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Successful accommodations for fragrance sensitivities in the workplace

While your choice in perfume or fabric softener may not seem like a serious decision, it can cause a person with fragrance sensitivity to have some unfortunate health issues. A fragrance sensitivity is an allergic reaction or irritation to chemicals in certain products1 — a topic I introduced in one of my first posts for […]

Vision issues and the aging workforce

An aging workforce presents an employer with a number of unique challenges, including the potential for higher health care costs and increased chances for an employee to become ill or injured and require a disability leave. And when you consider health issues common among older workers, you’re likely thinking about musculoskeletal issues or heart disease. […]

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: […]

Four apps, sites and devices for healthy, productive employees

Reducing presenteeism and disability leaves is a focus for you. Maybe you’ve created a worksite wellness or smoking cessation program. Or maybe you’ve worked with an on-site consultant to help with an employee accommodation. But did you know that you might not have to look further than your phone or computer for additional ways to help employees?

Managing employee absence through third-party administration

Do you ever feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the workday? Authorizing, coordinating and monitoring Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)-protected time away from work can be time-consuming, let alone challenging. To gain back time, have you considered outsourcing absence management to a carrier?

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