Live Confidently

By Katie McCord Jenkins, President and Chairperson, Illinois Mutual. If you were to ask me what type of business my company is in, you might be surprised with my response: We are in the business of preserving dreams and enabling people to live fearlessly in a time when so many live paycheck to paycheck. Yes,…

How Paid Family and Medical Leave Policies Can Impact How You Choose Your Benefits

Annual enrollment will soon be underway for many employees. During this time, workers choose benefits they feel are most important to protect their health and financial well-being. Understanding the benefits your employer offers and their associated costs are most likely key considerations for you.   In this post, I am going to focus on one…

One Millennial Learned the Easy Way: Disability Insurance is Worth the Cost

By Nandita Dalal, AVP, Lincoln Financial Jesse Martin should have known about the upside of disability insurance. After all, his mom markets the employee benefit for one of the largest disability insurance companies in the U.S. But Jesse admits the last thing on his mind was to buy coverage that would help replace his paycheck…

Beyond Your Benefits Package: Why Open Enrollment is a Great Time to Focus on Your Financial Wellness

By Rachel Barrow, Second VP Marketing, Individual Markets, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. If you’re like many Americans, your employer offers key benefits that provide valuable protection for you and your family. And you’re probably familiar with open enrollment season – that time each year when you may be able to choose your health…

What You Should Know for Your First Open Enrollment

By Jenn Kischell, Vice President, Group Benefits, MetLife.   Open enrollment is taking place across the United States, and like millions of workers, you must submit your choices by a certain deadline. Many younger employees, however, are unsure about what types of coverage to select and how much and are tempted to wait until the…

HR leader educating a group of employees.

Educating Employees About Disability Insurance? Ask Them 5 Questions

Employers are offering more and more voluntary benefits—and workers want these benefits. A recent study showed that nearly one third of eligible employees were signing up for voluntary offerings (that’s a higher participation rate than in earlier years).  Amy Hollis is the national leader of voluntary benefits for HR consultancy Willis Towers Watson. She recently…

What Employees Need to Know About Disability Insurance?

Employers are offering more and more voluntary benefits—and workers want these benefits. A 2017 study showed that nearly one third of eligible employees were signing up for voluntary offerings (that’s a higher participation rate than in earlier years).  Amy Hollis is the national leader of voluntary benefits for HR consultancy Willis Towers Watson. She recently…

For Employers, Vendors are Key to Strategic Absence Management

By Marjory Robertson, AVP & Senior Counsel and Abigail O’Connell, Senior Counsel, Sun Life Financial When employees need to step away from work — whether to welcome a new child, care for a family member, or another life event — protecting their jobs and benefits, understanding their rights, knowing whether their employers will pay part…

Why Disability Insurance Matters

This article originally appeared in Human Resource Executive.  Responding to Risk Whether working in healthcare, for an insurance company, consulting with employers or running a nonprofit, the basic and vexing problem I’m trying to solve is behavior change and how, ultimately, human beings evaluate and respond to risk. The longer I work in and around employee…