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56:31

Webinar

Oregon Paid Family and Medical Leave

Sun Life U.S. Senior Counsel, Abigail O’Connell, Director, Product Management, Carla Fritz, and Senior Employee Benefits Representative, Madeline Wiggins provided an overview of OR PFML, how it interacts with unpaid OFLA, the equivalent plan application process, trends, and the benefits of integration with Sun Life.

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Webinar: Slide deck

September 2022

50:38

Webinar

Empowering employees and employers with services to meet today’s healthcare challenges

Our panel addresses the current healthcare and market challenges, the importance of making meaningful impacts to employee’s health and peace of mind and how to provide employers with assurance that medical costs are controlled and reviewed, and care optimization is pursued for their members through Sun Life's Clinical 360

Webinar: Slide deck

July 2022

38:02

Webinar

Get to know Sun Life’s new Client onboarding experience

Join Sun Life’s Digital Client Solutions team as we dive a little deeper to showcase the Onboard experience and walk through the basics of what you and your new Sun Life Clients can expect.

Webinar: Slide deck

July 2022

Whitepaper
2022 Sun Life Stop-Loss Research Report: High-cost claims and injectable drug trends analysis

For the past ten years, Sun Life has shared our data and insights with the self-funded marketplace to help employers and brokers understand trends around the highest-cost claims. While a lot has changed over the past decade, one thing has not: our commitment to providing you with actionable insights that can help you stay informed about conditions and medications most likely to result in a high-cost claim, and steps you can take to manage that risk as a self-funded employer.

June 2022

58:59

Webinar

2022 Mid-year Compliance Update

Sun Life U.S. AVP and Senior Counsel, Marjory Robertson, and Senior Counsel Abigail O’Connell reviewed and discussed mid-year updates on various compliance issues associated with federal, state, and local leave and accommodation laws.

Webinar: Slide deck

June 2022

56:53

Webinar

2022 High-cost claims and injectable drug trends analysis

A presentation and panel discussion on our high-cost claims and injectable drug trends analysis with insights on top claim conditions, million-dollar claims, injectable drugs, and trends we are seeing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

June 2022

58:42

Webinar

Current healthcare challenges and impacts on the future of care

Leaders of oncology and orthopedics from Centers of Excellence on the growing challenges they are seeing first-hand and how they believe these challenges will affect the future of patient care.

May 2022

38:44

Webinar

The growing role of digital innovation in insurance

A look at the industry's continued transformation, powered by technology and driven by clients’ need to have connected, seamless digital experiences that make managing every aspect of the insurance journey easier.

Webinar: Slide deck

April 2022

59:29

Webinar

An introduction to help meet your COVID-19 vaccine and testing needs

Join Sun Life U.S. AVP, Product Management, Sheila Sokolski, and ThrivePass Sales Executive, Dave George, and Manager of Lifestyle & Tuition Services, Jessica Ozanich to hear how the ThrivePass Vaccine Verification Solution could benefit you and your employees.

Webinar: Slide deck

January 2022

Whitepaper

The U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

On 1/13/22, the United States Supreme Court (“the Court” or “SCOTUS”) released two highly-anticipated decisions on emergency applications for stays related to federal executive agency action concerning COVID-19 vaccines. The Court itself is openly split on these issues and, interestingly, ended up splitting the results of the two cases

January 2022

58:52

Webinar

Employer compliance challenges regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates and testing

Sun Life U.S. AVP and Senior Counsel, Marjory Robertson, and Senior Counsel Abigail O’Connell, to hear timely updates on various compliance issues associated with COVID-19 vaccine mandates and testing programs.

Webinar: Slide deck

December 2021

Whitepaper

Compliance Issues Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates by Employers

Sun Life has prepared this whitepaper to address a variety of compliance issues related to vaccine mandates. The summary includes, among other things, an analysis of recent federal government vaccine mandate/testing orders, state laws that ban or limit vaccine mandates, and states that have adopted their own vaccine mandates. We also discuss legally recognized exemptions and whether employers are responsible for costs associated with testing.

December 2021

57:38

Webinar

Updates and answers to your questions on COVID-19 vaccines and more

Sun Life U.S President, Dan Fishbein M.D. hosts a panel discussion with PinnacleCare’s Chief Executive Officer, Miles Varn M.D. and Dr. Cassandra Pierre, Medical Director of Public Health Programs and Associate Epidemiologist to discuss the current state of COVID-19.

December 2021

1:01:21

Webinar

What employers need to know about federal infrastructure negotiations and vaccine mandates

Hear about how President Biden’s recent infrastructure proposal and vaccine mandate could affect employee benefits and employers.

Webinar: Slide deck

October 2021

Whitepaper

Vaccine mandates under Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan

We are issuing this vaccine whitepaper to discuss the impact of President Biden’s September 9, 2021 Action Plan and Path out of the Pandemic (“Biden’s COVID-19 Plan” or “the Plan”) on employer considerations of whether to impose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

October 2021

Whitepaper

Group stop-loss captives: A path to self-funding

Learn about the rising interest in self-funding and how employers of many sizes can transition to self-funding with group stop-loss captives, including different captive options and structures.

