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  • 5/5/16 10:04 am EDT
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Disability claims for joint disorders and musculoskeletal issues have increased significantly over the past 10 years in the U.S., according to data from Unum. As the leading provider of disability insurance in the U.S. and the U.K., Unum tracks reasons behind disability leave and shares results each May, Disability Insurance Awareness Month. Trends over the last decade show: 33% increase in long termmore...
  • 6/8/15 11:30 am EDT

    Most Small Employers Offering LTD Think It Benefits Them and Their Employees

    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Unum released the results of a survey of more than 500 benefits decision-makers at small employers regarding their views on long-term disability insurance (LTD). The findings reveal that employers, whether they offer the benefit or not, understand the value of this insurance for employees, and that those who offer it also believe it serves the interests of their company. Employers not offeringmore...
  • 4/28/15 1:00 pm EDT

    Data shows increasing age of disability beneficiaries, growth in incidence of joint disorders and musculoskeletal conditions

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unum’s customers access their disability benefits most often for short term leave following the birth of a baby, and long term leave for treatment and recovery from cancer. Unum (NYSE: UNM), the leading provider of disability insurance in the U.S., analyzes claims activity each year and shares results near Disability Insurance Awareness Month in May to help foster a better understanding of the value of disability and other coveragemore...
  • 10/8/14 1:00 pm EDT

    Guide explores trends and strategies in financial protection marketplace

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The right mix of employee benefits and effective communication can help businesses address concerns from health care reform, tight budgets and shifting demographics, says a new guide from Unum. Benefits Buyers Study: New perspective on balancing employer costs and employee protection draws on industry research and Unum (NYSE: UNM) data to explore the top challenges affecting the broader benefits market and how these play out formore...
  • 9/3/14 9:11 am EDT

    Ratings of benefits education tied to workplace satisfaction

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This enrollment season, employees have a message for employers about their benefits: Tell us more, please. Only 33 percent of employees who were asked to review benefits in the prior year rated the benefits education they received as excellent or very good – a drop from 2012 (37 percent) and a reversal to the upward trend in ratings since 2009. In addition, in 2013, nearly three in 10 (27 percent) rated their benefits education as fairmore...
  • 7/22/14 11:00 am EDT

    Quality benefits education linked to worker ratings of their employers and benefits packages

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Employee ratings of their workplaces and benefits packages are at their lowest levels since 2008, according to research recently released by Unum. The online survey of 1,521 working adults, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Unum, finds that only half (49 percent) of U.S. workers rate their employer as an excellent or very good place to work. Less than half (47 percent) of employees who were offered benefits by their employer ratedmore...
  • 6/12/14 11:00 am EDT

    Employers play important role by offering financial protection benefits

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nearly one-half (46%) of workers are not confident they have enough savings for their future or to see them through a period of time out of work due to illness or injury, Unum finds in its sixth annual survey of working Americans. The online survey of 1,521 working adults, conducted in December 2013 by Harris Poll on behalf of Unum, finds that one-third (34 percent) don’t feel financially secure. The youngest workers (ages 18-34) andmore...
  • 5/1/14 9:00 am EDT
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cancer is the leading reason employees stop working and take long term disability leave, according to claims submitted to Unum (NYSE: UNM), the leading provider of disability insurance. Unum analyzes claims activity each year and shares results during Disability Insurance Awareness Month in May to help foster a better understanding of the value of disability and other coverage. “Disability insurance – often complemented bymore...
  • 3/12/14 10:00 am EDT

    Five years of research shows that employees value effective benefits education and the employers who provide it

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Based on five years of research, a new tactical guide from Unum (NYSE: UNM) – “Beyond the Usual Benefits” – can help employers and brokers start planning their approach to benefits communications in 2014. As health care reform continues to influence the benefits decisions of thousands of companies and millions of Americans, this easy-to-use guide offers valuable insight into what employees want and respond to, and the stepsmore...
  • 9/23/13 11:45 am EDT

    Interviews detail the financial and emotional benefits of this insurance and urge employers to offer the coverage and explain it more adequately

    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The power of disability benefits to protect the financial stability of individuals and families becomes vividly clear in hundreds of interviews recently conducted by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) in partnership with Unum. More than 400 recipients of employer-sponsored disability benefits shared their stories with researchers – stories of unexpected injury or illness – and the critical benefits that allowed them to pay the bills, keepmore...