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Ep. 18: Virtual enrollment in a COVID-19 environment

With the social-distancing needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may be wondering what benefits enrollment will look like in 2020. For many employers, virtual enrollment methods are replacing face-to-face meetings. According to a recent employer survey, virtual enrollment is expected to double this year. In this episode, benefits experts Shawn Ferguson and Richard Shaffer provide insights for employers starting or expanding virtual-enrollment capabilities, and discuss how to engage and educate employees in virtual environments. Read more

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Ep. 17: How the pandemic is reshaping employee benefits

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A roadmap for navigating COVID-19 leave laws (May 5, 2020)

Presented by HR Executive, this webinar shows employers how to determine whether employees are entitled to COVID-19-related leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

ADA considerations for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic (May 6, 2020)

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Unum thought leaders

Ellen McCann

Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel, Unum's Employment Law Group

Ellen McCann is an acclaimed national speaker on leave management issues including FMLA and ADA. She is also a certified trainer for SHRM and 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

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.

Clare Morin

Clare Morin

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.

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