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Don’t be tripped up by light-duty obligations under the FMLA and ADA: A discussion of employer best practices

I had the privilege of presenting on reasonable accommodations at last year’s CUPA-HR annual conference with The Standard. We spent much of our time discussing the delicate topic of light duty and how it intersects with — and creates employer obligations under — both the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act […]

Six things you need to know about intermittent leaves

As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, proper case management is key for handling intermittent leaves. In fact, a proactive approach can help reduce the incidence of intermittent leaves in your workplace. Another way to ensure smooth management of these leaves is to establish that your company is compliant and your employees are following […]

Do you know these common vision impairments?

Consider for a moment that you have a stroke and it leads to vision loss. Depending on the location of the stroke, it can result in dim vision, reduced visual field, holes in the vision and the inability to visually comprehend or recognize objects. Adjusting to your normal life would not only be time consuming and difficult, but it likely would take a significant emotional toll. Can you imagine going back to work, much less being productive, after that?

Getting millennials to “buy in”

Next year, millennials will make up 36 percent of the United States workforce — increasing to 46 percent by 2020. Millennials — otherwise known as Gen Y — are generally defined as those born between 1981 and 2000 — making them a generation too big to ignore and a “must” target for benefits such as disability insurance.

Ergonomic solutions lead to successful return to work

Returning to work after a major surgery can be stressful for an employee — especially when he or she has specialized job responsibilities and is highly motivated to return to the office. When a setback threatens recovery, employers may want to consider options to help the employee successfully return to work.

Overcoming fear for a full recovery

For employees with a disabling illness or injury, fear often can be a speed bump on the way to a full recovery. However, for employers, an employee’s actions resulting from fear often can look like apathy, indifference — or worse — laziness.

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