Benefits & Compensation

Explore below for session descriptions of workshops associated with our Benefits & Compensation (B&C) track. For questions, contact Lori Jo Goff at lgoff@kychamber.com or 502-848-8727.


Workshop Educational Levels:

Fundamental – For those who are new to HR or to the particular topic being addressed, often broad overviews and updates of current topics.
Intermediate – For those who have HR experience in the topic being addressed, with focus on in-depth examinations of specific topics and their solutions.
Advanced – For those with senior level HR experience, with focus on cutting-edge and strategic topics.


Wednesday August 28, 2019
Session 1 | 1-2 p.m. (1 HOUR)
(these sessions are also offered in Session 2)

B&C 1-5 | Common FMLA Missteps and Misconceptions
Speaker:
LaToi Mayo | Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
This interactive session will help you learn about the most common missteps and misconceptions related to the FMLA, which we all know has technical requirements that play a vital role in proper implementation and enforcement. HR professionals should regularly apprise themselves of updates to the FMLA, as well as gain important practice with FMLA scenarios in order to ensure they provide all the correct benefits to their employees, as well as defend against any challenges to benefits decisions made. This presentation will include audience participation and discussion of several scenarios, plus a guide to FMLA decisionmaking recommended for workplaces.

B&C 1-6 | The Case for Financial Wellness
Speaker:
Brent Hines, CFWC, CFWE, National Speaker Association Member| Founder, Executive Director, Foundation for Financial Wellness

You most likely have experienced financial stress. The impact is great and oftentimes seeps into one’s physical, emotional, relational, and professional well-being. Managing finances well is important for all of us! Financial distress is real, it’s chronic and employers are feeling the direct impact of their employees being financially stressed and distracted because these employees are under-performing. Seventy percent of U.S. workers report that money is the top source of their stress. They worry more about finances than they do about their physical health. How sad, how unnecessary. It’s time we do something about it! The content of his message is rooted in Brent’s in-depth knowledge in the behavioral sciences, adult learning theory and behavior change modeling. The right mix of knowledge and humor makes for an enjoyable, meaningful and motivational message.

B&C 1-11 | Healthcare Ate My 401(k) Contributions
Speaker:
Rocke Blair, CEBS, MBA | National Practice Leader, Sheridan Road Human Capital Institute
The Kaiser Foundation reports in its 2018 Employer Health Benefits Survey that employee health insurance premiums increased 20% over the past five years while earnings only increased 12%. This means employees are paying $5,547 toward the cost of their coverage (not including the average deductible of $4,675 and $14,700 out-of-pocket maximum) on an average annual income of $58,000 for a middle-class family. All in, 42% of gross annual income could be spent on healthcare expense for the typical American family leaving little room for credit card debt, student loan debt and a mortgage. No wonder the average 401(k) contribution is only $3,944 or 6.8% of income, which puts employees far short of appropriate replacement income. Employers need to consider healthcare analytics to reduce waste in their programs, to identify best providers based on value, and manage chronic disease for favorable outcomes that reduced medical spending.

B&C 1-12 | Benefits and Compensation
Speakers:
Sandi Brinson, MSM, PHR, SHRM-CP | Director of HR Solutions, JA Benefits, LLC
Jaren Hornbeak | Business Development Associate, JA Benefits, LLC
Cory Johnson, MBA | Partner, Benefits Consultant, JA Benefits, LLC
The three main focuses of this session will be to discuss Differentiation: Are your benefits a required expense, or are your benefits an exciting opportunity to incorporate a unique and innovative approach to employee benefits that will help attract and retain top talent? Benefit Education: The full value of your group health plan will never be realized if the plan participants do not understand what they are paying for. Well informed healthcare consumers make better health related decisions, saving themselves, and the plan money while creating a healthier workforce. Involvement: Engaging in established wellness events and activities increases the feeling of unity within your employee population. This creates bonds and a personal sense of investment in the mission and values of your organization, leading to a higher rate of employee retention.


Wednesday August 28, 2019
Session 2 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. (1 HOUR)

B&C 2-5 | Common FMLA Missteps and Misconceptions
Speaker:
LaToi Mayo | Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
This interactive session will help you learn about the most common missteps and misconceptions related to the FMLA, which we all know has technical requirements that play a vital role in proper implementation and enforcement. HR professionals should regularly apprise themselves of updates to the FMLA, as well as gain important practice with FMLA scenarios in order to ensure they provide all the correct benefits to their employees, as well as defend against any challenges to benefits decisions made. This presentation will include audience participation and discussion of several scenarios, plus a guide to FMLA decisionmaking recommended for workplaces.

