2021 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

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DMEC and Spring Consulting Group, an Alera Group Company have partnered for the eleventh year to conduct annual research about employer leave management practices.

Our national survey tracks employer methods for administering both regulatory and non-regulatory leaves and offers a detailed view of employer preferences and strategies for administering leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), other state or local laws, and company-specific directives. This is the second year we have collected data to provide plan and policy benchmarking to support employer program design.

This year’s report highlights trends and employer perspectives on regulatory leaves (e.g., FMLA, ADA), non-regulatory leaves (e.g., vacation, personal leave), and approaches to paid leave programs. It reviews practical application of insourced and outsourced programs, systems used to manage leave, return to work (RTW) and accommodations, and day-to-day leave management processes. It also offers benchmarks for employers to compare their programs against other like organizations.

DMEC members receive free access to the 2021 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper which provides full survey results. Not a DMEC member? Join today to get your copy as well as access to a variety of benefits.