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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

Medical Costs Along the Disability Continuum: A White Paper from ReedGroup

July 20, 2017While returning to work sooner promotes better health, it has been shown that a large percentage of disability-related lost workdays are not actually medically necessary. Prolonged disability not only interferes with ... Read More

2017 Paid Sick Leave Laws & Resources

May 19, 2017The Paid Sick Leave @Work site offers a comprehensive resource guide to the various regulations and requirements per jurisdiction. Many of the paid sick leave ordinances also include workplace posting ... Read More

Healthcare & Employee Productivity: A White Paper from Aetna

May 18, 2017Changing the Healthcare Conversation Health insurance is how a company protects its greatest asset — its employees. Statistically, healthy employees miss less time from work for sick days and disability, ... Read More

A Foundational Approach to Return to Function: A White Paper from IAIABC

April 17, 2017Return to Work: A Foundational Approach to Return to Function Tremendous strain is being placed on economics and healthcare systems around the globe by life-altering, preventable workplace injuries and long-term ... Read More

The 2017 Guardian Absence Management Activity Index and Study

April 15, 2017Employers are making absence management a higher priority, but advances can still be made. In Guardian’s 2017 study, they take a look at trends in employee leave practices and outcomes, ... Read More

2016 DMEC Behavioral Health Survey White Paper

March 27, 2017The DMEC Behavioral Health Survey, conducted biennially, tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence, and effectiveness in the area of behavioral risk management. The findings presented in the 2016 DMEC Behavioral Health ... Read More

2016 DMEC Behavioral Health Survey Executive Summary

March 27, 2017Full content is available to DMEC members only. Please log in to view the complete resource. If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members ... Read More

2016 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

March 2, 2017This sixth annual white paper provides a summary and an analysis of the results of the 2016 Employer Leave Management Survey, jointly sponsored by DMEC and Spring Consulting Group. With ... Read More

2016 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

March 2, 2017Full content is available to DMEC members only. Please log in to view the complete resource. If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members ... Read More

Mental Health in the Workplace: Executive Summary

December 21, 2016The statistics and research findings are compelling: Approximately 1 in 5 people is dealing with a mental health situation on a daily basis, and studies show that people with depression ... Read More

Paid Parental Leave: A White Paper from Pacific Resources

November 22, 2016What Employers Need to Consider In 2015, Pacific Resources published a white paper that highlighted changing employer attitudes and benefit plans related to parental leaves. Since then, many more organizations ... Read More

The Changing Face of Dying in America: A White Paper from Aetna

October 24, 2016The Changing Face of Dying in America You’ve no doubt heard the old saying: “There are only two things in life that are certain, death and taxes.” Well, we do know ... Read More

The Route Back from Disability: A White Paper from Aetna

October 24, 2016The Route Back from Disability Studies on predictors of return-to-work successes date back decades. Much of the research has looked at employees who return to work and those who don’t, ... Read More

Ability-Driven Absence Management: A White Paper from Aetna

June 9, 2016Moving Toward Maximum Productivity In a series of recent white papers, the current culture of disability was addressed in whether the terms “disability” and “disabled” do more harm than good. ... Read More

The RTW Hierarchy: A White Paper from Zurich

June 9, 2016A Strategy to Identify Temporary Transitional Work Opportunities In this day and age, it is common knowledge that the early return to work of injured or ill workers (in both occupational ... Read More

Opportunity Is Knocking: A MetLife Study

May 18, 2016How Benefits Lay the Groundwork for a Thriving Workplace The 14th Annual MetLife U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study reveals a growing opportunity for employers to help their businesses succeed by ... Read More

Vocational Rehabilitation: A White Paper from Aetna

May 3, 2016An Effective, Cost-Efficient Solution to Help Employees Get Back to Work In a recent series of white papers, Aetna has been exploring issues surrounding disability, particularly in which many people ... Read More

Meeting the Challenges of Absence and Disability Management: A White Paper from Sun Life Financial

April 18, 2016Understanding FMLA and ADA Legal Requirements Managing employee leaves is one of the most challenging personnel issues for employers. A complex array of statutory and regulatory requirements provides employees with ... Read More

The Aging of the Baby Boomer Generation: A White Paper from Aetna

March 28, 2016Implications for Employers and Insurers Baby boomers – the generation born between 1946 and 1964, is about 77 million strong in the U.S. By virtue of its sheer size, the ... Read More

Looking at Disability Holistically: A White Paper from Aetna

March 16, 2016Exploring the Capacity for Work In a recent white paper, Disability and the Disabled Mindset: The Human Costs and the Opportunity, Aetna raised the question of whether the terms “disability” ... Read More

2015 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

March 7, 2016This fifth annual report provides a summary and an analysis of the results of the 2015 Employer Leave Management Survey. The survey tracks employer methods, challenges, and successes in the ... Read More

Disability and the Disabled Mindset: A White Paper from Aetna

February 14, 2016The Human Costs and the Opportunity Being on disability can be straining physically, financially and psychologically. The term “disabled” often comes with decreased life expectancy, marginal income levels, poor general ... Read More

Outsourcing Leave and Absence Management: A White Paper from Pacific Resources

September 18, 2015When determining whether your company should insource or outsource any aspect of leave and absence management, you should first consider your specific goals. What does a successful leave program look ... Read More

The 2015 Guardian Absence Management Activity Index and Study

August 25, 2015Amidst a challenging benefits environment where employers are reacting to new health care reform laws, tight budgets, and heightened pressure on productivity, the importance of absence management remains strong. Employers ... Read More

Early Intervention & RTW Best Practices: A White Paper from Zurich

August 4, 2015We have often heard that “early intervention” is a key factor in effective workplace disability management and the principle of “early return to work” is essential to achieving successful rehabilitation ... Read More

2015 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices in Managing Absence in Call Centers

