New Unum Total Leave™ will help employers and employees better manage complex leave processes

The launch of Unum Total Leave responds to the changing leave landscape, which is more complex and difficult to navigate for HR professionals. For large, growing companies, managing employee leave well ensures compliance with the law while helping employers attract and retain great talent.

“Unum Total Leave will provide a much better and more integrated experience compared to current market options,” said Rick McKenney, President and CEO of Unum. “With the increased importance of time off in our company has also come increased complexity, and our new solution is specifically designed to simplify these events for everyone involved.”

With Unum Total Leave, employees can easily plan their leave and access a virtual assistant that uses artificial intelligence to automate crucial HR processes, including filing a claim, eligibility questions, payments and direct deposits, as well as the coordination of claims and return to work. Employees also have the ability to quickly connect with live leave and disability experts for more complex issues.

For employers, the interactive dashboard keeps leave communications in one place, making it easier to see when new leave requests are made, which employees are on leave, and when they’re returning to work.

“We focused on common issues employers face when administering leave, while simplifying and speeding up the entire process for employees to access their leave,” said Zory Harter, Vice President of Absence Management Experience. “With Unum Total Leave, we offer a total solution.”

Unum currently supports more than 2.9 million employees in United States with leave management services, including for personal medical leave, care leave, pregnancy and liaison leave, intermittent leave and sabbatical leave.

According to a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 19% of the U.S. workforce has access to employer-paid family leave, a slight increase from 11% in 2010.1. In 2020, however, a Unum survey of more than 400 employers found that 44% of companies plan to expand paid leave this year. And in Unum’s Consumer Enrollment Study, paid vacation was one of the most sought-after non-insurance benefits among American workers. The pandemic has underscored the importance of having time to fulfill family and personal obligations, and Unum Total Leave makes it easy to plan, request and take any type of leave.

Unum Total Leave is part of Unum’s portfolio of leave and absence management offerings and part of its broader suite of digital solutions for employers. Visit leave and absence management on to learn more.

1 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Surveys: Employee Benefits in United States2010 to 2019.

Unum Group ( offers a broad portfolio of workplace financial protection benefits and services and is a leading provider of disability income protection globally. Through its Unum US, Unum UK, Unum Poland, and Colonial Life, the company provides disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision benefits that protect millions of workers and their families. Unum also provides leave and absence management services that streamline the leave experience for employers and employees and stop-loss coverage to help self-insured employers protect against medical expenses. Unum of declared income of $13.2 billion in 2020 and provided $7.6 billion in benefits.

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