B&C 2-6 | The Case for Financial Wellness
Speaker:
Brent Hines, CFWC, CFWE, National Speaker Association Member | Founder, Executive Director, Foundation for Financial Wellness

You most likely have experienced financial stress. The impact is great and oftentimes seeps into one’s physical, emotional, relational, and professional well-being. Managing finances well is important for all of us! Financial distress is real, it’s chronic and employers are feeling the direct impact of their employees being financially stressed and distracted because these employees are under-performing. Seventy percent of U.S. workers report that money is the top source of their stress. They worry more about finances than they do about their physical health. How sad, how unnecessary. It’s time we do something about it! The content of his message is rooted in Brent’s in-depth knowledge in the behavioral sciences, adult learning theory and behavior change modeling. The right mix of knowledge and humor makes for an enjoyable, meaningful and motivational message.

B&C 2-11 | Healthcare Ate My 401(k) Contributions
Speaker:
Rocke Blair, CEBS, MBA | National Practice Leader, Sheridan Road Human Capital Institute

The Kaiser Foundation reports in its 2018 Employer Health Benefits Survey that employee health insurance premiums increased 20% over the past five years while earnings only increased 12%. This means employees are paying $5,547 toward the cost of their coverage (not including the average deductible of $4,675 and $14,700 out-of-pocket maximum) on an average annual income of $58,000 for a middle-class family. All in, 42% of gross annual income could be spent on healthcare expense for the typical American family leaving little room for credit card debt, student loan debt and a mortgage. No wonder the average 401(k) contribution is only $3,944 or 6.8% of income, which puts employees far short of appropriate replacement income. Employers need to consider healthcare analytics to reduce waste in their programs, to identify best providers based on value, and manage chronic disease for favorable outcomes that reduced medical spending.

B&C 2-12 | Benefits and Compensation
Speakers:
Sandi Brinson, MSM, PHR, SHRM-CP | Director of HR Solutions, JA Benefits, LLC
Jaren Hornbeak | Business Development Associate, JA Benefits, LLC
Cory Johnson, MBA | Partner, Benefits Consultant, JA Benefits, LLC
The three main focuses of this session will be to discuss Differentiation: Are your benefits a required expense, or are your benefits an exciting opportunity to incorporate a unique and innovative approach to employee benefits that will help attract and retain top talent? Benefit Education: The full value of your group health plan will never be realized if the plan participants do not understand what they are paying for. Well informed healthcare consumers make better health related decisions, saving themselves, and the plan money while creating a healthier workforce. Involvement: Engaging in established wellness events and activities increases the feeling of unity within your employee population. This creates bonds and a personal sense of investment in the mission and values of your organization, leading to a higher rate of employee retention.


Thursday August 29, 2019
Session 3 | 7:30-8:30 a.m. (1 HOUR)
(these sessions are also offered in Session 7)

B&C 3-5 | Good Makes Great
Speaker:
Ben Reno-Weber, MPA, MBA | CEO and Chief Storyteller, MobileServe

According to recent research, the second most valued corporate benefit in 2019, behind vacation time, is VTO- Volunteer Time Off. This is time companies give employees for volunteer activities in the community, either together as a whole, in teams, or individually. Research indicates that companies with corporate volunteer programs have higher levels of employee engagement, lower turnover, and higher net promoter scores among all employees, but particularly millennials. This presentation walks through the data behind why companies with corporate volunteer programs get better results on these metrics. It then addresses how to easily establish a program or reinvigorate one where participation is low. It talks about common pitfalls and lessons learned from organizations of different sizes and how to be sure programs comply with all applicable labor laws. This program is particularly geared towards companies and organizations that do not have resources fully dedicated to corporate social responsibility.


Thursday August 29, 2019
Session 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (1 HOUR)
(these sessions are also offered in Session 5) 

B&C 4-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR
Speakers:
Tiffany Cardwell, SHRM-CP, PHR, CCP | HR Consulting Principal, MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP; Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM | President, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Founder, Addiction Crisis Solutions
Randa Deaton | Corporate Director, UAW/Ford Community Healthcare Initiative, Executive-Co Director, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Natalie Middaugh | Project Coordinator, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
The impact of the opioid crisis on our communities is strongly felt by employers every day. Issues of hiring adequate numbers of employees, presenteeism and absenteeism, work place safety, and the rising costs of health and workers compensation coverage are all challenges to the employer community. As the primary private sector purchasers of health care services, employers have the capacity to bring significant resources and focus to the opioid crisis fight. The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) is a coalition of local employer representatives who address health issues who have brought together health care executives, medical directors, and benefit professionals to develop an opioid toolkit for employers. We will provide you tools and resources about best practices that your organization can implement to review claims data, benefits, and workplace policies including samples for supporting employees and their dependents across the spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery (PTR).


