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To arrange interviews with industry experts, request access to white papers and case studies, or to register for one of our events, please contact Tasha Patterson at tpatterson@dmec.org or 800.789.3632, ext. 102.

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: State Disability and Paid Leaves – What’s New for 2019

November 15, 2018If you have employees in any of these statutory jurisdictions — California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Washington state, and Washington D.C. — you’re likely looking ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Working Caregivers: Multiple Jobs, Multiple Stressors, Multiple Leaves – Oh My!

November 13, 2018Caregiving impacts nearly 40 million families in the United States, with six out of ten working Americans caring for a family member age 50 and older. But it’s not just ... Read More

The Importance of Medical Evaluations & Clinical Reviews in Disability Insurance: A White Paper from Genex

November 12, 2018Today, a primary concern of executives at disability insurance carriers is compliance with updates to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which went into effect April 1, 2018. The ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Financial Wellness & The Hidden Cost of Employee Financial Stress

November 8, 2018Employees often are financially stressed by so many obligations — be it student loan debt, day-to-day living expenses, saving for kids’ college education, unexpected medical bills, or even retirement — ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Absence Management Privacy – Beyond the Basics

November 6, 2018You have a basic understanding of your responsibilities when it comes to privacy and cybersecurity, but is that enough? This webinar was designed to give industry professionals the advanced tools ... Read More

California Expands Upon Lactation Accommodation Requirements

November 3, 2018California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1976, expanding California employer obligations respective to employee lactation accommodation.

Webinar Recording: South Region Compliance Update

October 31, 2018The frantic pace of changing regulations around absence and disability management are enough to send even the most seasoned professional’s head spinning. This presentation offered insight into the most pressing ... Read More

Expanded Paid Leave Benefits Coming to California Employees

October 31, 2018Currently California employees who wish to receive pay during leave for a qualifying exigency would need to use their own accrued vacation or paid time off hours. However, beginning Jan. 1, 2021, an employee can apply for wage replacement benefits from the State of California Paid Family Leave insurance program during such a leave.

A Dozen Paid Sick Leave Laws Disappear

October 29, 2018The Garden State passed the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law last May; it went into effect on Oct. 28, 2018. A provision of that law nullifies the thirteen municipal PSL laws that had been passed in the state, for a net reduction of twelve PSL laws.

Paid Sick Leave on its Way to Albany County

October 26, 2018Albany County (NY) will likely become the fourth county in the nation to adopt a paid sick leave law. The only question is when it will be adopted. The Law Committee of the County Legislature held a public hearing earlier this week on an amended proposed Albany County Paid Sick Leave Act.

Webinar Recording: Northeast Region Compliance Update

October 24, 2018The frantic pace of changing regulations around absence and disability management are enough to send even the most seasoned professional’s head spinning. This presentation offered insight into the most pressing ... Read More

Managing Optimal Work Performance Through Behavioral Health Conditions White Paper

October 23, 2018Millions of Americans struggle with mental health and substance use (alcohol or drug) conditions. The umbrella term for all these issues is behavioral health conditions. When an employee begins struggling ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Midwest Region Compliance Update

October 17, 2018The frantic pace of changing regulations around absence and disability management are enough to send even the most seasoned professional’s head spinning. This presentation offered insight into the most pressing ... Read More

Webinar Recording: West Region Compliance Update

October 10, 2018The frantic pace of changing regulations around absence and disability management are enough to send even the most seasoned professional’s head spinning. This presentation offered insight into the most pressing ... Read More

FMLA Leave for Chronic Health Conditions

October 9, 2018When an employee takes medical leave, treatment by a healthcare provider is often assumed, and the frequency of doctor’s visits is rarely scrutinized. The Pennsylvania federal court’s recent decision in Watkins v. Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh alerts us that this is not always a wise approach.

Another Court Decides That Extended Leave is Not Reasonable

October 5, 2018In Easter v. Arkansas Children’s Hospital, an employee was unable to work after exhausting her FMLA leave but she had an appointment to be evaluated by a specialist less than a month later. The employer denied the additional leave and terminated her employment. The Court held there was no violation of the ADA.

November 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

October 3, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, Delaware, Florida, New Mexico, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, and Virginia.

Westchester County Enacts Sick Leave Law

October 2, 2018On Oct. 1 Westchester County, New York enacted an Earned Sick Leave law, becoming the third county nationwide to do so. Montgomery County, Maryland, and Cook County, Illinois also have enacted paid sick leave laws. The Westchester County law is effective in 180 days.

Webinar Recording: Your Communication Plan – How to Make Your Message Heard

September 27, 2018Communication is critical, but does yours measure up? Benefits programs are becoming increasingly complex for professionals within the industry, and downright befuddling to employees trying to navigate their utilization. How ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Digital Solutions – A Window Into the Back Office of Absence

September 25, 2018How would you feel if 10,000 employees walked into your headquarters office and could see how their absences are being managed? Digital solutions deliver shorter turnaround times, increased awareness, and, ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Leave Management Puzzle – Challenges & Solutions

September 20, 2018This webinar offered valuable insights on managing employee absences. Whether you are just getting started, looking for tips on improving your company’s leave management procedures, or trying to understand the current ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Building Blocks of Absence Management – Keys to Developing a Successful RTW Program

September 18, 2018At any one time, 4% to 10% of an employer’s workforce is not actively at work for various reasons, and employers are challenged with managing absences. A robust return-to-work (RTW) ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Top 5 Tips to Make Your FFD Reports Fit for Duty

September 13, 2018Used appropriately, fitness-for-duty (FFD) evaluations are an effective tool to understand functional abilities and limitations of an individual. However, understanding the benefits and pitfalls of the FFD process can better ... Read More

Department of Labor Issues Updated FMLA Forms

September 11, 2018On Sept. 4, 2018, the Department of Labor issued new FMLA notices and certification forms. The change was procedural in nature; no substantive changes were made to the forms.

FMLA Eligibility and Remote Workers

September 10, 2018With the increasing trend of telecommuting employees, it is not uncommon for a company to have small numbers of employees working from remote locations in various states. It is important that employers understand how FMLA eligibility is determined for remote workers.