May
14
8:00 AM08:00

ADA and FMLA/Workers Compensation; Strategies for Creating an Engaged and Employee-Centric Workforce

The Southern Idaho Compensation and Benefits Association is pleased to share details for our May session.

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 ADA and FMLA/Workers Compensation: John Ashby will present a legal update on the Americans with Disability Act and its interplay with the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers compensation laws.

 John Ashby is an employment lawyer with Hawley Troxell. John represents employers in administrative proceedings and litigation involving claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, and fair labor standard practices. He also advises employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws and conducts management training in a variety of employment-related topics. He has represented clients in a broad range of litigation in state and federal courts throughout Idaho and before the Idaho Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

 A Better Dream Team – Strategies for Today’s Employee-Centric Workforce: Sarah Wilson will lead us through an exploration of best-in-class strategies to develop an employee-centric workplace culture, rewards package and development platform that will propel your team to a new level of “better.”  She will share innovative solutions and insights that you can take back to your organization to help create a more sustainable, healthier workplace culture. 

Sarah Wilson has been working in the insurance industry since 1998 and joined Gallagher in 2017 shortly after her family moved to Idaho. She has consulted for a variety of entities including nonprofit, construction, financial institutions and business services. She helps employers create physically, emotionally, socially and financially healthier organizations by building sustainable strategies that support today's multigenerational workforce. She utilizes data, benchmarking and insights to apply best practices; helping employers invest in their employees' health, financial wellbeing and career growth to design a culture that brings the right talent in the door and keeps them engaged in the organization's mission through retirement.  Sarah earned her BA in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an active participant of the Boise Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member for the Human Resources Association of the Treasure Valley (HRA-TV). She is a self-proclaimed mama-bear, outdoor enthusiast and foodie.

 Idaho Foodbank Drive: Please bring non-perishable food and/or personal hygiene items to help support the Idaho Foodbank. The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-sponsored, nonprofit organization and is the largest food bank and distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. The sad reality is that more than 220,000 Idahoans, including more than 72,000 children, are food insecure; let’s come together and help make a positive difference in our community. Every item helps! For more information, please visit www.idahofoodbank.org.

Approved for 2 PDCs.

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Mar
12
8:30 AM08:30

2019 Legal Update, Applying Continuous Improvement & “Dress for Success” Drive

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FREE to SICBA Members | $20 Non-members | $5 Full-time Student Non-members

The Southern Idaho Compensation and Benefits Association is pleased to announce our first informative session of 2019!

Legal Update: We welcome back Pam Howland to explore hot employment law topics for 2018-2019.

Pam Howland has been litigating cases in Idaho state and federal courts since 2001 and has represented employers from around the country against claims encompassing a variety of employment laws, including claims of discrimination, harassment, non-compete, wrongful termination, FLSA, FMLA and ADA. She has tried cases in both state and federal court, has defended employers in arbitration proceedings, and regularly helps employers resolve claims through mediation.  In addition to her employment litigation practice, she also regularly counsels employers on how to avoid litigation on topics related to discipline, termination, retaliation, internal policies and procedures, and evolving (and complex) laws such as the FLSA, ADA, and FMLA.  In February 2016, Pam formed Idaho Employment Lawyers, a boutique firm dedicated to handling Idaho employment law issues.

Applying Continuous Improvement in HR: Deni Hoehne will share how to successfully apply continuous improvement principles in HR. Specifically, she will be talking about eliminating the “8 Wastes” and the use of a brief weekly stand up meeting at the “CI Board.” Deni has found that applying continuous improvement principles supports collaborative teamwork and improves the efficiency and accuracy of any and all processes within Human Resources. 

Deni Hoehne has 23 years of experience in Human Resources, working in the IT, engineering and construction, and now heavy equipment industries. Since 2016, she has been the Vice President of Human Resources and Safety at Western States Equipment. Western States has more than 850 employees in 15 locations throughout Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming. Deni has the privilege of leading a team of 17 HR, Safety and Training professionals. Deni has a BA from the University of Nebraska in Economics and Political Science. She is certified as an STS (Safety Trained Supervisor), and has SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications, and until last year also had the GPHR certification. She has certificates in Change Management and Talent Management and is on the Governor’s Workforce Development Council. 

Dress for Success Drive: Not only is this a time to learn and network with your peers, it’s also a time to give back and do a little spring cleaning. We will be collecting new or gently used women’s interview attire to donate to the Dress for Success organization.