August 2, 2015The 2015 DMEC Leadership Series, sponsored by Liberty Mutual for the eleventh consecutive year, explored best practices in managing absence in call centers. Human resources managers, disability managers, health and ... Read More

2014 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

February 24, 2015This fourth annual report provides a summary and an analysis of the 2014 Employer Leave Management Survey jointly sponsored by DMEC and Spring Consulting Group. The survey tracks employer methods, ... Read More

2014 Behavioral Risk Survey Results and White Paper

January 22, 2015This report provides a summary and an analysis of the 2014 Disability Management Employer Coalition’s biennial survey, which tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence, and effectiveness in the area of Behavioral ... Read More

2014 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices in Conducting an RFP & Selecting and Implementing a New Vendor

August 11, 2014The 2014 DMEC Leadership Series, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance for the tenth consecutive year, explored best practices in conducting a Request for Proposal (RFP), and selecting and implementing a ... Read More

JAN Accommodation and Compliance Series — Employers’ Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA

April 8, 2014The Employers’ Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a summary of some of the most frequent issues that employers have regarding accommodations and ... Read More

Integrated Disability Management: A White Paper from Sedgwick

February 6, 2014Is Integrated Disability Management (IDM) the right strategy for your company in addressing the impact of absence? For streamlining processes and improving employee customer services? Are the core elements of ... Read More

2013 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

January 23, 2014This third annual report provides a summary and an analysis of the 2013 Employer Leave Management Survey jointly sponsored by the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group. ... Read More

JAN Accommodation and Compliance Series — Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

September 1, 2013The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act and regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refocused attention on workplace accommodations by broadening the definition of disability; more coverage means ... Read More

Employer Practices for Addressing Stress & Building Resiliency

August 29, 2013The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health has published a white paper that expands upon research published last December in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (JOEM; Spangler, Koesten, Fox, and ... Read More

Impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Absence and Disability Policies and Benefits

August 20, 2013This report summarizes the results of a 2013 study of employers and insurance providers on the impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on absence and disability ... Read More

2013 Leadership Series White Paper: How Accommodating Is Your RTW Program? Employer Best Practices in ADA Accommodations

August 14, 2013The 2013 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Leadership Series, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance for the ninth consecutive year, addressed industry-wide best practices in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations. ... Read More

DMEC and Cornell Study: Employers Concerned About Aging Workforce, But Not Prepared to Manage It

August 6, 2013The aging workforce is an area of mounting concern to employers, according to a recent collaborative study conducted by the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Cornell University’s Employment and ... Read More

Corporate Return to Work Policies and Practices: A National Study

June 13, 2013During late 2011 and early 2012, the Burton Blatt Institute with the support of its Employer Research Consortium conducted a national study of corporate return to work (RTW) policies and practices. ... Read More

What Employers Need to Know About the New Oklahoma Law: A White Paper from New Street Group and Sedgwick

June 6, 2013Workers’ compensation has traditionally been a mandated and statutory requirement in the United States, however, some states have recently shifted how employers may choose to offer that compensation. This white ... Read More

2012 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

January 15, 2013DMEC partnered with Spring Consulting to understand employer challenges in managing all types of leaves; Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), State Family and Medical Leaves, Military Leave (USERRA), State ... Read More

Workplace Warriors Revisited: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons from Deployment and Reintegration of Citizen Soldiers

October 15, 2012In 2007, the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) convened its Workplace Warrior Think Tank to explore how employers can respond to the military deployment and reintegration of employees serving their ... Read More

2012 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Integration Practices of Short and Long Term Disability Claims

July 26, 2012The 2012 DMEC Leadership Series, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance for the eighth consecutive year, addressed industry-wide best practices in the integration of short-term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) ... Read More

When Must an Employer Provide Leave as an ADA Reasonable Accommodation? A White Paper from The Reed Group

May 22, 2012To help employers and personnel managing absences for organizations, this white paper synthesizes the existing guidance from the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and case law on leave ... Read More

2012 DMEC Behavioral Risk Survey Results and White Paper

May 11, 2012This report provides summary and analysis of the 2012 Disability Management Employer Coalition’s biennial survey which tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence and effectiveness in the area of Behavioral Risk Management. ... Read More

2011 Think Tank Supplement — Virtual Workforce: The Changing Face of Absence and Productivity in the Technological Age

April 24, 2012This white paper is intended to provide some practical policies and procedures that can be applied to almost any employer, allowing them to consider, support, and administer a virtual workforce ... Read More

2011 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices in Return to Work

August 23, 2011The 2011 DMEC Leadership Series, sponsored by Liberty Mutual for the seventh consecutive year, explored best practices in return to work (RTW) programs. Human resources managers, disability managers, health and ... Read More

2011 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

July 2, 2011This report provides summary and analysis of the 2011 Employer Leave Management Survey jointly sponsored by the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group (Spring). The survey tracks ... Read More

2011 Think Tank White Paper — Virtual Workforce: The Changing Face of Absence and Productivity in the Technological Age

March 22, 2011Remote work environments continue to grow exponentially. From 2003 to 2008, the number of employees who work remotely at least one day a month increased by 43% to 33.7 million. Telework ... Read More

2010 DMEC Behavioral Risk Survey Results and White Paper

September 14, 2010This report provides summary and analysis of the 2010 Disability Management Employer Coalition’s biannual survey which tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence and effectiveness in the area of Behavioral Risk Management. ... Read More

2010 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices in Short-Term Disability Plan Design

July 14, 2010The 2010 DMEC Leadership Series was sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company of Boston for the sixth year in a row. The 2010 topic was best practices in short-term disability ... Read More

2009 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices in Tracking and Managing Incidental Absence

July 24, 2009The 2009 DMEC Leadership Series was sponsored by Liberty Mutual for the fifth year in a row. The 2009 topic was best practices in tracking and managing incidental absence. Human ... Read More

