ASE's 10th Annual Compensation & Benefits Conference (Now Virtual)

June 25, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

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This virtual event will provide valuable insight required to meet the important challenges facing total rewards professionals as they prepare for a post-pandemic workplace. 

COVID-19 has forced many changes on employers.  From social distancing to contact tracing, it is likely that the workplace will look very different in the months and years to come.  The extent to which this pandemic will change the total rewards landscape is still coming into focus, but change is certain.  The 2020 Compensation and Benefits Conference will cover the latest developments in total rewards with a unique emphasis on the how COVID-19 will impact these programs.  This virtual event is certain to empower attendees to be leaders in shaping total rewards in their organization in a post-pandemic workplace. 

What’s in it for you?

At ASE’s Compensation and Benefits Virtual Conference, you will be able to:

  • Learn effective compensation and benefit strategies from our lineup of speakers
  • Identify ways to make a meaningful impact on your organization’s bottom line
  • And of course, be the first to hear the results of ASE’s 2020 Compensation Surveys

Conference Pricing
ASE Members: $159
Nonmembers: $199



For more information on this event, contact Kevin Marrs at 248.223.8025

This program has been submitted for 4 general credits hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 4 recertification credit hours (PDC) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The use of these seals is not an endorsement by HRCI or SHRM for the quality of the program . It means that this conference has met the HRCI's and SHRM's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. 


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10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Conference Welcome
    Mary Corrado, President & CEO, American Society of Employers
10:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Morning Plenary
     10 Trends Shaping Every Company's Post-COVID-19 Future
     Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership, LLC
11:15 p.m.  11:30 p.m.  Break
11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Set One)
  1) Total Rewards Implications and Opportunities Post COVID-19
  2) Benefits Compliance in the Wake of COVID-19
  3) Navigating the “New Normal” in HR and Payroll Compliance
12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Set Two)
  4) Seismic Events and the World of Work
  5) Open Enrollment & Communications Strategies in a Virtual Environment
  6) Data for Talent Strategy in Times of Change
2:00 p.m.   2:15 p.m.  Break
2:15 p.m. 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Plenary
Pay Trends 2020

Kevin Marrs & Jason Rowe, American Society of Employers

Morning Plenary

10 Trends Shaping Every Company’s Post-COVID-19 Future

Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC

The pace of change is accelerating, and the impacts will be felt by every industry and every employee. In this engaging and lively address, Ted will review the impacts of ubiquitous analytics, rising complexity, constant disruption, talent wars, tribalism, and more. Only by tracking trends and anticipating tangents can you prepare for the future. This session will highlight the trends that are certain, emerging technologies, changing consumer and employee expectations, and how COVID-19 might impact our lives and our work. The session will also address the important question of “so what?” Knowing something is great - but knowing what you can do about it is the difference between success and failure.

Afternoon Plenary

Pay Trends 2020
Kevin Marrs, Vice President & Jason Rowe, Manager, Survey Services, American Society of Employers

In any job market, there will always be forces that will test your organization’s compensation plans and strategy. As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, that fact remains even more relevant. The economic fallout caused by the virus and our attempts to mitigate its effects have and will impact wages. This informative session will provide timely insights from ASE’s recent benchmarking activity including the recently released 2020 ASE Compensation Surveys. The session will include a review of salary movement based on data collected in early 2020 as well as important economic factors that have and will continue to impact local wages and salaries.


ASE's Compensation & Benefits Conference is now virutal and will consist of two plenary sessions and two sets of live breakout sessions. Attendees can attend one session in each set of breakouts and will get access to recordings of the other sessions they do not attend live. Conference attendees will also have access to on-demand content after the conference has ended.

Breakout Sessions - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Total Rewards Implications and Opportunities Post COVID-19
Rebecca Duff-Campbell, Senior Director of Talent & Rewards , Jerry Konal, Senior Director, Health & Benefits , Shawn Smith-Moulden Esq., Director, Talent & Rewards , Willis Towers Watson

Every day, your employees deliver results for your business and your customers by showing up in ways that put your values first. Now, more than ever before, employees are sacrificing, stretching, and making it work in 100 different and new ways. It’s clear, the world has changed beyond recognition and some things may never be the same. Join Willis Towers Watson experts for a collaborative and in-depth conversation on the implications of total rewards resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear and discuss how employers can leverage opportunities for a sustainable reset, learn critical strategies that enable leaders to respond with agility, while creating new sources of value and specific opportunities to forge a stronger bond with employees.

Benefits Compliance in the Wake of COVID-19
Jennifer Young, Compliance Director/Account Executive, JS Clark Agency, An AssuredPartners Company

The COVID-19 pandemic has employers facing a myriad of new and modified legislation. Knowing how to sort through it all and where to turn may be challenging for many employers. JS Clark Agency’s Compliance Director, Jennifer Young, will provide context and clarification on the latest COVID-19 legislative and regulatory updates that impact employee benefits.

