to accommodate a disabled lawyer by rejecting her request to work from home.

DOL States that Employers May Not Delay Designating FMLA Leave

September 13, 2019On Sept. 10, 2019, the Department of Labor issued an FMLA opinion letter stating that an employer may not delay designating paid leave as FMLA leave if the delay complies with a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and the employee prefers that the designation be delayed.

Webinar Recording: Empowering Employees to Thrive in an Ever-Changing Work-Life World

September 5, 2019As the workplace continues to change, leaders are left wondering how they should help employees navigate competing priorities in a more dynamic world. Employees’ expectations are shifting, and they’re looking ... Read More

9th Circuit Dodges the Question of Whether Morbid Obesity Is an “Impairment” Under the ADA

August 30, 2019On Aug. 20, 2019, the 9th Circuit dodged answering the question of whether or not morbid obesity is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bernalillo County, NM Passes “Any Reason” Leave Law

August 26, 2019Bernalillo County Commissioners in New Mexico approved an “any reason” leave law by a narrow margin on Aug. 20, 2019.

DOL Opines That Parent’s Attendance at Individualized Education Program Conference Warrants FMLA Leave

August 26, 2019In an Aug. 8, 2019 opinion letter, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) shed some light on what counts as “caring for” a family member under the FMLA.

Oregon Governor Signs Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

August 26, 2019Oregon’s paid family and medical leave law was signed by Governor Kate Brown on Aug. 9, 2019.

San Francisco Employers May Have to Pay More in Paid Parental Leave Benefits in 2020

August 26, 2019Currently, employers who have 20 or more employees (located anywhere) are required to provide eligible San Francisco employees with up to 6 weeks of supplemental compensation when an employee takes time off to bond with a new child. Effective July 1, 2020, this requirement will increase to 8 weeks of supplemental compensation.

Pittsburgh Sick Leave Law Upheld

August 12, 2019The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held recently that the City of Pittsburgh had authority to enact the Paid Sick Days Act.

Employer’s Additional Notice Requirement for Requesting FMLA Leave Dooms Dismissal Attempt

August 12, 2019While the FMLA regulations clearly authorize employers to adopt “usual and customary notice and procedural rules for requesting leave, absent unusual circumstances,” this case suggests employers should closely review any such rules to determine whether they place impermissible additional burdens on employees seeking FMLA leave.

6th Circuit Faults “No-Fault” Attendance Policy with Broad FMLA Benefits Interpretation

August 12, 2019Employers must carefully navigate Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) pitfalls when administering attendance policies.