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    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Total Rewards Communication: How to get it right

    Live Webinar

    NEW: Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    April 25, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    At a time when talent is hard to find and even harder to keep, the need to effectively communicate your company’s total rewards program has never been greater. Despite this challenge, few organizations are using communication to distinguish themselves in the marketplace. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2018 Modernizing Total Rewards Survey, four out of five respondents give themselves poor marks, saying they’re communicating about the same as their competitors or lagging behind. On the other hand, leading companies are five times as likely to clearly differentiate their total rewards offering. What are they doing right? We’ll look at the the results from our latest national survey showing how high performing organizations approach total rewards communication, as well as the tactics they use to deliver their programs and make a positive impact on their workforce. Several case studies will be included in the presentation to provide inspiration for enhancing communication efforts in your organization.

    Gary Shutler

    Senior Director, Talent & Reward
    Southwest U.S. Market Leader, Talent

    Relevant Experience

    Gary joined Willis Towers Watson in 2013 and is based in Irvine, CA. He has worked with clients for more than 25 years to develop and implement employee communication and change management strategies designed to market Human Resources programs and to drive behaviors that improve individual and business performance. Gary has led large communication and change projects across a wide variety of industries, including public utilities, government, automotive, hospitality, health care, electronics, biotechnology, retail, global logistics, financial services, and manufacturing.

    Areas of subject matter expertise include: Total rewards communication strategy; employee wellbeing; retirement change and financial well-being; employee engagement; consumer-focused health care; and benefits outsourcing.

    Role at Towers Watson

    Gary currently leads Willis Towers Watson’s Talent Line of Business in the Southwest U.S., which includes advisory services in Talent Management and Organization Assessment, Communication and Change Management, and Employee Insights. He is also a member of Willis Towers Watson’s Employee Wellbeing thought leadership team focused on helping organizations improve the physical, financial, emotional, and social wellbeing of employees and their families.

    Education and Credentials

    Gary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois and is currently a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). His work has
    won numerous awards from IABC, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), MarCom and other industry groups.

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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.

    • 30 May 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
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    Pay Equity Legal Update

    May 30, 2019 

    Registration & Networking: 7:30 a.m.

    Meeting: 7:50 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 


    Legal compliance with new pay equity laws is a growing area of concern in California due to the passage of the California Fair Pay Act and subsequent amendments. This law requires employers to go far beyond what is required under the Federal Title VII and Equal Pay Act laws.  Pay equity is also a growing area of legal development in other states and even local area ordinances have been passed.  Our presentation on pay equity issues last year was one of the best attended sessions.  This year’s program picks up where last year’s program left off. Our panel of three outstanding employment law attorneys will cover the following areas:

    1. New pay equity laws and recent amendments
    2. Review new pay equity litigation
    3. Provide practical advice on implications for compensation and HR management including  policy development, best practices in auditing, and best practices in taking corrective action
    4. Answer your questions about pay equity

    We have added 30 minutes to our normal program time to allow for better coverage of this critical area of legal compliance. We recommend that those OCCABA members who did not attend last year’s pay equity presentation in January 2018 review the slides in our member’s only section of the OCCABA web site. You must be a member and log in to the web site to download this file.

    Presenting at this meeting will be: 

    Jeff Ames - Partner with Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton

    Jeff Ames represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including the defense of employment class actions involving wage and hour claims, disparate impact discrimination, and WARN Act claims.  In addition to litigation, he regularly advises employers on daily employment-related issues including wage and hour compliance, employee terminations, leaves of absence and disability accommodation, and reductions in force, among others.  Jeff’s clients include telecommunications and technology companies, health care systems, and local and national retailers.

    Jeff has extensive trial experience before judges, juries, and arbitrators.  After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law, he served as a United States Navy Judge Advocate, where he successfully tried numerous cases before juries and judges.  He served as the Navy’s Senior Defense Counsel for Europe and Southwest Asia in Naples, Italy, and then as Special Counsel to the United Nations War Crimes Unit in Pristina, Kosovo.  Jeff later prosecuted federal crimes as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California, and was the Evidence Instructor at the Naval Justice School in San Diego.  Since completing his military service, Jeff's practice has been dedicated to defending employers in litigation matters, and counseling employers on all aspects of their daily employment practices.


