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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: Post Pregnancy and Return to Work – Employer Best Practices

November 4, 2016This session covers employer obligations post pregnancy, including intermittent bonding, post pregnancy restrictions, and state-specific nursing laws. Additionally, this session discusses employer best practices as it relates to post pregnancy ... 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: Legal Series: Birth: Considerations for Employers

September 29, 2016This session focuses on the various employer obligations upon the birth of a child. It includes an overview of the statutory benefits and leave laws. Additionally, best practices for leave ... 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: Legal Series: Accommodating Expectant Parents in the Workplace

June 23, 2016This webinar focuses on the employer’s obligations for expectant parents in the workplace. Specifically, this session explores the applicability of both ADAAA and FMLA and applicable state leave laws. We ... 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: Legal Series — Reproductive Planning

March 24, 2016This session reviews applicable laws and obligations that an employer should consider when employees are contemplating pregnancy, surrogacy, infertility treatment, and adoption. Participants will learn about best practices for ensuring ... 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