Health & Benefits Leadership Conference April 19-21, 2017 REGISTER
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2017 Breakout Sessions
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Latest developments involving private exchanges, healthcare delivery and cost containment
Wednesday, April19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

HC1 Building Better Benefits: The Case for Low-Wage Workers

Bruce Sherman, Medical Director, Population Health Management, Conduent

Balancing the high cost of benefits with efforts to maintain a healthy and productive workforce is undeniably challenging. Hear how employer cost-shifting has created substantial differences in healthcare use and costs among employees in different wage categories. At particular disadvantage are low-wage workers, who comprise more than half of the U.S. adult workforce. With a high prevalence of health risks and chronic disease, these workers are often saddled by high out-of-pocket costs when managing their health. Bruce Sherman will share the latest findings of his critically acclaimed research and what they may mean to your benefit-plan design.
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takeaways
Review what new research tells us about how employees in different wage groups use healthcare differently
Understand the implications of these findings relative to healthcare costs and employee health and performance, particularly for low-wage workers
Assess novel benefits-design considerations that can generate more value from your current benefits budget — and better support your low-wage workforce
Wednesday, April19
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

HC2 The Evolving Employer Role in Healthcare Delivery

Molly Loftus, Partner and Chief Actuary, Mercer
Aamir Rehman, M.D., Partner, Mercer


Value-based care (VBC) is a fundamental shift in healthcare delivery and provider payments that’s enabling the shift from volume to value. This change is happening now all around us — so it’s critical to understand the necessary steps to optimize results. If structured and deployed appropriately, VBC has the ability to improve quality, reduce costs and enhance the patient experience. Hear two leading experts explore how this payment-reform movement is changing the healthcare landscape and learn what kind of impact it can have on your benefits-plan performance, both today and into the future.
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takeaways
Gain insight into the evolution of employer-provider relationships and coalitions
Learn the employer and employee implications of healthcare consumerism and accountability
Evaluate value-based-care program methodology
Thursday, April 20
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

HC3 Private Exchanges: The Right Move for Your Company?

Diana M. Andersen, Executive Vice President and Corporate Benefits Director, Zions Bancorporation
Charlotte Anderson, Vice President of Total Rewards, ABHOW
Randy Spicer, Vice President of Health and Insurance Services, National Restaurant Association
Moderator: Rosemarie Day, President, Day Health Strategies


A private exchange may be a good solution for employers struggling with the cost and administrative burden of providing healthcare to their employees, but there are many choices and the decision is high impact. Moderated by leading private-exchange authority Rosemarie Day, this panel will explore how to decide if a private exchange is right for your company, offering real-world examples where private exchanges were and were not a good fit. You’ll also gain insight into the key lessons that were learned during the implementation of an exchange.
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takeaways
Explore effective ways to implement a private exchange
Identify reasons why a private exchange may or may not be the answer for your company
Apply lessons learned from the experiences of businesses that decided to use a private exchange
Thursday, April 20
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

HC4 In Prudential’s Battle for Health, Culture Is Winning

K. Andrew Crighton, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Prudential Financial

The verdict is in. Both businesses and employees benefit when health is a priority item on a corporation’s agenda. That’s the reality today at Prudential, which has achieved positive and sustained results in both employee and organizational health. Dr. K. Andrew Crighton will explain how Prudential achieved culture change that dramatically improved its workforce’s health profile — and how it was able to do so by focusing its efforts on lower health risks and higher performance versus lower medical costs and financial incentives. You’ll leave with ideas you can implement, regardless of your organization size or budget.
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takeaways
Understand the importance of adopting a holistic view of health in creating a company culture that will support and drive your initiatives
Distinguish between a strategic approach to population health versus one that is tactical and programmatic
Develop partnerships within your firm and communities to achieve sustainable health outcomes
Thursday, April 20
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

HC5 What’s Really Driving Employer Medical Costs?