    Ron Brand - Partner with The Brand Law Firm

    Ron S. Brand, a Shareholder at The Brand Law Firm (www.thebrandlawfirm.net), provides legal guidance and representation to employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including defense against Federal and State-based wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower, defamation, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and other similar claims brought by current and former employees.  He represents employers in both Federal and State courts, and before administrative agencies, including the California Employment Development Department, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Mr. Brand also represents property owners, landlords, and property management companies against Federal and State-based housing discrimination claims.  He provides preventive counseling and advice to employers on a wide variety of human resource and personnel issues, including hiring, retaining and terminating employees, pre-employment background screening (such as compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act), employee compensation and benefits, employee discipline and training, leaves of absence, harassment and workplace violence investigations, and the development of policies and procedures designed to avoid employment claims and litigation.  In addition, Mr. Brand negotiates, drafts, and provides advice to both employers and high-level executives regarding employment, compensation, severance, confidentiality/non-disclosure, and non-solicitation/non-competition agreements.


    Hanna B. Raanan - Of Counsel with Ogletree Deakins

     Ms. Raanan represents clients in complex wage and hour litigation, involving claims for employee misclassification, rounding violations, regular rate of pay issues, meal/rest period compliance, expense reimbursement, off-the-clock issues, as well as derivative claims under California’s Unfair Competition law and Private Attorneys General Act. During her career, Ms. Raanan has represented a range of businesses, from small family-owned businesses and start-ups to large financial institutions. Ms. Raanan is actively involved in the local legal community as an executive committee member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment section. Ms. Raanan earned her J.D. from Southwestern Law School as a member of its two-year accelerated SCALE program. While in law school, she was a recipient of an Oralist Award at the Moot Court Competition in Los Angeles. Ms. Raanan also earned her Masters of Public Policy in Economics and International Relations from Pepperdine University and worked overseas for the U.S. Department of State in Moscow, Russia.

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    Note: (i) Once you have registered for this event, we will not be able to refund your payment should you be unable to attend.

    (ii) Those who do not register and have pre-paid 24 hours in advance will be charged an additional $10 at the door.

    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Wage Orders (IWC): How to Understand Them

    Live Webinar

    NEW: Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    June 27, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Every employer in California is subject to one of sixteen Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Orders. These orders regulate wage, hours, and working conditions for specific industries.  Each business or employer needs to determine their applicable industry order.

    The following topics will be covered during the webinar:

    • Understand the essential regulations
    • Review which employees are exempt from overtime
    • Method about setting up an alternative work week
    • Rules around uniforms and equipment
    • And review case studies

    Join our webinar to hear Linda Duffy and Marla Merhab Robinson, Partner with Merhab Robinson, Jackson & Clarkson as they discuss how to determine which IWC Order your business is subject to and the vital information you need to understand.


     Linda Duffy is the Founder and President of Ethos Human Capital Solutions. Linda has parlayed 30 years of executive human capital experience into a thriving business of recruiting, consulting, training, and organizational development. Known as “The People Problem Solver®,” Linda develops strategies for business leaders to get the right people, systems, and culture in place to achieve their goals. Linda’s clients include high-tech businesses, manufacturing firms, non-profit organizations and sole practitioners, and she specializes in addressing the specific challenges of Founder/CEO-led businesses.

    Linda is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and received her MBA from Webster University, where she is a member of the Delta Mu Delta honors society. Linda’s human capital expertise is featured in the new book “Roadmap to Success,” alongside chapters authored by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Ken Blanchard.

     Marla Merhab Robinson, Partner and head of the firm’s Transactional Department, practices primarily in the areas of corporate, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, finance and employment law. She has counseled and negotiated on behalf of California businesses and business persons for over 30 years. Ms. Robinson has extensive business experience having been Senior Vice President/Corporate Counsel for an American Stock Exchange mobile home manufacturing and real estate development company during her initial years of legal practice.

    Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and her Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law at Fullerton, California, where she graduated in the top 20 percent of her class.

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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.

    • 25 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • TBD - Orange County
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    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Trends in Executive Compensation

    Live Webinar

    NEW: Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    August 29, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Program description to follow 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.

