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April 29, 2020
Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services and Brad Krauss, VP Business Development
3 key questions: Getting back to business after COVID-19

While we will miss seeing you at the Annual RIMS Conference & Exhibition in Denver, there has never been a more important time for us to connect or a more valuable message to share. The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected us all deepl…

April 29, 2020 by Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services and Brad Krauss, VP Business Development
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March 30, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
States respond to the coronavirus: Latest disability and leave expansions

On May 12, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the next round of COVID-19 response legislation.  The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act with over 1,800 pages and a $3 trillion price tag includes labor …

March 30, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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March 25, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Coronavirus update: New York sick leave, disability and family leave provisions

On March 18, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed emergency legislation guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The law requires job-protected, employer-provided paid sic…

March 25, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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March 18, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Coronavirus – statutory state updates

As we continue to track updates to workforce absence-related laws to support coronavirus (COVID-19) absences, we have created a statutory state chart as a resource to help make sense of the changes. The matrix includes scenarios to identify which ben…

March 18, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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March 14, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
What you need to know about coronavirus FMLA and paid sick leave provisions

UPDATE ALERT: Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. CST. Today, the Senate passed HR 6201 as approved by the House yesterday. President Trump signed into law at 8:30pm eastern. The bill will become law within 15 days. Within that time, rules will be…

March 14, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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January 10, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
The challenges and benefits of state PFML programs for employers

For employers operating in multiple states — and even in single states — it’s become more challenging to effectively manage employee benefits. Many bills have been introduced that have components impacting paid leave benefits, such as cha…

January 10, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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May 16, 2019
Bryon Bass, SVP, Workforce Absence; Kimberly Webb, Director, National Technical Compliance – ADA Accommodation
Bazinga! Theoretical Big Bang scenarios put the spotlight on intermittent ADA

Determining a reasonable accommodation for an employee with medical needs while adhering to the laws under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be a complicated process for even the most intellectual among us. ADA rules include far more face…

May 16, 2019 by Bryon Bass, SVP, Workforce Absence; Kimberly Webb, Director, National Technical Compliance – ADA Accommodation
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March 28, 2018
Kimberly Webb
national technical compliance director
To grant or not to grant? That is the question Intermittent leave as an ADA accommodation

It’s no secret that intermittent leave, whether under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is difficult for employers to track and manage, but it is also an area that can spark lawsuits. What are the i…

March 28, 2018 by Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
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December 10, 2017
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
What’s ahead in 2018? Increased opportunities for collaboration

Human resources and benefit managers will have excellent opportunities to demonstrate their expertise in 2018. The complexity of issues they address on a daily basis continues to grow and evolve. Federal, state, county and city laws that govern emp…

December 10, 2017 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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August 03, 2017
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Accommodation best practices: Consistency is key

Because of its relevance at the intersection of workers' compensation, leave of absence and federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the accommodation process requires a careful and thou…

August 03, 2017 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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April 10, 2017
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Pregnancy: A waiting game

April the Giraffe has been quite the internet sensation! Some 20 million people around the world have followed her seemingly endless pregnancy since February. Although currently closed for the season, the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New …

April 10, 2017 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
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February 17, 2017
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Health Affairs, The Work/Health Relationship Recap

Health Affairs is the leading peer-reviewed journal addressing health, health policy and health care - including cost, quality and access. Since the early 1980s, health research published in the journal has been used to shape policy nationally. To my…

February 17, 2017 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
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February 09, 2017
Robin Moleski, VP Clinical Operations
Personalizing return to work management

The power of the process Consistently using the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) in workers’ compensation return to work management is a good industry practice, but there’s power in taking a step beyond. Investing additional time to fully unde…

February 09, 2017 by Robin Moleski, VP Clinical Operations
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January 27, 2017
Todd J. Squiers, Director, Client Development
Now trending: Paid parental leave

Brian Gifford, PhD, Director of Research for IBI, discusses paid parental leave trends. On January 18, I attended the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) Paid Parental Leave and LOA Regional Event in San Jose, California. The topic of the day was th…

January 27, 2017 by Todd J. Squiers, Director, Client Development
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December 19, 2016
Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
California court rules employers must accommodate disabilities of employees’ associates

A recent ruling by the California Court of Appeal (Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal. App. 5th 1028) increases the sphere of influence of the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to include reasonable accommo…

December 19, 2016 by Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
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