Ronald S. Leopold, M.D., MBA, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Lockton Benefits Group, Lockton Companies

Most employers focus on five key chronic conditions in their efforts to manage medical costs. Addressing gaps in care for diabetes, asthma, coronary artery disease, hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have often been the cornerstone of cost-containment strategies. Although employers have made some progress, overall cost reduction hasn’t been as forthcoming as many had hoped. Increasingly, high-cost-claims analytics are revealing other cost drivers besides those five that need to be addressed. Dr. Leopold will explain what those cost drivers are and how forward-thinking employers are starting to tap into preemptive and care-management strategies that offer more direct cost savings for employees who have those conditions.
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takeaways
Understand and quantify what medical conditions and treatments are driving employer costs
Identify specific strategies that address those cost drivers
Use predicitive analytics to forecast these costs for a covered population
Friday, April 21
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

HC6 Employer-Sponsored Clinics: Healthcare @ Cost

Jim Lopez, Director of HR and Performance Management, City of Kirkland (Wash.)
Keith Robertson, Vice President and Consultant, Alliant Benefits

A win-win in health benefits is rare. But through the innovative use of an employer-sponsored clinic, the City of Kirkland has been able to achieve just that by providing 450 employees plus their dependents with unlimited access to primary and preventative care at no cost without the 300 - 600% margins charged by the traditional medical systems. Hear why employees are raving about the city’s budget-stable Consumer Directed Medical Home (CDMH) effort, which simultaneously upgraded its health plan and decreased employee out-of-pocket costs by 20%. You’ll learn how the city was able to bring its healthcare budget cost down 5.5% (including clinic operating costs), after experiencing average increases of 10.8% over the five previous years.
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takeaways
Learn a five-part business rationale for an employer-sponsored clinic, and how it drives ROI
Justify the concept to decision makers, labor representatives and employees
Explore successful ways to implement an employer-sponsored clinic (hint: communicate, communicate and communicate!)
Methods to maximize ROI, expand initiatives globally and address mental-health challenges
Wednesday, April 19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WL1 Unleashing the Power of the Built Environment

Whitney Gray, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Delos
Martha MacInnis, Design Director, Workplace Experience, TD Bank


Most of us spend 90% of our time indoors. The physical environment around us impacts health and well-being, and yet most health and wellness programs don’t address this issue, or coordinate with their facilities or property management team. Whitney Gray will share how you can reach all employees in a building, including the hard-to-reach 20% who don’t participate in most programs, by creating a healthier built environment around them. You’ll hear the science behind using the built environment for better employee health and well-being, and how it can directly impact issues like recruiting and employee health in a positive way. You’ll also hear from Martha MacInnis on how TD Bank successfully applied this approach.
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takeaways
Determine how the science was gathered and applied to create a healthier workplace
Analyze how the built environment can create better engagement for all your employees
Use the built environment to enhance current health and well-being programs and initiatives
Wednesday, April19
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

WL2 Michelin Is Moving the Needle: How to Engage the Disengaged

Barry Cross,Senior Director of Total Rewards-Compensation, Benefits & Retirement, Michelin North America
Tim K. Peters, Sr. Director, Client Strategy & Growth


With 125 years of marketing innovation under its literal and figurative belt, Michelin is now making inroads in its well-being programming. The global automotive manufacturer faced and overcame challenges to engaging its employees in wellness at its multiple plant locations in the United States, with most employees working rotating 12-hour shifts, 14 days per month, and being away from work for up to 16 days. Hear how Michelin persevered by offering top-level corporate support, personalized engagement strategies and site-specific wellness programming throughout its plants.
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takeaways
Engage top-level leaders to boost employee wellness
Use data in a variety of ways to develop personalized wellness solutions
Generate metrics and create scorecards aimed at tracking success
Thursday, April 20
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

WL3 Manufacturing Good Sleep at Goodyear to Boost Productivity

Brent Pawlecki, M.D., Chief Health Officer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Jenna Carl, Medical Director, Big Health


