The Impact of Comorbidities

We all know how much pre-existing conditions can affect the outcomes of your claims. They can prolong disability time frames, exponentially increase claim costs, and more. At the 2023 Workers’ Compensation Institute Educational Conference, a medical panel discussed the barriers that can occur from comorbidities and how to avoid their associated pitfalls. Speakers included: Zack […]

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 […]

How Mental Health Impacts Productivity and Performance

Mental health factors like stress, anxiety and depression contribute to disabilities, productivity losses and absences. Physical wellbeing and mental health are intertwined, therefore, both are necessary for recovery from injury and illness. In this session at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, presenters discussed current research related to the topic and provided examples […]

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 […]


Workforce Management Issues

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel discussed a variety of workforce management issues facing employers in 2016. The panel was: Scott Mattes – Manager Workforce Health – Amerigas Propane Sonya Stephens – SR Benefits Analyst – Symantic Corporation Andrew Harrison – Americas HR Direct Benefits & Leave Operations Manager – Nike Nikki James […]

Mind Your Business

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference Patricia Purdy from Pacific Resources and Kimberly George from Sedgwick talked about why mental health is important to the workforce today and into the future. According to a recent Gallop poll, employees are working more hours than ever before but 70% report they are disengaged from their employment. The […]

DMEC Annual Conference

This week Conference Chronicles is blogging from the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference in New Orleans. The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) is committed to providing focused education for absence management professionals. From face-to-face conferences to helpful tools and resources, they provide you what you need to reduce costs, minimize lost work time, and increase staff […]


Programs to Address Mental Health in the Workplace

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel discussed how organizations offering mental health solutions can improve the employee experience and engagement. The panel was: Scott Daniels – Director of Disability Benefits – Comcast Jack Stoddard – Chief Strategy Officer – Accolade, Inc. Hong Un – Chief Psychiatric Officer and Head of EAP – Aetna […]

Overcoming Mental Health Stigma

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel discussed strategies to raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental health and how to address it. The panel was: Donna Hardaker – Director, Wellness Works – Mental Health America of California Heather Holladay – Integrated Health Manager – Pacific Gas & Electric Rich Paul – SVP […]

Building the Business Case for Mental Health

At the 2106 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel discussed strategies to build the business case needed to evolve mental health and well being and a culture of health in the workplace. The panel was: Debra Lerner – Director, Program on Health, Work and Productivity – Tufts Medical Center Harry Spencer – VP Compensation, Benefits & […]

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