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Transitional work agreements: return-to-work solutions for employees

For an employee on a disability leave, returning to work is a huge step forward in their recovery. Not only does it signal that his or her health is improving, but it also signals a return to “normal” life. However, some employees may want to return to work, but might not be able to take […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

Absence management: Caring for family, near and far

Life throws us curve balls. They come out of the blue and may take people by complete surprise. Employers realize their employees will need to take care of family issues from time to time, but have you considered how your organization will handle these situations?

Think creatively to avoid permanent disability

An assembly line employee — who was diagnosed at an early age with a severe condition that resulted in partial paralysis — was having difficulty moving to various workstations. Her health had declined to the point where she was unstable on her feet and could have risked a fall and/or other serious injury.

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