Thursday August 29, 2019
Session 4 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (1.5 HOUR)
(these sessions are also offered in Session 5) 

B&C 4-11 | Compensation Basics for the HR Generalist
Speaker:
Cassandra Faurote, CCP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | CEO, Total Reward Solutions

No matter what area of human resources you work in, a general foundation and understanding of compensation is important to have, as compensation supports and links to many other programs and functions in HR. You will gain an understanding of what the elements of a pay program are to include common compensation terms, compensation philosophy, various types of direct compensation, the pay budget, types of job evaluation, process for market pricing, pay structure design, and communicating and evaluating compensation. It is no secret that well-structured compensation plays an important role in attracting, retaining, and motivating top talent. Come ensure you understand the basics of compensation.


Thursday August 29, 2019
Session 5 | 1:45-2:45 p.m. (1 HOUR)

B&C 5-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR
Speakers:
Tiffany Cardwell, SHRM-CP, PHR, CCP | HR Consulting Principal, MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP; Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM | President, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Founder, Addiction Crisis Solutions
Randa Deaton | Corporate Director, UAW/Ford Community Healthcare Initiative, Executive-Co Director, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Natalie Middaugh | Project Coordinator, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
The impact of the opioid crisis on our communities is strongly felt by employers every day. Issues of hiring adequate numbers of employees, presenteeism and absenteeism, work place safety, and the rising costs of health and workers compensation coverage are all challenges to the employer community. As the primary private sector purchasers of health care services, employers have the capacity to bring significant resources and focus to the opioid crisis fight. The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) is a coalition of local employer representatives who address health issues who have brought together health care executives, medical directors, and benefit professionals to develop an opioid toolkit for employers. We will provide you tools and resources about best practices that your organization can implement to review claims data, benefits, and workplace policies including samples for supporting employees and their dependents across the spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery (PTR).


Thursday August 29, 2019
Session 5 | 1:15-2:45 p.m. (1.5 HOUR)

B&C 5-11 | Compensation Basics for the HR Generalist
Speaker:
Cassandra Faurote, CCP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | CEO, Total Reward Solutions

No matter what area of human resources you work in, a general foundation and understanding of compensation is important to have, as compensation supports and links to many other programs and functions in HR. You will gain an understanding of what the elements of a pay program are to include common compensation terms, compensation philosophy, various types of direct compensation, the pay budget, types of job evaluation, process for market pricing, pay structure design, and communicating and evaluating compensation. It is no secret that well-structured compensation plays an important role in attracting, retaining, and motivating top talent. Come ensure you understand the basics of compensation.


Thursday August 29, 2019
Session 6 | 3:45 – 5  p.m.

B&C 6-5 | Telehealth Medical and Behavioral Health – Innovation Drives Success
Speakers:
Jenny Goins, SPHR | Commissioner, Ky State Personnel Cabinet, Department of Employee Insurance
LaDonna Koebel | Chief of Staff, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
Trina Koontz | Benefits Branch Manager, Kentucky State Personnel Cabinet Employee Assistance Program
Telehealth garnered success for the Personnel Cabinet through 3Ps: Partnerships, Promotion, and Proof The Personnel Cabinet manages the self-insured Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) for public employees across the Commonwealth. It also operates the Kentucky Employees Assistance Program (KEAP) for state employees. In mid-2015, the KEHP implemented LiveHealth Online for medical services free to KEHP members. After the successful launch of tele-health medical services, the natural transition was to include LHO for behavioral health. Both medical and behavioral health services are available free to members. This session will provide you with examples of how to implement tele-health for both medical and behavioral health support to members through the 3Ps: Partnerships, Promotion, and Proof. We will also share data related to financial savings, member usage, etc.

B&C 6-10 | Pay Equality
Speaker:
Cassandra Faurote, CCP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | CEO, Total Reward Solutions

We have had compensation laws for years, and we are still struggling with pay equity. Employers continue to lose their best talent to pay equity issues. In this presentation, you will gain an understanding of all current legislation affecting pay equity issues and its affect on business, how to conduct analyses to determine any potential pay equity issues, and how employers can get in front of pay equity issues.

