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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

Webinar Recording: COVID-19’s Lasting Effects on Mental Health and Cognitive Abilities

May 6, 2021After a year of struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic, most will agree that the unforeseen effects from the virus are still with us. Many people diagnosed with coronavirus have reported ... Read More

Pennsylvania Employees, Organs, and the FMLA

May 4, 2021Employee question of the day for HR: “I need time off because I’m donating a kidney.” You’re probably wondering: “How do I respond to this request? Is this incredibly generous employee entitled to protected leave?”

Webinar Recording: ADA Basics

April 29, 2021In this session, we tackled the nuts and bolts of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a deep dive into the foundational components of the law. This event featured ... Read More

Understanding Time Off From Work Obligations For COVID-19 Vaccinations

April 27, 2021Last week, President Biden encouraged employers to pay employees for time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and highlighted the tax credits available for employers with less than 500 employees.

Employers Receive Clarification Regarding 2021 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

April 23, 2021The COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave statute was signed into law a month ago and employers were faced with uncertainty as to whether their employee’s leave request qualified under the statute. Fortunately, the Labor Commissioner has updated its FAQs to provide further clarity to employers.

Indiana Enacts Pregnancy Accommodations Law, Effective in July 2021

April 23, 2021A new Indiana statute sets out the process for pregnant workers to seek a reasonable accommodation from their employers. The new law applies to employers with at least 15 employees. It goes into effect on Jul. 1, 2021.

Washington Amends Its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act in Response to Pandemic

April 23, 2021The Washington State Legislature has temporarily amended the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Act to create pandemic leave assistance grants for certain employees and employers.

Webinar Recording: FMLA Basics

April 21, 2021Although the FMLA was signed into law over 25 years ago, understanding its requirements can be overwhelming. This event featured a recording of our FMLA Basics webinar, which walked participants ... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination: Setting Up On-Site Programs

April 15, 2021The Biden administration has called for all people at least 18 to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by Apr. 19, 2021. Organizations considering setting up an on-site COVID-19 vaccination program have several issues to consider.

Understanding CFRA: Who Is a “Family Member”?

April 15, 2021The new year brought several important changes to the California Family Rights Act. One key change that employers should be aware of is the expansion of the scope of individuals who qualify as “family members” under the law.

Virginia Expands Disability Discrimination Protections and Adds Domestic Worker Protections

April 14, 2021Effective Jul. 1, 2021, Virginia further expands the scope of the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The state also enacted protections and benefits for domestic workers.

Virginia Paid Sick Leave for Home Health Workers

April 13, 2021Effective Jul. 1, 2021, Virginia provides designated paid sick leave for home health workers.

Private New Mexico Employers Must Provide Up to 64 Hours of Paid Sick Leave

April 13, 2021Beginning on July 1, 2022, New Mexico will join 15 other states (and Washington, D.C.) in requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

Philadelphia Enacts COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

April 9, 2021Philadelphia has joined a growing list of localities to require employers to provide employees paid COVID-19-related sick leave.

2020 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

March 22, 2021The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group (Spring) have partnered for the tenth year to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer ... Read More

2020 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

March 22, 2021The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group (Spring) have partnered for the tenth year to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer ... Read More

New York State Employees Entitled to Paid Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccinations

March 19, 2021Effective immediately, New York State employers must provide employees with up to four hours of paid time off per COVID-19 vaccination.

The American Rescue Plan Extends FFCRA Tax Credit, But Not the Mandate

March 15, 2021On Mar. 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Plan extends the date employers can receive tax credits for qualified wages paid to employees from Mar. 31, 2021 until Sep. 30, 2021.

Understanding CFRA: Who Is Eligible for CFRA Leave

March 12, 2021With the recent expansion of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), employers who previously were not covered under CFRA now find themselves having to navigate the murky waters of the law.

Fifth Circuit Holds Regular Attendance Is Essential

March 12, 2021An employer’s past leniency in applying and enforcing its attendance policy did not contradict the employer’s later position that regular worksite attendance was required for employment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has held.

Updated Guidance from California’s DFEH at the One Year Mark of the Pandemic

March 11, 2021California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the agency charged with administering California’s employment discrimination statute and regulations, has updated its COVID-19 guidance for employers.

California Leave Bills Employers Should Watch

March 3, 2021Though employers may feel like California just wrapped up its legislative session for 2020, the 2021 legislative session is already in full swing. Feb. 19 was the last day for the proposal of new bills.

2021 DMEC Covid-Related Leave Accommodation Considerations Pulse Survey Results

March 1, 2021The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exercise in agility, empathy, and innovation for employers across the globe. As we examine the changes of the past year — including economic uncertainty,  ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Leave Management Evolution – Employer Response to COVID-19’s Disruption

February 25, 2021The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exercise in agility, empathy, and innovation for employers across the globe. As we examine the changes of the past year — including economic uncertainty, ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Practical Steps to Address the FMLA/PFL Knowledge Gap

February 24, 2021The absence management industry has come a long way, but employees are often challenged to understand the leave entitlement process and absence resources available to them. Through a multi-year survey, ... Read More