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

Washington Monument in Washington D.C.

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

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

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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

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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