April 5, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt life and businesses in the U.S., we explore two key federal resources for organizations with fewer than 500 employees. Ellen McCann offers recent legislative updates to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Laura Kilmartin then unpacks the Paycheck Protection Program, a Small Business Administration (SBA) lending program designed to encourage businesses to keep their employees on the payroll.
Assistant Vice President of Unum Solutions
Ellen McCann has expertise in leave management, specifically the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As Assistant Vice President, Unum Solutions, she combines more than 30 years of employment law experience with practical knowledge of the complexities of leave and accommodation management to create solutions that help employers manage the complex leave process. Currently, she supports Total Leave, Unum’s digital leave management solution, and Unum Vaccine Verifier, a simple, secure way to verify vaccination status, manage exemptions and manage COVID testing compliance.
Previously, Ellen worked in the Employment Law Group, providing support to Unum’s Absence Management Center and advised Human Resources on employment-related legal issues for more than 20 years. She worked at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine law firm in Boston prior to joining Unum. She is also a certified trainer for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs, Unum
Laura is an insurance professional and attorney with a specific focus on government affairs and regulatory compliance. As Assistant Vice President of the Government Affairs organization at Unum, Laura focuses on state legislation and paid family leave. Since joining Unum in 2000, Laura established claims policies and practices for the benefits organization to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and support new IT, product and leave initiatives. She also managed the Benefits Quality Assurance programs for all Unum’s insurance products and leave services.
Unum Content Marketing Manager
Clare Morin is the Content Marketing Manager at Unum and a journalist who’s spent the last 20 years interviewing hundreds of thought leaders on topics ranging from wellness to culture, finance, human resources and technology. Born in the UK, raised in Hong Kong and based in the U.S. since 2009, she brings a global outlook to the HR Trends studio.