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Maine Governor Signs Statewide Law Mandating Paid Leave

New Law in Maine Provides Paid Time Off for Any Purpose On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed a progressive bill that will allow employees in Maine to accrue paid leave that can be used for any purpose. According to Governor Mills, the law will cover approximately 85% of Maine’s workforce. Eligible … Continued

How State Marijuana Laws Impact Leave and Disability

Medical marijuana laws vary from one U.S. state to another. Use of medical marijuana to treat chronic illnesses and disabilities is catching up rapidly. It is important for employers and disability plan administrators to monitor state and federal legislations, to stay updated and compliant with disability plans and workplace policies.

Do Your Return-to-Work Durations “Measure Up”?

With millions of dollars at stake, employers, insurers and third-party administrators carefully track return-to-work durations (the length of time employees are absent due to short-term disability, long-term disability, workers’ compensation and FMLA). But simply tracking those numbers isn’t enough. How can your organization use its data to know whether you’re doing all you can to … Continued

Comorbid Conditions Mean More Time Off the Job

Why do some employees take much longer to recover than predicted by the average return-to-work duration for their conditions? There are many reasons why this can happen, but one of the most important to look at is the existence of comorbid conditions.  Comorbid conditions are other existing medical factors that can greatly extend the time … Continued

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If Docs Had More Time, They’d Ask About Patients’ Work

Today’s New York Times ran an excellent article by Julie Weed titled If All Doctors Had More Time to Listen.  The article puts forth substantive evidence that giving physicians enough time to spend with patients saves healthcare costs in the long run by emphasizing preventive care that cuts emergency room visits and by reducing diagnosis/treatment … Continued