ASE's 8th Annual Compensation & Benefits Conference

(May 23, 2018)

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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!

To keep pace with today’s rapidly changing business environment HR professionals need to invest in people programs that win the war for talent. However, these investments must matter to employees, and most importantly deliver value to the organization. The 2018 Compensation and Benefits Conference will offer valuable and timely insight on the unique challenges facing today’s Total Rewards professionals.

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 2018 compensation survey


The Henry, Autograph Collection Hotel
Fairlane Plaza, 300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126

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

This program has been approved for 5 general credits hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 5 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. 


Start End  Description
7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking & Visit Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Conference Welcome & Keynote Address
    The Employer-Employee Relationship Has Changed. Forever.  - Josh Schneider,  Director, the Millennial & Employee Engagement Institute
9:30 a.m. 9:50 a.m. Break, Networking & Visit Exhibitors
9:50 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Set One)
  1) Getting into an Analytics Mindset: How to Make it Work for You
  2) Benefit Communications Check Up
  3) What Employers Need to Know About 2018 Tax Changes
11:00 a.m. 11:20 a.m. Break, Networking & Visit Exhibitors
11:20 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Set Two)
  4) 2018 Wage and Hour Updated: Hot Topics and Trends
  5) Pay Equity, the "New" Compliance issue?
  6) Opioid Epidemic's 'Collateral Damage': When a Drug-Free Workplace Doesn't Exist
12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Survey Briefing

Pay Trends 2018

2:00 p.m.   2:20 p.m.  Break, Networking & Visit Exhibitors
2:20 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Set Three)
  7) International & Executive Compensation Trends
  8) What's Up with Wellness? Realities & Trends in the Business of Caring for Employees
  9) Employee Benefits Compliance in 2018

AM Keynote

The Employer-Employee Relationship Has Changed. Forever.

Josh Schneider, Director, The Millennial & Employee Engagement Institute

In order to succeed in the new business economy a bold new approach to motivating and retaining talent is needed. How do we help our employees feel important and valued yet properly equipped to solve the complex problems they face daily? How do we get managers to have successful, meaningful conversations to recognize, develop, and invest in their people more than once or twice a year? When we uncover how we work, live and dream best as humans it creates straightforward solutions to some of our greatest challenges. In this refreshing session Josh will bring to the forefront new ideas, social psychology, and practical insights from the new pack of pioneers who have learned to unlock the human potential in their employees..

Survey Briefing

Pay Trends 2018

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

In the past year we have seen near record low unemployment, equity markets hitting record highs, and strong consumer confidence. However, what has been noticeably absent in this economic recovery is broad-based or sustained wage growth. Join ASE’s own Kevin Marrs and Jason Rowe, as they present the results of the 2018 Compensation Surveys. Topics will include a review of recent wage and salary trends as well as current economic forces that are likely to impact wages and salaries in 2018.



ASE's Compensation & Benefits Conference will consist of one Keynote sessions and three sets of breakout sessions.  Attendees can attend one session in each set of breakouts.

Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

BK-1: Getting into an Analytics Mindset: How to Make It Work for You

Lisa Harpe, Ph.D., Principal Consultant and Emilee B. Tison, Ph.D. Associate Principal Consultant, DCI Consulting Group, Inc.

Predictive analytics can be useful in understanding your HR data. This session will focus on establishing a framework for leveraging analytics to answer important workforce questions – keeping in mind potential legal risks and important EEO considerations.

BK-2: Benefit Communications Check Up
Sue Mathiesen, Director of Research, and Jaime Kinzer, Account Executive, Marsh & McLennan Agency | Michigan

Communication is an important element of an organization’s relationship with their employees. Do you feel like your organization is in a communications rut? The Communications Check Up will provide you with a host of ideas to pump up your efforts to engage employees, including the utilization of video, text, and e-mail. This session will focus on direct and actionable messages and methods to more effectively communicate with your employees.

