Management of Employee Benefits

About the Workshop

Managing employee benefits has been and will continue to be challenging as changes in law and regulation require local educational agencies (LEAs) to carefully track eligibility for health benefits coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sick leave under the Healthy Families Act, paid child bonding leave, and membership in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and also correctly determine what constitutes creditable compensation. This workshop will provide participants with operational advice on how to effectively manage employee benefits in this era of continuing change.

While California has experienced an improving economy and increased revenues to schools over the past four years, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is now almost fully implemented, and LEAs will find it  difficult to maintain existing benefits as the squeeze on discretionary dollars tightens. Collective bargaining will continue to be difficult and LEAs will need to continue to work closely with employee groups to reduce costs while ensuring compliance with the ACA and offering quality programs at a reasonable cost. This workshop will offer strategies for negotiating benefit plans that are compliant with the ACA, as currently written, as well as cover industry trends and cost containment ideas. 

This workshop will provide superintendents, assistant superintendents, human resources personnel, fiscal services personnel, and policy makers with the financial management tools they need to evaluate their current employee benefit and leave needs, make changes consistent with new laws and regulations affecting public employees, and move toward efficiency and best practices.

Workshop Content

Health Benefits

  • Industry trends
  • Cost containment measures
  • Preparation for the next provisions of federal health care reform:
    ◊  Annual reporting requirements
    ◊  The latest on the employer-shared responsibility payments—"pay or play"
    ◊  Updates on the looming "Cadillac tax"
    ◊  Potential changes to or repeal of the ACA
  • Other new developments, both locally and statewide

Retirement Benefits

  • The latest on pension reform, contribution increases, and creditable compensation
  • Retiree health benefits
  • Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 45 (GASB 45) and strategies for funding the LEA's other postemployment benefit obligations

Employee Leaves

  • Interaction between the various types of available leaves
  • Impacts of new legislation
  • Other employee leave options

Collective Bargaining and Benefit Programs

  • Structure of benefit plans and dealing with the impacts of the ACA
  • Potential pension reform impacts
  • Total compensation comparisons, in light of the LCFF
COSTS AND TIMES
SSC Clients:
Non-clients:

$205 per attendee
$305 per attendee

Registration:
Program Begins:
Program Ends:
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
12:00 PM

Dates and Locations
March 28, 2017   Yolo County Office of Education  
March 29, 2017   Santa Clara County Office of Education  
March 30, 2017   Orange County Department of Education  
      Online Registration
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