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A Multiverse of Models: Finding the Right Solution for Your Absence Management Program

When choosing an absence management model, employers have a great deal of flexibility.  Outsourcing, co-sourcing, in-sourcing, and in-sourcing with the help of specialized absence management software are all options that can work well.  But how do you decide which path makes the most sense for your organization? Based on our experience, here are the benefits … Continued

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How to Manage Disability Accommodation Requests for Your Employees | A Guide for Employers

In October, we launched a three-part blog series in honor of National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM) focusing on items employers should consider as they reviewed policies and practices related to leave of absence and disability programs. In part I, we discussed managing leave of absence requests. Part II focused on employer disability plans. In this … Continued

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How to Manage Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Leave Requests | A Guide for Employers

Last month, we kicked off a three-part blog series in honor of National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM). Even though it’s now November and NDEAM is over, employees continue to have disabilities and health conditions that employers must consider as part of their overall absence, disability, and accommodations programs. In part I, we discussed managing leave … Continued

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

How to Manage Employee Leave Requests | A Guide for Employers

The third largest market segment in the United States is people with disabilities. To celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and highlight inclusive employer practices and policies, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). As part of the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s “31 Days of NDEAM,” days two and three focused on … Continued

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USERRA Expanded by the CREW Act

On September 29, 2022, one day after Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida’s southwest shores, President Biden signed into law the Civilian Reservist Emergency Workforce (CREW) Act. This Act directly amended two federal laws: the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). The … Continued

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Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) in 2022: Top Employer Questions, Answered

Correctly administering Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) has only become more complex following numerous state-level changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The USA is one of the few industrialized nations without paid family and/or medical leave at the national level. Thus, states have led the way. Since 2020, D.C., Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Oregon, New Hampshire, … Continued

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D.C. Paid Family Leave Updates in Effect: Waiting Period Eliminated, Benefits Expanded, Employer Tax Reduced, and Employee Notice Revised

It’s October and the tree leaves aren’t the only leaves that have changed in Washington, D.C. Several important updates to the D.C. Paid Family Leave program recently became effective, including the permanent elimination of the benefit waiting period, contribution rate changes, expanded wage replacement benefits, and the publication of a revised mandatory employee notice by … Continued

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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

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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