Unum boosts parental leave, employee pay, adds $1 million to community giving

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-- On the heels of announcing record financial results for 2017, Unum (NYSE: UNM) today said, in addition to the existing all-employee annual bonus program, it is investing in its people and communities with a new paid parental leave benefit for both mothers and fathers in the U.S.; enhancements to the compensation program so that all U.S. employees earn at least $15 an hour; and an additional $1 million in charitable contributions this year in support of the communities where Unum employees live and work.

“These investments reflect our values and recognize the significant role that everyone at Unum plays in delivering for our customers,” said Unum President and CEO Rick McKenney. “2017 was a great year, and one that would not be possible without the dedication of all of our people.”

With the new parental leave benefit, which will take effect later this year, eligible employees will have six weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn, or a child placed through adoption or foster care, at any time during the 12 months following birth, adoption or fostering.

“Paid parental leave allows parents to spend valuable time with children at a crucial point in their lives and can ease the transition back to work,” McKenney said. “Importantly, it aligns with the leave benefits that we provide for many of our customers.”

Additionally, Unum is enhancing its compensation program so that all employees earn at least $15 an hour across the U.S. The change will show up in paychecks on March 30.

“This recognizes the significant role that everyone at the company plays in delivering for our customers,” added McKenney. “We strive to be the employer of choice in each of our communities.”

Making an additional $1 million in charitable contributions in support of Unum’s local communities advances one of the company’s core beliefs – the critical importance of giving back to its communities through donations of time, talent, and financial support.

“These investments will allow us to have an even greater impact in our support of education and other initiatives that are important to our people and our communities,” McKenney said.

Unum and its employees contributed more than $12.4 million to charitable organizations in 2016.

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Unum Group (NYSE: UNM), an international provider of workplace benefits and services, has been helping workers and their families for 175 years. Through its Unum and Colonial Life brands, the company offers disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, vision and stop-loss insurance; leave and absence management support and behavioral health services. In 2022, Unum reported revenues of about $12 billion and paid $8 billion in benefits. The Fortune 500 company is one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies, recognized by Ethisphere®. 

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