• 2021 Webinar: COVID-19’s Lasting Effects on Mental Health & Cognitive Abilities

    May 6, 2021 After a year of struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic, most will agree that the unforeseen effects from the virus are still with us. Many people diagnosed with coronavirus have reported various, lasting symptoms long after their initial recovery. Sometimes referred to as long haulers, these individuals continue to experience physical symptoms such as muscle aches and fatigue, as well as ongoing cognitive challenges such as impaired focus and concentration. It’s clear that we still have a lot to learn about the virus’ long-term implications, and how it will impact our workplaces as we move through 2021 and beyond. This webinar will outline the latest surveys and statistics the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health and cognitive issues, and explore intervention strategies employers should consider.

  • 2021 Webinar: ADA Basics

    April 29, 2021 Whether you’re new to the absence industry or looking for a refresher, this event will prepare you to tackle the nuts and bolts of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a deep dive into the foundational components of the law. This event will feature a recording of our 2020 ADA Basics webinar, which navigates a model interactive process to outline ADA requirements that continue to pose challenges for employers. We’ll explore how to determine who has a disability, when and how to request disability-related information, and what accommodations are reasonable. The recording will be followed by a 30-minute live Q&A in which attendees can submit their most challenging ADA questions for insight from our expert. Join us as we tackle the intricacies of ADA requirements and implementation, discuss the low cost and high impact of providing accommodations, and offer best practices for building an inclusive workplace. This webinar will be 90 minutes to accommodate additional Q&A.

  • 2021 Webinar: FMLA Basics

    April 21, 2021 Although the FMLA was signed into law over 25 years ago, understanding its requirements can be overwhelming. This event will feature a recording of our FMLA Basics webinar, which will walk participants through the fundamentals of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and provide real-world best practices to effectively administer FMLA programs. The recording will be followed by a 30-minute live Q&A in which attendees can submit their toughest FMLA questions to our legal expert. Whether you’re new to the absence industry or looking for a refresher, this event will prepare you to tackle the nuts and bolts of the FMLA with a deep dive into the foundational components of the law, and how to effectively operationalize them in your organization. This webinar will be 90 minutes to accommodate additional Q&A.

  • 2021 Webinar: Practical Steps to Address the FMLA/PFL Knowledge Gap

    February 24, 2021 The absence management industry has come a long way, but employees are often challenged to understand the leave entitlement process and absence resources available to them. Through a multi-year survey, ClaimVantage studied this knowledge gap to understand how employee understanding is evolving. Have increased communications during COVID-19 helped lessen the gap, or has this year of unprecedented change simply widened the knowledge gap? Do managers adequately understand the state-mandated regulations required for regulatory compliance? With two years of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and paid family leave (PFL) knowledge gap survey information in hand, join us as we explore the eye-opening data. We will share results of the second annual study, highlighting the changes year over year. In addition, a team of experts will share advice for how you can best address this knowledge gap at your company, including practical steps you can take to ensure your organization’s compliance.

  • 2021 Webinar: Leave Management Evolution - Employer Response to COVID's Disruption

    February 25, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exercise in agility, empathy, and innovation for employers across the globe. As we examine the changes of the past year — including economic uncertainty, emergency legislation, business closures — and consider what is yet to come — it’s undeniable that the leave management industry as a whole has experienced tremendous upheaval. This landscape will continue to evolve as businesses inevitably change their absence and disability management policies. Employers are left wondering how the absence space will look as the dust starts to settle on this disruption. The pandemic has caused many organizations to reconsider their methods of operation to meet the changing needs of both employees and businesses alike. Join us as industry experts explore how company-sponsored paid leave programs, statutory leave compliance, and accommodations look as we better prepare for life during and beyond the coronavirus. We will discuss results from the 2021 DMEC COVID-Related Leave and Accommodation Considerations Survey and provide practical takeaways for employers to keep pace moving forward.

