Total Rewards Sessions
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These sessions will focus on the broad span of topics ranging from the basics to leading edge topics in compensation, benefits, and total rewards.  Total rewards include anything the employee perceives to be of value resulting from the employment relationship.

Monday, April 28 | 3:40pm - 4:40pm
The Affordable Care Act - Critical Next Steps for Employers

Speaker: Wes Stockard, Littler

The healthcare reform law (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Affordable Care Act, or the “ACA”) has created new obligations, the full force of which will take effect in 2015. However, many employers must soon make decisions that will have a direct impact on the healthcare they will be offering. The requirements of the ACA are extremely complex and its legal implications extend well beyond ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.  This session will offer practical strategies for helping employers become compliant with the new requirements, prepare for the impact of healthcare reform and evaluate the impending strategic changes to employee benefit offerings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Are you in compliance with current Affordable Care Act reforms and mandates?
  2. Are you prepared for the new reforms and mandates that will become effective under the Affordable Care Act in 2015 and beyond?
  3. Understanding where you have flexibility to address the challenges presented by the Affordable Care Act.

Tuesday, April 29 | 8:00am - 9:00am
Knowledge Workers and How a Properly Structured Rewards and Recognition Program Maximizes Their Potential

Speaker: Michael Ryan, Madison

With the realization that businesses are more dependent on their employees’ attitudes and actions to distinguish the company in our global marketplace taking hold on the executive floor, the c-suite is expecting HR to develop reward strategies that not only help their companies attract and retain the best and brightest talent, they are also looking for HR to deploy program elements that help the business optimize the collective contributions of their growing ranks of knowledge employees. But what is it about the psychological make-up of this new breed of worker (and their working environments and practices) that makes developing recognition programs that encourage productivity, worker longevity and customer loyalty so nuanced?  What unique factors do today’s HR leaders need to consider when planning and deploying employee recognition strategies aimed at this front-line and highly virtual workforce?

Learning Objectives:

  1. The modern-day definition of today’s knowledge worker, including a look at the shifting organizational structures they work in
  2. The psychological characteristics of virtual workers and why how recognition not only motivates them, how its serves their exceptional desire to learn and bond
  3. How the new business case for recognition is morphing and must also focus on improving the cultural conditions that make this class of worker thrive

Sessions and speakers are subject to change.

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