Sleep is absolutely central to our health, yet 40% of working adults are sleep deprived and 20% suffer from insomnia. Fortunately, there are scientifically proven solutions for addressing employee sleep. Hear how Goodyear is using sleep to engage its manufacturing, retail and office associates, and improve their mental health and productivity. You’ll learn how to make the case for a sleep-improvement program within your organization and gain insights on launching it to maximize the impact on health and well-being.
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takeaways
Make the business case for adding a sleep-improvement program to your health and well-being offerings
Determine which elements of the sleep-improvement solutions available to employers are most important to your organization
Build and launch a sleep-improvement program that engages a wide employee audience and proactively improves the mental well-being of your workforce
Thursday, April 20
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

WL4 Taking a Multi-Faceted Approach to Well-being

Lisa M. Garrett, Director of Personnel, County of Los Angeles
Mary Gilmore, Principal Analyst – HR, County of Los Angeles


There’s no magic bullet when it comes to addressing rising healthcare costs. But at the County of Los Angeles, the Department of Human Resources has devised a ground-breaking, multi-pronged program that has generated impressive results, most notably its ability to leverage collaborative partnerships with third parties to execute many of these initiatives, all within the constraints of a limited budget. Lisa M. Garrett and Mary Gilmore will explain some of the unconventional steps that were taken to improve employee well-being and address the key drivers of healthcare costs.
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takeaways
Use employee health trends and utilization data to develop specific program goals
Apply existing resources to build best-practice programs within your organization’s budgetary and staffing limitations
Measure the outcomes of health and well-being programs in order to evaluate the results of your efforts and make modifications
Thursday, April 20
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

WL5 The Business of Mindfulness

Mim Senft, President and CEO, Motivity Partnerships Inc.
Melissa Britt Forsgren, Corporate Director of Benefits, Health and Wellbeing, New York-Presbyterian Hospital


Mindfulness has become a buzzword in the business world, with industry-leading companies using it to address stress, and help teams become better problem solvers as well as more resilient versus reactionary. Find out why more and more companies are seeing mindfulness as an integral way to support their employees and give them a competitive edge. You’ll learn how mindfulness got started, the best ways to structure and implement a program, and how New York Presbyterian Hospital is successfully using mindfulness to improve the well-being and performance of its workforce.
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takeaways
Understand the science behind mindfulness
Learn how companies are using mindfulness to address issues in high-performance environments
Examine different models of mindfulness programs and how to best apply them
Friday, April 21
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

WL6 Evolution of a Corporate Wellness Program — Engagement, Marriage and Divorce

Vickie D. Lee, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings Inc. (TEL)
Erin Hoefer, Senior Vice President of Consulting Services, Precept


Many employers have incorporated wellness plans into their workforce, but measuring and maintaining their success are two completely different matters. In its decade-long journey, TEL shifted its traditional healthcare-purchasing philosophy into an employee-wellness investment philosophy. Vickie D. Lee and Erin Hoefer will explore how any employer can achieve similar results if it holds true to five key tenets of culture: early adopter energy, a burning desire to be best-in-class, courage rather than conformity, aggressive adoption of evidence-based strategy development, and a devout interest and focus on employee wellness.
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takeaways
Build a culture of wellness even in a fast-paced business environment
Identify ways employees and their families can become more engaged healthcare consumers
Engage employees and families to help control benefit costs
Insights into managing plan design, third-party relationships, voluntary benefits strategy and the needs of a multi-generational workforce
Wednesday, April 19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

