Welcome to the Lincoln Absence Advisor podcast! As the disability and leave landscape continues to expand and evolve, we’ll help you keep up and keep informed. Our podcasts take a deep dive into important topics such as the evolution of the FMLA and ADA, state regulations, the compliance challenge, and the complexities of day-to-day administration. In this podcast, our Lincoln benefit professionals provide thoughtful and vigorous conversations that tackle the important leave topics employers need to understand.
Watch your language: Getting paid leave policy language right
When your company is building a paid leave policy, using the right policy language is crucial. In this Lincoln Absence Advisor podcast, we explore this topic with product manager Annie Jantz and absence consultant MacKenzie Carver. We take a detailed look at policy language – what to look for, where to find helpful input, and why it matters. This thoughtful conversation covers topics such as exclusions and inclusions, eligibility, creating clear definitions, coordination with state and federal policies, and resources that are available to help you build a policy that fulfills its intended purpose. Annie and MacKenzie will also discuss what they see as the #1 language miss that occurs when building or reviewing a paid leave policy.
Also, be sure to check out our latest webinar, Shaping the right paid leave offering, which offers more details about the importance and impact of paid leave and how to best put your company’s policy together.
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The trying needs of eldercare
When you look at reasons people take leave from the workplace, do you consider eldercare and all the complexities this includes? In this episode of Lincoln Absence Advisor, Lincoln’s Joanne Archer, VP of product solutions, Michelle Curtis, product consultant for Lincoln’s life product, and Julie Frick, claims manager for group benefits, share their different experiences with eldercare.
They focus on the many needs employees may be juggling when caring for an elder family member and how those needs can shift so quickly throughout the aging process. Their stories showcase not only day-to-day needs, but also the many emotions your employees may be experiencing. Listen in to hear what employers can do to help employees that may be experiencing similar responsibilities.
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Exploring the "assistance" of an EAP
During our Q2 webinar – A new focus: mental health, disability, and the whole employee we received a lot of great questions from our audience. One area where our audience showed interest was the benefit of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). More specifically, how could an EAP help someone who may be experiencing mental health related issues when transitioning back into the office? During this episode, we tackle that question as well as explore all the other assistance areas an EAP can help with.
Joining me for this conversation are David Campbell, Senior Vice President of Quality Control – ComPsych Corporation, Keith Birns, Senior Account Manager – ComPsych Corporation, and Emily Igrejas, Senior Product Manager – Lincoln Financial Group.
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Accommodating mental health
During the latest Lincoln Absence Advisor webinar, A New Focus: Mental Health, Disability and the Whole Employee, we received many questions on which accommodations work best for mental health and how to handle such a sensitive subject with your employees.
For episode 9 of this Lincoln Absence Advisor podcast, we hone in on these questions with product lead Annie Jantz, and vocational consultants Melissa Michuda and Emily Mathies. We discuss elements of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), accommodations we’ve seen used for mental health needs, and various processes and perspectives that employers should consider on this subject.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
A new focus: mental health, disability and the whole employee webinarMental Health America Workplace Survey 2021
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Defining maternal mental health
Having a child can often be tied to joy and happiness, but there is another side that many new moms are going through – balancing their own mental health while they adjust to this new world they find themselves in. When we talk about maternal mental health, we often focus on postpartum depression, but it’s also important to consider the whole cycle of being a mom and the different effects this new role can have on mental health.
In this episode of Lincoln Absence Advisor, we are joined by Lincoln’s consulting physicians, Dr. Amy Feitelson, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Jennifer King, a family practice physician, as well as Marissa Mayfield, product lead for our statutory products. Together, we discuss and define maternal mental health. From observation to experience, we dive in to various aspects and explore how employers can help new moms in their workforce cope with the additional stress they may be experiencing.
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Sorting out California Paid Leave's alphabet soup
Recently we’ve seen a lot of interest in California paid family leave and the overall state disability insurance program, which is why we’ve put together this episode to answer frequent questions and simply talk through a state program that can sometimes be confusing to navigate.
Listen in as Bill Mcshane, national sales advisor for the west coast, Kristin Hostetter, product lead for our CA private plan offering, and Alexa Greenberg, general counsel, answer questions on private plans and the basics of the program as well as give their thoughts on aspects employers should be especially aware of.
Resources mentioned: Lincoln's CA SDI FAQ
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