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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.

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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, Marketing Manager, DMEC at tpatterson@dmec.org.


2017 GovDocs City & County Paid Sick Leave Guide

2017 GovDocs City & County Paid Sick Leave Guide

May 19, 2017In this GovDocs guide, you will find the city and county paid sick leave requirements for the United States. These paid sick leave ordinances include workplace posting requirements so that ... 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

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

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

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

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
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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
Zurich RTW Strategy White Paper

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
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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
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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
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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
Aetna White Paper The Aging of the Baby Boomer Generation

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
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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

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
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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
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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

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

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

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
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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
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2014 Behavioral Risk Survey Results and White Paper

January 22, 2015This report provides a summary and an analysis of the 2014 Disability Management Employer Coalition’s biennial survey, which tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence, and effectiveness in the area of Behavioral ... Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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JAN Accommodation and Compliance Series — Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact

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

Employer Practices for Addressing Stress & Building Resiliency

August 29, 2013The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health has published a white paper that expands upon research published last December in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (JOEM; Spangler, Koesten, Fox, and ... Read More
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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
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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
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DMEC and Cornell Study: Employers Concerned About Aging Workforce, But Not Prepared to Manage It

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

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
Oklahoma Law: White Paper from New Street Group and Sedgwick

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

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

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

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

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

May 11, 2012This report provides summary and analysis of the 2012 Disability Management Employer Coalition’s biennial survey which tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence and effectiveness in the area of Behavioral Risk Management. ... Read More
2011 Think Tank Supplement

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

April 24, 2012This white paper is intended to provide some practical policies and procedures that can be applied to almost any employer, allowing them to consider, support, and administer a virtual workforce ... Read More
2011 Leadership Series White Paper

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
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2011 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

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

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

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

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
FedEx Leverages Technology to Drive Best Practices in Integrated Absence Management

Case Study: FedEx Leverages Technology to Drive Best Practices in Integrated Absence Management

May 23, 2010Full 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
2009 Leadership Series White Paper

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

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

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

July 2, 2008The goal of this research study was to examine the strategies and supports that are most effective for assisting persons with disabilities to maintain employment and advance their careers. To ... Read More
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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
Claims Analysis Proves Crucial for Integration Between Disability and Medical Coverage

Case Study: Claims Analysis Proves Crucial for Integration Between Disability and Medical Coverage

April 17, 2008By Allen Woolf, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for CIGNA Claims Insurance. Introduction Early in the history of benefits integration, multi-line carriers approached the market with comprehensive offerings integrating the sequence ... Read More
Recovering Productivity and Measuring Lost Productivity Through Disability Data

Case Study: Recovering Productivity and Measuring Lost Productivity Through Disability Data – Part 2

February 22, 2008By Marcia Carruthers, MBA, ARM, CPDM Part 1 of this series examined the ability of American Electric Power’s “Recovery Center” to reduce corporate costs resulting from disability. This final article ... Read More
Recovering Productivity and Measuring Lost Productivity Through Disability Data

Case Study: Recovering Productivity and Measuring Lost Productivity Through Disability Data – Part 1

December 22, 2007By Marcia Carruthers, MBA, ARM, CPDM Given the extreme pressure on human resource professionals in the current corporate climate to preserve and retain qualified employees, never has the push to ... Read More
2007 Leadership Series White Paper

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

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

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
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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