2008 Think Tank White Paper — Extreme Productivity: Are Your Employees Hitting the Wall?

March 22, 2009Over the past ten years, companies supercharged their productivity, largely through technology tools that made a 40-hour workweek a thing of the past, a 60-hour workweek commonplace, and a 70-plus-hour ... Read More

2008 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices in Metrics and Reporting

July 24, 2008This publication discusses absence management metrics and reporting, and the views and practices of industry leaders participating in the 2008 Leadership Series, cosponsored by Liberty Mutual and the Disability Management ... Read More

The Role of Disability Management Practices in the Long-Term Employment Retention of Individuals with Disabilities

July 2, 2008The goal of this research study was to examine the strategies and supports that are most effective for assisting persons with disabilities to maintain employment and advance their careers. To ... Read More

2008 DMEC Behavioral Risk Survey and White Paper

July 2, 2008The goal of this survey was to examine employer strategies, advancement, prevalence, and effectiveness in the area of Behavioral Risk Management. This white paper represents the findings from two surveys: ... Read More

2007 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices for Program Integration and Administration

July 2, 2007The 2007 Leadership Series brought together benefit managers, human resource managers, risk managers, and employer peers to explore the challenges and potential benefits of integrated disability management (IDM). This white ... Read More

2007 Think Tank White Paper — Workplace Warriors: The Corporate Response to Deployment and Reintegration

March 22, 2007The corporate response to the military deployment and reintegration of employees is nothing less than a call to action. Through its 2007 Workplace Warriors Think Tank, the Disability Management Employer ... Read More

2006 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices for FMLA Administration and Compliance

July 2, 2006The 2006 Leadership Series brought together human resource managers, benefit managers, and employer peers to discuss the administrative challenges of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and best practices ... Read More

2005 Leadership Series White Paper: Best Practices for Managing Call Center Cost of Absence

July 2, 2005The 2005 Leadership Series brought together call center experts, risk managers, and benefit managers to discuss absence cost drivers and management strategies. This white paper details six key absence 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

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

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

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

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

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, 2017Full content is available to DMEC members only. Please log in to view the complete resource. If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members ... 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

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

Sponsors of Drug Plans Must Provide Notices Prior to October 15

September 7, 2017Sponsors of group health plans that cover prescription drugs must provide Medicare Part D creditable (or non-creditable) coverage notices prior to October 15th, the start date of the Medicare annual ... Read More

September 2017: State and Local Law Update

September 5, 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

July, August, and September 2017: New State & Local Posting Requirements

September 4, 2017State & Local Posting Requirements July 2017 Maryland Maryland has updated the ‘Workers’ Compensation Notice’ English and Spanish posting that all employers statewide are required to display to their employees. ... Read More

GovDocs Federal Contractor Posting Guide

August 21, 2017Full content is available to DMEC members only. Please log in to view the complete resource. If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members ... Read More

CBO Estimates Impact of Ending Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

August 16, 2017The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that ending cost-sharing reductions would increase medical insurance premiums for silver plans in the marketplaces by 20%. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers ... Read More

It is Too Early to Declare TrumpCare Dead

July 31, 2017Some people are calling efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dead after a shocking turn of events in which three Republican Senators voted against a bill ... Read More

Departments Issue Mental Health Parity Guidance and Draft Form

July 28, 2017The 21st Century Cures Act required the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury to solicit feedback from the public on how the disclosure request ... Read More

July 2017: State and Local Law Update

July 26, 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

California Employers Need to Prepare for Higher SDI Benefits

July 17, 2017California employers need to start preparing to deal with increased state disability insurance (SDI) benefits in 2018. Return-to-work programs will become more important than ever because employees may have less ... Read More

Senate Leadership Unveils Revised Health Bill

July 14, 2017Senate Republicans have released a revised version of their healthcare bill. Overall, it is similar to the earlier version of their repeal-and-replace bill. Full content is available to DMEC members ... Read More

Uncertainty Continues to Plague Individual Health Insurance Market

June 29, 2017The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a map of 2018 projected Health Insurance Exchanges participation based on the known issuer participation public announcements through June 9, ... Read More

Republican Senators Release Healthcare Proposal

June 26, 2017Senate Republicans have released their version of a health care reform repeal and replace bill, which they call the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Five Republican Senators have already stated ... Read More

Will California Really Enact a Single-Payer Plan?

June 21, 2017The California State Senate has passed S.B. 562, the Healthy California Act, which would create a single-payer plan in California. While it has passed its first major milestone in the ... Read More

Supreme Court Expands Definition of Church Plans

June 16, 2017The United States Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that employee benefit plans established by church-affiliated organizations are church plans exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ERISA generally ... Read More

Mega-Mergers Blocked—What’s Next?

June 12, 2017Federal judges have blocked the proposed mega-mergers of CIGNA with Anthem and Humana with Aetna. Rumors are now abounding about what might happen next. Full content is available to DMEC ... Read More

Conflicting Reports on ACA Repeal Bill

June 7, 2017There are conflicting reports coming out of Washington, D.C. regarding whether the parliamentarian of the United States Senate has said that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the ... Read More

Wisconsin Employer Resolves EEOC Case Involving Wellness

June 6, 2017The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it has resolved its suit against Orion Energy Systems, a Manitowoc, Wis., lighting company, challenging a wellness program under the ... Read More

June 2017: State and Local Law Update

June 2, 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

10th Circuit Holds Employee with FMLA Experience to a High Standard

May 25, 2017The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit says that the more an employee exercises rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the more it will ... Read More

CBO Releases Cost Estimate for the AHCA

May 24, 2017The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 1628, the ... Read More

Cost-of-Living Adjustments Announced for HSAs and Affordability

May 23, 2017In Revenue Procedure 2017-37, the Internal Revenue Service announced the inflation adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). For calendar year 2018, the annual limitation on contributions to an HSA ... Read More

