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ASE's 9th Annual Compensation & Benefits Conference

May 21, 2019


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ASE’s annual Compensation and Benefits Conference is Michigan’s premier total rewards event.  This fast-paced, one-day program will provide the valuable insights needed to meet the important challenges facing total rewards professionals today!


Getting total rewards right is more important than ever. In this uncertain and ever-changing world of work, organizations are competing for the best talent. Without a compelling and competitive employment package, attracting and retaining top talent will remain a challenge. The 2019 Compensation and Benefits Conference will keep you up to date on the newest trends in total rewards including pay equity, employee recognition, pay for performance, and more.



What’s in it for you?

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

  • Learn effective compensation and benefit strategies from our lineup of speakers
  • Network with your peers and subject matter experts in the field of total rewards
  • 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 2019 Compensation Surveys


Conference Pricing
Through May 1st: 
ASE Members: $179
Nonmembers: $219

After May 1st: 
ASE Members: $219
Nonmembers: $259

 


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

This program has been submitted for 4.75 general credits hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 4.75 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. 

Agenda

Start End  Description
7:15 a.m. 8:10 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking & Visit Exhibitors
     
8:10 a.m. 9:10 a.m. Conference Welcome & Morning Plenary
     
    Pay Trends 2019
     Kevin Marrs, Vice President  & Jason Rowe, Manager, Survey Services, American Society of Employers
     
9:10 a.m. 9:35 a.m. Break, Networking & Visit Exhibitors
     
9:35 a.m. 10:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Set One)
     
  1) Gaining Leadership Support for Employee Recognition
  2) Creative Concepts for Managing Healthcare Costs
  3) Modernizing Total Rewards
     
10:50 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Break, Networking & Visit Exhibitors
     
11:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Set Two)
     
  4) Hot Topics and What's Trending in 401(k)s
  5) Traditional Pay for Performance Has Run its Course
  6) Moving Beyond Wellness: How Well-Being Enhances the Health and Productivity of Employees
     
12:30 p.m. 2:20 p.m. Lunch & Panel Discussion
     
   

Economic Experts Panel

     
2:20 p.m.   2:45 p.m.  Break, Networking & Visit Exhibitors
     
2:45 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Plenary
     
 
Getting Pay Equity "Right"

Mickey Silberman, Shareholder, Fortney & Scott, LLC
     

Morning Plenary

Pay Trends 2019

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

The U.S. economy has added jobs for 100 consecutive months. For Michigan, this has translated to an unemployment rate that has reached historic lows. It has also translated into a competitive labor market for employers looking to attract and retain key talent. However, despite the low unemployment and growing economy, wage growth for many has been modest at best. This may be changing. Recent data suggests that employees may finally be reaping the rewards of the expanding economy. This informative session will shed light on recent wage trends and provide highlights from the recently released 2019 ASE Compensation Surveys. Topics will include a review of salary movement, variable compensation, as well as important economic factors that have impacted local salaries.


Economic Experts Panel

Moderator:
Art R. Schwartz, President, Labor & Economics Associates

Panelists:
Kristen Dziczek, Vice President - Industry, Labor & Economics, Center for Automotive Research
James E. Robey, Director, Regional Economic Planning Services, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Sue Yingzi Su, Assistant Director for North America and China Economics, General Motors
Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch

The evolving role of human resources as a strategic partner requires a thorough understanding of the myriad of forces that can impact current and future workforce plans and strategies. One of the most significant external influences is the current economy. Shifts in labor demand and labor supply, among other factors, influence decisions regarding wages, talent investment, hiring practices, and employment changes. The Economics Experts Panel will provide attendees valuable insight into how economic conditions may impact their organizations in 2019 and beyond.


Afternoon Plenary

Getting Pay Equity "Right"
Mickey Silberman, Shareholder, Fortney & Scott, LLC

The rules of Pay Equity are changing, fast. And the consequences of not getting Pay Equity “right” are growing fast. The federal government and the states are passing new, aggressive laws to attack the “pay gap.” Employees are growing more aware of pay equity and are more aggressively raising issues of perceived unequal pay with you and others . . . like unions, company shareholders, EEOC, OFCCP, and plaintiff’s counsel. So how do we adapt and get ahead of the curve? How do we protect our organizations? Join us to learn what you need to know, and do, now.

Sessions

ASE's Compensation & Benefits Conference will consist of two plenary sessions, two sets of breakout sessions, and an economic experts panel.  Attendees can attend one session in each set of breakouts.


Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:35 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.


BK-1: Gaining Leadership Support for Employee Recognition
Mike Byam, Managing Partner, Terryberry  

Developing a culture of employee recognition within your organization requires leadership support. Whether you have an existing employee initiative or if you are just starting an employee recognition program, learning how to earn buy-in and participation from the executive suite and management is key. This session will help attendees understand the role that business leaders have in influencing your organization’s recognition culture. Mike will provide advice and tools that will enable you to successfully present the business case for employee recognition, then follow a plan that engages leaders consistently in your employee recognition efforts to achieve a successful outcome for your organization.


