The Leave Show

Paid leave laws: What you need to know now

April 24, 2024

Catch episode 3 for the latest happenings in statutory leave programs

About this webinar

Paid leave is becoming more prevalent and may be coming to a state near you! Our expert panel unpacks key areas you need to keep on your radar as states continue to expand employee access to paid leave. This is a must-watch for anyone seeking to understand the ever-evolving landscape of statutory leave programs.

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Sarah Montgomery

AVP Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation, ACLI

Sarah Montgomery is an Assistant Vice President for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Implementation at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). In this capacity, Sarah works closely with member companies and state departments of labor and insurance to manage legislative, regulatory and process matters around private plan implementation of PFML programs. Sarah joined ACLI from Lincoln Financial where she managed a team of legal and compliance professionals responsible for supporting all absence management products.

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Daris Freeman

AVP Legal Counsel, Unum

Daris Freeman has spent more than 20 years at Unum focused on all things absence management. As Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel, Daris’ primary responsibility is to support Unum’s Absence Management operation which administers FMLA, paid leave, ADA and over 200 complementary state laws. Daris also partners with state agencies through rulemaking and operational, workgroups to apply her expertise and experience to the development of their programs. In addition, she assists in the development of Unum’s products and services to help clients comply with paid leave requirements while integrating existing leave and pay programs. Daris is a certified trainer for SHRM and CE credit and is a frequent speaker on FMLA, ADA and paid leave.

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Umberto Speranza

AVP Government Affairs, Unum

Umberto Speranza is Unum’s Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs. In this role, he engages with lawmakers and public officials at the state and federal level by advancing and defending the company’s legislative, regulatory and public policy agendas. He specializes in top public policy issues impacting the benefits industry such as Paid Family and Medical Leave, Long Term Care, Mental Health and other key products and priorities. Prior to joining Unum, Umberto held various roles in government and politics, including serving as a United States Fulbright Scholar to Italy. He previously held multiple roles in the Ohio Legislature, including policy advisor, communications manager and legislative fellow. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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