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DMEC White Papers and Case StudiesDMEC publishes a series of white papers and case studies each year to assist you in making important business decisions on topics such as leave management practices, intermittent FMLA, vendor selection, and much more.

DMEC white papers are available exclusively to DMEC members.

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In addition to white papers authored by DMEC, we provide links to 3rd-party resources that pertain to absence and disability management. If you have a white paper or case study that you think would be of value to DMEC members, you can submit it for consideration to Tasha Patterson, Vice President, Operations, DMEC at tpatterson@dmec.org.


2020 DMEC Family Caregiving Pulse Survey Results

July 16, 2020More than ever before, U.S. employees find themselves balancing both work and caregiving responsibilities. In fact, researchers at Harvard Business School published findings in 2019 suggesting that as many as ... Read More

2020 DMEC COVID-19 Pulse Survey Results

May 14, 2020From Apr. 6 through Apr. 10, 2020, DMEC gathered feedback through an online survey on how organizations are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The survey had 608 participants, with the ... Read More

2019 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

March 5, 2020For nine years the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer methods for ... Read More

2019 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

March 5, 2020For nine years, DMEC and Spring Consulting Group have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. With information from over 873 employers, the national survey tracks employer methods ... Read More

2019 Hospital System Best Practices White Paper

January 28, 2020Full content is available to DMEC members only. Please log in to view the complete resource. If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members ... Read More

2019 DMEC ADA Administration Pulse Survey Results

September 18, 2019DMEC routinely hears from employers struggling with the complexities of managing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation activities. With little regulatory guidance on the administrative aspects of managing requests and ... Read More

Why Disability Income Protection Should Be Part of Your Financial Wellness Toolkit: A Study from Prudential

June 21, 2019Americans across the socioeconomic spectrum face numerous barriers to financial wellness, affecting everything from the quality of their child care to planning for retirement. Prepared or not, most Americans are ... Read More

Absence and Disability Readiness Index: A Study from The Standard

June 11, 2019In a recent study, The Standard asked HR business decision makers to rate their organizations’ absence and disability practices, and their confidence in managing absence and disability programs. Scores were ... Read More

2019 DMEC Mental Health Pulse Survey Results

May 30, 2019Mental health issues in the workforce continue to challenge many employers. Companies are reviewing offerings to support employees in need, but often still struggle to understand and effectively address this ... Read More

2018 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

March 12, 2019For eight years the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group (Spring) have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer methods ... Read More

2018 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

March 12, 2019For eight years, DMEC and Spring Consulting Group have partnered to conduct annual research on employer leave management. With information from over 820 employers, the national survey tracks employer methods ... Read More

Achieve Savings by Maximizing Your SSDI Offset Provisions: A White Paper from Genex

February 5, 2019Many employers utilize self-insured programs to offer long-term disability (LTD) coverage to employees. With the potential financial risk of taking on self-insured programs, it’s important that employers are aware of ... Read More

2018 Hospital System Best Practices White Paper

January 30, 2019Full content is available to DMEC members only. Please log in to view the complete resource. If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members ... Read More

2018 DMEC Business Impact of Paid Leave Pulse Survey Results

December 18, 2018In the last few years, our country has seen a constantly shifting landscape of paid family and paid parental leave laws cropping up across many states and municipalities. Additionally, employers ... Read More

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

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

Managing Optimal Work Performance Through Behavioral Health Conditions White Paper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2012 DMEC Behavioral Risk Survey Results and White Paper

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

2011 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

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