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The Importance of Medical Evaluations & Clinical Reviews in Disability Insurance: A White Paper from GenexNovember 12, 2018Today, a primary concern of executives at disability insurance carriers is compliance with updates to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which went into effect April 1, 2018. The ... Read More
Managing Optimal Work Performance Through Behavioral Health Conditions White PaperOctober 23, 2018Millions of Americans struggle with mental health and substance use (alcohol or drug) conditions. The umbrella term for all these issues is behavioral health conditions. When an employee begins struggling ... Read More
2018 DMEC Benchmarking Pulse Survey ResultsJuly 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 PanoramaMarch 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 CignaMarch 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 PaperFebruary 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 SummaryFebruary 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 SedgwickJanuary 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 CignaNovember 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 ReedGroupJuly 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 & ResourcesMay 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 AetnaMay 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 IAIABCApril 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 StudyApril 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 PaperMarch 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 SummaryMarch 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 PaperMarch 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 SummaryMarch 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 SummaryDecember 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 ResourcesNovember 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 AetnaOctober 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 AetnaOctober 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 AetnaJune 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 ZurichJune 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 StudyMay 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 AetnaMay 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 FinancialApril 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 AetnaMarch 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 AetnaMarch 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 PaperMarch 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 AetnaFebruary 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 ResourcesSeptember 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 StudyAugust 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 ZurichAugust 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 CentersAugust 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 PaperFebruary 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 PaperJanuary 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 VendorAugust 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 ADAApril 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 SedgwickFebruary 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 PaperJanuary 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 ImpactSeptember 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 BenefitsAugust 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 AccommodationsAugust 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 WorkforceAugust 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 StudyJune 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 SedgwickJune 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 PaperJanuary 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 SoldiersOctober 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 ClaimsJuly 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 ReedGroupMay 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 PaperMay 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 AgeApril 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 WorkAugust 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 PaperJuly 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 PaperSeptember 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 DesignJuly 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 AbsenceJuly 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 ReportingJuly 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 PaperJuly 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 AdministrationJuly 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 ReintegrationMarch 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 ComplianceJuly 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 AbsenceJuly 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
December 2018: New State & Local Posting RequirementsDecember 7, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Nevada.
Austin Sick Time Ordinance PreemptedNovember 26, 2018The Austin Earned Sick Time Ordinance is unconstitutional because it is preempted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act (TMWA), the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, ruled on Friday.
Tenth Circuit Rules No Adverse Employment Action and No Failure-to-Accommodate ClaimNovember 20, 2018The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) includes within its definition of “discriminate,” an employer’s failure to provide a reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability. But, is a failure to accommodate standing alone — absent an adverse employment action — enough to establish an ADA failure-to-accommodate claim?
California Expands Upon Lactation Accommodation RequirementsNovember 3, 2018California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1976, expanding California employer obligations respective to employee lactation accommodation.
November 2018: New State & Local Posting RequirementsNovember 3, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, Delaware, Florida, New Mexico, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, and Virginia.
Expanded Paid Leave Benefits Coming to California EmployeesOctober 31, 2018Currently California employees who wish to receive pay during leave for a qualifying exigency would need to use their own accrued vacation or paid time off hours. However, beginning Jan. 1, 2021, an employee can apply for wage replacement benefits from the State of California Paid Family Leave insurance program during such a leave.
A Dozen Paid Sick Leave Laws DisappearOctober 29, 2018The Garden State passed the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law last May; it went into effect on Oct. 28, 2018. A provision of that law nullifies the thirteen municipal PSL laws that had been passed in the state, for a net reduction of twelve PSL laws.
Paid Sick Leave on its Way to Albany CountyOctober 26, 2018Albany County (NY) will likely become the fourth county in the nation to adopt a paid sick leave law. The only question is when it will be adopted. The Law Committee of the County Legislature held a public hearing earlier this week on an amended proposed Albany County Paid Sick Leave Act.
FMLA Leave for Chronic Health ConditionsOctober 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 ReasonableOctober 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.
Westchester County Enacts Sick Leave LawOctober 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 FormsSeptember 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 WorkersSeptember 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 InitiativeSeptember 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 RequirementsSeptember 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 LawAugust 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 TexasAugust 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 RequirementsAugust 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 RequirementsJuly 6, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California and Illinois.
Paid Sick Leave Turbulence in TexasJune 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 RequirementsJune 11, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for California, Georgia, Kentucky, and Nevada.
Duluth Passes Paid Sick Leave OrdinanceJune 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 EnforceableMay 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 RequirementsMay 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 OrdinancesMay 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 CreditApril 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 LeaveApril 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 2018April 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 RequirementsApril 5, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Missouri, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.
New Jersey May Become Paid Sick Leave State Number TenMarch 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 DeductionMarch 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, NYMarch 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 LineFebruary 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 SouthFebruary 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 UpFebruary 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 CrewFebruary 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. 1February 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 AnalysisFebruary 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 RequirementsFebruary 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 PolicyJanuary 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 2018January 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 RequirementsJanuary 10, 2018Review the new state and local posting requirements for Alaska, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington.
December 2017: New State & Local Posting RequirementsDecember 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 AccommodationsNovember 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 RequirementsNovember 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 SoonNovember 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 UpdateNovember 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 ACANovember 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 CaliforniaOctober 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 AdjustmentsOctober 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 PaymentsOctober 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 HRAsOctober 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 InstructionsOctober 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 ChildrenSeptember 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 NextSeptember 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 15September 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 UpdateSeptember 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 RequirementsSeptember 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 GuideAugust 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 PaymentsAugust 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 DeadJuly 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 FormJuly 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 UpdateJuly 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 BenefitsJuly 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 BillJuly 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 MarketJune 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 ProposalJune 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 PlansJune 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 BillJune 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 WellnessJune 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 UpdateJune 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 StandardMay 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 AHCAMay 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 AffordabilityMay 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 UpdateMay 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 MarketplacesMay 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 UpdateMay 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 SenateMay 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 PoliciesApril 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 UpdateApril 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 HappenApril 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 ContractorsApril 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 ACAMarch 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 ReturnsMarch 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 PlansMarch 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 InterferenceFebruary 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 ClaimFebruary 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 ClaimJanuary 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 UpdateJanuary 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 ProtectionsJanuary 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 ReformJanuary 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 PenaltiesJanuary 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 35January 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 ReportingDecember 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 2017December 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 ClaimsDecember 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 ProvisionsDecember 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