Issues and Trends

Three ways to proactively help employees with mental health conditions

Mental health conditions are an often misunderstood but all-too-real concern for many employers. As I’ve mentioned before, the impacts of an employee with a mental health condition in the workplace can go unrecognized, but employers can play an important role in mitigating or reducing the impacts. As these posts imply, some employers only think about […]

Intermittent leave: Separating fact from fiction

For some HR managers, there can be gray areas surrounding how to properly help employees who are using intermittent leave. You might find yourself wondering what you can and can’t ask employees in regard to their health. Or you might not know how you can work with a disability carrier to implement accommodations — or […]

Six Ways to Evaluate Intermittent Leave Requests

Navigating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its intermittent leave usage requirements may feel like the ultimate balancing act. With all the regulations around this type of leave, coupled with the desire to be respectful of an employee’s need to seek medical care, you may feel uncertain about approving leave — or even […]

Mental health setbacks: A hidden side effect of chronic health conditions

One of your employees, Fred, is now back at work — two months after having a heart attack. You’re thrilled that Fred is healthy and planning on returning to work. You’ve reached out to ensure his return is successful by talking with him about how he is feeling, discussing his medical restrictions or limitations, and […]

How do you decide who can work remotely?

Telecommuting is a fast-growing trend, evidenced by the fact that 3.7 million employees work from home at least half of the time.1 Just consider your own work habits for a moment. Chances are, you have a laptop you can easily take home with you. Maybe you’re even reading this blog post on the mobile phone […]

5 tips for better partnership with medical providers

Medical providers are a critical partner when implementing workplace accommodations for an employee’s return-to-work or stay-at-work plan. They have first-hand knowledge of an employee’s medical condition and can provide details about any limitations and restrictions that need to be put in place to enable that person to return to work. Typically, medical providers share this […]

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