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The New York Life Group Benefit Solutions Newsletter  |  March 2023


In our March edition, you’ll find articles highlighting a variety of ways to provide caring guidance to your employees, such as important insights and resources related to employee bereavement and mental health. We've also included federal and state leave updates, complimentary webinars, and more.

Top headlines in this issue.

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Resources for Rethinking Bereavement Leave

Build a culture of support with caring guidance.
Only 34% of employees who experienced the death of a loved one say they felt supported by their company, according to the New York Life Foundation’s 2022 State of Grief Report.

Learn more about building comprehensive bereavement benefits



NYL GBS Releases Mental Health Research

Two-thirds of U.S. employees say that they need more help addressing their mental health. These findings are part of a new survey conducted by NYL GBS in partnership with Morning Consult.

Read about mental health impact on employee well being

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The Ever-changing Landscape of Statutory Leaves

On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provides federal government funding and added two significant federal protections for pregnant and/or nursing workers. Learn more about this and updates affecting Hawaii, Rhode Island, Illinois, Oregon and Colorado.

See more about important federal and state updates



Engage our experts at the 2023 DMEC Employer Compliance Conference

Our experts discuss state coverage for employee PFML, and the key to an effective ADA interactive process during the 2023 DMEC Employer Compliance Conference.

Learn more about our upcoming DMEC conference sessions

Get State Updates on Demand

To Stay informed about enacted leave, disability, and statutory laws.
Bookmark our Absence Regulatory Guide.

The Claimant’s Journey

Lowering Occupational Stressors with Vocational Coaching


After an extended absence due to breast cancer, Jennifer's return to work felt like starting over. Depression and anxiety had set in, and she needed more support than HR could provide. A vocational coach understood those challenges and worked with Jennifer to create a plan that made her feel safe with resuming her full-time job.

Learn more about Jennifer’s successful return to work

The above story is for illustrative purposes. Persons’ names and certain details have been changed to protect their identities.


Free webinars for NYL GBS clients.

Explore the upcoming webinars listed below which are available to you, your employees, and members of their households. These sessions are also available for replay at any time after the date listed.1

The Psychology Behind Saving Money and Other Good Financial Habits
April 12, 1:00 p.m. EST

We will examine recent research related to why people save and spend, and how to identify strategies to help you develop new habits.

Mental Health Awareness
May 17, 1:00 p.m. EST

Designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and to promote ways of supporting one another in the workplace, this program will address signs and symptoms of distress.

Mindfulness: Being Present in Your Work and Life
June 14, 1:00 p.m. EST

Being mindful is complete engagement in the present moment. Some benefits include better concentration, improved relationships, and greater emotional control. This training discusses how to incorporate a mindfulness practice into your life.

Contact us

Now, you have a bi-monthly resource that provides critical absence topics and much more in the world of group benefits. We welcome your input about our coverage and ideas for future topics.

1 These webinars are for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical, financial, tax, legal, or any other type of advice. The material, vendors, speakers, etc. conducting the webinars are solely responsible for the content of their webinars or presentations which may not necessarily represent the views and opinions of New York Life Insurance Company or its subsidiaries.

This newsletter and its content is being provided for informational and educational purposes only. Any information or discussion of legislation or regulation is provided for informational purposes only and not intended as legal guidance. For specifics, please review the applicable links or consult with your own legal professional before making any decisions. New York Life Insurance Company, its subsidiaries, affiliates, and employees, are not in the business of providing legal advice, and none is intended nor should be inferred from the foregoing information. Clients are advised to seek the counsel of their own legal advisors who must form their own independent opinions on these matters based on their independent knowledge and research.

New York Life Group Benefit Solutions products and services are provided by Life Insurance Company of North America or New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY, subsidiaries of New York Life Insurance Company. Life Insurance Company of North America is not authorized in NY and does not conduct business in NY..

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