Easing the compliance burden for mid-market employers

Gina is joined by Nadine Anderson and Kristen Schmitt, to discuss the crucial role of consultants in ensuring compliance for mid-market employers. They discuss the challenges of leave administration and statutory compliance, emphasizing the importance of understanding the market and its impacts.

Setting the Stage for Success: Building Formal Return-to-Work Policies

Gina is joined by Angela Eskandar, Senior Consultant, to expand on the 5 essential components for a successful formalized return-to-work policy.

Compliance Complexities: Navigating Paid Pregnancy and Bereavement Leaves

In this episode, Gina is joined by Jim Jantz, our Director of Compliance, to provide insights on two compliance-related challenges affecting large employers today: paid pregnancy leave and bereavement leave. Learn how the Absence, Disability, & Life team provides assistance and support through active updates and tools to your organization.

Compliance Complexities: Navigating Paid Statuatory Benefits and Sick Leave

In this installment, Gina is joined by Jim Jantz, our Director of Compliance, to delve deeper into the compliance-related challenges surrounding paid statutory benefits and sick leave. Discover how our Absence, Disability, & Life practice provides assistance through informative blogs and our Sick Leave tool, offering invaluable support in navigating these complexities.

Compliance Complexities Facing Large Employers

Gina is joined by Director of Compliance, Jim Jantz, to discuss the changes and complexities for the large employer to and how to stay compliant in the ever-evolving compliance landscape.

Passion for People = Savings for Employers

Gina chats with Zibby Everett, a former senior financial leader and seasoned strategic advisor. Zibby passionately discusses her mission to uncover substantial savings for our clients. Her work enables employers to deliver better benefits to their employees, transforming the landscape of healthcare savings.

Bereavement and Loss: Why and how employers are supporting their employees in time of need

In this episode, Regional Practice Leader, Andrew Brownstein, and Ron Gura, Founder and CEO of Empathy, join Gina to discuss the emerging trends we discovered from our Bereavement and Loss survey for large employers. Our survey was launched in conjunction with Empathy as part of our Moments That Matter campaign and shed light on several key shifts large employers are making in their bereavement support.

Understanding the Impact of California’s State Disability Program Changes: Insights for Employers

In this episode, Gina is joined by Senior Financial Leader, Alex Hoffman, and Senior Consultant, Jennifer Skeeters. They discuss the changing legislation regarding California’s State Disability Program and how we can help employers prepare for these changes.

The Six Keys to a Successful Implementation

Gina is joined by Sarah Tarnowski, ADL Consultant, to discuss some best practices when it comes to implementation. Having previously worked on the vendor side, Sarah shares her unique perspective by explaining her 6 key tips to ensure a successful implementation.

Return to Work Isn’t a One-Size-Fits-All: How We Can Help

In this episode Gina is joined by Senior Consultant, Angela Eskandar.  They discuss opportunities and strategies around return to work and how we help support both our clients and vendor partners.

Got Global? Helping Our Clients Navigate Global Employee Needs

Gina welcomes two guests this week, Directors of International at MMA, Arsh Tatevosyan and Brooke Guralnik, to discuss  the challenges that can arise when employers have a global presence and how how we can help.

Effectively Managing Your Leave Vendor

Gina is joined by Emily Harmon, Senior MMA ADL Consultant, to discuss ways that large employers can effectively manage their leave vendors. Having previously worked on the TPA side, Emily shares her unique perspective on how we, as consultants, partner and collaborate with vendor teams and help to support our clients.

Pharmacy Predictions for 2023: Helping Employers Prepare Now

Gina welcomes Shannon LaBarre to share insights into the upcoming MMA webinar, Pharmacy Predictions for 2023: Helping Employers Prepare Now, being held on January 24th. Register here to attend!

1-800-I-Need-A-Leave: Simplifying Leaves for Employees in Need

Gina is kicking of 2023 with a new season of Gina’s Gems featuring guest Gerri Burruel, Managing Director of Purchaser Innovation and Engagement at PBGH. Gerri and Gina discuss the challenges employees face when it comes to taking a leave of absence.

2023 Leaves of Absence & Time Away from Work Survey

Gina is back with a special update on our newly launched 2023 Leaves of Absence and Time Away from Work Survey!  Claire shares everything there is to know about this large employer focused survey and the extensive benchmarking opportunities that are available.

The Keys to Creating a Successful Consultant Partnership

Gina and Bob Restivo, former Director of Benefits Strategy at a defense contractor in the aerospace industry, discuss the importance of being strategic when partnering with a benefits consultant and the art of negotiating.

The Effects of Rising Interest Rates on LTD Pricing

Gina welcomes Paul Hitchcox, ADL’s Chief Actuary, to discuss the effects of rising interest rates on LTD pricing, the impact on an employee out on a LTD leave, and the silver lining for employers when it comes to their life and disability insurance.

Global Leave Benchmarking

As large employers continue to manage their workforce through Covid, they are reassessing and rebalancing their leave programs with an eye on what’s provided for their employees across the globe.  Gina and Chris discuss global leaves benchmarking to assist our clients with retention, as well as to evaluate, compare, and identify where they want to be in comparison to competitors.

