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  • June 22, 2022 The rapid adoption of statutory paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws is enough to make heads spin. And it’s impacting a growing number of industry professions. In the 2021 Paid Family and Medical Leave Pulse Survey, DMEC found that 81% of respondents did business in a state that had a statutory PFML law, and 78% of respondents did business in more than one state with such laws. Additional talk of a federal requirement makes it increasingly difficult for employers to stay up to date on PFML laws and changes. In this session, we will help employers navigate and understand the PFML requirements in statutory states including California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington. We will review options other than the state-run programs and help employers understand what they should consider when comparing plan benefits.

  • June 21, 2022 The recent global health crisis has dramatically increased the prevalence and severity of mental health challenges, and the working world has seen the impact. These challenges can disrupt employees’ ability to lead productive lives at home and at work. Employers are looking for answers on how to take action to support their people — especially as employees start returning to the office. In this webinar, we will discuss where we are as a nation in regard to mental health, practical actions employers can take to create a culture of openness, and how to create an effective behavioral health program for your employees. This webinar will be 90 minutes to allow for additional Q&A.

  • May 19, 2022 The definition of a workplace has expanded greatly in the past several years — impacting both when and how organizations conduct business. As a result, we’ve seen shifts in accommodation management as employees and employers alike respond to this evolution. In this session, we will share results from the 2022 DMEC Workplace Accommodations Pulse Survey to explore how organizations are addressing the expanding scope of workplace accommodation management. From responding to new request types to addressing fluctuating volumes of accommodations, employers are maneuvering through a turbulent era of accommodation management. Join us as we dissect the survey findings to provide actionable takeaways to ensure your accommodation program is keeping pace now and into the future.

  • May 5, 2022 Remote work is no longer just a temporary solution to get through the pandemic, but an indefinite format for the workforce. And it’s here to stay. Is permanent remote work an option for your organization? If your immediate reaction is ‘no’, you’ll want to take another look. In this session, we’ll review the changing workplace landscape and perspectives from employers and employees. This session will explore different work models including working from home, work share, and hybrid schedules, and explore how these options can impact your organization’s recruitment and retention efforts, engagement and productivity, and absence and disability management programs. The shifting landscape of the past two years has made more options available than we ever thought possible, and we’ll showcase practical ways you can critically and openly think about what is possible for your organization.

  • April 21, 2022 Absence and disability management professionals work hard to identify and leverage the tools at their disposal. Data is one of the most valuable assets available for managing disability claims. Whether you are streamlining adjudication of low-risk claims or proactively identifying claims more likely to exceed durations and transition into long-term disability, leveraging the right analytics can empower organizations to develop effective strategies for improving claim outcomes and achieving long-term success. This session will outline the various types of data and unique ways to manage it so that it can be utilized more effectively. We will explore proven strategies for achieving best-in-class results including designing the most effective analytics, delivering relevant insights for attaining key objectives, and developing innovative approaches for driving strategic initiatives.

  • April 20, 2022 How does your lost time experience compare to your competition? Is your workplace safer? Are your employees more likely to go out on short-term disability (STD) or long-term disability (LTD)? What about your family and medical leave (FML) experience? Benchmarking helps organizations of different sizes and industries answer these questions and provide insight on how to improve lost time and workplace productivity results. In a tight economy, making the business case for improvement can be crucial to overall success. In this webinar, we will start with the basics of benchmarking and walk through case studies around important and nuanced details — like internal versus external benchmarking, benchmarking sources (including what DMEC can offer), integrated or program-by-program benchmarking, direct versus hidden costs, and the best metrics to compare. Attendees will leave with not only a grasp of how to garner pertinent benchmarking data at their organization, but also what to do with those insights in order to make positive program improvements.

  • April 7, 2022 Paid sick leave versus paid medical leave — the 2010s were the decade of paid sick leave laws, and the 2020s are shaping up to be the decade of paid family & medical leave laws. What is the difference? This webinar will go back to the basics, and review the differences between the paid leave concepts including how each is funded, how they interact with PTO, disability, other sources of income, and one another. We will also review the latest trends in both types of leave laws and explore recently passed laws and upcoming and pending legislation.

  • April 5, 2022 More and more companies are finding paid parental leave policies to be a crucial element in a robust total rewards program. Once a rare perk, they are becoming table stakes for many employees and can help organizations attract and retain top talent. This session will review a paid parental leave policy that is not only compliant with guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and nondiscriminatory, but that tackles the thorny integration issues with short-term disability policies, statutory paid family and medical leave programs, and unpaid leave laws like the Family and Medical Leave Act. The complex issues of understanding how policies impact trans employees, employees in same sex marriages, and those who are or who use surrogates will also be addressed. This webinar will be 90 minutes to allow for additional Q&A.

  • March 2, 2022 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 partnered with Spring Consulting Group for the 11th year in a row to conduct the DMEC 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 2021 survey took a deep dive into leave plan design for short-term disability (STD), long-term disability (LTD), paid parental, paid family, sick, vacation, and PTO so employers can 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. This session will break down the findings of the 2021 survey, discuss the trajectory of ongoing trends, and examine the emergence of new observations. You’ll leave equipped with tools and takeaways to address ongoing and emerging issues in the absence and disability management industry

  • February 22, 2022 Since the start of the pandemic, employers have been struggling with how to support their workforces. This is especially true for the millions of front-line healthcare workers who are experiencing high stress, burnout, and mental health conditions due to the challenging and enduring nature of this pandemic. This session will explore research conducted with healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will share disability trends within the healthcare industry and leave you with proven strategies for cultivating a mentally healthy workforce.