The absence and disability management landscape continues to undergo significant change. Most of the changes are driven by the legal and regulatory initiatives surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Here are four trends to watch for in 2015.
1. Outsourcing of FMLA administration
We are continuing to see an increase in the number of employers who are outsourcing FMLA administration.
With the expansion of state leave provisions, and now local paid sick-leave laws cropping up, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all of the compliance requirements.
2. Pleas for help with ADA administration
More employers are asking for assistance from their current short-term disability (STD), long-term disability insurance (LTD) and FMLA partners to help them manage the ADA process.
Many vendors have been developing tools and resources to help employers manage the accommodation requests and processes associated with ADA. We will continue to see an increase in this co-management process.