September 2021

57:35

Webinar

Creating a culture of mental wellness

National expert Christine M. Crawford, M.D., MPH, Associate Medical Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Sun Life HR professionals discuss what mental wellness at work means. This webinar provides an inside look at Sun Life’s culture as an employer and your employee benefits partner.

Webinar: Slide deck

September 2021

Whitepaper

Evolving issues for employers related to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines and mask requirements in the workplace

Encouraging people to get vaccinated is good for public health. However, whether or not to mandate vaccines for employees is a complex topic. In this whitepaper, we will examine key issues that are relevant for employers to consider as they navigate this complex territory.

August 2021

1:02:43

Webinar

Compliance 2021 mid-year update: Key leave, accommodation and COVID developments

Get the latest on leave and accommodation laws and requirements, and compliance updates regarding what you can and cannot do in the workplace regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. We also discuss recent FMLA and ADA court rulings, and laws that have been adopted and are being considered, including a comprehensive federal paid family and leave proposal by the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.

Webinar: Slide deck

June 2021

53:58

Webinar

2021 High-cost claims and injectable drug trends analysis

A presentation and panel discussion on our annual Stop-Loss high-cost claims and injectable drugs trends analysis, the impact of COVID-19, million-dollar claims and more!

Webinar: Slide deck

June 2021

Whitepaper

High-cost claims and injectable drug trends analysis

Every year, Sun Life shares latest insights from our claims experience to help self-funded employers prepare for potential high-cost claims. Our robust data set allows us to report on persistent themes, as well as emerging trends. From a global perspective, 2020 was unlike any other year.

May 2021

Whitepaper

Mask requirements in the evolving vaccination workplace

Employers who may have had very strict mask requirements in place in 2020 before vaccines became widely available may be rethinking those requirements. There are important legal and employee relations issues to consider when evaluating your workplace mask/face covering policy.

May 2021

53:58

Webinar

Collective Trauma: A Guide for your Organization

In this session, presented by our partners at ComPsych®, a clinical expert will discuss collective trauma and ways it can be acknowledged in the workplace to promote interpersonal empathy, unity and understanding.

Webinar: Slide deck

May 2021

57:34

Webinar

The First 100 Days: The Biden administration's impact on the employee benefits industry

How the current political environment is shaping President Biden’s legislative agenda & what to watch for in the Infrastructure proposals, including the potential for increased individual and corporate tax rates and a national Paid Family & Medical Leave program

Webinar: Slide deck

April 2021

1:05:18

Webinar

COVID-19 Vaccines and the path forward

Dan Fishbein, MD, President of Sun Life U.S., moderated a panel of distinguished experts: Dr. Michael Rosenblatt, Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and Chief Medical Officer, Flagship Pioneering, and Dr. Benjamin Linas, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University and Infectious Diseases Doctor at Boston Medical Center, discussing: factors for success in vaccination effort, lessons learned in the COVID-19 pandemic, considerations for our future health security and economy, and more.

March 2021

1:04:28

Webinar

Year-in-review: Key absence and disability compliance developments from 2020

Learn about the latest COVID-19 orders and regulations impacting employers, vaccines and issues for employers, non-COVID legislative changes during 2020, and recent FMLA and ADA jury trials and settlements.

Webinar: Slide deck

January 2021

56:37

Webinar

Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave webinar

Marjory Robertson, AVP & Senior Counsel, Abigail O’Connell, Senior Counsel and Jonathan Kemp, Product Management discuss what you need to know about Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave.

Webinar: Slide deck

November 2020

56:37

Webinar

First Look: Impacts Of The 2020 Election

James Slotnick, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations, summarizes what we know about the 2020 election results as of 11/4 and the possible impacts to employee benefits!

Webinar: Slide deck

October 2020

56:37

Webinar

The final countdown: 2020 Pre-Election Update

Prepare for Election Day on November 3rd with our latest analysis on how the vote may impact the ACA and more.

Webinar: Slide deck

October 2020

49:18

Webinar

How to prepare for a successful virtual enrollment experience this upcoming enrollment season

Learn about what you need to run a successful virtual enrollment and how Sun Life can help you.

Webinar: Slide deck

October 2020

1:05:18

Webinar

Updates on COVID-19 Legislation, Employer Compliance and Liability Issues

Learn about the latest COVID-19 updates to federal, state and local laws, regulations, orders and guidelines that directly impact employers.

Webinar: Slide deck

September 2020

4:20

Client story

Julie

Meet Julie, an ER Nurse and a dedicated sports racer, biker and more. Julie suffered a hip injury. She didn’t expect the recovery process to be so long, and was thankful she signed up for disability insurance from Sun Life. Not only did Sun Life provide financial protection, our vocational rehabilitation counselors helped Julie find a new job, in a new state.

September 2020

3:50

Client story

Manny

Manny was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, which caused him to lose his vision. Manny was grateful that he chose a longterm disability coverage through his employer, and our vocational assistance helped him reach personal goals to support his efforts to return to work and enjoy his life fully.

