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Fall Workshop

  • New Ventures Lab 33 East Idaho Avenue Meridian, ID, 83642 United States (map)

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.