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Access research reports and compare your organization against the wider industry, emerging trends and best practices. Our rich assortment of in-depth guides helps you further unlock complex regulatory requirements, improve employee benefits processes, and gain new insights into HR technology and streamlined benefits administration.

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Small Business Benefit Trends 2021

Our December 2020 survey of more than 300 small businesses across the U.S. confirmed that the pandemic has hit many of them hard. Not everyone is struggling to the same degree, but COVID-19’s effects on the economy have caused nearly everyone to think deeply about their hiring and benefits picture for this new year.

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Small Business Benefit Trends 2021 Report
Our December 2020 survey of more than 300 small businesses across the U.S. confirmed that the pandemic has hit many of them hard.
Unum Leave and Claim Trends Report
This monthly report, first released in May 2020, shows volumes and the proportion of COVID-19-related claims, helping employers, consultants and brokers understand trends and benchmarks.
Why employers expect a mental health crisis this fall
Our latest survey reveals how employers across the U.S. are planning amid continued school disruptions, rising mental health concerns and a critically important benefits enrollment season.
How the pandemic has revolutionized benefits — and the workplace
The 400+ employers we surveyed in early June revealed that big changes are coming for benefits, enrollment and the workplace.
How companies have responded to the COVID-19 crisis
Our April 2020 report took a pulse of the impacts on benefit planning as the United States first began to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The future of leave guide
Our new Future of leave guide can help, by exploring how employee expectations for leave have changed, the four essentials of a future-ready leave program, and how to build a strategy that lasts.
Integrating benefits: A game changer for Workday® users
Unum’s HR Connect integrates benefits administration with an employer’s Workday system, for quick, easy, seamless and secure information exchange.
Small business guide to employee benefits
Small businesses need a practical approach to crafting a benefits plan that helps attract, keep and protect great workers, while recognizing today’s economic realities. 
Leave by example: Paid leave around the world and its impact on employee engagement
Explore the challenges companies face in administering leave polices, trends from around the world, and solutions that can make leave programs work for you.
The FMLA handbook
This handbook helps you understand and comply with FMLA leave requirements, identify compliance issues, and learn how leaves interact with other benefits. 
Strong minds at work: The 2019 Unum mental health report
Employer and employee research is combined with insight from mental health organizations, industry groups, mental health professionals, and benefits experts.  
Six challenges facing small HR teams
This guide delves into six challenges that small HR teams face and ways to solve them — for a healthier, happier, more engaged workforce.
The Americans with Disabilities Act handbook
This guide helps employers navigate the ADA law's subtle and complex requirements, so they can avoid the costly consequences of failing to comply. 
Drill down into dental insurance: Dental buyer’s guide
A guide for first-time dental buyers and those looking to change insurance carriers, with helpful tips and reminders of what you should expect when switching.