Management of Employee Benefits

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

This workshop focuses on the changing environment of all  employee benefits (pension, health, Workers’ Compensation, etc.) New and revised laws and regulations, along with ways to address the continued increasing cost of employee benefits, will be addressed in an effort to provide school agencies with the information and tools to better manage the full spectrum of employee benefits. We will also be covering the provisions of employee leaves and the implementation challenges that local education agencies can face.

This year there will be expanded focus on the current and upcoming provisions of federal health care reform—especially the requirement for employers to provide adequate, affordable coverage starting in 2014 or pay a penalty, the "pay or play" provision. All school employers will need information on the calculations and potential penalties in order to make management decisions in preparation for this part of the new law.  

In an era of tough economic times and tight budgets, employee benefit management is an increasingly important aspect of school finance. In order for school agencies to make sound financial decisions, this workshop will provide ideas for improving the budgetary impact of employee benefit programs and improving management of employee leaves. This workshop will provide superintendents, presidents/chancellors, assistant superintendents, vice presidents/chancellors, board members, directors of fiscal services, risk managers, and policy makers with the financial management tools they need to evaluate their current employee benefit and leave programs and move toward efficiency and best practices. 

This workshop is cosponsored by School Services of California, Inc. (SSC) and Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) and is presented by Sheila G. Vickers, SSC's Vice President and Suzanne Speck, SSC's Director, Management Consulting Services.

WORKSHOP CONTENT

Health Benefits

  • Trends
  • Cost containment measures
  • Preparation of the next provisions of federal health care reform:
    • Employee notification requirements
    • "Pay or play"—calculations for determining the number of "full-time" employees and determining potential penalties
    • "Cadillac tax"
    • And more...
  • Other new developments, both locally and statewide

Retiree Benefits

  • Early Retirement Incentive Programs
  • Retiree health benefits
  • The latest on pension reform

Worker's Compensation

  • Impacts of current legislation
  • Industry trends
  • Local agency best practices to mitigate risk

Employee Leaves

  • Interaction of other leaves with extended sick leave
  • Catastrophic leave
  • Other employee leave options

Collective Bargaining and Benefit Programs

  • Structure of benefit plans and dealing with federal health care reform impacts
  • Potential pension reform impacts
  • Total compensation comparisons
  • Structuring of proposals

COSTS & TIMES

$175 for SSC Clients
$275 for nonclients

Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m.
Adjourns: 12:00 p.m.

San Mateo Venue
Registration: 12:00 p.m.
Program: 1:00 p.m.
Adjourns: 4:00 p.m.

Dates and Locations
April 12, 2013   Yolo County Office of Education  
April 22, 2013   Orange County Department of Education  
April 30, 2013   Fresno County Office of Education - FULL  
May 02, 2013   San Mateo County Office of Education - P.M. - FULL  
June 04, 2013   Ventura County Office of Education  
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