Building a Leave and Absence Strategy for the Future

Presenters: Matthew Howes, Aon; Susan Stowell and Marci Cyr, Unum 

Original program date: November 19, 2020 (available for on-demand viewing through February 2021)

Program length: 60 minutes

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Once a simple matter of tracking vacation days and sick leave, leave and absence management is a growing concern for companies and their HR departments. With laws, regulations and employee needs evolving, in addition to an ongoing global health crisis, managing absence is not just an administrative burden, but a competitive advantage and a strategic imperative. In this program, leave experts will share best practices for building an absence strategy for the future. 

About the Presenters: 
Matthew Howes is vice president of Aon's Time Away and Life Solutions practice. He is an expert in leave, life and disability, and in his role, his work entails serving underwriting, marketing, implementation and renewal efforts for clients. Howes provides expertise in serving clients as they navigate the complexity of absence management including the development of policy and procedures, PTO harmonization, compliance to manage paid sick leaves, disability, FMLA, paid family leaves, and various state and local leaves.  

Susan Stowell, is vice president of Unum's Absence Management Offering. She drives the strategic vision for new enhancements to Unum’s leave and absence portfolio, guiding investments that improve the user experience with a modern, digital toolset. In her role, Stowell interacts with customers across the United States in helping to solve their greatest leave management pain points and driving their strategic vision and digital intelligence. Previously, she led Unum’s workforce solutions consulting team, positively impacting customers' experiences with unplanned absences. Stowell has also worked extensively in healthcare.

Marci Cyr is Unum's assistant vice president of leave transformation. She has spent the past two years focused on transforming Unum’s approach to leave and absence management. Although primarily focused on Unum’s policies, processes and employee experience as an employer, Cyr also partners closely with her Unum business partners to provide the client perspective as input to the ongoing design of future leave administration services. She draws from her diverse business experience in leave management and policies, strategic business and IT planning, organizational design, transformational change management, program management and communications.

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SHRM CertificationRecertification Credit

SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

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