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
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    Benefits Trends Survey

    September 26, 2019 

    Registration & Networking: 7:30 a.m.

    Meeting: 7:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 


    Meeting details coming soon.


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    Note: (i) Once you have registered for this event, we will not be able to refund your payment should you be unable to attend.

    (ii) Those who do not register and have pre-paid 24 hours in advance will be charged an additional $10 at the door.

    • 07 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 08 Oct 2019
    • Orange County - First American, 2 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707



    C8 – Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals
    Orange County Compensation & Benefits Association is proud to host our annual WorldatWork courses in Orange County

    October 7 and 8, 2019

    As a WorldatWork member, you receive special pricing.  As a member of OCCABA, you’ll receive an even greater discount**

    Cost Per Course

    Course and Exam

    Course Only

    OCCABA Member

    $1,350

    $1,255

    WorldatWork Member

    $1,495

    $1,390

    Nonmember

    $2,200

    $2,085

    Location for C8 Class:

    First American                                 

    2 First American Way
    Santa Ana, CA 92707

    Phone: (714) 250-1797

    Breakfast and lunch will be provided

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                       Hotel within walking distance:

                                 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

                                 201 E. MacArthur Blvd

                                 Santa Ana, CA 92707

                                 Phone: (714) 825-3333

                                 First American Negotiated Rate

                                 Shuttle to/from Orange County Airport


    **For membership information, visit www.occaba.org

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    Register Today     While there is still space available

    https://worldatwork.org/education/search/#pageSize=25&sortBy=DATE&filterDimensions%5B%5D=4294967231&filterDimensions%5B%5D=4294967232


    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
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    Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update

    November 21, 2019

    Registration & Networking: 7:30 a.m.

    Meeting: 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

    Register Now to join us on Thursday! 

    Richard J. Simmons is a Partner in the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles. He specializes in various labor relations matters involving state and federal wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and contract arbitrations. Mr. Simmons received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and graduated in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial Relations Law Journal. Mr. Simmons has lectured nationally on wage and hour, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and other labor relations matters. He is a member of the National Advisory Board to the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, published by the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

    Mr. Simmons was also appointed by the California Industrial Welfare Commission as a member of the 1987, 1984 and 1982 Minimum Wage Boards for the State of California. Mr. Simmons is a member of the California State Bar, and has also been a member of the Western Pension and Benefits Conference, the California Society for Health Care Attorneys, the American Society for Health Care Attorneys, and the labor law and tax sections of the American and Los Angeles Bar Associations. He has also been a lecturer at graduate labor law courses presented by the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, and has appeared as an authority on labor law on the CBS Evening News, NBC News, as well as radio and television talk shows.

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    Also, we need the shirt off your back … and your suit and shoes, too!

     

    is sponsoring a Men’s and Women’s Accessory and Clothing Drive at our November 21st meeting. Anyone bringing at least one article of clothing for our clothing drive with Working Wardrobes will be entered into a drawing for one of Richard’s very informative and popular books!

    Did you know that Working Wardrobes helps 5,000 people annually get back to work with self-esteem and dignity?

    OCCABA is an association founded to provide professional development.  We are very excited to announce this opportunity to again partner with an organization that also helps in this area at it’s most fundamental level.  You can help make a difference by donating your gently used professional clothing and accessories at our meeting on November 21st.

    We are pleased that this drive coincides with our Legislative Update given by Richard J. Simmons. Anyone bringing at least one article of clothing will be entered into a drawing for one of Richard’s very informative and popular books!

    GIVING GUIDELINES:

    • All sizes of men’s and women’s clothing. Plus sizes are especially needed.
    • Must be clean and on a hanger.
    • Clothes should be in good condition: no tears, holes, broken zippers, etc.

    GREATEST NEED:

    • ACCESSORIES: Handbags, jewelry, shoes, scarves, belts. Men’s belts and shoes especially.
    • Tax receipts will be available.

    Your generous donation will go toward helping men and women in crises get back to work.

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    Note: (i) Once you have registered for this event, we will not be able to refund your payment should you be unable to attend.

    (ii) Those who do not register and have pre-paid 24 hours in advance will be charged an additional $10 at the door.

    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 26 Mar 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 28 May 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Past events

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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