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    • 25 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Unique Benchmarking Tactics for Defining Jobs and The Competitive Labor Market

    Live Webinar

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

    FREE for OCCABA members.

    October 25, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Despite the abundance of published surveys, we are often asked to develop a market rate for a “hybrid” job. These are jobs that are specific to our organization and/or specific to an individual’s skill set. And of course, they are not represented in our surveys. In this session, we will discuss how to approach this situation.

    We will also explore how we can think about jobs as new skills are required by the enterprise and  work is redefined.


    Lindsay Wiggins
    Director, Talent & Rewards

    Lindsay Wiggins is a Senior Consultant in Willis Towers Watson's Southern California Compensation Practice.  For the past thirty years, she has assisted organizations in designing human resources and compensation programs that support business performance. 

    Lindsay is responsible for managing and conducting client assignments in the development of human resources and reward strategies, development of global job frameworks and salary structures, salary administration, performance management, and related human resources programs. She is also responsible for business development and client management activities. She consults to a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, distribution/logistics, financial services and healthcare/life sciences.

    In addition to her consulting role, Lindsay is a leader in the organization’s efforts in job analysis for determining FLSA status and pay equity.  

    Lindsay holds a B.A. degree from the University of Southern California and is a Certified Compensation Professional with World at Work. Lindsay has been an instructor at UCLA and Cal State University, Northridge for Compensation and Benefits Planning.

    Mark Chen
    Director, Executive Compensation

    Mark Chen is a Senior Consultant in Willis Towers Watson’s Executive Compensation practice. Based in the Los Angeles office, he performs financial and competitive benchmarking assessments in support of client assignments in Executive Compensation and outside director compensation. Mark’s recent projects include.

    ■      Short- and long-term incentive program design

    ■      CD&A development

    ■      Tally sheets and wealth accumulation assessments

    ■      Pay-for-performance assessments

    ■      Analyses of executive and outside director compensation practices and trends

    In his 14 years of Executive Compensation consulting experience, Mark has assisted clients in a wide range of industries, including U.S.-based Japanese subsidiaries, technology, financial services, casino gaming and leisure, health and medical devices, manufacturing, real estate, supply chain logistics and transportation.

    Mark was appointed to Towers Watson’s Executive Compensation Guiding Principles initiative, which is focused on clarifying and affirming our Executive Compensation practice’s perspectives, approaches, guidelines and key considerations in support of effective design, governance, management and administration of Executive Compensation programs.

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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.

    • 29 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach (formally the Radisson Hotel), 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Richard Simmons returns for our Annual Wage & Hour Legislative Update

    November 29, 2018

    Registration & Networking: 7:30 a.m.

    Meeting: 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

    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 30th 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 17th.

    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!


    • 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.


    • 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 $5 at the door.

    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 30 May 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

Past events

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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