IN1 Four Pivotal Benefits Initiatives for 2017 and Beyond

Ed Bray, Director of Benefits, Ross Stores

As we move away from six years of significant ACA benefits-implementation requirements, you now have time to refocus your efforts on developing and executing employee-benefits strategies to control costs, effectively communicate with employees and minimize competitive pressures. Health and benefits authority Ed Bray will discuss how employers are finding success in four key strategy-based benefits initiatives — financial wellness, telemedicine, mobile-device communications and decision-support tools — and explore how you can use their experiences to form your own game plan going forward.
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takeaways
Evaluate a variety of strategy-based benefits initiatives, including the value each can provide
Apply benchmark and case-study data to support the introduction of each initiative within your organization
Implement each initiative efficiently and effectively within your organization
Wednesday, April 19
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

IN2 State-of-the-Art Strategies for Managing Specialty Drug Spend in 2017

Brenda Motheral, CEO, Archimedes


For most employers today, managing the specialty drug benefit has become an overwhelming challenge. The 15-20% annual growth in the cost of specialty drugs is simply not sustainable and threatens the financial viability of the entire healthcare benefit. This challenge is compounded by the fact that 50% of the specialty spend is covered under the medical benefit where employers have little to no visibility into the specialty spend. Adding to the frustration is the fact that PBMs, which have historically been held accountable for managing drugs under the pharmacy benefit, have conflicts of interest that may actually contribute to the fast-growing specialty drug spend. Come hear Brenda Motheral share proven steps you can take to address the troublesome issue of wasteful specialty drug spend.
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takeaways
Quantify the amount of wasteful spend for specialty drugs across the pharmacy and medical benefit, including reimbursement, clinical management and site-of-care optimization.
Understand the most impactful levers for better control of specialty drug spend across sites of care as well as the barriers that may exist to implementation.
Learn through a case study how one employer reduced their specialty drug spend by more than 30% without compromising patient care or satisfaction.
Thursday, April 20
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

IN3 Driving Benefit Plan Design Through Your Employee Value Proposition

John Bremen, Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson
Scott Sherman, EVP Human Resources, Ingram Micro


Employers are increasingly understanding the importance of using the employee value proposition to shape employee benefits such as retirement and healthcare, but far too many still aren’t connecting the dots. Drawing from extensive global research on talent management and rewards, John Bremen will build the business case for using employee preferences to drive your organization’s plan and give you a proven roadmap for successfully making it happen. Scott Sherman, EVP at Ingram Micro, a global distributor of IT solutions, will share the specific steps his organization has taken to use the EVP to shape its plan design — and the impact it has had on employee engagement and productivity. 
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takeaways
Unlock the key for employee productivity by driving benefits design through the EVP
Adopt a model for viewing employees as consumers via an actual case study
Measure the success of your efforts in linking benefits design to EVP
Thursday, April 20
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

IN4 Plays Well With Others — A Blueprint for Assessing and Managing Outside Vendors

Matthew Kaiser, Vice President and Managing Director, Lockton Benefits Group, Lockton Companies

Few companies are able to run their benefits programs without depending on third-party wellness vendors, service bureaus or HR-technology firms. However, when you offload key responsibilities or data to outside partners, you must consider the risks and how to lessen the chance of trouble. Disruptive technology startups may offer exciting solutions to your company’s problems, but your career depends on how you manage the liability that remains within your organization. Matthew Kaiser will give you a clear understanding of both the liability and relationships you need to manage, as well as the tools you need to develop an intentional and systematic way of evaluating potential vendors and managing their performance.
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takeaways
Assess potential vendors without long performance track records or even profitability
Establish and steward your service-level agreements
Use risk management and contract negotiation to protect against potential data breaches
Thursday, April 20
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

IN5 Staying a Step Ahead in the Ever-Changing World of Voluntary Benefits

Paul Barden, CEO, Pacific Resources
Paul Rogers, President & COO, Pacific Resources

