Coronavirus resource spotlight: Unum’s HR Trends podcast

New podcast and resource site dives deep into legislative and compliance issues.
By: | April 21, 2020 • 2 min read

Here’s a look at a resource site from benefits company Unum that provides legislative guidance during coronavirus.

What it is: Unum’s HR Trends

The benefit firm’s new site and podcast, HR Trends, provides regular updates on how coronavirus is impacting HR professionals and businesses. The site contains a weekly updated podcast episode, downloadable webinars on key industry topics and other information to help corporate leaders during the coronavirus. It’s available to all employers on the company’s website.

Why it’s helpful: Unum’s new resource provides information on a variety of issues affecting HR professionals in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but it dives deep into legislative issues, from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Paycheck Protection Program to how COVID-19 impacts the Family Leave and Medical Act. And it aims to do so in a simple way, explains Ellen McCann, assistant vice president and legal counsel at Unum.


“Listening to experts unpack issues, using examples from real life, is invaluable—particularly in uncertain times like this,” she says. “One of the things I do is try to not speak in legalese and sound too much like a lawyer, but speak in real terms. We keep our episodes concise and bite-sized, usually 12-15 minutes long, and focused on timely HR issues.”

Other insights: The coronavirus pandemic is shining a spotlight on legislative guidance for employers nationwide, as the impact of the virus is affecting several workplace compliance and policy matters. “I think it’s more important to understand legislative guidance in HR right now than it’s ever been,” McCann says. “We’ve never seen changes come at such a rapid pace. Typically, the DOL and the EEOC issue proposed regulations, and we have quite a bit of time to review them and comment before they are final. But in recent weeks, we’re getting FAQs and guidance at a rate I’ve never seen in 30 years.”

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Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at

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