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    • 15 Jun 2021
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    • 22 Jun 2021
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    • 2 sessions
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    Live Webinar

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Session 1

    10:00 am to Noon (Pacific Time) 

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 – Session 2

    10:00 am to Noon (Pacific Time) 

    Price $125 Non members

    Price $75 Members


    Session 1 focus:

    Compliance updates pertaining to: COBRA, FSA relief and updated transparency requirements

    Life, Absence and Disability Overview: Paid leave trends, statutory compliance updates and ADA considerations

    Introduction to Core Benefit plans

    Session 2 focus:

    Deep dive into Core Benefit plan methodologies, design and funding: Medical, Pharmacy, Spending Accounts, Dental, Vision, Voluntary 

    Benefit Administration and Communication


    Benefits 101 for the HR Professional

    Join us to gain insight into Employee Health, Life and Disability Benefits, a key component to successful Total Rewards programs

    ·        Content focused on employer sponsored benefits for plan participants under the age of 65

    ·        Designed for HR practitioners with up to two years of benefits experience 

    Presenting for this event will be:

     Garrett Sullivan


    Garrett is a Principal in Mercer’s Irvine office with 11 years of experience in health and benefits consulting with Mercer.

    As a member of Mercer’s Large Jumbo Employer Team (LJET) and National Accounts Team, he spends most of his time working with large employers and the portfolio companies of private equity firms.

    Garrett’s particular areas of expertise include self-funded benefit plans, Consumer Directed Health Plans and associated savings/reimbursement accounts, benefit program harmonization and consolidation, mergers and acquisitions, financial analysis, and working with Mercer’s specialty practices.

    Garrett prides himself on his availability, responsiveness, and strong client relationships. For his clients, Garrett is responsible for managing all projects such as strategic planning, renewal, carrier/vendor partnerships and implementations, financial report preparation and delivery, completion of compliance requirements, peer review, and ad-hoc client requests and/or issues.

    Garrett received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from the University of California-Riverside.


     Fernanda Zendejas, JD


    Fernanda Zendejas, JD

    Fernanda is a Principal at Mercer and a subject matter expert in leave, statutory disability, paid sick leave laws, and other paid time off. She began her career in the absence and productivity space in 2011 consulting on statutory leave law changes and drafting legal publications on topics such as ADAAA, pregnancy disability leave, and sick leave laws.

    Fernanda completed her law degree at Whittier Law School and passed the California bar in 2017. She joined Mercers LAD practice in September of 2017 focusing on compliance until she transitioned to the Regulatory Resource Group earlier this year.

    Fernanda specializes in assessing leave programs and how they coordinate with applicable state leave laws such as Paid Sick, Job Protected Laws, Paid Family and Medical Leave laws, and PTO requirements. She works with clients all over the country.

    She is based in the Irvine, California office where she also maintains a resident Life & Health Insurance License. She is fluent in Spanish.



     Janet Vreeland, CEBS


    Janet is Principal in Mercer's Irvine office and is responsible for client relationship development and provides strategic sales consultation, deploys Mercer resources and monitors work quality and service delivery.

    Prior to joining Mercer’s Southern California Growth Team in 2014, Janet served in executive leadership roles in the Southwest where her responsibilities included sales management, new business production and client consulting. Her expertise is working with commercial employers with 500 or more employees. She is equally familiar with privately held and publicly traded organizations.

    She serves as President on the Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association (OCCABA) Board of Directors.

    Janet began her career working in new business development and client management with Prudential and CIGNA and not for profit healthcare organization Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. She graduated from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX with a BA and the dual majors of Spanish and Mass Communications and is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist. She has active licenses in CA and AZ for Life & Health and Property & Casualty.


    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
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    COVID-19 Impact on the current Total Rewards climate ... What to consider in the coming months

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Total Rewards Effectiveness in a Changing World

    Even prior to COVID-19, there were tremendous changes taking place in the workplace – from digitalization to the emergence of the gig economy to an increase in virtual work. The pandemic has accelerated a number of these changes and introduced more – and the only thing certain in the future is more change. This change has fundamentally altered how workers view their rewards and caused organizations to think about what changes they may need to make to their reward programs.

    This presentation will focus on how world changes are influencing the way organizations and their workers view Total Rewards and provide a new framework for assessing and measuring the effectiveness of Total Rewards programs. We will explore how these changes are impacting the way workers think about their rewards (e.g., changing value preferences) and how organizations are beginning to rethink their approach to reward programs.

    The presentation will look at the approaches some organizations are taking to address these challenges. These approaches include structural approaches such as changes to job architectures, as we well as changes in how rewards are structured and delivered to provide more flexibility to meet the needs of an agile organization.

