• 2020 Webinar: Healthcare Solutions for Employers’ High-Cost Populations

    September 17, 2020 Rising healthcare costs continue to plague both employers and employees alike. As employers work to maintain the budget while offering the benefits employees need to maintain health, employees struggle to identify the right offerings for their needs that also fit their personal finances. More employers are getting wise to the idea of managing their most high-cost populations in a way that mitigates rising costs while providing value to their workers. Join us for this session, where we will identify two high-cost populations to an employer’s group health plan, the key cost drivers for these populations, and then provide tactical solutions that employers can offer to drive better healthcare outcomes for employees. We will share case studies and real world options that will create well-informed and more satisfied healthcare recipients, resulting in better coverage at reduced costs for both the employer and the employee.

  • 2020 Webinar: The Great Return – Tips & Tricks to Develop Your RTW Plan

    September 15, 2020 As the work environment continues to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are struggling to develop safe return-to-work strategies, especially when the great return will likely be phased out across many months. From signage and facility changes, to the ever-changing federal and state guidelines, employers should develop strategies that not only protect their workforce, but also support local and federal reopening efforts. Join us as we learn how our colleagues in varying industries are helping their employees safely return to work in this new environment. What steps have they taken? What have they learned? What has surprised them? Additionally, what must employers consider from the ADA and the FMLA perspectives? You will walk away with practical insight and helpful tips as you work to get your employees back to work safely.

  • 2020 Webinar: A Deep Dive into Job Protection – What Does it Really Mean?

    September 10, 2020 Those working in leave of absence often use the term “job protection,” but what does it really mean? In some cases, the law spells it out. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires an employer to restore the employee to the same or an “equivalent” job. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) holds employers to a higher burden; the employee must be returned to the same position, in the absence of undue hardship. What about the many other statutory leaves that aren’t as explicit? Often, they fall within a grey area like when new state paid leave laws blend wage replacement benefits with job protection provisions. Even murkier, what are an employer’s obligations to restore an employee who takes a company leave, such as vacation or sick leave? In this moderated panel discussion, we will explore the nuances of job protection, from sticky FMLA and ADA cases, to newly enacted state and local laws, to the sometimes confusing doctrines surrounding employer-provided plans.

  • 2020 Webinar: FMLA Forms Revamped – The DOL Weighs in on Updates

    July 30, 2020 Take a peek behind the scenes as the Department of Labor (DOL) presents a head-to-toe overview of changes to its optional-use Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. Learn what’s changed in the revision and get a glimpse of how the new forms look. A representative from the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, which administers and enforces the FMLA, will guide attendees through the revision process itself and an understanding of its most-requested changes to the forms. This session will answer your burning questions about the use of the DOL’s FMLA forms and leave you prepared for the updates.

  • 2020 Webinar: Combating Unconscious Bias – Cultural Awareness Strategies

    July 28, 2020 No matter how good our intentions are to be free of prejudice, we all have implicit biases that can have a serious impact on our work. In this webinar, participants will explore the concept of implicit bias, and begin to understand the necessity of cultural awareness being a top priority to move beyond bias. Walk away with strategies to engage in compassionate dialogue in order to address the needs of your diverse companies and communities. Join us as we develop a shared definition of unconscious bias while exploring external structures that influence and impact our beliefs. Attendees will gain strategies to “interrupt” bias and “repair” the harm caused by it using the steps of “Recognize It”, “Interrupt It”, and “Repair It”, or the RIR Protocol.

  • 2020 Hospital System Industry Group Forum: Supporting Healthcare Workers’ Holistic Well-Being in Uncertain Times

    July 22, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has transformed work and life as we know it, creating new challenges for employers and employees alike. For those in the healthcare industry, the challenges are even greater as they are faced with real health and wellness concerns for themselves and their families. This webinar will offer the latest insights and trends impacting healthcare workers, including ways to reduce stress and feelings of burnout, while fostering holistic well-being. We’ll also cover how disability insurance solutions can make a difference for the financial well-being of healthcare workers and their families during the pandemic and through recovery.

  • 2020 Webinar: Beyond Leave – Creative Approaches to Support Employee Caregivers

    July 16, 2020 More than ever before, U.S. employees find themselves balancing both work and caregiving responsibilities. In fact, research published by Harvard Business Review in 2019 found that 75% of U.S. workers have caregiving responsibilities for children and/or elders in their household. These added obligations often create a strain on employee caregivers that can negatively affect their productivity at work. While many employers offer some form of leave for employees, what additional services or assistance can employers offer, and why is it in their best interest to do so? During this webinar, we will review various benefits and service options employers may consider offering employees with caregiving responsibilities. We will also discuss practical solutions for multiple caregiving scenarios, share best practices to ensure employees are aware of the support that is available to them, and highlight key findings from the 2020 DMEC Family Caregiving Pulse Survey.

  • 2020 Webinar: Employer Obligations to Victims of Domestic Violence

    June 25, 2020 Employees who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, or have a family member in that situation, may be entitled to employment protections. These lesser-known protections could include the right to take a leave of absence and/or request a workplace accommodation. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the states that have such laws, the salient provisions of the leaves, and the types of workplace accommodations that must be considered by employers. In addition, we will share statistics from Matrix’s national database showing utilization of such protections, and discuss our observations and conclusions about the data. We’ll also examine the potential for underreporting the need for such leaves, and recommendations for employers to support and encourage employees in such situations to come forward.

  • 2020 Webinar: California Dreaming or Administrative Nightmare?

    June 23, 2020 As leave laws expand nationwide, one state still dominates as the most challenging and complex — some even say it is an administrative nightmare! The mere mention of California leave will often elicit groans and comments of empathy for HR teams. California’s Family Rights Act (CFRA) was introduced in 1994 on the heels of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Administering both presents unique challenges, not to mention the more than 12 additional unpaid leave laws in the state. Add to that multiple paid leave requirements, and it’s no wonder human resource professionals are losing sleep! In this session, we will review the top five areas HR should be wary of when administering leave in California. This will include some key differences between FMLA and CFRA (and the small employer/worksite equivalent CA New Parent) that create issues for HR, and the specific legal requirements of each. We will also discuss leave as an accommodation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and how it interacts with FMLA and CFRA. Lastly, we’ll review the different paid leave laws, their interaction with unpaid leave, and best practices for how to coordinate and remain compliant. While leave administration in California is unique and challenging, there are tools and strategies to ease the burden and help you sleep easy at night.

  • 2020 Webinar: Test Your Knowledge – COVID-19 and the Impact on Employee Leave

    May 28, 2020 The ever-changing nature of COVID-19 has presented challenges that have been a shock to the functionality of the global workforce. Employers have been scrambling for weeks to understand how to run their businesses amid stay-at-home orders, conflicting information on what it means to be an ‘essential business,’ and new work dynamics. A recent DMEC survey indicates a 50% increase in remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the same survey shows some employers have been forced to make challenging workforce management decisions such as furloughing employees (31%), reducing pay (15%), and offering early retirement (almost 5%). What do all of these changes mean for the future of work? How does COVID-19 impact absence management program integration? What considerations do employers need to make as they start planning their organizations’ return-to-work efforts? This webinar will present attendees with real-life scenarios. Each question will have multiple options to test attendee knowledge of compliance and best-practice procedures in a new era of pandemic absence management. Our panel will walk through each situation to explain the best answer, while providing insights and best practices to help your organization prepare for the next steps in your pandemic response efforts.