As the nation prepares to honor its dads this Sunday, recent research
from UNICEF spotlights a stark reality that almost two-thirds of the
world’s children less than a year old (nearly 90 million) live in
countries where fathers are not entitled by law to take paternity leave.
The U.S., which has nearly 4
million births per year, is one of eight countries with no national
law guaranteeing paid parental leave for either moms or dads.
More U.S. states, however, including New York, are mandating paid family
leave. Variations in federal, state, and company leave policies can
create confusion for both employees and their employers. In a recent
survey of caregivers by Unum
(NYSE: UNM), a leading provider of leave management services and
employee benefits in the U.S., around 85% of respondents said they would
welcome mobile technology to help them manage their leave.
Earlier this year, Unum introduced a leave management solution to new
and existing customers to help better manage their leave programs. The LeaveLogic
platform allows employees to create a leave plan which consolidates all
leave benefits and lists the tasks needed to ensure proper leave
planning and a successful return to work. It also educates the HR
manager by delivering training on supporting the employee through their
For its own employees, Unum also introduced new paid parental leave
benefits for both mothers and fathers in the U.S. this year. The benefit
provides six weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn, or a child
placed through adoption or foster care, at any time during the 12 months
following birth, adoption or fostering.
Unum Group (www.unum.com)
is a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the United
States and the United Kingdom. Its primary businesses are Unum US,
Colonial Life, and Unum UK. Unum’s portfolio includes disability, life,
accident and critical illness, dental and vision coverage, which help
protect millions of working people and their families in the event of an
illness or injury. Unum also provides stop-loss coverage to help
self-insured employers protect against unanticipated medical costs. The
company reported revenues of $11.3 billion in 2017 and provided nearly
$7 billion in benefits.
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