    Finally, the presentation will introduce a new framework for thinking about the effectiveness of rewards and how to maximize the return in the investments in those rewards.

    Our guest speaker will be:

     Liz Snyder, Associate Partner, Rewards Solutions for Aon 

    Liz is part of Aon’s Employee Rewards team and head of the US Insurance Vertical for Employee Reward Advisory. Liz has extensive experience leading a wide range of client projects covering an array of industry segments. Her scope of work includes project management, job analysis, job description design and automation with HRIS systems, career path development, compensation structure design and analysis, market pricing, wage and hour compliance and training, and systemic compensation, staffing, and expense benchmarking. She also has worked with senior management on all aspects of executive and Director compensation, including peer group analysis, base, short, and long-term incentive plans, and the design and setting of performance metrics and goals. As part of Ward Group, Liz led client benchmarking and compensation design engagements, including CEO (Core Enterprise Operations), Claims focused, and Information Technology benchmarking, and organizational design and analysis.

    Liz is a recognized industry thought leader, having authored numerous articles and whitepapers and presented at industry conferences and professional roundtables. She is a member of World at Work and the Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association.

    Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, the parent company of McLagan, Liz worked as an attorney advising companies in employment, subrogation, real estate, and construction litigation. Liz received a B.A. in Political Science and Statistics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.

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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 26 Aug 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
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    Pay Equity (legislative updates, cases)

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Program content to be added shortly.


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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 01 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 AM (PDT)
    • 31 Oct 2021
    • 11:30 PM (PDT)
    • TBD
    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
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    Is There A Doctor In the House? Our Incentive Plans Aren’t Doing Well

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    The incentive and commission plans designed before the pandemic aren’t doing very well these days. They require some “doctoring” and rehabilitation. A plan that may have been operating sufficiently for many years is suddenly made irrelevant. Tolerated weaknesses and ambiguities in plan provisions are more apparent and unsupportable. Performance measures that made sense at the beginning of the plan year are no longer achievable. All of these factors have contributed to a malaise that has deflated any semblance of motivation from the plan. This session shows attendees how to “diagnose” their current incentive plans for performance measure relevance and design weaknesses. It also shares strategies to “cure” the incentive plan design in order to retain, motivate and attract the talent needed to be successful in the transformed workplace.

    SPEAKERS



    Sal DiFonzo - Vice President/Segal


    Sal DiFonzo is a Vice President at Segal and is also a member of WorldatWork’s Compensation Advisory Council.  He has more than 20 years of experience in compensation. His expertise includes compensation strategy, broad-based incentive compensation, executive compensation and sales compensation. Authored publications include numerous articles and the book Designing Effective Incentive Compensation Plans. He assists clients in all industries but has a focus on the construction and higher-ed industries. Earlier in his career, he worked for publicly traded corporations Eli Lilly and Honeywell. DiFonzo holds a B.A. in Economics/Business and Psychology from Cornell College and an MS in Human Resource Management from Purdue University.




    Elizabeth Walgram - Senior Consultant/Segal

    Elizabeth Walgram partners with clients on a variety of projects, including total rewards strategy, competitive analysis of executive compensation, annual and long-term incentive design, career frameworks, salary structure design, sales compensation, Employee Value Proposition and change management. She works with organizations in a broad range of industries including privately held and publicly traded organizations, as well as not-for-profits. Many of her clients are family-owned or closely held companies.


    Walgram received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a BA in Political Science and Germanic Studies.


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    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 24 Sep 2021
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    • 01 Oct 2021
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    • 2 sessions
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    Compensation 101 for the HR Professional

    Webinar 

    Two Sessions:

    • Friday, September 24, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT
    • Friday, October 1, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT

    Want to understand the mystery and magic behind Compensation?

    Then this is the workshop for you!

    Topics covered will include:

    • Compensation Strategy/Philosophy
    • Grade Structures
    • Market Pricing
    • Incentive Compensation
    • And More!

    Presenters:

    MAE LON DING, MBA, CCP
    PRESIDENT, PERSONNEL SYSTEMS ASSOCIATES INC.



    Mae Lon Ding is President of Personnel Systems Associates in Anaheim, California.  She has consulted for over 30 years in the areas of employee compensation and performance management.  Her clients have included organizations in a wide variety of industries from Fortune 1000 to small business and nonprofit. She also provides expert witness testimony about compensation and performance issues in employment cases. 

