Many employees in the U.S. still lack access to affordable financial protection benefits that help them face the unexpected challenges of illness or injury. To help change that, Unum frequently participates in public policy discussions with political leaders to raise awareness about the financial fragility of American families and to find ways to make benefits like the ones it offers more accessible and affordable to all employees.
Recently, newly elected Governor Bill Lee (R–Tennessee) visited Unum’s Chattanooga campus to meet with some of the company’s senior leadership and discuss benefits-related matters.
“We engage political leaders, especially state leadership, to introduce them to the great work we accomplish within the state they represent,” said Warren Wells, Unum’s assistant vice president of government affairs. “Visits like this give us an opportunity to build strong relationships and discuss important topics, allowing us to better advocate for greater access to workplace benefits.”
CEO Rick McKenney and Lisa Iglesias, executive vice president and general counsel, held a brief meeting and tour of the facilities, including stops in a few of the contemporary new workspaces that are part of the company’s multiyear modernization of its main campuses.
The group discussed Unum’s public policy priorities, such as automatic enrollment in disability plans. With automatic enrollment, employees are proactively enrolled in disability insurance on an opt-out basis, providing them with important financial protection while preserving their freedom to choose.
The group also discussed Unum’s culture and growth, including recent acquisitions of Starmount, LeaveLogic and Unum Poland, and the inclusion and diversity work the company is doing to become the most inclusive, diverse and welcoming company in the employee benefits market.
Unum leaders heard from Governor Lee as he shared his vision for Tennessee and thanked Unum for its impact in the community.