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Employer Leave Management: - DMEC Whitepaper Looks at Best Practices in Leave Management

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:00:53 EST

Uniform leave policies and centralized leave management are two ways employers are adapting to increasingly complex leave laws, according to the results of the 2011 Employer Leave Management Survey, released today by the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group.

The environment for leave management has become increasingly complex as a myriad of regulations—particularly the FMLA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA)—continue to evolve, and employees at organizations become more aware of their rights and responsibilities.

The white paper resulting from the 2011 Employer Leave Management Survey outlines 10 best practices that employers can use to overcome the challenges associated with leave management.

  1. Develop leave policies that can be provided uniformly across your organization.
  2. Centralize your approach to leave management.
  3. Consider outsourcing leave management.
  4. Develop communication protocols with other internal departments.
  5. Establish a relationship between HR/Benefits and Risk Management.
  6. Acknowledge the most difficult FMLA activities involve intermittent time, return to work, and ADA/ADAAA interaction, then identify resources and tools to help.
  7. Educate your team on evolving areas, such as ADA/ADAAA, Attendance Policies, and State or Municipal/County Leaves.
  8. Seek out technology and its application across all leave types.
  9. Set baseline metrics that can be tracked against over time.
  10. Continue to pursue integration across absence types, teams and processes.

Download the executive summary of the white paper at or request the full length paper from DMEC.

About DMEC
The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) is a non-profit organization that advances strategies and resources to improve workforce productivity by minimizing the impact of absence and disability. The primary goal of DMEC is to assist employers in developing cost-saving programs and returning employees to productive employment. Visit for more information about educational publications and events.

About Spring Consulting Group
Spring Consulting Group, LLC is a multidisciplinary employee benefits and risk management consultancy. Spring provides strategy consulting services to employers, insurance and financial service providers and captive owners. They offer subject matter expertise in retirement, life, healthcare, disability, absence management, workers' compensation, captive insurance and strategic risk management. 

Source: WebWire

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