ShawHankins was proud to host our annual educational Summit at The Forum at Roam this week. ShawHankins proudly welcomed seasoned professionals from a variety of resources to lead the education sessions. The presenters were: Jill Brooking, NFP VP of Benefits Compliance, Mary Ratteree, RD, LD, ShawHankins Director of Comprehensive Health Strategies, Jim McConville, MetLife National Life & Disability Product Director, David J. Oshinski, MetLife Senior Life & Disability Product Director, Ryan Taylor, Senior Account Executive and Julie Beecham, CEBS, RPA, GBA, Prudential Pathways Account Executive.
This year’s ShawHankins Summit focused on providing updates on Healthcare Reform and highlighting topics to tackle common HR Concerns. This Summit brings together leadership, HR professionals, and financial professionals to discuss and collaborate on: healthcare reform, compliance, wellness, FMLA and employee financial wellness. The professionals who attend the summit earned 1.5 credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification.
Jill Brooking informed participants on the ever changing status of Health Care Reform and how any upcoming changes may impact them directly along with guidance on what we might expect in the future. Jill also reviewed ERISA Penalties and what the impact to employers, as it seems there has been an increase in the number of penalties being enforced. Jill provided guidance on how employers can remain in compliance and free of unnecessary penalties.
Jim McConville, David Oshinski and Ryan Taylor spoke on the dynamics of FMLA and how the primary focus of the Department of Labor’s efforts was to promote work-life balance so employees do not have to choose between a job they need and providing support to care for family members that they love. They offered the idea of engaging companies who excel in the administration of FMLA to ensure that employers are in compliance, limited in litigation exposure and focused on getting employees back to work to limit lost productivity and associated costs.
Mary Ratteree gave an energized presentation on how effective wellness plans and onsite clinics can have a direct impact on the rising health care costs. Mary discussed the importance of creating a culture of wellness in the workplace and provided ideas and solutions to control health costs. Mary spoke about the varying levels of providing wellness plans from a low cost investment to moderate cost to high cost where employers have realized a proven ROI by implementing an onsite health and wellness center and engaging onsite health coaches. There is no “one size fits all” solution. Each wellness program can be customized to each employers size, budget and level of engagement.
To compliment the theme of overall wellness, Julie Beecham spoke on the importance of educating employees on how to become financially healthy to improve productivity and engagement of their employees. When employers can provide valuable resources and education to their employees it will positively impact their physical and emotional health to reduce the stress of finances and planning for the future.
ShawHankins is excited to offer this annual summit to educate and provide unique solutions and ideas in the ever changing world of employees benefits. We are very happy and thankful for those who were able to attend and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2018!