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The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 dedicated to providing absence and disability professionals with ongoing support and the latest information, tools, and resources organizations need to minimize employee lost work time, improve staff productivity, and maintain legally compliant absence and disability management programs. We can connect members of the media with top experts in the integrated absence management field.

Latest DMEC News and Events

New Hampshire Adopts Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers

September 22, 2023New legislation in New Hampshire will guarantee the right of nursing mothers to an unpaid break of 30 minutes to pump for every three hours of work beginning July 1, 2025.

Webinar Recording: The Correlation Between Chronic Conditions & Mental Health

September 13, 2023Chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and mental health conditions account for 90% of the nation’s $4.1 trillion in annual healthcare spend. This significantly drives up ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Inclusive Benefits for a Diverse Workforce

September 12, 2023Your workforce is diverse, and so are their benefit needs — particularly those of the caregiving employee. As employee demographics shift, many workers are demanding increased flexibility and leave options ... Read More

Webinar Recording: What Employers Need to Know About Caregiver Support

September 7, 2023Leave legislation continues to evolve, requiring employers to provide paid and unpaid protections to employees to care for themselves and their loved ones. In this session, we highlighted the different ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Managing PFML Benefits Across Multiple States

September 6, 2023With an increasing number of states enacting paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefit laws, multistate employers are left on their own to find the best leave solutions for all ... Read More

Paid Leave Oregon Benefits Available Starting Sept. 3, 2023

August 31, 2023More than four years since the passage of Oregon’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act into law, paid leave benefits will finally be available to Oregon employees starting Sept. 3, 2023.

Webinar Recording: Tackling Your Next Level FMLA Challenges

August 31, 2023A cornerstone of leave programs for nearly 30 years, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers critical coverage, but also presents a variety of administrative challenges. The June Tools ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Understanding the Healthcare Perspectives of Medicare-Age Workers

August 24, 2023It’s critical for employers to understand their employee demographics and the generational perspectives of each group. Baby Boomer employees, specifically those aged 62 and older, have their own unique workplace ... Read More

EEOC’s Proposed Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Regulations

August 11, 2023On Aug. 11, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) formally published proposed regulations to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA).

EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations to Implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

August 10, 2023The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued proposed regulations (NPRM) to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA).

Louisiana Law Requires Employers to Give Time Off for Genetic Testing and Cancer Screening

July 24, 2023A new Louisiana law goes into effect on Aug. 1, 2023 requiring employers to provide time off from work for genetic testing and cancer screening.

Maine Enacts New Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

July 21, 2023Beginning May 1, 2026, Maine’s new paid family leave law will allow Maine employees up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave benefits over a one-year period.

Changes to Paid Sick Leave and Supplemental Public Health Emergency Leave for Colorado Employees

July 21, 2023Starting on Aug. 7, 2023, Colorado employees will be able to use paid sick leave for additional reasons under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA). Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 23-017 into law on June 2, 2023, and it is expected to become effective on Aug. 7, 2023.

Webinar Recording: The Far-Reaching Impact of Disability Plans

July 20, 2023Common disability plan provisions can have far-reaching impacts on your organization. Understanding these offerings is the foundation for navigating common reasons for denial that lead to employee appeals and escalations. ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Navigating the “No Overtime” Compliance Quandary

July 19, 2023Your employee provides a medical certification that says they cannot work more than 40 hours a week and no more than 8 hours a day. In other words, your employee ... Read More

Connecticut Expands Permitted Uses of Paid Sick Leave for Service Workers

July 15, 2023Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has signed a new law that will expand the circumstances in which service workers in Connecticut can use state-mandated paid sick leave. The new law goes into effect Oct. 1, 2023.

Florida’s Latest Legislation in Wake of COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know

June 29, 2023New Florida legislation seeks to protect individuals from discrimination “based on health care choices” and bars COVID-19 mandates. The new law took effect on June 1, 2023.

Leave Law Updates for Oregon Employers

June 21, 2023In anticipation of Paid Leave Oregon, a new paid family leave benefit for Oregon employees, the Oregon legislature recently passed a bill that creates new entitlements for Oregon employees and aligns existing law with the forthcoming paid leave benefit.

Washington State Provides Employers Access to Paid Family and Medical Leave Claim Data

June 15, 2023Signed into law by Governor Inslee on May 9, 2023 and effective Jan. 1, 2024, new legislation allows certain interested parties to have access to information from the Washington Security Department, the state agency who administers the paid family and medical leave program, regarding an employee’s leave.

Webinar Recording: Tackling Your FMLA Challenges

June 13, 2023A cornerstone of leave programs for nearly 30 years, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers critical coverage, but also presents a variety of administrative challenges. This session provided ... Read More

CMS COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing Requirements to Formally End This Summer

June 8, 2023The Biden-Harris Administration announced on May 1, 2023, that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would soon be eliminating COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare providers. On May 31, 2023, CMS issued the awaited Final Rule.

Minnesota Legislature Passes Significant Employee Leave Laws

June 1, 2023Minnesota is now the 12th state to adopt a statewide program providing compensation to employees during family and medical leaves. It also joined the over 40 state and local jurisdictions mandating employer paid sick leave.

DMEC Names Incoming Chief Executive Officer

June 1, 2023DMEC Names Incoming Chief Executive Officer The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC), which serves more than 18,000 absence and disability management professionals in the U.S. and Canada, has named Bryon ... Read More

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 and the Downstream Impacts of Delayed Care

May 25, 2023While the United States has returned to a new normal, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being felt by employers. Many organizations have returned to hybrid or normal ... Read More

Voting and Sick Leave for Georgia Employees

May 24, 2023A new Georgia law takes effect on July 1, 2023 (GA S 129) and provides employees time off to advance vote in primaries and elections. The Georgia legislature, with sign off from Governor Brian Kemp, also recently voted to repeal the sunset provision relating to use of sick leave for care of immediate family members.