Tech Valley Labor & Employment Law Academy: Compensation Fundamentals / COBRA (10/15/09)

June 4, 2009

Academy Overview

In today's workplace, it is imperative to understand the far-reaching effects of employment laws and regulations that impact each and every business. Failure to do so may result in significant administrative fines or costly legal judgments.

The Academy program is your one-stop solution. This program will provide participants with a comprehensive review of employment laws -- from screening and hiring, to wage and hour issues, to performance management and terminations.

Presented by recognized leaders in employment law and human resources, the Academy will focus on practical workplace applications that will prepare you to deal with the real-life issues you face every day.

Program Agenda

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Compensation Fundamentals
Diane Lustenader, SPHR, CCP, GHP
Lake Associates, Inc.

This program will present fundamental information about compensation systems to business owners and managers in easy-to-understand terms. The session will present an approach to creating a market-centered compensation system -- a critical instrument in every company's talent management arsenal. This session will include presentation and discussion of market pricing steps, affordable data source selection and collection, data integrity, job matching, choosing, blending and weighing multiple data points, aging data, geographic differentials and methods to avoid common pitfalls.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
The Building Blocks of Benefits Knowledge: COBRA Continuation Coverage
Amelia M. (Amy) Klein, Esq.

There is no benefits issue that impacts employers on a day-to-day basis more than the continuation of group health coverage under COBRA. This statute provides both substantial employee-centric rights and substantial liability to employers who do not administer its requirements properly. In this session, you will learn how to interpret whether COBRA applies to various benefits, and how to manage your COBRA liability.