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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…

In a crisis? How disability benefits can support you

More than 155 million U.S. workers are insured for a disability through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. They receive this insurance coverage through their payroll taxes, or FICA taxes, as a part of the Social Security program. When those who experience a chronic health condition, injury or sudden medical crisis need support –…

Survey showed Americans concerned over Texas ACA ruling

A new survey conducted by The Mighty showed a number of Americans with disabilities and pre-existing conditions fear health insurance companies would discriminate them. About 84 percent of those surveyed feel this is possible after a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be unconstitutional last month. The survey was conducted…

Time to Invest in You: Ways to Make Your Retirement a Reality

By Rachel Barrow, AVP Marketing, Individual Markets, Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America® Dreaming about retirement may bring to mind relaxation, travel, and leisure time. Many people find, though, that planning for it can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be that way. If open enrollment time has you thinking about how you’ll fund your retirement,…

“I’ll take a 50% cut in pay, and I’m cool with downsizing my retirement” – Said No Employee, Ever

By Tom Charla, Director and Tara Reynolds, Corporate Vice President, MassMutual Most employees have figured out that the safety nets previous generations enjoyed — job security, pensions, even Social Security – can’t be relied on the way they have been in the past. They know that when it comes to reaching their financial goals, especially…

Why relying on SSDI is better than nothing, but far from optimal

By Ted Norwood, General Counsel and Director of Representation, Integrated Benefits, Inc. According to the Council for Disability Awareness, half of those who don’t work for the government have some form of employer-paid disability insurance (short-term disability only, long-term disability only, or both STD and LTD). These benefits are important because 25 percent of today’s 20-year-olds…

When you hear the term ‘underinsurance,’ do you understand what it means?

By Bob Herum, Second Vice President, DI & GSI Sales, Ameritas I picture the millions of working Americans who are employed, receive benefits through their employers, and yet, go about their daily activities without realizing the potential financial risk to their way of life. Specifically, I’m thinking of their income and what insurance they may have…