Symetra Implements FastTrack Tools to Help Employees on Disability Leaves Return to Work

BELLEVUE, Wash., Jul 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Symetra Life Insurance Company today announced the implementation of new FastTrack software tools to help employees on short- and long-term disability leaves return to the workforce. FastTrack tools are provided by GettingHired, LLC.

“Our advocacy-based model puts the employee at the center of the disability claims process,” said Tom Foran, vice president of Symetra’s Group Life and Disability Income Insurance business. “By setting high expectations for an employee’s success and providing the necessary resources to support his or her return to work, we can help deliver better results for the employer and the employee. These new tools allow our absence managers to go beyond routine claims processing and proactively help employees get to a better place.”

FastTrack’s Transitional Service Tools (TST) keep employees engaged in return-to-work opportunities while on short-term disability leave. Symetra absence managers will use TST to determine the requirements of a claimant’s current job, collect physical capabilities data from medical providers, and identify interim work assignments consistent with the employee’s limitations. This approach can reduce the possibility of a short-term leave progressing into a long-term disability claim.

Career Service Tools (CST) help employees on long-term disability leaves re-enter the workforce by demonstrating their employability and motivation to get back to work. Through one-on-one career counseling, vocational support, mentoring, interview skills training and job placement services (matching employees’ physical abilities, work experience and education to open positions), CST is all about helping people achieve a productive work life.

Thomas Capato, GettingHired, LLC’s chief executive officer said, “We are excited to welcome Symetra as a new FastTrack customer. I am confident that our products align well with Symetra’s strong support of early intervention within its return-to-work program.”

These new FastTrack tools represent the latest development in Symetra’s group life and disability income insurance business expansion. Earlier this month, the company announced the formation of a dedicated group life and disability claims team and advanced employee leave management capabilities.

About Symetra

Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation SYA -1.19% , a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit www.symetra.com.

About GettingHired, LLC

GettingHired, LLC is a software and services organization focused on creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities and helping employers find talented employees. The company is well-known for its national employment and social networking portal GettingHired.com — Careers and Community for Talented People with Disabilities. GettingHired.com uniquely connects talented job-seekers who happen to have disabilities with employers, advocacy and veterans groups, colleges and service providers. The FastTrack Division (FastTrackRTW.com) helps the insurance vertical proactively enhance its return-to-work programs with a full suite of FastTrack tools. The FastTrack tools are utilized by short/long-term disability, life and workers compensation insurance carriers, self-insured employers, TPAs and case management providers as integral parts of their return-to-work initiatives, helping speed the return of claimants/injured workers to their existing employers or finding new employment opportunities when occupational changes are required.