Benefits & Compensation

Below you’ll find descriptions of each workshop session associated with the benefits & Compensation track. For questions, contact Lori Jo Goff at lgoff@kychamber.com or 502-848-8727.


B1: Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Employment Law: The Interplay of the ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation 
– Laurie Kemp | Attorney, Kightlinger & Gray, LLP

This seminar will give an overview of each of these laws and also address the interplay between the ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation and employers’ obligations to each. Specific examples and comparisons of how each law impacts employer! ’s responsibilities will be given and best practices identified for dealing with employee leaves triggering one or more of these laws.


B2: Health & Welfare Compliance:  What Employers Should Know
– Lauren Johnson, APA, CFC | Partner, McGregor & Associates, Inc.

In the ever-changing world of compliance, employers are finding it more and more difficult to keep up with the rules and regulations surrounding employee benefits.  Department of Labor (DOL) audits of health and welfare benefit plans are becoming more and more common.  This presentation will provide you with an employer’s compliance obligations under ERISA, ACA, COBRA, HIPAA and more.


B3: Best Practices and Trends for Benefits in the Workplace
– Angela Bailey, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CCP, MBA | Human Resources Outsourcing Manager, HR Affiliates & Benefit Advisor
– Christina Heckathron | Benefit Advisor, Employee Benefit Associates

Benefits can have a large impact on employee engagement and retention, and an organization’s culture.  For many organizations, benefits planning and design is an important part of the talent acquisition and retention strategy. This session will highlight best practices and trends for workplace benefits that promote employee engagement and retention.


B4: Financial Wellness Programs – More Than Just a Fad
 Jeanne Fisher | Financial Advisor, Retirement Plan Specialist

“Financial wellness” has been the latest buzz word for anyone dealing with employee benefits. What many expected to be the ‘next big thing’ has already taken the benefit world by storm with no sign of stopping. PricewaterhouseCoopers now reports that 40% of companies surveyed offer some form of Financial Wellness Program. This presentation dives into why this latest phenomenon has captured everyone’s attention, and why it has staying power.  We’ll illustrate what a comprehensive Financial Wellness Program looks like, and how to leverage your existing benefits to build a world-class program for your employees.


B5: Minding Your 401(k) Plan – Fiduciary Basics and Developments
Alison Stemler | Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
– Debbie Hardesty | Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC

If your company has a 401(k) plan, fiduciary oversight is becoming more important every year.  The DOL has issued more guidelines and litigation by participants is increasing.  This program will review basic fiduciary requirements, best practices for meeting them, and recent cases and government regulations and other guidance you need to know about.  Fee disclosure, qualified default investment alternatives, investment policies and committee charters will all be discussed.


B6: Reasonable Accommodation or Regrettable Obligation? Don’t Let Your Good Deed Be Punished
Josh Salsburey  | Attorney, Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC

Employers work hard to address the needs of employees who request workplace accommodations for disabilities, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes it is hard to know how far an employer must go under the “interactive process” required by the ADA. Other times it is hard to know whether a request for reasonable accommodation is reasonable. These challenges raise important questions:  When are the ADA’s “interactive process” obligations triggered and what must an employer do to fulfill them? How does an employer effectively handle employee requests for extended medical leave, particularly when all the “usual” forms of leave have been exhausted? Is there such a thing as an inherently unreasonable accommodation and how should an employer handle such a request? This program will help employers gain a better grasp on what the law requires when evaluating employee requests and offer suggestions for avoiding common pitfalls that can result in legal liability.


B7: Wage & Hour Update
– Jim Cockrum | Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Does your business employ “exempt” workers to whom you do not pay overtime wages? Are you aware of the new rules Pres. Obama has ordered the U.S. Department of Labor to issue regarding overtime exemptions? Do you utilize independent contractors rather than employees? Has your local government acted to increase the local minimum wage or affect Union membership? Do you feel comfortable that you are in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations establishing what constitutes work and must be compensated? Do you understand the circumstances where you are not required to pay employees for absences, travel time or preparation to work? This session will cover the most recent regulatory changes and court decisions affecting these and other important wage and hour issues that arise daily in the course of doing business. It will give employers of all sizes practical tips on compliance and the best practices to protect your business from wage and hour liabilities.


B8: Implementing a Worksite Wellness Program
– Jennifer Hoert, Ph.D., SHRM-CP, PHR | Patient Experience Manager, Norton Healthcare
– Angela Bailey, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CCP | Human Resources Outsourcing Manager, HR Affiliates & Benefit Advisor

Not sure where to start with your wellness program? You’ve implemented a wellness program, but it isn’t demonstrating the results you anticipated? Feel like you are singing to the choir?  Join us for a discussion of the basics of implementing a wellness program. If you have a program in place or if you haven’t started yet – there will be something for everyone in this session.


B9: Innovative Benefits for Different Generations
– Bob Nelson, Ph.D. | President, Nelson Motivation Inc.

Human Resources is expected to offer greater benefit coverage with a declining budget—seemingly an impossible task. But by being creative and aligning your offerings with the needs and desires of your different employee populations, this is doable. Do you know what truly motivates your workforce? With such a diverse group in the corporate population – a workforce that spans 50 years – one benefit package will not speak to all your employees in the same way. Learn the different incentives that motivate employees from different generations and develop a plan to diversify your offerings to meet those evolving employee expectations, many at nominal cost to the organization. Attendees will hear new benefit strategies, many low- or no-cost, they had never considered that their employees would love to have.


B10: FMLA Update
Rebecca Weis | Stites & Harbison, PLLC Stites & Harbison, PLLC

With the ever changing landscape of the Family Medical Leave Act, HR professionals not only need to be on top of the key provisions and requirements of the act, but also how courts and the EEOC are interpreting the act. This program will equip you with the knowledge necessary to handle FMLA requests from start to finish, and also advise you on how to protect yourself from the common, and not so common, pitfalls of designating and administering FMLA leave.


B11: Understanding the Impact of Health Care Reform Now and in the Future
Lisa Stamm | VP, Consulting Division, SHERRILL MORGAN

Understanding the Impact of Health Care Reform Now and in the Future Lisa Stamm, SHERRILL MORGAN Covington, KY The Affordable Care Act has turned the insurance industry on its head. With some regulations now in place, some coming soon, and some delayed, it is all but an impossible task to try and understand the impact of health care reform on your organization. Lisa Stamm is an on staff attorney at SHERRILL MORGAN, a benefits consulting firm in Cincinnati. Lisa will take workshop attendees through the basics of health care reform and then delve more deeply into some of the more complex regulations. This workshop will also cover aspects of the Affordable Care Act that are particular to Kentucky.


B12: Tips & Tricks to Help You Excel with Excel!
– Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP | Senior Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
– Kurt Kessler, LSSBB | Business Partner, Hanna Resource Group
– Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | President, Hanna Resource Group

When you are working with total rewards, the amount of data that needs to be sorted, analyzed, and categorized can quickly become overwhelming. While Excel is a powerful tool, it is only as helpful as the user is knowledgeable, so brush up on basic skills and learn moderate level commands that will apply to total rewards design and administration in this session! In addition to formulas such as COUNTIF, SUMIF, and AVERAGEIF that can be timesavers, we’ll also delve into different LOOKUP functions, discuss PivotTables and their usefulness in analysis, take a look at macros and their automation of certain repetitive functions, and so much more!


B13: Immigration Update
– Charles Baesler | Partner, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Update to rule changes, enforcement priorities, and other developments in immigration law applicable
to employers.