    Ms. Ding is an instructor for WorldatWork.  She has also taught classes in employee compensation management at the University of California at Irvine, the California State Universities, and at Chapman University

    Ms. Ding has had articles published in the Journal of Compensation and Benefits, in Personnel, in The Personnel News, and in the Chapman University Economic Review.  She is author of Survey Sources, For U.S. and International Employee Pay and Benefits a bibliography of over 1500 surveys. 

    KIAN BOLOORI, MBA, CCP, GRP, CSCP

    MANAGER TOTAL REWARDS, MERIDIANLINK


    Kian Boloori is a Manager Total Rewards at MeridianLink, a leading manufacturer of printed circuit boards. He handles compensation across North America, and is working with his company to revamp their job and pay structures globally. He was previously with National Technical Systems and Ingram Micro Inc.

    Mr. Boloori is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), and Certified Sales Compensation Professional (CSCP). He has been an instructor for Compensation 101 since 2013.

    Mr. Boloori received his MBA at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and his B.A. in History at UCLA.

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    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
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    Sales Compensation

    Live Webinar

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Program content to be added shortly.


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    All registrations must be completed by 9:00 pm the night before the webinar to ensure the participant will receive the webinar link and/or dial-in information.

    Attendance counts toward WorldatWork re-certification.

    • 18 Nov 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Webinar

Past events

27 May 2021 The Future of Pay
29 Apr 2021 Future of Benefits / Impact from November Election
25 Mar 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Analytics and Total Rewards
25 Feb 2021 Executive Compensation Strategies in the Era of COVID-19
28 Jan 2021 What Every Employer Needs to Know About U.S. Health Benefits Trends
04 Dec 2020 All Member Luncheon
19 Nov 2020 Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
22 Oct 2020 Performance Management Employer Panel - HR Execs Talk About What They're Doing, How They Got There, What Is Working Best, and Where Performance Management is Heading
25 Sep 2020 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
24 Sep 2020 Pay Equity Panel: Latest Views on Employer Progress and Challenges
08 Sep 2020 T2 – Accounting and Finance for the Human Resources Professional
27 Aug 2020 Pay Equity: How To Protect Yourself With Pay Equity Audits. Don't Wait To Get Sued
30 Jul 2020 Total Rewards COVID-19 Perspectives: Analytics, Compensation, and Benefits Considerations
23 Jul 2020 Summer Social - Virtual - Member Appreciation
25 Jun 2020 Compensation Changes in the New Environment
16 Jun 2020 Benefits 101 for the HR Professional
28 May 2020 Health Benefits Innovation, Well-being and Consumerism
30 Apr 2020 Trends in Executive Compensation
06 Apr 2020 C12 – Variable Pay – Improving Performance with Variable Pay
27 Feb 2020 Employer Health Benefits Design Trends and Issues
23 Jan 2020 7 Awful Mistakes; 7 Awesome Sales Compensation Solutions
21 Nov 2019 Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
18 Oct 2019 Round Table Discussion
10 Oct 2019 Not Just How Much, but How Itself: The Many Ways in which Compensation is Being Delivered Today
07 Oct 2019 C8 – Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals
26 Sep 2019 Benefits Trends Survey
20 Sep 2019 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
29 Aug 2019 Trends & Updates in Executive Compensation
25 Jul 2019 Summer Social - Member Appreciation - Hornblower Buffet Sunset Cruise – Newport Harbor
27 Jun 2019 Wage Orders (IWC): How to Understand Them
25 Jun 2019 Benefits 101 – For the HR Professional
30 May 2019 Pay Equity Legal Update
25 Apr 2019 Total Rewards Communication: How to get it right
15 Apr 2019 T2 – Accounting and Finance for the Human Resources Professional
28 Mar 2019 The Power of Appreciation and Recognition
28 Feb 2019 2019 Health and Welfare Plan Legal Update
31 Jan 2019 Trends and Issues in Sales Compensation Planning and Design – What are companies doing for 2019 and beyond?
29 Nov 2018 Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
25 Oct 2018 Unique Benchmarking Tactics for Defining Jobs and The Competitive Labor Market
08 Oct 2018 WorldatWork - T4 – Strategic Communication in Total Rewards
27 Sep 2018 Annual Benefits Survey: Learn What the Best of the Best Are Doing with Latest Benefits Trends and Practices