Voluntary benefits have become an essential complement to an employer’s core benefits offerings as new ways are sought to help employees make the most out of their paychecks and minimize everyday expenses. This is a particular challenge for Pacific Resources’ clients. Learn how voluntary benefits have changed over the years and what employers are doing to offer employees a valued voluntary benefits program that is aligned and integrated into their overall health and well-being strategy by getting creative with benefits plan design, leveraging employer scale, filling in gaps created by the reduction of employer paid core benefits, and ensuring effective benefits delivery.
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takeaways
Better understand today’s voluntary benefits marketplace and how it augments an employer’s core benefits strategy
Develop a cost-effective voluntary benefits program that acts as an attraction and retention tool, and is aligned to your overall benefits strategy
Help employees make smarter decisions for their unique situations
Friday, April 21
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

IN6 Benefits by Generation: Tackling the Employer Implications

Steven A. Nyce, Senior Economist, Willis Towers Watson
Shane Bartling, Senior Retirement Consultant, Willis Towers Watson


How do generational attitudes and preferences factor into benefits preferences? What have Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers told us? What should the employer’s role be in addressing the health and financial well-being of employees? Steven A. Nyce and Shane Bartling will explain what Willis Towers Watson’s latest research tells us about the way in which various generations currently view benefits — and what it means for employers today.
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takeaways
Explore how national and global workforce trends in financial worries, health concerns and benefits preferences differ by generation
Apply research data to improve employee engagement, productivity and well-being
Identify the best strategies for your organization, based on its generational mix and culture
Tools to improve employee well-being, strengthen social connectedness, administer benefits and transform benefits communication
Wednesday, April 19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

TE1 How Dayton Ohio’s Regional Transit Authority Got Its Bus Drivers in Shape

Julie Bonsall, Workplace Wellbeing Supervisor, Greater Dayton’s Regional Transit Authority
Heather Kennedy, Director, Customer Success, Fitbit Group Health


One of the biggest challenges most companies face is trying to acquire a deep understanding of their employee population in order to develop programs that resonate with individual workers. Greater Dayton’s Regional Transit Authority (RTA) knows firsthand the benefits of creating a wellness program in which all elements, including the use of wearable technology, are dialed in to address the specific needs of a unique employee population. Since launching its wellness program in 2012, RTA has earned state and national recognition for its efforts, and has estimated about $5 million in healthcare-cost savings. Come hear what sets this program apart from the pack.
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takeaways
Learn the value of developing tailored wellness goals that employees can easily achieve
Transform your worksite to match the fitness and workout preferences of your employees
Leverage data from your wellness programs to drive business change
Wednesday, April 19
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

TE2 Thinking Like a Consumer Marketer at the University of Texas

Laura Chambers, Director of Office of Employee Benefits, University of Texas System
Lauren Metsig, Chief Marketing Officer, Maestro Health


Marketers worldwide are jumping on the opportunity to use consumer data to provide a familiar, customized shopping experience. So what’s stopping those in benefits from applying this same concept to their domain? Hear how the University of Texas System leveraged technology and consumer-marketing tactics to transform a passive benefit-communications approach into one that inspires its diverse employee population (ranging from part-time custodial staff to full-time professorial staff) to take concrete action.
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takeaways
Discover the steps required to implement a personalized, familiar communication approach to employee benefits
Learn how to adapt retail marketing approaches that use consumer data to provide a personalized experience and communications
Explore the resources available to HR professionals to personalize communications
Thursday, April 20
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

TE3 Shaping a Winning Strategy Through Technology

Rhonda Marcucci, Vice President, HR & Benefits Technology Consulting Practice, Gruppo Marcucci, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.

The challenges faced by today’s health and benefits leaders typically fall into three buckets: administrative, compliance and strategic. Managers spend most of their time in the administrative and compliance areas because day-to-day operations and tasks that keep the company out of trouble take priority. But if you really want to win at the health and benefits game, you need to align your plan to business goals. Rhonda Marcucci will highlight new HR- and benefits-technology tools that can help you address key strategic issues, such as engaging your employees, increasing employee productivity and leveraging big data.
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takeaways
Learn what’s new and innovative in the marketplace to help you respond to strategic opportunities
Understand how empowering your employees to be better healthcare consumers through technology can affect your organization’s bottom line and strategy
Engage in the conversation with your C-suite so that they are “all-in”
Thursday, April 20
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

