2011 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

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This 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 employer methods, challenges, and successes in the administration of the following leave types:

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • State Family and Medical Leaves
  • Military Leave (USERRA)
  • State Military Leave
  • Jury Duty
  • Other State Mandated Leaves
  • Municipal/County Leaves
  • Other Company Specific Leaves (e.g., Bereavement, Administrative, Personal)

The survey was initially released at the 16th National DMEC Conference in an online format that included 40 questions. It was completed by 152 employers representing all organizational sizes, a broad range of industries, and widespread U.S. locations. The survey will be conducted annually and this first annual effort sets the baseline against which we will track into the future.

DMEC and Spring are committed to providing meaningful and actionable information to the absence management market, and thus partnered to develop this survey. Although FMLA and leave management are often included as topics in other surveys and studies, there is a lack of advice for employers on how to truly manage this risk. We therefore structured this survey and corresponding report to aid employers in their decision making by providing best practice guidance, reference to tools and resources, and predictions on how they can expect their programs to evolve into the future.

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