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, Legal Counsel, Unum's Employment Law Group

Ellen McCann is an acclaimed national speaker on leave management issues, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She is also a certified trainer for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and continuing education (CE) credit. As Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel for Unum’s Employment Law Group, Ellen advises Human Resources on all employment-related legal issues. She also provides legal support to Unum’s Absence Management Center, which provides leave administration services to its customers. Presently, Unum’s leave administration product includes administration of close to 200 state leave laws in addition to FMLA and covers close to 3 million lives. Ellen has been employed by Unum for 23 years and worked for a law firm in Boston for seven years prior to joining Unum.

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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’s 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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