Aftermath of a Hurricane

Hurricane Ian: What to Know about Leave, Disability, and Accommodation Management After a Natural Disaster in 2022

This post was originally published in August, 2021, when Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, inflicting heavy damage, causing extreme flooding, and knocking out power across southern Louisiana and into Mississippi. With Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall on September 28, 2022, we're updating this post to help you prepare for the … Continued
FMLA

More Than Words? FMLA Interference Case

We’ve all heard the old adage, “actions speak louder than words,” but a recent court case, Ziccarelli v. Dart, 35 F.4th 1079 (7th Cir. 2022), highlights the opposite — that words still matter, even when there is no overt action, and they can get employers in trouble. Case Facts Salvatore Ziccarelli, a long-time employee of … Continued

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Can Employees Take FMLA Leave for Mental Health Conditions?

FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) And Mental Health Increasingly, employers are seeking ways to support employees seeking help managing mental health conditions. According to APA’s 2022 Work and Well-being Survey, 80% of employees seek employers who prioritize mental wellness. Requests for leaves under FMLA are one way employees are seeking to manage their mental health … Continued

ReedGroup and Guardian presenting at DMEC

DMEC Annual Conference Law & Order Follow Up

A couple weeks ago, the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) held its annual conference in Denver, Colorado. On day three of the conference, ReedGroup’s Compliance Team, including myself, Carla O’Sullivan and Sheri Pullen, with special guest Garlande Patz from Guardian, presented “Law & Order: DMEC Edition,” an absence-management-focused parody of the well-known television franchise. If … Continued

2022 DMEC Annual Conference Highlights

It’s the end of a busy week for absence management professionals, who descended on Denver, Colorado for the Disability Management Employer Coalition’s (DMEC) Annual Conference. DMEC celebrated its 30th anniversary this year with co-founder Marcia Caruthers, and a look back at some of the developments that led to the organization’s founding and growth, including innumerable … Continued

2022 DMEC Annual Conference - ReedGroup Law & Order Parody

Don’t miss ReedGroup at the DMEC Annual Conference

Law & Order: DMEC Edition Wednesday, August 3, 2022 10:00am-11:00am “In the disability and absence-based arena, FMLA offenses are considered particularly heinous.” Join us as a “jury member” for a mock trial based on the popular TV series “Law & Order.” We will take the roles of judge, plaintiff, defense and plaintiff’s attorneys as we … Continued

Man sitting at home at a make shift beach reading

Summer Reading Roundup: We Picked Some Interesting 2022 Compliance Reads for You to Take to the Beach

While the ReedGroup Compliance team has been hard at work preparing for our upcoming presentation at the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) annual conference early next month, we’ve also collected a handful of interesting reads to keep you entertained this summer. Grab a beach towel and umbrella, head to the beach or pool, and dive … Continued

Woman speaking to psychiatrist

Treatment and Management of PTSD Due to Workplace Violence May Do More Harm Than Good

Violence is the fifth-leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries in the United States and workplace violence (WPV) has been on the rise since 2017, despite suspected underreporting.   The peer-reviewed journal article, Occupational post-traumatic stress disorder and workplace violence in workers’ compensation claims, published in The Journal of Traumatic Stress, found that a lack of resources … Continued