TE4 Enabling Personalized Plan Design at Zions Bancorporation

Diana M. Andersen, Executive Vice President and Corporate Benefits Director, Zions Bancorporation
Annmarie Fini, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy, Benefitfocus


Exceptional plan design doesn’t have to sacrifice employee satisfaction for manageable healthcare costs. Hear how Zions Bancorporation applied technology to address today’s challenging workforce needs — containing costs without compromising coverage, offering more (not fewer) benefits options, navigating through unprecedented regulatory change, and communicating health and benefits options across a diverse workforce with four generations of talent converging. You’ll also learn how technology is enabling Zions’ long-term benefits strategy, including how the company transitioned to consumer directed health plans, more personalized benefits offerings and customized benefits communication.
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takeaways
Design and implement a benefits strategy for a diverse workforce, large or small, that supports business objectives without compromising employee satisfaction
Leverage technology to enable innovative plan design and navigate the new world of healthcare consumerism
Evaluate the business benefits of CDHP adoption beyond bottom-line savings and how the data points to shifts in demographics that will affect plan design
Thursday, April 20
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

TE5 Transforming Benefits and Rewards Services at Teva

Randy Keuch, Head of Total Rewards – Americas, Teva Pharmaceuticals
Scot Marcotte, Client Technology Leader, Conduent Human Resource Services


Teva Pharmaceuticals is focused on all aspects of health, including physical, financial and professional well-being—and believes that well-being begins at home with employees and their families. To enable this, the company created a consolidated benefits and rewards system called “MyTevaRewards” that supports a “one Teva” community where people can connect, come together and improve health and other well-being factors. With the help of Conduent Human Resource Services, Teva has transformed the way their employees and their families derive value from benefits programs by rethinking the overall user experience from a consumer-centric approach. This session will share the journey Teva took to turn its vision for consolidated benefits into a reality.
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takeaways
Understand the value of a consumer-centric benefits program and the overall HR experience
Build a business case to demonstrate the value of this type of benefits and rewards mode
Realize the steps necessary to turn this program from a vision to reality
Friday, April 21
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

TE6 Transforming Benefits Communications to Engage Employees

Rick Merritt, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, OSI Systems Inc.
Joe Larocque, Co-founder and Senior Director of Product Management, GuideSpark


Companies with diverse and remote workforces face significant challenges as they try to make their workforce-communications strategies engaging and consistent. Learn how OSI Systems adopted new technology quickly to attract and engage employees. You’ll understand why creating and promoting a strong HR brand, adopting a mobile strategy and implementing customized, cutting-edge communications strategies can help your organization communicate consistent messages to global workforces — ultimately increasing employee participation in benefits.
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takeaways
Define best practices and leverage actionable tips to deliver a great employee experience with cutting-edge communications
Recognize what goes into an engaging employee-communications strategy
Determine what’s critical to communicate and how to prioritize your messages to change employee behavior and drive business results
Strategies to improve employee financial wellness and drive better 401(k) outcomes
Wednesday, April 19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

FS1 Cracking the Nut: How to Help Alleviate Employee Financial Hardship

Rob Levy, Managing Director, Center for Financial Services Innovation
James Ocampo, Head of Workplace Solutions Strategy and BeneClick!, MassMutual Financial Group
Shell Walser, Senior Manager of Total Rewards, Consumer Technology Association
Moderator Fran Melmed, Founder, context


Inadequate retirement savings. Crushing student debt. Brutal medical and caregiving bills. Today’s workers face a range of financial pressures. How should you, as an employer, respond? What responsibility does your organization have toward employee financial hardship? What does alleviating this area of stress offer in return? Fran Melmed will lead a robust conversation with two senior HR/benefit leaders and one leading expert about payday advances and other lines of credit, mortgage assistance, student-loan assistance, 401(k) loans, financial-literacy education and financial counseling, among other employer responses.
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takeaways
Gain insight into the multiple financial pressures employees face and their impact on the workplace
Evaluate the pros and cons of available workplace responses
Select the best response to support your company’s business strategy and employee investment
Thursday, April 20
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

