Leave and Absence Management Toolkit

We're committed to supporting you throughout the leave process, from the planning stage of evaluating leave eligibility and FMLA coverage all the way through to employee reintegration. Check out our tools, resources and manager responsibilities checklist to quickly get on track.

Preparing for an employee's leave?

Get started with these must-do tasks:

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    Determine the expected timing of the extended leave
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    Create a detailed list of employee responsibilities
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    Discuss their preferred method for contact during the leave period

Stay ahead with essential leave tools

Family Medical Leave and Absence (FMLA) 

FMLA grants eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for reasons such as, but not limited to, personal serious health conditions, caring for family members with serious health conditions, or childbirth/adoption.

Learn about your responsibility to employees under the law.

State Paid Family and Medical Leave

Laws are changing across the U.S. as more states recognize the importance of paid time away from work due to circumstances that require a longer-term period of absence than the employer's regular sick-days policies offer.

Stay on top of state legislative rules.

What to expect during the Unum Total Leave process

Help your employees prepare for leave, stay connected during leave, and return to work smoothly.

1. Before taking leave

Prepare for a smooth leave experience. Here's what you need to know:
  • Employees log into Total Leave to initiate the leave request process.
  • HR is automatically alerted of the new leave request.
  • Employees submit all required information for review by Total Leave specialists.
  • Eligible leave requests and claims are approved, and notifications are sent to both the employee and HR.

2. During leave

Stay informed and connected throughout the leave period. Here's how it works:

  • Total Leave specialists closely monitor the case and ensure a smooth transition back to work.
  • Employees can easily check the status of their claims, review payments and update their return-to-work date.
  • Employees have the option to talk to a leave specialist for any assistance they may need.
  • Managers have access to leave approvals, employee communications, and information on eligibility and remaining leave time.

3. After taking leave

Ensure a successful return to work. Here's what happens next:

  • Employees can access Total Leave to review their leave history, view payment records, and find additional resources.
  • HR can focus on serving their employees, confident of their compliance and prepared for any future leaves.

Already using Unum leave solutions?

Easily access your leave solution portal here.

Stay up to date with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA Employer Handbook

Our guide to understanding and complying with ADA regulations walks you through the various laws and guidelines around disability, reasonable accommodation, employment discrimination, and how the ADA and FMLA are related

Need help navigating your unique leave and absence needs?