HIPAA Update

May 22, 2017There have been a number of developments in recent months regarding privacy and security under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Additionally, recent ransomware attacks should serve as ... Read More

HHS Final Rules Hope to Provide Stability to the Marketplaces

May 18, 2017Final regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are intended to provide stability to the individual health insurance marketplaces around the country. The regulations make a ... Read More

May 2017: State and Local Law Update

May 11, 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

Trumpcare Advances to Senate

May 7, 2017The House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which had been given up for dead in March and now faces an uphill battle in the Senate. ... Read More

Trump Administration Extends Grandmothered Policies

April 11, 2017The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an extension for individuals and small businesses who have certain, non-Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant policies. The extension applies to non-ACA ... Read More

April 2017: State and Local Law Update

April 10, 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

The TrumpCare Zombie and What Might Happen

April 6, 2017Some people are calling the efforts to revive repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the TrumpCare Zombie. After withdrawing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 24, President ... Read More

New Privacy Training Requirements for Federal Contractors

April 5, 2017On Jan. 19, 2017, the Federal Acquisition Regulation council made effective a final rule for government contractors and subcontractors that formalizes privacy training for covered employees. Privacy training is a ... Read More

Republicans Cancel Vote to Repeal Parts of ACA

March 24, 2017This afternoon the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives cancelled a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would have repealed significant portions of the Affordable Care ... Read More

IRS Will Accept “Silent” Tax Returns

March 20, 2017The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it will accept so-called “silent” tax returns, that is, returns that do not answer the question about health coverage. This decision does ... Read More

IRS Memo on Tax Treatment of Fixed Indemnity Health Plans

March 1, 2017The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a memorandum clarifying the tax treatment of benefits paid by Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans. A fixed-indemnity health plan typically pays a set dollar amount ... Read More

6th Circuit: Failure to Provide FMLA Notice is Interference

February 7, 2017The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that failing to provide a notice required under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) constitutes interference with FMLA rights. The employer ... Read More

3rd Circuit: Honest Belief Defeats Retaliation Claim

February 2, 2017The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer’s honest belief that an employee was abusing his Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave was sufficient to defeat ... Read More

10th Circuit Denies Motion in FMLA Interference Claim

January 31, 2017After William Gaige was fired from his job while on leave from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), he sued his former employer, SAIA Motor Freight Line, LLC, for ... Read More

January 2017: State and Local Law Update

January 29, 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

Federal Court Blocks Rules with Transgender Protections

January 23, 2017A federal court has issued a nationwide injunction against enforcement of health care reform regulations on gender identity and termination of pregnancy.  These regulations, which were scheduled to go into ... Read More

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Healthcare Reform

January 22, 2017President Trump was not able to keep his campaign promise to repeal health care reform on “Day One” of his administration; however, he did issue the following Executive Order: MINIMIZING ... Read More

New Dollar Amounts: Cost-of-Living Adjustments & Increased Penalties

January 6, 2017A variety of federal agencies have released a number of new dollar amounts reflecting cost-of-living adjustments. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced new penalty amounts for ... Read More

FAQs About ACA Implementation, Part 35

January 5, 2017The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury have issued a 35th set of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  ... Read More

IRS Updates Q&As on ACA Reporting

December 28, 2016The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated and expanded its questions and answers regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements.  The following information is included in the Q&As: Full ... Read More

Medicare Changes for 2017

December 22, 2016Every year Medicare deductibles and co-payments are adjusted to reflect inflation.  Changes for 2017 are: The Part A hospital deductible is increasing from $1,288 to $1,316. Hospital co-payments for the ... Read More

DOL Issues Final Regulations on Disability Claims

December 21, 2016The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued final regulations on claim procedures for plans providing disability benefits.  The final rule revises the current rules primarily by adopting certain procedural protections ... Read More

21st Century Cures Act Includes Benefit-Related Provisions

December 19, 2016President Obama has signed the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes a number of benefit-related provisions, in addition to providing funding for medical research, mental health resources and other provisions.  ... Read More

Final Regulations on Excepted Benefits and Short-Term Policies

December 1, 2016The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury have issued final regulations on excepted benefits, lifetime and annual limits and short-term limited-duration health insurance.  For the most part, ... Read More

Phishing Email Alert Issued by HHS

November 29, 2016The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced yesterday that a phishing email is being circulated on mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature ... Read More

November 2016: State and Local Law Update

November 28, 2016One 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

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Delaying Overtime Rules

November 23, 2016A federal district court judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its regulations on exemptions from the Fair Labor ... Read More

IRS Notice 2016-70 Extended Due Date

November 21, 2016Good news! IRS Notice 2016-70 has extended the due date for distributing Form 1095-C to employees by 30 days to March 2, 2017.  The extension only applies to Form 1095-C ... Read More

What Does the Election Mean for Healthcare Reform?

November 10, 2016During the campaign, President-elect Trump promised to repeal health care reform on his first day in office.  Full repeal on inauguration day is almost certainly impossible; however, repeal of substantial ... Read More

New 2017 California Insurance Laws

November 7, 2016AB 72 This new law provides that if an insured receives services in an in-network facility from an out-of-network health professional, the insured is only required to pay the out-of-network ... Read More

More Cost-of-Living Adjustments Announced

November 3, 2016Federal agencies have made a number of announcement recently regarding cost-of-living adjustments for 2017.  IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-55 alone covered over 50 different items. Full content is available to DMEC ... Read More

October 2016: State and Local Law Update

October 17, 2016One 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

District Court Rules Medical Exams are Voluntary

October 13, 2016The Eastern District of Wisconsin has decided the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Orion Energy Systems, granting summary judgment in part favoring Orion’s argument that their wellness ... Read More