14 Sep 2018 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
11 Sep 2018 Free Career Lab Workshop
30 Aug 2018 Designing Long Term Incentive Plans for Organizational Success
26 Jul 2018 Summer Social - Member Appreciation - Hornblower Buffet Sunset Cruise – Newport Harbor
28 Jun 2018 Telecommuting-Sustaining the Virtual Workplace
31 May 2018 Talent Wars: U.S. and Global Pay Growth in a Time of Low Unemployment and Preparing for the Workforce of the Future
26 Apr 2018 Trends in Medical Costs and Prescription Drug Management
09 Apr 2018 WorldatWork - T3 – Quantitative Methods - Understand HR Statistics
29 Mar 2018 Strategies To Maximize Employee Engagement: Modernizing Total Rewards - presented by John Bremen (of Willis Towers Watson)
22 Feb 2018 Securing Unique Talent: Bonus, Equity and other Leading Attraction and Retention Strategies
25 Jan 2018 Pay Equity: Latest Views on Legislative and Case Law and Employer Progress & Challenges
30 Nov 2017 Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update
26 Oct 2017 Free for Members - OCCABA Networking / Social Hour
26 Oct 2017 EEO-1 and Employer Compliance
02 Oct 2017 WorldatWork - C12 - Variable Pay – Improving Performance with Variable Pay
28 Sep 2017 Employee Value Proposition & Total Rewards
22 Sep 2017 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
31 Aug 2017 Avoiding Controversy In The Board Room
27 Jul 2017 Summer Social - Member Appreciation - Hornblower Buffet Sunset Cruise – Newport Harbor
29 Jun 2017 U.S. Benefits Survey by Mercer - Practices, Trends, & View of the Trump Administration and Congressional Revisions to the Affordable Care Act
25 May 2017 Sales Compensation: Dark Side of Sales Quotas
27 Apr 2017 OCCABA Networking / Social Hour(s)
27 Apr 2017 Making Performance Management Systems Work
25 Apr 2017 Fiduciary Training Program - No cost to attend, space is limited.
30 Mar 2017 Fair Labor Standards Act - Shifting Flood Waters
23 Feb 2017 Webinar - Job Architecture and Career Frameworks For Employee and Employer Success
26 Jan 2017 Transparency in Executive Compensation- Proper Reporting Tools and Controls
17 Nov 2016 Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Legislative Update
28 Oct 2016 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
27 Oct 2016 Social Hours / Networking
27 Oct 2016 Webinar - Global Retirement Planning: New Strategies For A Multinational Workforce
26 Oct 2016 Fiduciary Training Program - No cost to attend, space is limited.
03 Oct 2016 WorldatWork C8 - Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals
29 Sep 2016 Effective Sales Compensation – Adopt Best-Practice Building Codes
25 Aug 2016 Webinar - Long-Term Incentive Plans For High Growth Companies
28 Jul 2016 Summer Social - Member Appreciation & Special Guest: Dr. Bob Nelson
23 Jun 2016 Webinar - Executive Compensation - Judging Organizational & Individual Success
19 May 2016 Annual Mercer Benefits Survey: A Close Look at U.S. Practices and Trends
28 Apr 2016 Social Hours / Networking
28 Apr 2016 Webinar - Unique Salary Benchmarking In the Financial Sector and Other Technology Applications
04 Apr 2016 T2 – Accounting & Finance for the Human Resources Professional
31 Mar 2016 Hoag Health and Cigna Health Care – A Population Health Management Success Story
29 Mar 2016 Free - Join The Plan Sponsor University (TPSU) For An Exclusive Half-day Fiduciary Training Program
25 Feb 2016 Social Hours / Networking
25 Feb 2016 Webinar- The Fair Labor Standards Act: Worker Misclassification and Hours & Earnings Effects of Expanded Coverage
28 Jan 2016 Affordable Care Act Check-Up For 2016 - Where Do We Stand?...and a HUGE raffle!
19 Nov 2015 Legislative Update with Richard Simmons: A View of Critical Laws and Case Decisions
29 Oct 2015 Surviving an OFCCP Compliance Audit--Best Practices to Limit Liability and Costs
24 Sep 2015 Rising Minimum Wage Rates and Employer Strategies
18 Sep 2015 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
27 Aug 2015 Recognition Strategies for Millennials
16 Jul 2015 Member Appreciation Summer Social
25 Jun 2015 Are we reining in executive compensation? Examining the impact of SEC Requirements and the Dodd Frank Act on Executive Compensation
28 May 2015 Mercer Benefits Survey: Understanding Global Trends and Issues
30 Apr 2015 Does Pay for Performance Really Motivate Employees?
26 Mar 2015 Total Rewards Tactics for "Hot Jobs"
26 Feb 2015 Market Compensation Benchmaking Strategies For High Technology Companies
29 Jan 2015 Exploring the Myths & Misconceptions of Employer-Sponsored Healthcare Plans
18 Dec 2014 Human Capital Benchmarking and Budgeting Trends- Are You Ready For 2015?
05 Dec 2014 Compensation 101 for the HR Professional
20 Nov 2014 General Employment Law/Legal Update for 2015
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