Navigating the “New Normal” in HR and Payroll Compliance
Stephanie Lewerke, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Business Partner, iSolved HCM

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused organization disruption and caused HR managers and business leaders to think differently about their role as they adjust to safety precautions. They are conducting business in a different manner and a new work environment they may have never imagined. While focusing on employees’ safety and wellbeing in the workplace, leaders also need to consider ongoing employment compliance. Join iSolved HCM as they discuss how to appropriately collect benefit premium arrears, remote work implications on company work location and employment law obligations, local taxes, and important policy provisions so employers can efficiently and compliantly get back to work.

Breakout Sessions - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Seismic Events and the World of Work
Lori Block, Strategic Perspectives and Positioning Leader, Mike Chalmers, Global Career Practice Leader, Buck

In less than one year, two seismic events have occurred that may forever change, yet again, the world of work. While the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the headlines in 2020, 181 CEOs of America’s top companies relatively quietly repudiated nearly five decades of orthodoxy by redefining the purpose of a corporation. This engaging session will address how the workplace and total rewards of today came to be and the challenges total rewards professions have and will continue to have. This session will deliver meaningful remuneration to history’s most highly diverse workforce—the workforce of today. It will also challenge us to consider the role of their organization in supporting total wellbeing in and beyond the workplace, particularly in a world where an “unprecedented” pandemic has revealed interdependencies and inequities previously ignored.

Open Enrollment & Communications Strategies in a Virtual Environment
Beth Patil, Principal Account Manager, Ann Marie Olszewski, Senior Account Manager, Sue Mathiesen, Director, Research & Education, Marsh & McLennan Agency of Michigan

As an organization, you invest a great deal in your employee benefit programs. It is important to have a strong communications strategy in place to educate and engage your workforce during the open enrollment period as well as year-round. Our panel of communication and client service thought leaders will address pivoting from the traditional in-person approach to leveraging new tactics, tools, and messages to connect with your employees and their families throughout the year.

Data for Talent Strategy in Times of Change
Russ Wakelin, Chief Experience Officer, Payfactors

2020 has redefined rapid change. In compensation, data has always been vital—and this year it’s more important than ever. Due to COVID-19, the cards have been reshuffled, and your organization will need to keep up with a labor market that seems to change daily. Join Payfactor’s Chief Experience Officer, Russ Wakelin, as he shares trends seen across a wide variety of industries. Learn how organizations are coping with the current crisis along with key takeaways you can leverage to inform your organization's talent strategy on topics such as hazard pay, geo-differentials with a remote workforce, and more.

On-Demand Sessions
Conference attendees will also have access to the following on-demand content after the conference has ended.

Financial Wellbeing and Your Workforce
Scott Koenigsknecht, Associate, Retirement Plan Consulting, Gallagher  & Dean Chambos, Area Senior Vice President, Retirement Plan Consulting, Gallagher  

Financial wellbeing can be defined as a sense of financial security and freedom of choice, both in the present and when considering the future. Employers increasingly recognize that there is a direct link between financial wellbeing, employee performance, and their organization’s long-term success. When employers play an active role in helping to improve their employees’ financial wellbeing, employees face less financial stress and distraction, and employers benefit from a more engaged, positive, and productive workforce.  Join this engaging session in which Gallagher will discuss the dynamic financial wellbeing landscape and strategies to positively impact your employees and your organization.  From overall wellbeing strategies to approaches and challenges with student loan debt, this session will cover some of the latest trends in financial wellbeing.

Attaining True Pay Equity--Best Practices for Measuring and Avoiding Structural Pay Disparities
Dan Kuang, Ph.D., Vice President - Legal and Audit Support Services, Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.

Pay equity has received significant, and some would say, much needed attention in recent years.  Beyond compliance, pay equity and pay fairness can have a significant impact on how well we are able to attract, retain, and motivate employees.  What steps is your organization taking to respond or proactively address pay equity concerns?  Do you know the leading causes of pay disparities?  As HR professionals how can we help our organizations establish practices to avoid these problems?  Join Dan Kuang, Ph.D. from Biddle Consulting Group, Inc. as he discusses common drivers of pay disparities, and most importantly, practical steps employers can take to avoid creating pay disparities and ensure their pay programs are effectively meeting today challenges. 

Wage and Hour 2020: Navigating Through the Crisis
Anne-Marie V. Welch, Member, Clark Hill PLC.

The current pandemic has created many wage and hour and employment law risks for employers. From timekeeping practices for a newly remote workforce to challenges to employee classifications, the current environment will require vigilance among HR professionals to ensure pay practices are compliant. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division has also been busy and has recently introduced new rules that will impact employers. In this on-demand session, Anne-Marie will address many of the current wage and hour issues exposed by the pandemic and the latest developments from the DOL.

Virtual Access

This year's event will be a virtual event. You will receive more information on how to join the virtual sessions after you register. 



Conference Pricing
ASE Members: $159
Nonmembers: $199




Contact Talent Development to receive group pricing for groups of 6 or more at 248.223.8041

2020 Speakers

Morning Plenary:
10 Trends Shaping Every Company’s Post-COVID-19 Future

Ted Abernathy
Managing Partner, Economic Leadership

Afternoon Plenary: 
Pay Trends 2020

Kevin Marrs & Jason Rowe
American Society of Employers

2020 Sponsors

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