Medicare Part D Advisory: Sponsors Must Provide Notices Prior to October 15, 2016

October 3, 2016Group health plan sponsors must provide Medicare Part D creditable coverage notices prior to October 15th, the start date of the Medicare annual enrollment period for Part D, Prescription Drug ... Read More

DOL Issues Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

September 30, 2016The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule to implement Executive Order (EO) 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The EO was signed by President Barack Obama ... Read More

Two-Month Extension for Public Comments on Form 5500

September 26, 2016The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a two-month extension of the comment period on the Form 5500 Modernization Proposals. The DOL, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty ... Read More

2nd Circuit Says Managers Can be Liable for FMLA Violations

September 15, 2016The United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit has ruled that individual managers can be held liable for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA ... Read More

Proposed Regulations Clarify ACA Reporting Requirements

September 8, 2016The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed regulations that clarify the reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and self-funded plans. IRS Notice 2015-68 ... Read More

September 2016: State and Local Law Update

September 2, 2016One 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

IRS Releases Drafts of Forms for ACA Reporting

August 26, 2016The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released drafts of the 1095-C and 1094-C forms and instructions for reporting on calendar year 2016. Applicable large employers (employers with an average of ... Read More

Recent Developments Related to HIPAA Compliance

August 22, 2016There have been a number of recent developments related to compliance with the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The Office for Civil ... Read More

HHS Issues Appeal Request Form

August 16, 2016The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a form employers can use to appeal Marketplace notices. If an employer received a Marketplace notice stating that it may ... Read More

OSHA Puts Brakes on Post-Incident Drug Testing

August 12, 2016The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will publicly post employer injury/illness reports beginning January 1, 2017. The new rule making this change also has two sections already in effect ... Read More

Federal Agencies Increasing Penalties

August 1, 2016Last year, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act.  In accordance with the provisions of that Act, various federal agencies have ... Read More

July 2016: State and Local Law Update

July 29, 2016One of the most difficult things for human resource and workers’ compensation professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws.  Below is a brief summary ... Read More

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Opt-Out Payments

July 27, 2016The Internal Revenue Service has released proposed regulations on opt-out payments (sometimes known as waiver bonuses) allowing them to be used to determine affordability under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ... Read More

Proposed Changes to 5500s

July 15, 2016The Department of Labor (DOL), the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation have proposed revisions to the Form 5500, effective with the 2019 plan year. The proposed ... Read More

City of LA Publishes Paid Sick Leave Regulations

July 11, 2016The City of Los Angeles has published regulations implementing its new minimum wage ordinance, which includes paid sick leave requirements, effective July 1, 2016. Employers with 25 or fewer employees ... Read More

New EEOC Notices and Penalties

June 28, 2016The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) has issued answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the recent wellness program regulations and has issued a sample notice employers can use to ... Read More

State and Local Law Update

June 27, 2016One of the most difficult things for human resource and workers’ compensation professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws. Below is a brief summary ... Read More

Company Agrees to $3.9 Million Settlement for HIPAA Breach

June 24, 2016Feinstein Institute for Medical Research (FIMR) has signed a resolution agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for multiple violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ... Read More

Los Angeles Passes Paid Sick Time Law Effective July 1, 2016

June 16, 2016Los Angeles has become the 5th city in California to enact a paid sick time law that differs from the California Law, joining Emeryville, Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Monica.  ... Read More

DOL Identifies Suspect Mental Health Plan Provisions

June 14, 2016The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a publication that identifies some plan provisions that may violate the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act ... Read More

Proposed Rules and Expatriate Plans, Excepted Benefits and More

June 10, 2016The federal agencies with regulatory authority over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have released new proposed regulations covering a variety of topics. The proposed rule was issued jointly by the ... Read More

HHS Finalizes ACA Nondiscrimination Rules

June 2, 2016This final Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; enhances language assistance for individuals with limited English proficiency; and protects ... Read More

California “Time off to Vote” Notices

May 26, 2016The California Elections Code section 14001 requires employers to post a notice to employees advising them of provisions for taking paid leave for the purpose of voting in statewide elections. ... Read More

State and Local Law Update: May 2016

May 25, 2016One of the most difficult things for human resource professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws related to leaves and discrimination. Below is a ... Read More

EEOC Issues Final ADA and GINA Rules on Wellness Programs

May 23, 2016On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules that describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of ... Read More

2017 COLAs Announced for Affordability & HSAs

May 19, 2016The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for affordability, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) for 2017. These early announcements are welcome, allowing employers ... Read More

DOL Updates Overtime Regulations

May 18, 2016The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the regulations defining who can be categorized as an exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act ... Read More

Lowe’s to Pay $8.6 Million to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

May 17, 2016On Friday, May 13, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the approval of the resolution of a nationwide disability discrimination case against home improvement, appliance, and hardware giant, ... Read More

Supreme Court Sends Contraceptives Cases Back to Circuit Courts

May 16, 2016The U.S. Supreme Court has sent several lawsuits involving contraceptive coverage back to the Circuit Courts based on additional information obtained from the various parties. These cases involve charities and ... Read More

New Paid Family Leave Mandates in CA, SF, and NY

April 12, 2016The states of California and New York and the City and County of San Francisco have all passed new mandates regarding paid family leave. The California and San Francisco laws ... Read More

Departments Finalize New Version of the SBC

April 11, 2016The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of the Treasury have announced changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) ... Read More

State and Local Law Update

March 31, 2016One of the most difficult things for human resource professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws related to leaves and discrimination. Below is a ... Read More

California Employers Face Two April 1 Deadlines

March 28, 2016Just in case the March 31 deadline to send employees Form 1095-Cs wasn’t enough, California employers have two April 1 deadlines. The deadlines are for a new Pregnancy Disability Leave ... Read More

