ADA vs. WCC – Return to Work & the Interactive Process

What does it mean to return to work for a work related injury versus a non-industrial injury? What is reasonable accommodation? What is are the consequences for failing to accommodate adequately? At the 2017 CWC and Risk conference a panel leads a discussion on return to work and the interactive process. The panel included: · Matthew […]

Understanding the Intersection Between Employment Law and Workers’ Compensation

Understanding the intersection between employment law, the interactive process and workers’ compensation is complicated. At the 2017 California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference, Negar Matian, Managing Partner, Matian Law Group, Dana Peterson, Senior Partner, Seyfarth Labor Law Firm, and Darin Hampton, National Safety Coordinator, International Paper Company, led a conversation to explain the intersection between […]

Walking the FMLA-ADA-Workers’ Compensation Tightrope

Can you maintain the balance between the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and your workers’ compensation claims? At the RIMS 2017 Annual Conference, Drew Pomerance, Partner, Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye & Adreani, LLC, and Tamara Johnson, Vice President, Lockton, discussed how you can equip workers with the correct information […]

EEOC and ADA Compliance

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, Richard Mrizek with the U.S. EEOC office in Chicago and Matt Morris, VP of FMLA Resources with ComPsych, discussed issues surrounding ADA compliance and EEOC enforcement actions. In 2015, there was a record number of ADA activity before the EEOC. This included almost 27,000 complaints – over 30% of […]

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Using a Vendor for ADA Accommodation

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel talked about Walmart’s experience shifting to a vendor to manage their Accommodation Process. The speakers were: Herminio Vargas – Senior Manager Integrated Absence Management – Walmart Ben Cormack – Senior Manager Integrated Absence Management – Walmart Shawn Johnson – SVP Client Services – Sedgwick According to a […]

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Integrated Disability Management

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference a panel discussed the challenges of multiple laws regulating disability management the benefits of an integrated disability management program. The panel was: Jane Ryan – Return to Work Recovery and Claims Services – Mayo Clinic Trina Mouton – Manager Disability Management & Wellness – CenterPoint Energy Patrick Leary – […]

Understanding the California Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS)

At the 2015 California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation Conference, Denise Zoe Algire from Safeway and Dr. Lawrence Miller from Anthem Workers’ Compensation presented a session entitled California MTUS: Past, Present Future. The primary goal of adopting treatment guidelines should not be cost containment. The primary goal should be to expedite the injured worker receiving the […]

Top 10 Best Practices for Leave Management and Administration

This RIMS 2015 session examined the best path to compliant, integrated leave management programs. Speakers included Terri Rhodes, Executive Director at Disability Management Employers’ Coalition (DMEC) and Karen English, Partner at Spring Consulting Group, LLC.   The environment for leave management has become increasingly complex. Regulations, including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with […]

Job Demand Titles: That’s Not My Job

At the FMI Asset Protection Conference on March 10, 2015, I attended a session on the subject of categorizing jobs appropriately.  The presenters were: Jamie Wright, Corporate Safety Manager, Safeway Inc.  Mike Raub, Director of Business Development, BTE The initial step in categorizing your jobs is a Physical Demands Analysis. The main elements in this are: Onsite […]

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