Families First Coronavirus Response Act

April 8, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is expanding nationwide and significantly impacting the workplace. After landmark debate and development, legislation has been enacted with the Families First Coronavirus Act which includes the expansion of FMLA and the addition of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. Employers are trying to understand their obligation and how it impacts their workforce.

In this webinar, Unum’s legal team give an overview of the Emergency FMLA Expansion Act (EFMLA) and the Emergency Federal Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). They review these new laws, focusing on employer responsibilities and reviewing the regulations and recent guidance issued by the Department of Labor. In addition, they provide an overview of the federal legislative landscape.

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Ellen McCann

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).

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Daris Freeman

Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel, Unum's employment law group

As Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel for Unum, Daris’ primary responsibility is to support Unum’s Absence Management Center which administers FMLA, paid leave, ADA and over 200 complementary state laws. Daris partners with the operation and their clients to develop compliant solutions for their unique absence management challenges. Most recently, her time has been dedicated to the paid leave landscape, implementing solutions for customers and working with state agencies on development of their programs.

Laura Kilmartin

Laura Kilmartin

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.  

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