September 2020

3:09

Client story

Eddie

Meet Eddie. When Eddie’s wife Joan was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, Sun Life’s short-term disability helped them with medical and personal expenses. And when they needed a change over from short-term to long-term disability, Sun Life made it seamless and stress-free for the family.

September 2020

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3:07

Client story

Doreen

Meet Doreen. As a high school special education teacher, Doreen was constantly on her feet. She began to face issues with her knee and ankle, and surgery didn’t go as planned. Here’s a story on how Sun Life helped Doreen get back to the job she loves, and accommodate her needs every step of the way.

September 2020

2:25

Client story

Cristie

Meet Cristie. Cristie is a registered nurse with the New York State Department of Correctional Institution. Cristie is constantly on her feet and has tarsal tunnel Syndrome and severe tendinitis. She has been out of work for eight months. Here’s a story on how Sun Life was able to get her back into the work force.

September 2020

1:00:10

Webinar

The evolving world of gene therapies: What employers need to know today, tomorrow and beyond!

Dr. Stacy Borans, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Advanced Medical Strategies (AMS) and Jen Collier, SVP of Stop-Loss and Health discuss what self-funded employers should keep in mind when it comes to the evolving world of gene therapies!

What you'll learn:

  • An update on currently approved gene therapies and what is coming down the pipeline
  • An inside look at our latest white paper on gene therapies that covers what they are, how they work, the cost, recommendations and more!

Webinar: Slide deck

August 2020

57:40

Webinar

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

Abigail O’Connell, Senior Counsel, Jonathan Kemp, Associate Director, Product Management and Derek Warner, Group Market Manager share information about final regulations and next steps for Clients to comply and be ready for January 1, 2021.

  • Overview of the MA PFML law and the final regulations released on July 24, 2020
  • The advantages of choosing Sun Life as your private plan administrator
  • Next steps for compliance and readiness for January 1, 2021

Webinar: Slide deck

August 2020

46:21

Webinar

Learn about the federal COVID-19 legislation updates and the state of the 2020 presidential election. As of August 6, 2020

Join James Slotnick, Sun Life’s AVP of Government Relations as he reviews:

  • Updates on federal COVID-19 legislation, including
  • Paycheck Protection Program changes
  • Business liability protection
  • COBRA subsidies
  • Tax credits for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • The state of the 2020 election
  • House and Senate races to watch
  • Key states for the presidential election

Webinar: Slide deck

August 2020

1:16:57

Webinar

Supplemental Health benefits can close coverage gaps and ease medical plan decision-making

Employees face challenges in their health and financial security, and employers want to optimize participation in the preferred medical plan. Sun Life can help.

Webinar: Slide deck

July 2020

Whitepaper

2020 Sun Life Stop-Loss Research Report

In this report, the expanded high-cost claim conditions analysis that was published as an early release in May is combined with our new top 20 injectable drugs list and the latest data on million-dollar+ claims. A healthcare update is also included, covering what we have seen to date on COVID-19 claims, the latest information on Zolgensma and a new emerging gene therapy, and several legislative updates.

July 2020

1:16:57

Webinar

Million-dollar claim cost drivers and legislative updates

A look inside Sun Life’s most recent million-dollar claim and injectable drug trend analysis with legislative updates on issues impacting self-funded employers.

Webinar: Slide deck

July 2020

53:17

Webinar

Leave and accommodation compliance: Fall 2019

Learn about MA PFML, private plan administration and the milestones employers need to meet for 2019 and 2020. This webinar is for employers that have at least one employee working in MA.

Webinar: Slide deck

Q&qmp;A: Read answers to questions asked during the event.

For more information: Learn more about MA PFML

November 2020

Whitepaper
2019 Sun Life Stop-Loss Research Report: High-cost claims and injectable drug trends

Sun Life periodically analyzes its stop-loss claims to better understand medical trends. Find out more about the compilation of stop-loss claims data, including recommendations with regard to the medical, Rx, and stop-loss trends represented within this report.

November 2020

1:21:19

Webinar

COVID-19 Response: Employment Compliance Considerations for Re-opening the Workplace

Marjory Robertson, AVP, Senior Counsel from Sun Life, describes how businesses can take practical steps to comply with the broad array of federal, state and municipal requirements for employers operating or re-opening during this pandemic response.

Webinar: Slide deck

April 2020

1:09:00

Webinar

How the CARES Act’s loan programs could protect your Business, Employees and Benefits

James Slotnick, Head of Government Relations at Sun Life discusses new federal stimulus programs and what these mean for businesses, employees, and benefits.

Webinar: Slide deck

April 2020

Whitepaper
2018 Sun Life Stop-Loss Research Report: High-cost claims and injectable drug trends

Sun Life periodically analyzes its stop-loss claims to better understand medical trends. Find out more about the compilation of stop-loss claims data, including recommendations with regard to the medical, Rx, and stop-loss trends represented within this report.

June 2018

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