HHS Announces HIPAA Audits

March 25, 2016As a part of its continued efforts to assess compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the Department of Health and ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webinar Recording: The 3 C’s of Leave Management: Part II: Your Questions Answered

September 21, 2017By popular demand, Guardian hosted a follow-up discussion to the March 2017 presentation The 3 C’s of Leave Management: Consistency, Communication and Compliance. In part 2, the panel, representing different functional ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Evolving Leave Laws

September 14, 2017With the ever-changing leave landscape, it can be difficult for employers to balance the need for productivity and employee retention with evolving legislation. Employers can find ways of integrating leave ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Understanding Leave as an ADA Accommodation

September 12, 2017The most common accommodation request under the ADA is leave. Unfortunately, not all employers are capturing these requests, and when they do, they struggle to determine what is reasonable. This ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Multigenerational Movement Toward Paid Family Leave

July 18, 2017The changing benefits landscape of paid parental and family leaves is one of the biggest challenges employers face. More and more companies are adding policies that allow an employee a ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Get Ready: Paid Family Leaves are Coming

June 22, 2017Paid family care and paid parental leave legislation at both the state and municipal levels continue to be proposed and passed throughout the country. In addition to the mandated requirements ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Roadmap for Creating Integrated Absence Management Programs

June 15, 2017When an employee is out of work due to a disability or a leave-related absence event, there are a number of considerations that should be taken. This webinar provided an understanding ... Read More

Webinar Recording: DMEC Annual Conference Preview

May 25, 2017This webinar offered an inside look at the 2017 DMEC Annual Conference. Participants heard from four DMEC 2017 presenters about the topics to be covered at the conference and shared real-world, practical ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Employee Productivity — Presenteeism and Absenteeism

May 18, 2017Employee productivity is impacted by employee absences from the workplace (absenteeism) as well as employees coming to work who are not operating at 100% (presenteeism). What drives this and how ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Moving Forward — How to Maintain Absence Management Momentum

May 11, 2017Ever wonder what your peers are doing to more effectively manage employee absences? This session offered insight and practical advice on ways to maintain momentum with absence management strategies, and provided trends ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Return to Work and Beyond

May 9, 2017Returning an employee to work after a disabling event can be challenging, especially when a musculoskeletal disorder is involved. The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders creates a challenge for employers across ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Medical Certification and Recertification for FMLA & State Leaves

April 6, 2017What is an employer’s option when they doubt the validity of a leave request? When is it appropriate to trigger recertification or a 2nd opinion? This session explored answers to ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The 3 C’s of Leave Management: Consistency, Communication, Compliance

March 23, 2017Whether you are just getting started or have an established program, consistent policies that are clearly communicated help to drive compliance. This webinar discussed leave administration, written policies, and communications that ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Understanding Behavioral Health Disability & RTW

March 14, 2017Behavioral health conditions can be a significant contributing factor to disability, absenteeism, and loss of productivity in your workforce. Approximately 18%, or 1 in 5 American adults, experience mental illness ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Behavioral Health in the Workplace

February 23, 2017At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference in New Orleans, absence and productivity issues related to behavioral health were an area of focus, both with a preconference workshop and as a ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Results of the 6th Annual Leave Management Survey

February 9, 2017DMEC and Spring Consulting Group partnered to understand employer challenges in managing all types of leaves, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), state family and medical leaves, military ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The DOL’s Perspective on the Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act

January 24, 2017Since its enactment in 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has served as the cornerstone of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) efforts to promote work-life balance. Strengthening compliance ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Statutory Disability: Hot Topics for 2017 and Frequently Asked Questions

November 17, 2016If you have employees in any of these statutory jurisdictions — California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island — you’re always looking for tools and tactics ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Heavy Burden of Rising Obesity on the Workplace

November 16, 2016Adult obesity is a leading comorbidity contributor reducing productivity, increasing absenteeism, and leading to an increased risk of other chronic diseases which result in significant medical and disability cost. As ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Mission Possible – Helping our Veterans Succeed in the Workplace

October 21, 2016Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make a difference for veterans entering the unfamiliar territory of the private sector. During this webinar, you will gain an ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Clearing the Haze: How State Marijuana Laws Impact Leave & Disability Administration

October 14, 2016With medical marijuana laws passing in more and more states and a federal ban on marijuana still in place, it’s challenging to know which law applies or what to do. ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Return to Work Dates Often Come and Go: How Can We Prevent That?

September 23, 2016Returning to work after a disability requires much more than physical healing; it’s complicated! We have all recognized for years that the longer someone is out of work the less ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Return to Work Strategies for Musculoskeletal Conditions

September 21, 2016Musculoskeletal conditions continue to plague most customers as a leading driver for short-term and long-term disability claims. For Unum’s block of business in 2014, musculoskeletal claims were the single leading ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

September 11, 2016Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year. Mental health is a subject talked about more openly than in the past, but stigma ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Living Abled and Healthy: Achieving Better Outcomes

September 1, 2016Educating, empowering, and engaging those who are injured or ill are key factors in achieving successful outcomes and living joyful, productive lives. In an engaging dialogue, Christopher R. Brigham, MD ... Read More

Webinar Recording: ADAAA: What Should I Know About the Process

June 21, 2016Employers continue to find the ADAAA process challenging and the EEOC remains vigilant in the investigation of practices contrary to the intent, including: strict leave policies and the ADA, litigation ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Back to Basics: Jump-Starting Your Absence Management Program

June 16, 2016This webinar is designed to help employers who are launching an absence management program by providing them with best practices and tips for success — based on Guardian research and ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Employee Financial Wellness: One Size Does Not Fit All

June 9, 2016For the first time, today’s workforce includes several generations that are working side-by-side. While employees’ needs are more diverse than ever before, they have one thing in common: financial stress. ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Workplace Wellness: A Regulatory Alphabet Soup

