October 26, 2021
Unum’s leading experts on the vaccine mandate and related areas of employment law reviewed the specifics of the proposed vaccine mandate and what companies can expect in terms of compliance and a possible rise in ADA accommodation and paid leave requests.
Panelists discussed both the regulatory requirements as well as important ways employers can leverage technology tools to help manage the challenges. They also answered questions submitted by attendees.
Assistant Vice President, Leave Solutions — Unum Group
Ellen McCann serves as a leading expert in applying benefits and benefits technology to power modern solutions to more effective employee leave programs, stronger regulatory compliance and enhanced digital HR transformation. In this role, she combines more than 30 years of employment law experience with practical knowledge of the complexities of leave and accommodation management to help develop and create solutions that enable employers to address the challenges of leave and accommodations. She is an acclaimed national speaker on leave management issues including FMLA and ADA, and is a certified trainer for SHRM and CE credit.
Assistant Vice President and Legal Counsel, Unum's Employment Law Group
Tamika Newson joined Unum after 22 years of employment-law counseling and litigation as a partner in several large law firms. Prior to joining Unum, she litigated employment matters nationwide. Tamika advises Human Resources on all employment-related legal issues, with particular emphasis on FMLA, ADA, leaves of absence, wage/hour compliance, military leaves, restrictive covenants and employee-relations issues. She also provides daily legal support to Unum's Leave Management Center and its ADA Services Center. Tamika received her BA from DePauw University and her JD from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline). She is a certified trainer for CE credit and is a frequent national speaker on FMLA and ADA. She has been selected as a “Best Lawyer in America” in the area of employment law every year from 2013 to 2019.
Head of Digital Strategy and Digital Incubator, Unum
Preetha Sekharan is Head of Digital Strategy and the Digital Incubator at Unum. She leads a team of digital strategists and technologists that incubate new digital business ideas and experiment with emerging technologies to assess how they can be applied and scaled across the organization. Prior to joining Unum, Sekharan was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Booz & Company, serving C-suite leaders on strategic areas in the financial services and medical insurance verticals. She brings extensive experience in large-scale business and technology transformations — and holds an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India.
September 15, 2021
Unum employment law and compliance expert Ellen McCann discusses which employees are covered, how the mandate will be implemented, prospects for litigation and what it all means for employers.