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Don’t hesitate to call your disability carrier

Have you hesitated to call your disability carrier for help with an employee’s stay-at-work accommodation? We get it. As a human resources professional, you barely have any time to spare for a phone call. But helping an employee who may be struggling at work with a medical condition can help with your organization’s productivity. Here […]

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 […]

Intermittent leave accommodations as easy as 1-2-3

It’s understandable if an employee needs to be off work occasionally, but intermittent leaves can cause a major disruption in productivity. If a recurring medical condition is causing frequent intermittent leaves, you may be tempted to let the employee go. Instead, leaves may be lessened with help from your disability carrier. Check out these examples […]

The importance of case management in managing intermittent leave

I, along with two other colleagues, gave a presentation on managing intermittent leaves at the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) annual conference last September. The session was packed, and many employers commented that this issue is becoming increasingly important for them to understand and address. Consider a recent Mercer survey that sheds light on why: […]

How to advocate and accommodate

What makes your job in human resources (HR) uniquely rewarding? You have the ability — and the challenge — to advocate for those around you. You’re a champion for your fellow employees. But it’s not always easy to be the advocate you aspire to when you’re juggling a growing list of responsibilities. In our last […]

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