  • 2021 Webinar: New Year, New Insights - Challenges and Best Practices

    February 17, 2021 The importance of leave was reinforced during 2020 with the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19. Human resource professionals nationwide were once again tasked with understanding and navigating multiple leave laws, while guiding their workforce through the complexity. Determining eligibility, applicability, and interactions between the various legislation challenged HR. To assist in navigating the complex maze, the wage and hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published COVID-19 guidance, including numerous Q&As — addressing the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) paid leave provisions, application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and issues arising from COVID-19 impacts. In this session, we will examine the DOL’s 2020 FMLA Request for Information (RFI), including comments reflecting challenges and best practices. Additionally, the DOL also released simplified FMLA forms that employers can use during the FMLA process. We will review applicable case law and highlight recent DOL opinion letters to assist in staying abreast of FMLA guidance. This webinar will be 90 minutes to accommodate additional Q&A.

  • 2021 Webinar: Results of the 10th Annual Leave Management Survey

    February 11, 2021 As leave management grows in complexity, so do the questions plaguing absence and disability professionals. If you’ve ever wondered about the leave benefits offered by others in your industry, or sought a benchmark for your leave management processes, this is an event you won’t want to miss! DMEC has partnered with Spring Consulting for the 10th year in a row to conduct our Employer Leave Management Survey. We gathered information from employers around the nuances of leave management practices, and explored everything from what’s being outsourced, to the caseloads of managing internal and external staff, and the technology used. The 2020 survey took a deeper dive into leave plan design for short-term disability (STD), long-term disability (LTD), paid parental, paid family, sick, vacation, and PTO so that employers will be able to benchmark their programs against others of similar size and industry. The questions included details such as funding, waiting periods, elimination periods, benefit amounts, and benefit durations. Join us for this eye-opening session where we will break down the findings of the 2020 survey, discuss the trajectory of ongoing trends, and examine the emergence of new observations.

  • 2021 Webinar: Your Questions Answered! A Follow Up to FMLA Certifications

    February 4, 2021 Certifications under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continue to challenge employers of all industries and sizes. Our 2020 Tools & Tactics Webinar: FMLA Certifications – A Step-by-Step Guide took a deep dive into the certification process required under the FMLA. Participants left with a better understanding of the Department of Labor’s model forms, parameters around the use of information from other benefit programs, and what is necessary or can be requested for various qualifying events. Come prepared for this next webinar by viewing the recording of FMLA Certifications – A Step-by-Step Guide, and then join us for this session where we will further explore the unanswered questions submitted in the Q&A, while providing answers to all your lingering certification questions.

  • 2021 Webinar: Understanding Connecticut Paid Family & Medical Leave

    January 14, 2021 Employers are scrambling to keep up as the maze of new and updated paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws continues to unfold before us. With contributions for Connecticut’s PFML statute starting Jan. 1, 2021 and new information on private plans available, we invite you to join us for this webinar where we’ll help to explain it all. Our experts will guide you out of the labyrinth of the unknown and provide a path to compliance in the state of Connecticut. This engaging event will review all the basics of the Connecticut program, and then dive deeper into the specific requirements of the private plan options, share insights on the never-before-seen approach with the Connecticut PFML authority, and provide best practices for employers as you develop your program. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up to speed and ready to take on Connecticut PFML!

  • 2020 Webinar: New Year, New Eligibility – CFRA’s New Look for 2021

    December 10, 2020 California wrapped up its 2020 legislative session with the Governor passing several bills that bring dramatic changes to employee leave requirements. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) saw changes that not only expanded the situations in which an eligible employee may qualify for leave by broadening the definition of a family member, but also significantly increased the number of employers who must comply with its provisions. The new law decreases the employer eligibility threshold to just five employees, thus expanding the obligation to provide leave to many small employers not covered before. Whether you are a newly obligated employer under CFRA or an employer with years of experience administering the law, this webinar will leave you better equipped to manage claims under the law. This session will explore what’s changing and when, and what that means for California employers. We will guide attendees through the multiple leave laws at play in California, with a deep dive into CFRA, and paying particular attention to one of the most common leave reasons for which employers administer claims: pregnancy. Our legal expert will lay out practical application of how and when the laws intersect and how to maintain compliance going into the new year with new obligations under the law.