What Every Business Needs to Know About Anti-Discriminatory Laws

Every business should have a basic knowledge about anti-discriminatory handicap and disability laws. At a very general level, the following definition can be proposed: discrimination is any violation of the principle of equality in relation to prohibited criteria. Older discrimination laws used to provide sanctioned regulations which did not sufficiently take into account the differences…

Unseen Employee Disability Costs, Part 2

In last month’s blog post, I wrote about how the non-occupational disabilities covered under salary continuation or disability insurance plans are more common than the occupational disabilities covered under workers’ compensation. I suggested that your benefits team should be as focused on managing the costs of non-occ disabilities as your risk management team is on…

Your FMLA Roadmap: Three Steps to Managing Employee Leave

Since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) passed in 1993, employers have struggled to meet its regulatory obligations. Although it’s been nearly 25 years – the challenges employers are dealing with haven’t gotten any easier. Leave requests can be very complex – and can distract employers from the underlying compliance requirements. These three key…

Unseen Employee Disability Costs Can Sink the Ship

I’ve held a variety of jobs during my post-college career. One of the more interesting ones was when I was a safety and environment consultant in the risk management department of a large insurance company. Our focus was on controlling the costs of our workers’ compensation program. Our WC costs weren’t as high as those…

Working While on Disability

The Rules of Working While on Disability

Disability isn’t always a black and white, cut and dry scenario. Sometimes, a disability simply prevents a worker from full-time employment, which makes the rules of working while on disability oftentimes very grey. Think about it this way: Let’s say you’ve been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer. You need to undergo chemotherapy. For many people, chemotherapy…