RepUs Competitive Overview
Group Legal Plans
- Based on a Metlife survey, "60% of employees enrolled in a legal plan said that they feel prepared to handle unforeseen legal events." Only 39% of employees without one report feeling the same way.
- Powers of attorneys (21%), wills and codicils (14%), living wills (12%), trusts (7%), and deeds (6%) are the 'most utilized services' by employees enrolled in group legal plans.
- Elder-care is one of the features provided in a group legal plan. MetLaw Plus Parents is a group legal plan that "covers the [aging] parents of legal plan members for a wide range of common legal issues."
- Domestic adoption-related issues are now covered in a group legal plan. Parents can seek professional guidance when adopting.
- While there's room for growth, the interest in group legal plans has risen over the years. This is evidenced by its use in over 2,000 companies in several US industries. PepsiCo, American Airlines, and KPMG are some of the companies making use of it.
- Employee enrollment in group legal plans "tends to grow yearly as satisfied employees discuss the benefit with co-workers."
- Most group legal plans are divided into four kinds: document provider, discount legal plan, employee assistance program, and legal insurance plans. However, Hyatt legal plans combines all 4 into one making them the most renowned group legal plan.
- New features and technology being offered in group legal plans include TransPerfect Connect; a translation service with over 100 languages that makes it possible for members to talk to professionals in advance. The self-help library offered by Hyatt is another one that 'allows members to handle simple legal-issues.'
Groups Challenging the US Education System
- The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is an organization based in California, with a mission to "advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and legislative development." They have won several cases against schools and agencies that exhibited discriminatory attitudes towards the blind or deaf.
- Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is known as a 'leading disability rights' legal center in California and New York that "represents people with disabilities whose civil rights have been violated." Not only have they won over '25 prestigious awards' for their work in advocacy and education, they've also won more than 400 cases.
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law advocates for the "civil rights, full inclusion and equality of adults and children with mental disabilities" in Washington, DC. They also believe that every school should be willing to educate all kids, including disabled ones. In 2017 alone, they were victorious in over 5 cases against several schools.
- Located in Washington, DC, TASH supports and promotes the inclusion of people (especially students) with disabilities through conferences and programs. They were recently awarded with a grant by the Disability Communications Fund (DCF) to provide more training to educators.
- The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a syndicate of several national organizations in Washington, DC that advocate for the integration and empowerment of persons with disabilities. Through education, encouragement, and research, they have successfully tackled several Acts and laws.
- The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) seeks to prevent the disregard of people with disabilities in Washington, DC through federal policy work. Their letters opposing several Acts garner attention.
Dyslexia Advocacy Groups
A comparison of the following organizations: Made By Dyslexia, Understood, International Dyslexia Association (IDA), Decoding Dyslexia, and NCLD has been determined. Please see the attached spreadsheet for the requested details.
The following research strategies were applied:
GROUP LEGAL PLANS: We searched extensively on news reports for trends relating to group legal plans. However, we mainly found information on Hyatt legal plans. This could be due to the fact that they are the most popular.
Furthermore, even after searching on Legalplans.com, we found no information on specialized legal plans for specific groups of people. This is because group legal plans are only used by one third of large companies in the US, thus, detailed information on features for marginalized groups is not made available to the public yet. Additionally, we could not find any insight pertaining to parents with special needs children. Although, we did find that dependents are covered in these plans.
GROUPS CHALLENGING THE US EDUCATION SYSTEM: We searched for groups similar to the one provided; DREDF. They all have similar metrics of success which are cases won and awards received. No metric of success was found for The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). However, both organizations have written letters of opposition that have received some consideration.