2-Day Workplace Compensation and Benefits Certificate Program: Maintaining the Advantage (Starts 10-19-2023)

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2-Day Workplace Compensation and Benefits Certificate Program: Maintaining the Advantage (Starts 10-19-2023)

October 19, 2023 @ 9:00 am - October 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm CDT

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2-Day Workplace Compensation and Benefits_ Maintaining the Advantage


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Continuing Education Credits
HRCI – 15 HR(General) Credits • SHRM – 15 PDC’s

Every organization, large and small, must determine the pay structure for its employees. Compensation and Benefits administrators are the key specialists in charge of managing the impact of compensation and benefits packages on an organization’s bottom line while ensuring fair and equitable pay rates for employees.

Get the training you need to stay ahead of other organizations in attracting and retaining top talent.  It is essential to make employees feel that they are paid fairly and treated fairly for what they do.  This is why it is imperative to get Compensation and Benefits aligned with the organization’s vision and goals.  

This program provides the fundamental strategic choices that employers must take in creating, designing, developing, & implementing a total reward’s package.

You will learn how to professionally handle questions from staff members at a much higher and qualified level by gaining confidence through the knowledge of the following:

  • Benefit History (Then & Now)
  • Regulatory Benefits
  • Mandated Benefits
  • Retirement Plan Benefits
  • Compensation Benefits
  • Office Perk Benefits
  • Performance-Based Benefits
  • Time Off Benefits
  • Health Benefits

Keeping your employee Compensation & Benefit training current has many rewards.  This course will make you and your team more aware of the “Why’s” and “How’s” in creating a staff with more awareness, engagement, & more understanding.  Remember, a well-trained Compensation & Benefits employee is in high demand. Being able to anticipate the major trends in employee benefits and how it can improve your retention rates and time-to-fill rates will immensely help your team.  Learning how to be more current in laws and policies that are forever changing can also assist you and your team be more prosperous and able to complete projects on time.   

Additionally, for HR Professionals understanding the needs and wants of your organization’s employees and aligning them with the executive team’s vision will make specific processes and procedures more efficient and successful.  This new knowledge that you will gain through this course will also be vital for you to gain a seat at the strategic table.

Other important strategies that you will learn through this course is as follows:

  • Health Benefit Campaign Design Strategy
  • Benefit Communication Strategy
  • Benefit Outsource Strategy
  • Benefit Open Enrollment Strategy

Don’t forget, during this seminar, there will be periodic quizzes for you to test your knowledge and activities for you to share your thoughts and concerns.  Now get ready and enroll because it’s time to expand your Compensation & Benefit knowledge.


Day 1

9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Central Time)

  • 11:15 pm – 15-minute break
  • 1:00 pm – 60-minute lunch break
  • 4:00 pm – 15-minute break

Day 2

9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Central Time)

  • 11:15 pm – 15-minute break
  • 1:00 pm – 60-minute lunch break
  • 4:00 pm – 15-minute break



History Of Benefits (1636 to present)


Then and Now (1636 to present)


Regulatory Benefits

            Government Influence on Employee Benefits


            Regulatory and Judicial Processes

            Federal Governing Agencies

                        IRS – Internal Revenue Service

DOL – Department of Labor

EBSA – Employee Benefits Security Administration

PBGC – Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation

EEOC – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

SEC – Security and Exchange Commission

            Government Programs

            Equal Opportunity Laws


Mandated Employee Benefits

Social Security

Worker’s Compensation



Retirement Plans

            Retirement Benefits

Retirement Emotional Journey

ERISA – Employee Retirement Income Security Act

ERISA Provisions

ERISA Section 404C

Pension Protection Act of 2006

QDRO – Qualified Domestic Relations Order

ADP/ACP Non-Discrimination Tests

EGTRRA – Economic Growth & Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001

IRC – Internal Revenue Code of 1926

FICA – Federal Insurance Contribution Act Tax

            Plan types and Qualifications

Qualified Compensation (PBGC)

Defined Benefits (Non-Contributory)

SOX – Sarbanes Oxley Act

Traditional Pension

Flat Dollar

Final Pay

Guaranteed income annuities (GIAs)

The Federal Thrift Savings Plan

Cash-Balance Plan

Cash-Value Insurance Plan

Defined Contributions (Contributory)


Solo 401k





Self-Directed IRA

SEP IRA 408k


Keogh (HR-10)


Plan Distributions

Withdrawal Regulations

Required Distributions

Hardship Distributions


Tax on Early Distribution

Loans from 401(k) plans

Early Retirement Package

Early Withdrawal


IRA Quiz


Non-Qualified Compensation

Deferred Plans

Executive Bonus Plans

Split-Dollar Life Insurance Plans

Rabbi Trust

Top Hat Plan


Health Benefits

ERISA – Employee Retirement Income Security Act

COBRA – Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

GINA – Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

ACA – Affordable Care Act


Short Term Disability/Long Term Disability

Life Insurance

Dental Care/Vision Care

AD&D – Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Extended or Long-Term Health Care

EAP – Employee Assistance Program

Mental/Behavioral Health Care

Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA)

HMO – Health Maintenance Organization

PPO – Preferred Provider Organization

HDHP – High Deductible Health Plan

Cafeteria Plans

IRC Section 125

IRC Section 129



Stop/Loss Coverage

Prescription Drug Plans


Health Benefits Quiz



Attract & Retain

Compensation Management Process

Major Influences

Internal Equity vs External Equity

Job Analysis Process

Direct Pay


Pay Decisions/Strategy

Types of Compensation

Comp Terms

Job Evaluations



Indirect Pay

Stock Options


Executive Plans



Performance Benefits






Office Perk Benefits

            Employee of the Month

Holiday Bonus

Employee Discounts & Rewards


Care & Recognition Gifts

Employee Development Plans

Wellness Program

Gym Membership

Adulting Classes

Tuition Reimbursement

Office Perks

Child Care Assistance

Commuter Assistance

Legal Assistance

Adoption Assistance

Disaster Relief Assistance

Financial Assistance

Diversity Program

Engagement Committee

Pre-Tax Limitations



Time Off Benefits



Holiday/Vacation/Sick Days/PTO

Bereavement Leave

Jury Duty Leave

Voting Time Leave

Sabbatical/Personal Leave

Paid Parental Leave

Covid Sick Leave


Benefits Design Strategy Aligning With HR & Business Goals

            Strategic Assessment

Conduct a GAP Analysis

Costing & Pricing

Select & Design

Funding & Approval


Train & Monitor


Open Enrollment


High-Level Open Enrollment Calendar


Compliance Calendar Example


Communication Strategy Fundamentals

Select the Communication Style

Potential Barriers to Communication


Communication Models

Effective Communication

Potential Barriers


Selective Perception

Information Overload

Emotional Disconnect

Workplace Gossip


Gender Differences

Sender/Receiver Differences

Biased Language

Communicating the Value

Compensation/Reward Statement


Outsourcing Strategy



Create a Request for Proposal

Send Request for Proposal

Choose Contractor





Certification Process