Approved for 2 PDC’s

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Nov
13
8:30 AM08:30

Excel Workshop for HR Professionals

FREE to SICBA Members | $20 Non-members | $5 Full-time Student Non-members

The Southern Idaho Compensation and Benefits Association is pleased to bring back Dr. Phillip Fry to present an interactive session on Excel. This is a fabulous opportunity to expand your Excel knowledge in a casual environment and at a very affordable price.

Topics include:

  • Excel functions for summarizing data

  • Advanced functions, including: Sumproduct, If, SumIf, Index, Match, Vlookup, and Intersection

  • Array functions, including: Transpose and Frequency

  • Overview of pivot tables

  • Graphical summaries

  • Conditional formatting

This program is valid for 3 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

Dr. Phillip Fry specializes in utilizing Excel spreadsheet modeling to forecast growth and minimize the risk of business decision-making. Since 1988, he has taught MBA and undergraduate courses in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Dr. Fry received his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Arkansas, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State University.

In addition to business decision-making, his research and teaching interests include operations management, business statistics, demand forecasting, supply chain inventory management, and supply chain transportation issues. Dr. Fry provides seminars and consulting for numerous companies, among them Boise Cascade Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, J. R. Simplot Company, United Water of Idaho, Woodgrain Millwork, Idaho Power, Boise City and Micron Electronics. He has co-authored university level text books and his research has appeared in the European Journal of Research, the Decision Science Journal of Innovative Education and the Production and Inventory Management Journal.

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Nov
13
8:30 AM08:30

Copy of Copy of Excel Workshop for HR Professionals

FREE to SICBA Members | $20 Non-members | $5 Full-time Student Non-members

The Southern Idaho Compensation and Benefits Association is pleased to share details for our May session.

ADA and FMLA/Workers Compensation: John Ashby will present a legal update on the Americans with Disability Act and its interplay with the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers compensation laws.

John Ashby is an employment lawyer with Hawley Troxell. John represents employers in administrative proceedings and litigation involving claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, and fair labor standard practices. He also advises employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws and conducts management training in a variety of employment-related topics. He has represented clients in a broad range of litigation in state and federal courts throughout Idaho and before the Idaho Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

A Better Dream Team – Strategies for Today’s Employee-Centric Workforce: Sarah Wilson will lead us through an exploration of best-in-class strategies to develop an employee-centric workplace culture, rewards package and development platform that will propel your team to a new level of “better.”  She will share innovative solutions and insights that you can take back to your organization to help create a more sustainable, healthier workplace culture. 

Sarah Wilson has been working in the insurance industry since 1998 and joined Gallagher in 2017 shortly after her family moved to Idaho. She has consulted for a variety of entities including nonprofit, construction, financial institutions and business services. She helps employers create physically, emotionally, socially and financially healthier organizations by building sustainable strategies that support today's multigenerational workforce. She utilizes data, benchmarking and insights to apply best practices; helping employers invest in their employees' health, financial wellbeing and career growth to design a culture that brings the right talent in the door and keeps them engaged in the organization's mission through retirement.  Sarah earned her BA in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an active participant of the Boise Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member for the Human Resources Association of the Treasure Valley (HRA-TV). She is a self-proclaimed mama-bear, outdoor enthusiast and foodie.

Idaho Foodbank Drive: Please bring non-perishable food and/or personal hygiene items to help support the Idaho Foodbank. The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-sponsored, nonprofit organization and is the largest food bank and distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. The sad reality is that more than 220,000 Idahoans, including more than 72,000 children, are food insecure; let’s come together and help make a positive difference in our community. Every item helps! For more information, please visit www.idahofoodbank.org.

This program is valid for 2 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

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Sep
11
8:00 AM08:00

Fall Workshop

Doors open at 7:30 AM

$15 SICBA Members | $30 Non-members | Free to Full-time Students

Workshop topics include:

  • Benefit value versus the cost of attracting and retaining talent
  • Association Health Plans (AHPs)
  • Lean and agile principles in benefit management and HR processes

This program is valid for 3 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP


More about topics and speakers:

Benefit Value versus the Cost of Attracting and Retaining Talent

Kelly Madison, benefit consultant at The Shandro Group, explores the ever-increasing pressures on employers to provide a competitive benefits package. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects even more job growth and a talent pool that cannot keep pace. Workers have become hyper-aware of offered benefits and can be increasingly selective. As competition for workers escalates, employers are taking a new look at the cost and value of benefits versus the costs of attracting and retaining talent.

