Disability Leave

Self-funded Playbook

Apr 4, 2016|

Whether you are considering self-funding your medical benefits plan for the first time or are an experienced pro, the Self-Funded Playbook will provide tips you can use immediately. It provides guidance for employers to help them make key decisions in funding arrangements, claims administration, and stop-loss insurance. It even includes an action plan so the [...]

Best Practices for Administering Intermittent Leaves in the Workplace

Feb 15, 2016|

Proper management of intermittent leaves is essential, as it can reduce lost employee productivity and can help employers avoid the risk of fines, audits or legal action that can result from improperly managed leaves. To help ensure you're properly accommodating employees while complying with FMLA regulations, we offer up some best practices for managing intermittent [...]

Accommodate, Don’t Terminate: Best Employer Practices For ADAAA Compliance

Feb 12, 2016|

Employers should not resort to terminating an employee without first considering all reasonable ADAAA accommodations. The cost to recruit and train a new employee - and defend a potential lawsuit - could be far more expensive than implementing a reasonable accommodation that enables an employee to return to work. To help navigate the legal complexities [...]

What Every Employer Needs to Know – Key Success Factors for Hiring People with Disabilities

Feb 12, 2016|

As part of a two-year research partnership, The Hartford and the University of Kansas released a white paper in 2015 that outlined the critical nature of a strong partnership between a supportive employer and a motivated employee with a disability. With a focus on The Hartford's Ability Philosophy - a long held belief in what [...]

Health-Related Lost Productivity: The Full Cost Of Absence

Feb 11, 2016|

Traditionally, absence and disability management programs have been marketed with claims of increasing the productivity of the employer's workforce. The challenge is how to translate these programs and services into specific employer gains. In this paper, we explore the productivity loss caused by employees who are away from work for medical reasons (absence and disability). [...]

Health-Related Lost Productivity: Causes and Solutions

Feb 10, 2016|

HR managers, brokers and consultants have an opportunity to view disability carrier products and services in a different light. In the past, the focus was primarily on how one could obtain STD, LTD and absence management services at the lowest price. Often, the relationship between these services and the Health-Related Lost Productivity has been overlooked. [...]

Educate and Engage: Connecting with Millennials About The Importance Of Disability Protection

Feb 10, 2016|

During a time when voluntary coverage is playing a larger role in employers' benefit offerings, it is important to find ways to educate employees about the need for coverage. A smart enrollment strategy includes outreach to millennial employees, who may not understand the need for LTD coverage. This lack of understanding can translate to lower [...]

Webinar: Redesigning to Better Manage Absence & Disability

Jul 8, 2015|

Fraser Health, a Canadian organization with 24,000 employees, worked with StaffRelay to create a program to better approach and manage absence and disability. Through an extensive redesign process, a comprehensive electronic employee health record, an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP), and an automated attendance reporting solution, Fraser Health has produced a return on investment of [...]

Unmanaged Diabetes in the Workplace – Higher Worker Absence, Lower Performance

May 26, 2015|

This IBI report features the productivity implications of poorly managed diabetes drawing upon IBI’s 2013 Benchmarking data, prior IBI studies and others’ research. Together these findings suggest that when diabetes is managed well work-disruptive symptoms and events -- such as attendance problems, fatigue-related performance issues and work disability episodes -- are likely to diminish. Value-based [...]