June 2, 2016Workplace wellness programs can be an effective way to increase employee health and productivity while decreasing employee illness and leaves. Employers implementing these programs need to understand the constantly evolving ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Technology Tools for Disability and Absence

May 19, 2016The presentation discussed the tools that employers can use to help track and monitor employee absences. The messages included the impact of employee absence relative to productivity.  Topics included the ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in the Management of Employee Leaves

May 15, 2016This webinar covered: FMLA basics that still trip employers up Common mistakes in certifying leave Common employer mistakes in administration of FMLA Three examples of common mistakes Communication mistakes with ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Paid Parental Leave

April 19, 2016The United States is the only major industrialized nation that does not provide paid parental leave to workers. Paid maternity and/or paternity leave has begun to gain traction with three ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Cancer and Working: Supporting Your Employee from Diagnosis to Return to Work

February 16, 2016Cancer is one of the most prevalent health conditions in the U.S. and a leading cause of disability in the workplace. Medical advances have led to a higher rate of ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Results of the 5th Annual Leave Management Survey

February 10, 2016The results are in for the 5th annual survey of employer leave management practices and challenges. Hear from over 900 employers on how they manage all types of leaves. Spring Consulting ... Read More

Webinar Recording: What You Need to Know about Statutory Disability and Leaves in 2016

January 1, 2016This webinar builds on the introductory statutory disability presentations that Prudential has provided for the past two years. If you have employees in any of these statutory jurisdictions — California, ... Read More

Webinar Recording: ADAAA: What You Need to Know in 2015

January 1, 2016This webinar provides the latest updates on the ADA amendment. Presenters Daris Freeman, Assistant Counsel, Unum Rob Larson, Sr. Account Executive, Unum (facilitator) Terri Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, DMEC (moderator ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Transitional Return to Work: How to Navigate Unions

October 20, 2015This webinar explores how to implement a transitional return to work program with the buy-in and support of the local unions. Full content is available to DMEC members only. Please ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Complying with the Complexities of the ADA/ADAAA

October 8, 2015It is critical for an ADA/ADAAA compliance program to include consistent procedures and practices. Gaps in processes can have significant undesired impacts on an organization, affecting individual employees, the business ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Integration in the Eyes of the Beholder

September 24, 2015This session explores a number of enlightening integration concepts and strategies and how employers apply tailored integration strategies and approaches that best fit their needs, including: Various ways in which ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) FMLA Regulations and Legal Update

September 21, 2015This webinar provides an update on new, current, and pending FMLA regulations and legal cases. Keep up to date on this ever-evolving area of compliance. Full content is available to ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) What Employers Want in 2015

September 10, 2015This webinar features results from a 2015 employer survey conducted by Prudential in partnership with Greenwald & Associates. Employers struggle with administrating their absence and disability programs, and specifically the ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Wellness to Well-being, How Financial Security Fits

July 16, 2015Explore a number of strategies and best practices on how physical fitness and financial well-being can work together to create an overall approach to your wellness safety net. Full content ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Employee Engagement and Lost Productivity: How to Turn the Dial

June 9, 2015Employee engagement rates remain at an all time low in the United States and many employees view their relationship with their employer as purely financial. The days of employee/employer loyalty ... Read More

(Webinar recording) Multi-Generational Workforce: The Needs of the Sandwich Generation

May 26, 2015While managing each unique generation in the workforce has its challenges, managing the “sandwich generation” may present the greatest challenge when it comes to absence management. In 2012, 42% of ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse: How to Effectively Engage Providers and Return Employees to Work

May 26, 2015Employee engagement rates remain at an all time low in the United States and many employees view their relationship with their employer as purely financial. The days of employee/employer loyalty ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Using Metrics to Influence your Absence Management Program

April 16, 2015You have a lot of data, but what does it mean? This session will include the basics of disability, absence and productivity metrics, as well highlight newer concepts in program ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Behavioral Health Case Management: Getting People Back to Work

April 10, 2015Aetna reviews the challenges that Behavioral Health conditions pose on today’s employers and its unique approach to short term disability (STD) claim management. Significant reductions in behavioral health STD durations ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Behavioral Risk Survey

February 26, 2015This webinar summarizes the 2014 Disability Management Employer Coalition’s biennial survey which tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence, and effectiveness in the area of Behavioral Risk Management. These findings build on ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Fourth Annual Employer Leave Management Survey

January 22, 2015The results of the fourth annual survey of employer leave management practices and challenges are covered in this session. Spring partnered with DMEC to understand employer challenges in managing all ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) ADAAA: What You Need to Know in 2014

November 26, 2014Since the ADA was amended in 2009 and the new regulations came out in 2011, what are the courts and the EEOC addressing as compliance issues under the ADAAA? Join ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) State Mandated Disability Plans

November 25, 2014As companies expand across state lines and technology allows employees to work remotely all across the country, employers need to be aware of their obligations under state mandated disability plans ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Behavioral Health: Intervention Strategies for an Ambiguous Impairment

October 27, 2014By 2030 depression will rank first in economic disease burden among all high income countries. As depression and other behavioral health incidence increase, employers continue to find challenges in their ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Return to Work Best Practices Case Study

October 23, 2014Employers of all sizes can work to minimize the impact of unplanned employee absences on their businesses by implementing and carefully monitoring a return to work (RTW) program. MetLife shares ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Create a Culture of Health through the ICU or “I See You” Campaign

October 16, 2014Research suggests that a positive climate and a supportive workplace culture, expressed through leadership and values, may help enhance employee health and well-being. The ICU or “I See You” campaign, ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) FMLA Regulations and Legal Updates

October 9, 2014This webinar provides an update on new, current, and pending FMLA regulations and legal cases. Keep up to date on this ever-evolving area of compliance. Full content is available to ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) The Value of Creating Functional Job Descriptions

