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2018 DMEC Benchmarking Pulse Survey Results

July 26, 2018DMEC is regularly asked by our members to provide benchmarking information. In our continued efforts to serve our membership with meaningful industry information, we conducted this pulse survey, in partnership ... Read More

Emerging Business Trends in Paid Family Medical Leave: A Report from Panorama

March 6, 2018Competitive pressure, millennial workforce expectations, and the outsized influence of the technology industry are among factors impacting voluntary adoption of paid family and medical leave programs by large employers in ... Read More

The History & Evolution of the FMLA: An Article from Cigna

March 2, 2018Prior to the FMLA’s passage in 1993, there was no federal law that provided job security while an individual was absent from work for an extended period of time. Because ... Read More

2017 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

February 26, 2018For seven years, DMEC and Spring Consulting Group have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer methods for administering both regulatory and non-regulatory ... Read More

2017 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

February 26, 2018For seven years, DMEC and Spring Consulting Group have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. With information from over 1,203 employers, the national survey tracks employer methods ... Read More

Q&A with Bryon Bass: An Article from Sedgwick

January 3, 2018The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and return to work (RTW) continue to be hot topics in the industry. In this article from Sedgwick, Bryon Bass, SVP, Disability and Absence Practice ... Read More

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

2018 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, 2017Mental health conditions continue to be among the leading causes of workplace absence and are associated with high cost for treatments and lost wages. Mental health issues are often not ... 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, 2017The landscape of employer leaves continues to undergo change and become increasingly complex. Fortunately, our 2016 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey findings signal that employers are up to the challenge ... 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

Insourcing, Co-Sourcing, and 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 DMEC 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

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

Absence and Disability Management Practices for an Aging Workforce

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

Workers’ Compensation Deregulation Alert: A White Paper from New Street Group and Sedgwick

June 6, 2013What Employers Need to Know About the New Oklahoma Law Workers’ compensation has traditionally been a mandated and statutory requirement in the United States, however, some states have recently shifted ... 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 ReedGroup

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

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

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

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

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.

October 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

October 3, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Alaska, Arizona, and Illinois.

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.

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.

Michigan Lawmakers Adopt Paid Sick Leave Initiative

September 7, 2018On Sept. 5, Michigan lawmakers adopted the paid sick leave initiative that otherwise would have been presented to voters in November. The GOP-controlled Senate and House adopted the initiative by wide margins.

September 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

September 5, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Louisiana, New York City, San Fransisco, Tennessee, and Texas.

Railroad Insurance Act Preempts Massachusetts Paid Sick Leave Law

August 22, 2018The Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) preempts the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (MESTL) in its entirety as it applies to interstate rail carriers, according to a recent decision by a Massachusetts federal district court.

More Paid Sick Leave Turbulence in Texas

August 21, 2018The Texas Legislature convenes in January 2019. It is widely anticipated that the legislature will consider a bill to prohibit political subdivisions from enacting a leave law. If enacted, such a law would likely negate both the Austin and San Antonio ordinances.

August 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

August 16, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, Louisiana, Maryland, New York City, South Carolina, and Vermont.

July 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

July 6, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California and Illinois.

Paid Sick Leave Turbulence in Texas

June 15, 2018Austin passed its PSL ordinance in February, the first PSL law in the South. Last month, PSL advocates in San Antonio submitted signatures to support their effort to have voters decide in November whether to enact a PSL ordinance.

June 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

June 11, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, Georgia, Kentucky, and Nevada.

Duluth Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

June 1, 2018On May 29, The Duluth (MN) City Council passed an Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, requiring employers to allow employees to accrue an hour of leave for every 50 hours worked. The ordinance is effective in January 2020.

Court Confirms Minneapolis Sick Leave Ordinance Not Enforceable

May 23, 2018Last week, a court upheld the Minneapolis paid sick leave ordinance, but ruled that it is only enforceable against employers within the city’s limits.

May 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

May 9, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.

New Jersey Adds Paid Sick Leave, Cancels Thirteen Municipal PSL Ordinances 

May 4, 2018On May 2, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy made the Garden State the tenth in the nation to enact a paid sick leave (PSL) law and also canceled 13 municipal PSL laws within the state.

IRS Issues Guidance FAQs Regarding the Paid Family Leave Federal Tax Credit

April 23, 2018This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued FAQ guidance regarding the employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave. As a reminder, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) provides a tax credit to employers that voluntarily offer paid family and/or medical leave to employees.