B&C 6-11 | Student Loan Repayment Program – The Hottest Benefit Today
Speaker:
Jeanne Fisher, CFP, CFPA | Benefits Advisor, ARGI
Crushing student debt numbers, a low unemployment rate, and a new generation are changing the way employers design benefits packages. Your company only has so many dollars to dedicate towards benefits…are you sure yours are being allocated the best way possible? This presentation breaks down how companies are attracting and retaining talent with benefits programs aimed at tackling student debt.


Friday August 30, 2019
Session 7 | 7:30-8:30 a.m. (1 HOUR)

B&C 7-5 | Good Makes Great
Speaker:
Ben Reno-Weber, MPA, MBA | CEO and Chief Storyteller, MobileServe

According to recent research, the second most valued corporate benefit in 2019, behind vacation time, is VTO- Volunteer Time Off. This is time companies give employees for volunteer activities in the community, either together as a whole, in teams, or individually. Research indicates that companies with corporate volunteer programs have higher levels of employee engagement, lower turnover, and higher net promoter scores among all employees, but particularly millennials. This presentation walks through the data behind why companies with corporate volunteer programs get better results on these metrics. It then addresses how to easily establish a program or reinvigorate one where participation is low. It talks about common pitfalls and lessons learned from organizations of different sizes and how to be sure programs comply with all applicable labor laws. This program is particularly geared towards companies and organizations that do not have resources fully dedicated to corporate social responsibility.


Friday August 30, 2019
Session 8 | 8:45-10 a.m. (1.25 HOUR)
(these sessions are also offered in Session 9)

B&C 8-5 | Redefining Delivery and Cost of Healthcare
Speakers:
Christina Heckathorn | Benefit Advisor, Employee Benefit Associates, Inc.
Andy Williford | Physician Assistant, Access Med
Health care reform has altered the course of employee benefits and employers are becoming far too familiar and accepting of continuous high increases on their health insurance renewals. As one of the top expenditures of an organization, typically just below payroll, an employer must employ strategies to lower costs, improve health and sustain results. This session will arm you with the ability to redefine your company’s philosophy on managing claims and reducing risk within your health insurance plan.

B&C 8-6 | Wage & Hour Update
Speaker:
Jim Cockrum | Member, Frost Brown Todd
Wage and hour rules are changing again, including overtime. Some old rules are returning. Some new rules have been proposed. Compliance with wage and hours laws continues to increase in importance and gets a little harder each year. This program will provide an update on the status of recent and proposed changes and other developments in wage and hour law. You’ll receive practical day-to-day advice for employers of all sizes and industries.

B&C 8-11 | “Exec” and “Comp” Are not 4-Letter Words
Speakers:
D
an Ripberger, CCP, PHR| Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group, LLC
Scott Schreiber | Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group, LLC
A well-designed executive total compensation program can attract top talent, retain top performers and drive mission achievement. Human Resources at all levels are partners in program design and effective administration. This program will provide HR managers and generalists with a legal and technical overview of key program components and insights into how they can ensure the program delivers desired executive performance outcomes.


Friday August 30, 2019
Session 9 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. (1.25 HOUR)

B&C 9-5 | Redefining Delivery and Cost of Healthcare
Speakers:
Christina Heckathorn | Benefit Advisor, Employee Benefit Associates, Inc.
Andy Williford | Physician Assistant, Access Med
Health care reform has altered the course of employee benefits and employers are becoming far too familiar and accepting of continuous high increases on their health insurance renewals. As one of the top expenditures of an organization, typically just below payroll, an employer must employ strategies to lower costs, improve health and sustain results. This session will arm you with the ability to redefine your company’s philosophy on managing claims and reducing risk within your health insurance plan.

B&C 9-6 | Wage & Hour Update
Speaker:
Jim Cockrum | Member, Frost Brown Todd
Wage and hour rules are changing again, including overtime. Some old rules are returning. Some new rules have been proposed. Compliance with wage and hours laws continues to increase in importance and gets a little harder each year. This program will provide an update on the status of recent and proposed changes and other developments in wage and hour law. You’ll receive practical day-to-day advice for employers of all sizes and industries.

B&C 9-11 | “Exec” and “Comp” Are not 4-Letter Words
Speakers:
D
an Ripberger, CCP, PHR | Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group, LLC
Scott Schreiber | Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group, LLC
A well-designed executive total compensation program can attract top talent, retain top performers and drive mission achievement. Human Resources at all levels are partners in program design and effective administration. This program will provide HR managers and generalists with a legal and technical overview of key program components and insights into how they can ensure the program delivers desired executive performance outcomes.