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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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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

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Social Anxiety and the ADA

What are the most relatable phobias, in your opinion? Perhaps it is Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders; Acrophobia, the fear of heights; Mysophobia, the fear of germs; or maybe Trypanophobia, the fear of injections. Social anxiety disorder is one type of phobia. For one employee of Gravity Diagnostics, in Kentucky, his lunch hour went awry … Continued

Exercise & Anxiety, Research Brief

We are kicking off a new series to present our own research and the work of other leading scientists in the field in Research Briefs. Each quarter we will dive into a different topic. Here at MDGuidelines we know that research is key to fine tuning care for patients and clients so they can return to their regular lives quickly and safely.

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Why Occupational Absences Matter in Population Health

Do not skip the appendices. That is what I learned the other day while researching the drivers of high-cost health care. Somehow, I stumbled into “Appendix E: Epidemiology of Serious Illness and High Utilization of Health Care” from Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.1  This fascinating Appendix … Continued

Measuring Medical and Pharmaceutical Costs Along the Disability Continuum

“The Missing Link: Measuring Medical and Pharmaceutical Costs Along the Disability Continuum” by Kevin Curry, Fraser Gaspar, Katie Zaidel and Kaiser Permanente’s Martha Garcia, March 28, 2017. Research findings and methodology from a 10-month study revealing that companies can save approximately $6 billion a year in “avoidable medical costs” associated with disability claims, pointing to dramatic cost savings for employers, payers and providers.