The DOL’s Final Rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs)

Wes Trexler, Bureau Chief and Actuary of the Idaho Department of Insurance expands on the Department of Labor's (DOL) final rule that gives small businesses more freedom to join together as a single group to purchase health insurance in the large group market or to self-insure. This rule was released on June 19, 2018. These benefit arrangements are called association health plans (AHPs). According to the DOL, this reform provides small employers with a greater ability to join together and gain many of the regulatory advantages enjoyed by large employers, as well as increased bargaining power. Learn about the criteria necessary to create an AHP and the risks and benefits associated with these types of plans.

Lean Principles and Agile Thinking in Benefit Management

Travis Wilhelmsen, Senior Product Development Strategist at Blue Cross of Idaho, shares his experience with lean product startups and agile methodologies, and how these principles can improve benefit management and other HR processes.  

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Jul
10
8:30 AM08:30

Crowdsourced Compensation Data: Do We Trust It? & High Performance Energy Management: Improve Wellbeing, Improve Productivity

FREE to SICBA Members | $20 Non-members | $5 Full-time Student Non-members

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Crowdsourced Compensation Data: Do We Trust It?

LinkedIn, Glassdoor and other social media sites have recently launched platforms for users to submit and research compensation data for both current and potential roles in the market. Compensation professionals must remain informed of compensation data trends and the sources employees, managers and HR business partners are exposed to. This session will explore the emergence of crowdsourced compensation data and the methodologies used by major suppliers of this information. Attendees will be equipped with tools to navigate effectively the introduction of new data sources into conversations around pay equity as well as how to identify sources that should not be used.

Jeremy Spake’s experience ranges both as a business leader and consultant in compensation, mergers & acquisitions, workforce analytics, and strategic planning. Areas of focus have included change initiatives in compensation planning; short & long-term incentive plan design; market intelligence, merit budgeting & salary structure development; executive change-in-control, retention & severance planning; HRIS systems integration; optimization of compensation strategies via technology solutions. 

High Performance Energy Management

Participants will learn to better understand how to increase organizational productivity as well as increase employee wellbeing through Energy Management. In this presentation you will discover how: Rather than working long, concentrated hours, your brain functions at a higher capacity when you work in “pulses” or intervals. Great athletes learn to completely rest and renew and our personal, team and organizational productivity functions in the same way. Our brain is more productive when we give ourselves time to be creative. Our emotions, connection to others and sense of security are important indicators of productivity. This presentation is highly interactive, with lots of audience participation. Walk away with simple, sustainable rituals for yourself and your team.

Ruth Schwartz spent 25 years in the music industry and built a $10M distribution company called Mordam Records. Today, Ruth is an ICF certified PCC Executive and business leadership coach, motivational speaker, and author of the book, The Key to the Golden Handcuffs: Stop Being a Slave to Your Business. She owns High Performance Advocates, a management and leadership development company, is certified in over four assessment sciences and is the creator of the Fail Proof Hiring Program

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May
8
8:30 AM08:30

The Velocity of Economic Expansion and Compensation in Southern Idaho

FREE to SICBA Members | $20 Non-members | $5 Full-time Student Non-members

Craig Shaul, from the Idaho Department of Labor, and Richard Bonney, CEO of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, will share insights on the rapid economic expansion in Southern Idaho and the potential impacts on compensation. 

Idaho’s economy has grown substantially over the past few years. Currently, its primary challenge is the supply of workers with the right skills to fuel its appetite and velocity of economic expansion. Southwest Idaho has been the key driver in this growth. How has it fared during this time and what has been the effect on wages and incomes? We will examine the most recent data from the Idaho Department of Labor, Bureau of Economic Analysis and other sources to answer this question. 

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Mar
13
8:30 AM08:30

Legal and Tax Reform Updates

We welcomed back Pam Howland of Idaho Employment Lawyers, PLLC.

Pam’s presentation explored hot employment law topics for 2017-2018, including the current status of LGBT rights in the workplace, new anti-discrimination and anti-harassment guidelines for employers in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the latest on wage and hour issues, and other employment law issues in flux as a result of the relatively new Trump administration and changing social norms.