BK-3: What Employers Need to Know About 2018 Tax Changes

Mark Spittell, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has become law, employers are scratching their heads about what exactly this means for them. In this informative session, Mark will provide a review of the tax law changes and their impact on employers and their workforce. This session will address changes in the tax law that directly affect employee compensation, fringe benefits, and personal tax returns. He will discuss how these changes will affect business operations. Finally, he will also describe strategies and best practices that companies are already implementing in reaction to the changes.

Mid-Morning Breakout Sessions - 11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

BK-4: 2018 Wage and Hour Update: Hot Topics and Trends
Robert Boonin, Member, Dykema

Even though the Trump administration has shown itself to be more business-friendly than its predecessor, employers still need to stay focused on the current wage and hour laws and trends. Robert Boonin, recognized as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan" and Management Chair of the American Bar Association’s FLSA Subcommittee, returns to the conference and will explore hot topics and emerging trends in wage and hour litigation. Among the topics discussed will be the status of the new white-collar exemption regulations, updates regarding DOL enforcement initiatives and guidelines, arbitration agreements, and select compliance challenges.

BK-5: Pay Equity, The “New” Compliance Issue?
Christine Hendrickson, Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Pay equity is a growing area of EEO compliance, whether federal or state. Although the Equal Pay Act (EPA) focuses on gender disparities, Title VII expands the purview to every employee. This session will provide participants a historical overview of pay equity and the interplay of EPA, Title VII, and state laws such as California and Massachusetts. Also covered will be how pay disparity is investigated by the various agencies.

BK-6: Opioid Epidemic’s ‘Collateral Damage’: When a Drug-Free Workplace Doesn’t Exist
Kent Sharkey, LMSW, President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Ulliance

Why is it that every time you turn on the news you hear about the opioid epidemic? It is occurring in cities, in the suburbs, and now in your workplace. It is estimated that 75% of all drug users are employed. This session will help you identify workplace substance abuse, the impact on your organization, and most importantly, what HR can do about it.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 2:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

BK-7: International & Executive Compensation Trends
Stuart A James, Sr. Executive Compensation Consultant, Willis Towers Watson and Shawn T. Smith-Moulden, Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

In this session, Willis Towers Watson will lead an interactive discussion on trends in international and executive compensation that are affecting employers. From long-term incentive plans to salary differences across borders, to the impact of compensation on regulatory and tax issues, Stuart and Shawn will provide the latest information that you can use to supplement your compensation strategies. Data will also be shared from a Willis Towers Watson annual update released in April 2018.

BK-8: What’s Up with Wellness? Realities & Trends in the Business of Caring for Employees
Susan Morgan Bailey, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chair, Michigan Wellness Council

Attracting and retaining talent is a challenge we are facing like never before. This reality, in combination with a rapidly changing cultural environment, is driving employers to realize that checking the box on wellness and benefits with old-school tactics is no longer an effective approach. This interactive session will highlight the opportunities HR has to make a difference along with innovative approaches you can put into practice today.

BK-9: Employee Benefits Compliance in 2018
Nancy Farnam, J.D., Area Assistant Vice President, Compliance Counsel, Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

Despite the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act, benefits compliance remains a high priority for employers. In this informative session, Nancy Farnam of Arthur J. Gallagher & Company will discuss key compliance issues for health and welfare benefit plans in 2018, including the current status of key elements of the ACA, wellness programs and the EEOC regulations, contraceptive coverage, new disability claim regulations, changes to the taxation of certain fringe benefits, and the new federal paid family leave tax credit. 



This year's event will be held at the

The Henry, Autograph Collection Hotel
Fairlane Plaza, 300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126

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Conference Pricing
Through April 23rd: 
ASE Members: $179
Nonmembers: $219

After April 23rd: 
ASE Members: $219
Nonmembers: $259


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

2018 Speakers

Josh Schneider
Director, The Millennial & Employee Engagement Institute

Kevin Marrs & Jason Rowe
American Society of Employers

2018 Sponsors

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