October 7, 2014Done properly, job analysis provides a comprehensive assessment of job duties, equipment, and work schedules. This webinar explores how it also defines essential duties and physical requirements of each job — ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Maximizing Your Health and Wellness Program

August 4, 2014The health care system is not easy to navigate on your own. Yet, as health care costs rise and policy and regulatory changes impact benefit plans, you have to review ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Treating the Diagnoses — The Right and Wrong Way of Managing Claims

July 16, 2014The diagnosis plays a critical role in regards to Behavioral Health (BH) claims. It is the diagnosis that drives the treatment plan. Without a diagnosis, appropriate treatment can’t be administered ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Teaching your RTW Program New Accommodation Tricks

June 20, 2014This webinar reviews recent employer research regarding RTW and accommodations. A vocational rehabilitation specialist discusses common workplace tasks and strategies for accommodation from simple, low cost solutions, to more complex ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) The Affordable Care Act: Current Impact

June 13, 2014The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been in effect since the beginning of the year. This webinar provides an update on the act including statistics related to participation in the ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Navigating the ADA: Do’s, Don’ts, and What Everyone Else is Doing

May 23, 2014The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is complicated and confusing. Many employers describe it as a administrative minefield, where a small misinterpretation can have major legal consequences. In 2013, Reed ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Issues and Strategies: Reframing Workplace Mental Health

May 2, 2014This one-hour presentation offers an overview of the Wellness Works! approach to the issues of mental health in the workplace, framed through the lens of psychological health and safety, disability ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) The Multi-Generational Workforce: The Puzzle That is Generation Y

April 22, 2014We are in a multi-generational workforce like we have not experienced in the past. The four generations currently active in the workforce make employers uncertain as to what type of ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Overcoming the Challenges and Understanding the Risks of Integration

April 10, 2014This webinar explores the some of the obstacles employers may be facing as they evolve to a more integrated approach to managing a variety of employee absence types, including: workers’ ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Effective Absence Management & the Changing Environment

March 11, 2014Successful and effective absence management takes into account the difference causes of absence and has, as a key objective, enabling a fast and safe return to work. In a fast-paced, ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Turnkey Resources to Increase Awareness of Depression at the Workplace

March 6, 2014Right Direction is an educational initiative created to raise awareness about depression, reduce stigma, and encourage people who need help to seek it. Jointly created by the Partnership for Workplace ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) The Psychology of Return to Work

February 19, 2014Every absence from work has a psychological component associated with its return to productivity. Transitional return to work goes a long way to help an employee feel prepared for that ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Results of the Third Annual Leave Management Survey

February 13, 2014The results of the third annual survey of employer leave management practices and challenges are presented. Spring partnered with DMEC to understand employer challenges in managing all types of leaves, ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) ADAAA, Return to Work & Leave Policies

December 3, 2013Since the ADA was amended in 2009 and the new regulations came out in 2011, what are the courts and the EEOC addressing as compliance issues under the ADAAA? This ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Best Practices & Lessons Learned: FMLA Implementation

December 2, 2013This webinar covers FMLA best practices and lessons learned based on over 100 FMLA customer implementations. Key topics reviewed include what the customer should expect from the vendor, the customer’s ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Beyond the Disease, Cancer Survivors at Work

November 27, 2013This webinar explores current cancer incidence and survivor trends, cancer survivor productivity challenges, and cancer survivor and caretaker psychological adjustment challenges. Participants also will learn about practical ways to preserve ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) FMLA Regulations & Legal Update

November 25, 2013A leading attorney and senior FMLA officer from the US Department of Labor (USDOL) provides an update on new, current, and pending FMLA regulations. Attendees will leave with a better ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) What Employers Need to Know About State Mandated Disability Plans

November 23, 2013As companies expand across state lines and technology allows employees to work remotely all across the country, employers need to be aware of their obligations under state mandated disability plans ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) The Value of Disability Income Protection

November 21, 201361% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and 70% of private sector employees lack long term disability insurance. 70% of HR leaders say employers have a responsibility to protect employee ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) State Leave Laws: A Political and Philosophical Discussion

August 9, 2013State leave laws are ever changing and evolving, and present complexities when layered on top of federal rights. This session discusses what has happened — and what IS happening — ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Disability Management and a Culture of Health

July 30, 2013Many employers offer a of variety health and wellness programs to employees but in a siloed way. This session provides tips about how to use your health management, disease management, ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Making Voluntary Benefits Relevant for the Future Workforce

July 26, 2013Remember when HR was an actual place in the building with a sign on the door? When pensions prevailed and benefit packages were generous? When “like” was valley girl, not ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Best Practices in Managing Intermittent Leaves

June 24, 2013In the 20 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted, intermittent leaves have proved an administrative challenge for employers. MetLife shares best practices and lessons learned ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) The Nuts and Bolts of Return to Work

June 21, 2013In today’s environment, many employers are doing more with less, and a healthy and productive workforce is crucial to the organizations vision and goals. This is why returning employees who ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Productive Aging: Stay at Work and Return to Work Strategies for an Aging Workforce

June 17, 2013This session presented RTW strategies as a follow-up to the findings from the Cornell Study on the Aging Workforce. Disability currently costs employers approximately 8-15% of payroll and these costs ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Cornell Study: Leading Disability & Absence Management Practices for the Aging Workforce

March 14, 2013The increase in the number of older workers is being monitored carefully by many organizations who both want to retain the expertise of the mature workforce but also limit possible ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Workplace Warriors Revisited: Challenges, Opportunities & Lessons Learned from Deployment

January 24, 2013In 2007, the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) convened its Workplace Warrior Think Tank to explore how employers can respond to the military deployment and reintegration of employees serving their ... Read More

(Webinar Recording) Results of the Second Annual Leave Management Survey

January 17, 2013The final results are released on the annual study of employer leave management practices and challenges. The conclusions and takeaways are outlined to help you do your job better in ... Read More