Issues and Trends

Road map: three ways management can play a role in the accommodations process

Even though your passion as an HR representative is advocating for employees, you may not have the daily face time you need to identify employees in need of assistance early on, or know enough about an individual employee’s job duties to help with a return-to-work or stay-at-work plan. That’s why it is important for you […]

Engaging management for successful accommodation outcomes

At its core, the Workplace Possibilities℠ program aims to help identify employees in need of potential assistance, such as a workplace accommodation, early on. As we often discuss, this approach is good for all involved, not only because the employee gets the assistance he or she needs to help with their medical condition before it […]

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 […]

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