Managing leaves through SaaS

Gina welcomes Scott Downie, ADL Consultant, to discuss how Scott and his team helps their 45k employee customer to manage the leaves process through Software as a Solution, or SaaS.  Learn what steps the ADL team takes to evaluate and provide the best solution to improve their customer’s integration with paid leave programs and existing HR Systems, while simplifying the employee experience.

What does history teach us about today’s health & productivity challenges?

Inflation, rising interest rates, and skyrocketing gas prices are impacting today’s workers, employers and disability insurers alike.  However, this isn’t the first time we’re feeling the effects of global challenges.  Gina and Phil travel back to 1978 to revisit the past and learn what history can teach us about health and productivity challenges today.

Captive Strategies

John Forde joins Gina to explore the increasingly popular topic of employee benefit captives. Learn what defines a captive and why more benefits leaders are choosing to incorporate them in their employee benefits programs, including real world examples of both captives for stop loss and employee benefits.

Paid Time Off Trends

Luba Pale, Senior Consultant, is welcomed on Gina’s Gems this week to discuss PTO trends. Insights are shared on how employers are modernizing, harmonizing, and providing more flexibility across PTO, vacation, and sick plans. Luba also touches on DE&I and how employers are incorporating this into their time off strategy.

The State of Long-Term Care

Krystie Dascoli is welcomed back to discuss the Long-Term Care market. Insights are shared on why Long-Term Care insurance is back on employers’ minds, which includes a new concern for acute and long-term health, a demographic shift in caregiving, legislative activity, Medicare gaps and more.

Complexities of Statutory Plans

Alex Hoffman, Senior Financial Leader, is welcomed by Gina to share insights on how employers can improve the employee experience when it comes to filing claims in states that have statutory plans. Alex explains the upside of having self-insured plans in these states and how it can positively impact the employee experience.

Voluntary Benefit Trends

Elaina Boebert, Director of Voluntary Benefits Operations, discusses the key trends that are driving disruption in the market. Elaina highlights two main factors influencing the change: the impact of caregiving within an organization and the need for financial wellness; and offers solutions for employers.

Disruption in the Voluntary Benefits Market – Part 2

Gina welcomes Krystie back to share insights on voluntary benefits claims integration and how it is adding value to employers and employees. Krystie outlines the two factors driving the change of claims integration and shares what questions large employers should be asking when choosing voluntary benefit carriers.

Disruption in the Voluntary Benefits Market – Part 1

Krystie Dascoli, Voluntary Benefits Practice Leader, is welcomed by Gina to discuss disruptions in the voluntary benefits market. Gina and Krystie discuss how voluntary benefits carriers have pivoted in response to COVID-19 and how products were modified to better support policyholders.

Leveraging APIs: More Effective Integration between HRIS + Vendors

Gina welcomes Consultant, Tim O’Connor to inform viewers how companies can leverage their API connectivity to create a more effective integration between HRIS and Vendors, as a way to enhance the employee and HR experience. Tim shares the motivations of utilizing APIs, ADL’s vast industry knowledge in the space, and a recent case study.

Case Study: Largest Non-Profit Health System

Gina welcomes Senior Client Leader, Kim Stattner, to discuss a case study involving one of ADL’s clients: a large non-profit health system. Kim describes the motives, process, and benefits behind switching leaves of absence administration from an outsourced model to an insourced model, using software as a solution.

The Complexities of Compliance

Missy Young, a statutory specialist for MMA ADL’s Absence, Disability and Life Practice, is welcomed as this episode’s guest. Gina and Missy take a deep dive into the complexity of compliance, specifically as it relates to paid sick leave and paid disability. Missy outlines top noisemakers for national and regional employers: state leaves; disability on a statutory level; paid family leaves; and accrued paid sick leave laws.

Mental Health Insights

In this episode, Gina welcomes one of MMA ADL’s senior consultants, Jen Skeeters. Jen shares her insights on mental health and the impact a mental health leave of absence has on employees. Jen and Gina discuss how organizations can promote mental health services as well as how employers can improve the employee experience for a mental health leave of absence.

Rebalancing Paid Leave Programs

Gina welcomes Phil Lacy, the Absence Practice Leader of MMA ADL’s Absence, Disability and Life Practice.  Phil, celebrating 43 years in the industry, talks with Gina about why and how large employers are rebalancing their paid time off (PTO) and paid leave programs to provide the best benefits for all their employees.

DE&I Strategies and Solutions – Part 2

For part two of this two-episode interview, Gina meets with Melissa Fetzer, a senior consultant for MMA ADL’s Absence Disability & Life Practice.  Gina and Melissa continue to discuss how employers can promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) through their benefits offering.  This episode focuses on strategies and solutions for Life, Accident and Voluntary Benefits.

DE&I Strategies and Solutions – Part 1

For part one of this two-episode interview, Gina meets with Melissa Fetzer, a senior consultant for MMA ADL’s Absence Disability & Life Practice.  Gina and Melissa discuss tips and strategies on how Absence and Disability benefits can promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) within an organization.



Absence Challenges & Macro Trends

Gina welcomes Greg Norton, National Practice Leader of MMA ADL’s Absence, Disability and Life Practice (MMA ADL). Gina and Greg discuss current absence challenges and trends in the large employer market.   After a year and a half of absence disruption, Greg outlines three main themes that are driving change, now and into the future.


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