DMEC Announces Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) Program

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Leave laws continue to grow. New compliance-focused disability designation positions professionals for new opportunities.

“The CLMS program is the only leave designation that opens the door to professional opportunities created by the new emphasis on mandated employee leave.”

The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) today announced the release of its new Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program, the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to enable leave managers to implement programs that comply with the growing number and complexity of laws and regulations.

Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is now a central part of the American workplace. Developing and implementing leave programs that effectively comply with the FMLA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and related laws and regulations is now an essential part of the leave management profession.

“While the risks of non-compliance have increased, the opportunities available to leave professionals who can help employers ensure compliance have grown even faster,” said Terri L. Rhodes, CEO, DMEC. “The CLMS program is the only leave designation that opens the door to professional opportunities created by the new emphasis on mandated employee leave.”

The CLMS designation is obtained through completion of an online course consisting of five modules plus a final exam. Participants will spend approximately 20 hours learning from real-life scenarios involving FMLA, ADA, and more. Downloadable toolkits, sample policies, up-to-date guidance, resources, and forms are also provided.

CLMS designees will be equipped to more quickly develop and implement compliant leave programs. In addition to learning specific leave-related information, they will gain the knowledge they need to effectively interact with and even lead other stakeholders, including legal, compliance, and risk management professionals.

“Leave law compliance is an important and growing piece of integrated absence management,” said Rhodes. “We are excited at the prospect of having Certified Lave Management Specialists with the expertise to make mandated leaves work for employees and organizations alike. Those individuals who help to reduce risk and costs and increase performance are the kind of professionals every employer values.”

More information about the new CLMS program is available at

About DMEC
The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) is the only association dedicated to providing focused education, knowledge, and networking for absence and disability professionals. Through its national education programs and network of local chapters, DMEC delivers trusted strategies, tools, and resources to minimize lost work time, improve workforce productivity, and maintain legally compliant absence and disability programs. Visit for more information.

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