Pam’s presentation was followed by an informative session by Kelly Madison on recent Tax Reform.

Kelly provided an overview of the recent Tax Reform changes and the impact to employee benefit plans including:

• FMLA - New Tax Credit available for qualified employers

•  ACA - Affordable Care Act - Repeal of the individual mandate and why employers should care

• Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits

•  DOL Proposed Association Health Plans (AHPs) for Small Business

Pending approval for 2 HRCI Credits

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Nov
14
8:30 AM08:30

The High Impact of Emotions at Work

Presented by Dr. Jonathan Shipley

We learned more about the impact of emotions at work, both in how emotions impact you in your role and how the work of compensation and benefits may impact an employee's emotions. As the American economy becomes more dependent on the service industry, these issue are becoming increasingly relevant and it is important that we find ways to talk about the emotional side of employment.

Pending Approval for 2 HRCI Credits

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Sep
19
8:00 AM08:00

Fall Workshop

The C-Suite and HR: Partnering with Finance

The how-to and benefits of partnering with finance was presented through an expert panel discussion with Greg Donaca, CFO of Delta Dental of Idaho; Kevin Bates, CFO of BPA Health; and Lesley Major, President and CEO of The Office Staff.

Many of us have experienced labor and benefits as our company’s largest expense. Therefore, it makes sense for HR to collaborate with finance in day-to-day and strategic decisions for the company. This panel provided the CFO perspective on what HR can do to take full advantage of this collaboration. 

HR Analytics 101

Joe Dewitt, Director of Workforce Analytics at Micron, highlighted Micron’s journey in people analytics from operational reporting to predictive analytics, while sharing the basics of utilizing analytics and answering questions regarding analytics.

The role of human resources is going through a major shift. Executives look to HR to drive employee-centered processes and environments, and value-based cultures. People analytics is becoming increasingly important to measure progress towards these goals. Analytics can help answers questions, such as: Where are we falling short and where would we like to improve? Are we having trouble attracting new hires? Are we making progress towards our goal to develop more female leaders? Bring your questions about how analytics can benefit your organization.

Concierge Medicine: Direct Primary Care - What is it?

Panel discussion with Andrea Axtell, MD, Alliance Concierge Care; Richard Johnson, COO of Pingman Tools; and Dr. Mark Grajcar, Initial Point Assured, Direct Primary Care.

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a relatively new concept in health care that is gaining traction in the Treasure Valley. DPC restores the time-honored patient-physician relationship. Physicians spend more time with each patient, communicate directly with their patients, and may offer weekend appointments. The patient or employer pays an annual fee to the doctor in return for more personalized care, typically combining much of the primary care services into one affordable, flat-fee package. DPC Is not a substitute for health insurance, but rather a complement to major medical plans, particularly HSAs. It can lower utilization costs in an employer medical plan, while providing comprehensive and personalized healthcare to the employee.

Approved for 3 HRCI Credits

 

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Jul
11
8:00 AM08:00

Evolving LGBT Rights in the Workplace and other Legal Updates

Hawley Troxell employment lawyers, John Ashby and Cydni Waldner, presented an informative discussion on the evolving legal landscape of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the workplace.  Topics included best practices for internal policies, recent court decisions, new government agency rules, compensation and benefits issues and guidance and practical tips for navigating LGBT issues in the workplace.   

John and Cydni also discussed other recent legal developments that affect both compensation specialists and HR generalists, including an update on the Affordable Care Act and other proposed legislation affecting employers.

Pending approval for 2 HRCI Credits

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Jul
4
8:30 AM08:30

Is the Temperature Rising? What to Expect in Labor Markets.

This lively presentation brought together a variety of big-picture economic data, including historic patterns in Gross Domestic Product growth, Unemployment Rates, and Labor Force Participation Rates, to place compensation survey market data within helpful perspective.  Dynamic changes in US-wide, as well as Idaho-specific, data will be examined covering a period of many years, as well as recent months.  The result will be some suggestions as to what employers may be facing regarding labor inflation in the months and years to come – and it probably won’t be just more of what we have been accustomed to seeing in recent years.

The presenter was Steve Treder, Senior Vice President with Western Management Group (WMG).  WMG is a trusted provider of compensation and benefits surveys.  Steve brings more than three decades of experience in the fields of compensation analysis and compensation surveys.

Approved for 2 HRCI Credits

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