2023 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference

Event Overview

For those who are unable to join us for our in-person conference in San Diego, we are pleased to offer an content-rich, one-day virtual event. The 2023 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, and will include four of the highest-rated sessions from our in-person annual conference. In addition to the education sessions, we will be offering virtual roundtable discussions — giving attendees the opportunity to engage with industry experts and peers.

All conference sessions will be recorded and made available to attendees for on-demand viewing for one year.


Wednesday, Sept. 20

11:00-11:15 am ET – Welcome & Overview

11:15 am-12:15 pm ET – Navigating Confusing & Complex Pregnancy Leave and Accommodation Legal Requirements

The most frequent leave and accommodation requests employers receive are for pregnancy and childbirth. There are many state and local laws that create both express and implied obligations to provide leave and accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. In this session, we will review the complex legal requirements — including conflicting decisions — that employers must navigate when evaluating accommodations and leave for birth mothers and other new parents.

Marti Cardi, Esq, Senior Compliance Consultant, Reliance Matrix
Marjory Robertson, JD, AVP & Senior Counsel, Sun Life

12:15-12:30 pm ET – Break

12:30-1:30 pm ET – A Mental Health Culture Shift: Addressing It from the Top Down

Mental health solutions are not a one size fits all. Through assessments and awareness campaigns, organizations can better address mental health needs from the executive level to individual employees. Leveraging experience in the market with leading mental well-being providers, we will discuss best practices for determining the right strategies to address mental health for your workforce.

Paula Allen, Bsc, DCS, Global Leader and SVP, Research and Client Insights, TELUS Health
Adrita Bhattacharya-Craven, MSc, Director, Health & Ageing, The Geneva Association
Joe Grasso, PhD, Senior Director of Workforce Transformation, Lyra Health

Dan Iskra, MBA, AVP, Group Products, MetLife

1:30-2:00 pm ET – Break
2:00-2:40 pm – Roundtable Discussions

Join your peers and industry experts for roundtable discussions on hot topics in the industry. Share challenges, opportunities, and best practices from your organization.

DEIB In the Workplace
Mental Health & Well-Being
Pregnancy Leave & Accommodations

2:40-2:45 pm ET – Break
2:45-3:45 pm ET – Leave and the Employee Lifecycle

In this session, we will take you through an employee’s full leave lifecycle through a dynamic role-play scenario that includes the HR team, benefits department, the supervisor, and the employee. We’ll cover various issues that arise in leave and accommodation requests, and potential missteps along the way.

Tara K. Burke, JD, Knowledge Management Attorney for Disability Leave and Health Management Practices Group, Jackson Lewis PC
Katharine C. Weber, JD, Principal, Jackson Lewis PC

3:45-4:00 pm ET – Break
4:00-5:00 pm ET – Make Your ADA Interactive Process 100% Easier: Good Data and Reasonable Accommodation Decisions

It’s not uncommon for discussions between employees and employers, and ultimately decision-making, to get emotional when it comes to reasonable accommodations. However, there is a way to diffuse these situations. Keep actions and conversations focused on data — including facts on what the employee is medically capable of doing and on what the employee is required to do. While collecting data and having parties agree on essential functions is vital, getting clear medical information from healthcare providers is more difficult. In this session, we’ll discuss how to handle vague medical reports and accommodation recommendations and unclear restrictions. We’ll also explore how to create better medical questionnaires to get the information you need to make sound reasonable accommodation decisions.

Rachel Shaw, MBA, President, Shaw HR Consulting

Bonus Recorded Session
Coming Soon? Regulated Psychedelics for Mental Health & What You Need to Know

Psychedelic medicine innovations are all over the media, and the Federal Drug Administration is expected to approve psychedelic therapies for PTSD treatment in 2023 or 2024. Based on the strength of treatment success for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, some states have begun developing regulations and guidelines. In this session, we’ll review an evidence-based perspective on emerging treatment options and discuss the opportunities and barriers to approving and paying for this treatment for PTSD and other work-related mental health disorders.

Michael M. Coupland, RPsych, VP, Occupational Health, Stella

Register Today

We are offering a single registration option that allows access to all live sessions, the bonus recorded session, and networking as well as on-demand access to the session recordings post-event. Registration closes at 9:00 am ET on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Registration Fees
DMEC members $129
Nonmembers $189

DMEC members receive discounted pricing for the event. Not sure if your organization is a member? Follow these steps to add your company affiliation and verify your DMEC membership status. Or contact us at info@dmec.org or 800.789.3632, ex. 101.

If you are not currently a DMEC member, you can sign up for a membership before registering for the event, or you can add a membership to your cart, along with the conference registration, to receive the member pricing.

Continuing Education

The 2023 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference offers the opportunity to earn up to five (5) CEUs. DMEC has applied for recertification CEUs for the following certifications and professional designations:

  • ADMS (Associate Disability Management Specialist)
  • CA-BRN (California Board of Registered Nursing (and reciprocal states)
  • CCM (Certified Case Manager)
  • CDMS (Certified Disability Management Specialist)
  • CLMS (Certified Leave Management Specialist)
  • PHR/SPHR (Professional/Senior Professional in HR)
  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP (SHRM Certified Professional/Senior Certified Professional)

DMEC is a pre-approved provider of CEUs for the certifications above. In addition, DMEC conferences attendees are encouraged to download and submit their certificate of attendance to other certifying organizations for credit consideration. In most cases, DMEC’s conferences will be approved for continuing education credit.

Looking for CRC credits through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)?

Download instructions on how to submit your certificate of attendance for credit consideration.