Preparing for Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave

April 19, 2018By the end of this year, employers with employees in the state of Washington must be ready to comply with last summer’s newly-enacted paid family and medical leave law. Since the law’s passage, Washington has been busy fine-tuning the program and providing updates.

Paid Sick Leave Update: 1st Quarter 2018

April 6, 2018The vast and complex patchwork of paid sick leave (PSL) laws expanded in the first quarter of 2018 with the addition of a state law in Maryland and a local law in Austin, Texas. The patchwork now has more than 40 laws: nine state laws, the District of Columbia, two county laws, and about 31 municipal laws.

March/April 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

April 5, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Missouri, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.

New Jersey May Become Paid Sick Leave State Number Ten

March 12, 2018With a new Democratic Governor who supports a paid sick leave law (PSL) and solid Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers, New Jersey is poised to become the tenth state to enact a paid sick leave law.

New Guidance for the New York Paid Family Leave Payroll Deduction

March 12, 2018The ever-moving target that is the New York Paid Family Leave law has shifted yet again. New York State regulators confirmed that employers do not need to cap the weekly employee payroll deduction for PFL at .126% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage.

A Paid Sick Leave Revival in Westchester County, NY

March 10, 2018The Westchester County Board of Legislators is considering a paid sick leave (PSL) bill that is substantially similar to the bill introduced but not passed last year. The proposed Earned Sick Leave Law has the typical PSL architecture.

Paid Leave Can Contribute to an Employer’s Bottom Line

February 23, 2018Rarely do human resources professionals and employment lawyers contribute to an employer’s bottom line. But the new federal tax credit for employer-provided paid family and medical leave offers a unique opportunity to do just that and help reduce your company’s tax liability.

Austin Plants Paid Sick Leave Flag in the South

February 16, 2018On Feb. 16, the Austin City Council passed a paid sick leave ordinance, the first jurisdiction in the South to ever do so. It is effective Oct. 1, 2018 for employers with more than five employees. For smaller employers, it is effective Oct. 1, 2020.

New York Paid Family Leave – One Month Check Up

February 14, 2018The New York Paid Family Leave law has been in effect for over a month, yet reports indicate that many New York employers are not prepared for the operation requirements of the law. The basics of the law shouldn’t be news to employers with employees in New York.

Airline Group Challenges Washington Paid Sick Leave Act’s Application to Flight Crew

February 13, 2018The Washington State Paid Sick Leave Act as applied to pilots and flight attendants is unconstitutional and preempted by the federal Airline Deregulation Act, according to a complaint filed last week in federal court by the Air Transport Association of America.

Changes to ERISA’s Disability Claims Regulations Coming Apr. 1

February 9, 2018New handling regulations for ERISA disability claims will go into effect on Apr. 1, 2018, the Department of Labor has announced. The agency confirmed that the regulations are final, without changes.

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act: A PSL-4Step Analysis

February 8, 2018The Maryland General Assembly last month overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act (HWFA).

February 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

February 6, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Hawaii, Michigan, Vermont, and West Virginia

Supreme Court Asked to Review Decision Rejecting EEOC’s Inflexible Leave Policy

January 23, 2018A petition for certiorari was filed last week in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., the Seventh Circuit decision rejecting the EEOC’s position that an “inflexible” or “maximum” leave policy violates the ADA.

Turning the Paid Sick Leave Page to 2018

January 19, 2018As we turn the paid sick leave (PSL) page to a new year, the vast and complex patchwork of PSL laws consists of more than 40 laws: nine state laws, the District of Columbia, two county laws, and about 30 municipal laws.

January 2018: New State & Local Posting Requirements

January 10, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Alaska, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington.

December 2017: New State & Local Posting Requirements

December 6, 2017Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Washington.

7th Circuit Court Case Addresses Leaves as ADA Accommodations

November 25, 2017A recent court case addressed the question of whether a leave of absence can be a reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The case is Severson v. ... Read More

October and November 2017: New State & Local Posting Requirements

November 14, 2017Review the new state and local posting requirements for Idaho; Michigan; Connecticut; Maryland; Miami Beach, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New Mexico; Ohio; Washington; and Wisconsin.

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

November 2017: 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, 2017New regulations will take effect January 1, 2018 that will affect the premiums for covered children and employees under the age of 21. This change will make administration even more ... 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, 2017Employers with federal contractors in the U.S. are required to post a variety of specific labor law postings. However, many employers don’t understand which contractors these postings are required for. ... 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.