BK-2: Creative Concepts for Managing Healthcare Costs
Matt Cole, Vice President of Client Strategy, Michigan Planners


Is your organization wondering what more it can do to manage healthcare costs? If so, it may be time to consider programs that go above and beyond simply passing on healthcare increases to your employees. During this engaging session, learn some ideas and concepts that challenge the traditional modes of managing your benefits program. Matt will focus on key topics such as how to look at healthcare plans in three to five year chunks versus one year at a time, how to negotiate costs directly with large providers of healthcare (i.e. hospitals) to receive quality care at the lowest prices, and how to better manage your healthcare plan to yield greater savings.

 


BK-3: Modernizing Total Rewards
Brian Bray, Director, Rewards, Willis Towers Watson

 

The world of work and talent is rapidly changing – driven by technology, innovation, and automation. Traditional approaches to jobs, talent management, organization structure, and total rewards no longer meet the demands of the shifting workforce. In today’s rapidly evolving work ecosystem, compensation programs must meet a growing range of often conflicting objectives from market competitiveness to pay fairness, resulting in a complex decision-making process that requires greater use of technology. This session will concentrate on the emerging total rewards trends and innovative practices (with a focus on fair pay and pay-for-performance) required for human capital programs to remain relevant in our rapidly changing world of work.


Mid-Morning Breakouts - 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
BK-4: Hot Topics and What's Trending in 401(k)s
Mitch Miless, Senior Vice President of Financial Services and Alex Moen, Retirement Plan Consultant, Marsh & McLennan

 

The 401(k) market has evolved considerably since its introduction in the Revenue Act of 1978. Do you know what’s trending in the world of 401(k) Plans? Experts from Marsh & McLennan Agency Retirement Services will dig into a host of hot topics from Student Loan Repayment Programs to Emergency Savings Funds and provide an update on recent legislative proposals. This can’t miss session will ensure you’re up to speed on the current topics in the ever-changing 401(k) realm.


BK-5: Traditional Pay for Performance Has Run its Course
Rachel Stewart, Association Director of HR Research & Advisory Services, McLean & Company

 

Performance management has changed to match the cadence of today’s operating environment, yet the approach to annual base pay increases and bonuses has largely remained the same. Traditional pay for performance – where performance ratings dictate annual salary increases and bonuses – hasn’t evolved along with the changing workforce and nature of work. Organizations need to revisit their objectives for providing annual salary increases and bonuses, and then design an approach that fits their needs and context. In this session, we will lead participants through a discussion that explores why the current approach to pay for performance is broken, alternative approaches available, and examples of organizations that have successfully made this change.


BK-6: Moving Beyond Wellness: How Well-Being Enhances the Health and Productivity of Employees
Cindy Bjorkquist, M.S., Director, Health & Well-Being, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

 

Many workplace wellness programs focus primarily on physical health indicators. However, organizations are now considering a more holistic approach, one that still focuses on sound physical health, while also considering an employee’s mental, social, and financial health – all those other areas of life that can hold people back from doing their best. In this engaging session, attendees will learn how focusing on well-being will enhance both the health and productivity of employees. Topics covered will include defining well-being and the science that supports well-being programs. It will also show the value of well-being to your organization and provide valuable well-being programming ideas.


Lunch and Economic Experts Panel - 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Economic Experts Panel
Moderator:
Art R. Schwartz, President, Labor and Economics Associates

 

Panelists: 
Kristen Dziczek, Vice President - Industry, Labor & Economics, Center for Automotive Research

James E. Robey, Director, Regional Economic Planning Services, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Sue Yingzi Su, Assistant Director for North America and China Economics, General Motors

Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch

The evolving role of human resources as a strategic partner requires a thorough understanding of the myriad of forces that can impact current and future workforce plans and strategies. One of the most significant external influences is the current economy. Shifts in labor demand and labor supply, among other factors, influence decisions regarding wages, talent investment, hiring practices, and employment changes. The Economic Experts Panel will provide attendees valuable insight into how economic conditions may impact their organizations in 2019 and beyond.

Directions

This year's event will be held at the



located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI.  

 The facility can be accessed from I-96 from both the Novi and Beck road exits. Please be aware if you have attended one of our prior conferences here, this event is on the opposite side of the building. You will need to park on the West side of the parking lot and enter the building using the doors closest to Beck road. The event will be on the 2nd floor.


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Register

Conference Pricing
Through May 1st: 
ASE Members: $179
Nonmembers: $219

After May 1st: 
ASE Members: $219
Nonmembers: $259

 

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

2019 Speakers

Morning Plenary: 
Pay Trends 2019

Kevin Marrs & Jason Rowe
American Society of Employers


Afternoon Plenary:
Getting Pay Equity "Right"


Mickey Silberman
Sharholder, Fortney & Scott, LLC

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