Unum, DMEC offer education forums for employers, industry professionals

  Unum, DMEC offer education forums for employers, industry professionals

     Topics focus on FMLA, return to work, absence management strategies

Business Wire

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- January 31, 2014

Unum (NYSE:UNM) and the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) are
teaming up once again to offer a series of online educational forums on
disability and absence management.

This year’s online forums will cover important topics relevant to employers
and industry professionals including health and productivity programs,
disability and absence management and updates on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

“The virtual forums continue to be a popular tool for employers and industry
professionals to ensure they are up-to-date on the most current industry
changes, trends and processes,” said Charlie Fox, chief executive officer for
DMEC. “In addition to the topics covered and availability of resources through
these forums, the virtual format is an easy and cost-effective way to meet
ongoing educational needs.”

DMEC is the only non-profit devoted to integrated disability and absence
management. Its membership represents employers from the Fortune 500 to those
with fewer than 500 employees. For more than a decade Unum and DMEC have
partnered on the Virtual Education Series, one of the first web-based learning
forums in the industry.

“These forums are a great way for employers and industry professionals to come
together to share expertise on the ever-changing world of disability and
absence management,” said Kristin Tugman, assistant vice president of Health
and Productivity at Unum. “The continued popularity and success of these
forums is evidence that there is a strong interest in and need for a place to
share ideas and information.”

The 2014 winter-spring forum schedule is as follows:

  *Feb. 11: The psychology of return to work – This session will demonstrate
    the influence employers can have on an employee’s readiness to return to
    work following a long absence, effect of returning to work and how the
    absence from work often influences an employee’s behavior.
    Presenters: Kristin Tugman, assistant vice president of Health and
    Productivity, Unum; Michelle Martin, director of Human Resources Specialty
    Services at CBS Corporation

  *April 15: The multigenerational workforce – This session will focus on the
    unique motivating factors among the different generations in the
    workforce. There will be a particular emphasis on Gen Y and their absence
    patterns, as well as suggestions for maximizing their engagement and
    Presenters: Heidi Bimrose, Health and Productivity consultant, Unum;
    Employer (TBD)

  *June 10: The Affordable Care Act: Current impact – This session will
    provide an update on the legislation, including statistics on
    participation in the exchanges. Presenters will also talk about the impact
    the ACA has or may have on disability and voluntary benefit enrollment
    Presenter: Andrew Molloy, assistant vice president of Health Management
    and Insurance Programs, Unum

  *Sept. 16: FMLA regulations and legal update – This session will provide an
    overview of new, current and pending FMLA regulations and legal cases.
    Presenters: Angela Ripper, assistant vice president, senior counsel, Unum;
    a senior FMLA officer, Department of Labor (TBD)

  *Oct. 14: Behavioral health: Intervention strategies for an ambiguous
    impairment – This session will address behavioral health situations
    ranging from presenteeism to return to work.
    Presenters: Kristin Tugman, assistant vice president of Health and
    Productivity, Unum; Employer (TBD)

  *Nov. 11: ADAAA: What you need to know in 2014 – This session will focus on
    the Americans with Disabilities Act including settlements, litigation and
    court decisions.
    Presenters: Betsy Stivers, assistant vice president, senior counsel, Unum;
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission representative (TBD)

These sessions are held on Tuesdays at noon Eastern/ 9 a.m. Pacific. The
one-hour presentations will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer
session. To register, visit www.dmec.org and select Virtual Education Forums
under the Conferences & Events tab.


Unum Group (www.unum.com) is a leading provider of financial protection
benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. Unum’s portfolio
includes disability, life, accident and critical illness coverage, which help
protect millions of working people and their families in the event of an
illness or injury. The company reported revenues of $10.5 billion in 2012, and
its subsidiaries – Unum US, Colonial Life and Unum UK – provided $6.3 billion
in benefits last year.

For more information visit us at www.unum.com or connect with us at
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About DMEC

The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) is a non-profit
organization that provides educational resources to employers in the areas of
disability, absence, health, and productivity. The primary goal of DMEC is to
assist employers in developing cost-saving programs, encouraging responsive
market products, and returning employees to productive employment. Visit
www.dmec.org for more information about educational publications and events.


Unum Group
Emily Gurchiek, 866-750-8686
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