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.

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:

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

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

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

Webinar Recording: The Changing Workforce and Benefit Design

September 6, 2018New technologies are poised to radically change work and the workforce, and it’s causing anxiety among employees, who are already leaning toward gigs and more flexible ways of working. No ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Exploring ADA Accommodations – Beyond the Basics

July 17, 2018While leave may be the most talked about accommodation under the ADA, there are a multitude of other types of accommodations with greater prevalence in the workplace. Adjusted work schedules ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Are You Fostering a Stay-at-Work Culture?

June 28, 2018We have all heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In absence management, we typically focus on activities after the fact, during the leave of ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Remote Workers and Open Workspace Design – The Impact on RTW

June 21, 2018When you think of remote work or open work spaces, you may think of all the positive impacts it can bring to talent retention and employee morale. Have you considered ... Read More

Webinar Recording: I Have to Manage How Many Different Leave Laws?

June 14, 2018The complexity of leave laws at federal, state, and municipal levels can be daunting. This webinar took a dive into the various leave laws and their interaction, while outlining the ... Read More

Webinar Recording: A Mindful Approach to Mental Health – Strategies for Increased Productivity and RTW

June 7, 2018Significant mental health illness (MHI) affects almost 20% of employees each year, costing employers over $80 billion annually, mostly for lost productivity and absenteeism. Anxiety, depression, and substance abuse disorders ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Seeing the Big Picture – Making Benchmarking Data Actionable

May 31, 2018HR, benefits, and disability professionals too often find themselves inundated with reports from their carriers or third-party administrators (TPAs). As stand-alone documents, this information highlights specific costs or incidence levels ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Paid Family Leave – New York & Beyond

May 24, 2018Paid leave programs are becoming more and more popular. New York’s Paid Family Leave law has re-energized this conversation, and more states may follow suit. You don’t have to wait for ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Don’t Hang Up! Strategies to Manage Absence in Call Centers

May 15, 2018Organizational call centers are an integral component of successful business operations. However, data shows that organizations with a customer service call center exhibit high rates of absence and lost time, ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Best Practices in Creating a Successful Disability Experience

May 10, 2018Employers are the foundation in building a successful disability experience. However, when each situation is unique, how do you balance the necessity of consistent policies and procedures with the individual ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Complex Patchwork of Paid Sick Leave – A Growing Compliance Challenge

April 11, 2018In the past 15 months, five state laws requiring some form of paid leave have either become effective or enacted with more likely to follow. The overarching compliance challenges to ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Mythbusters! Debunking Common IDAM Misconceptions

March 29, 2018This webinar took a closer look at the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), statutory disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); cutting through common misconceptions to provide a ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Baby Has Arrived — Now What? NY PFL 2.0

March 20, 2018With the addition of Paid Family Leave benefit under the NY DBL program on January 1, 2018, employers are scrambling to insure compliance and consistency. Understanding the implications and reporting ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Liability Alert! HR and Supervisor Ethical Missteps

March 8, 2018Disability and leave of absence laws impose requirements that ultimately, if properly implemented, should result in not only lawful, but fair and ethical treatment of employees. Unfortunately, good rules and ... Read More

Webinar Recording: A Return to Life — A Journey of Mental Health and Wellness

March 1, 2018The hallmark of a successful return-to-work program is often measured by ROI, improved productivity, employee engagement and morale, and the reduction of claims cost. During this session, we heard from ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Unpacking the Mental Health Needs of a Multi-Generational Workforce

February 15, 2018Are you using effective communication methods that resonate among the diverse generations represented in your workplace? With four generations active in today’s workforce, from Traditionalists to Millennials, mental health outcomes ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Results of the 7th Annual Leave Management Survey

February 8, 2018DMEC and Spring Consulting Group partnered together again this year to understand employer challenges in managing all types of leaves, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), state family ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Privacy and Cybersecurity — The Basics

February 1, 2018Our society’s continuous technological advancements bring with it new risks and responsibilities for employers to manage. Do you know what information is covered under HIPAA, and how it’s enforced? What ... Read More

Webinar Recording: FMLA Communications — The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

January 23, 2018Communication requirements under the FMLA can be complex and challenging. In this webinar, we provided FMLA guidance and best practices using the DOL Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical ... 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