FS2 Beyond Participation: Actionable Tips for Driving Better Retirement Outcomes

David Blanchett, Head of Retirement Research, Morningstar
Gary Park, Vice President of Human Resources, Basic American Foods

When it comes to improving participant outcomes, getting employees enrolled in your retirement plan is critical, but it’s just the first step. There are infinite ways that plan sponsors can fine-tune their plans, from optimizing default strategies and rethinking the core menu to implementing innovative features that boost savings. David Blanchett and Gary Park will explore specific ways you can drive better participant outcomes through plan enhancements.
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takeaways
Identify steps for taking your plan defaults to the next level
Evaluate different approaches for consolidating core menus
Measure the financial health within your plan
Thursday, April 20
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

FS3 Building a Playbook for Employee Financial Health

Harry Gottlieb, Founder, Jellyvision
Additional Speaker to be Announced

Financial health is one of the biggest problems your employees face, and all too often, they feel like they’re facing it alone. Employees are saddled with debt, they have no idea how to help themselves, and it’s hurting your company’s bottom line just as much as theirs. Smart companies recognize that improving employees’ financial position is a great way to attract and retain talent, yet because financial problems are such a sensitive matter, many don’t know where to start. In this lively, interactive session, you'll hear a company’s journey toward employee financial health while Harry Gottlieb, founder of Jellyvision, will offer a vision for radically redefining employee benefits plans at your company by putting employee financial health at the center.
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takeaways
Learn what the latest research says about the state of employee financial health in the United States and what it means for your company
Examine Medtronic’s journey toward employee financial health – how HR identified it as a priority, what they did to help, how they measure, and what’s on the horizon
Explore ways to help employees reach their financial goals and, in turn, help you attract and retain talent
Effective approaches to time-off practices and caregiving
Wednesday, April 19
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

WF1 Taking Paid Time Off to the Next Level

Carol Sladek, Partner and Work-Life Consulting Lead, Aon Hewitt

What does a typical day feel like to the average American worker? Stressed, rushed, overcommitted, out of time, exhausted and pulled in too many directions are how many describe their lives today. As a result, many employers are looking for innovative ways to provide time off and flexibility that meet employee needs while driving business results in a competitive marketplace. Add in an increasingly complex legal environment of paid-sick-leave rules, and employers have their hands full. Carol Sladek will delve into the changing needs and motivators of the workforce today and examine innovative time-off programs such as PTO banks, workplace flexibility, unlimited paid time off and paid parental leave that you can use to better attract, motivate and retain talent.
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takeaways
Review research on the workforce mind-set regarding time-off
Explore market practices and innovative employer strategies in time off
Strategize specific steps to renew time-off programs for your workforce
Thursday, April 20
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

WF2 The Caregiving Quagmire: Minimizing Your Legal Risks

Cynthia Thomas Calvert, President, Workforce 21C; Senior Advisor, The Center for WorkLife Law

The latest research coming out of The Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California is quite disturbing: Over the last 10 years, there’s been a 269% increase in the number of claims alleging discrimination based on an employee’s status as a pregnant woman, mother, father or caregiver, compared to the prior decade. What’s more, the center’s report suggests that the situation isn’t likely to improve anytime soon. Cynthia Thomas Calvert, the report’s author, will detail the factors behind this dramatic rise in family responsibilities discrimination claims — and the steps you can take as an HR and/or benefits leader to minimize your organization’s risks.
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takeaways
Review the key findings from The Center of WorkLife Law’s latest research project
Gain an understanding of the caregiving areas that present the greatest risk to employers
Examine key cases that have affected caregiving risk
 
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