Featured Webinar

Employee Friendly California vs. Employer Friendly White House: Managing Employees in a State of Contrast

Wednesday, March 22, from 10am - 11am PDT
Presented by John Polson, Partner in the Irvine office of Fisher Phillips.

California implemented a variety of new employment laws and regulations in 2017, and there are over 40 employment related bills pending in Sacramento that could go into effect in 2018. Meanwhile, Congress and the new administration are moving quickly in attempts to radically change the Federal legal landscape for employers. What does all of this mean for California employers? This presentation will help you respond to what has happened so far, and prepare for what may happen in the future.

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About the Presenter
The webinar will be presented by John Polson, Partner in the Irvine office of Fisher Phillips, and a member of the firm's Management Committee. Mr. Polson represents employers and staffing industry clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including transactional matters, litigation, compliance advice and audits, executive and management training, and other employment related legal matters.

John handles administrative and civil employment litigation matters, including arbitrations, in California and elsewhere. He has particular expertise representing temporary staffing, employee leasing, and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) clients in labor, employment, tax, and transactional matters.

He serves on the Legal Advisory Council of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and is a frequent lecturer and author regarding multiple employer, joint employer, and human resources outsourcing arrangements.

Previous Webinars

The Future of the Affordable Care Act: The First Forty Days of Trump

Webinar originally presented: March 1, 2017 by Vice President and Director of Compliance Richard Asensio, JD., Senior Vice President Scott Aston, and Vice President Cathy Gee.

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a top priority for the Trump Administration. In this webinar, we will assess specific actions taken during the first 40 days of the new administration to amend, replace, and/or repeal the ACA. Also, we will discuss likely changes you should expect to see in a Trumpcare health care reform law, including the various proposals put forward to replace the ACA, thus far.

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Preparing for 2017: Will Obamacare be Trumped?

Webinar originally presented: December 14, 2016 by Vice President and Director of Compliance, Richard Asensio, JD.

This webinar will review the year's significant health and benefit legislative developments, with a specific emphasis on the presidential election results and the implications for the survival of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We will also discuss upcoming compliance deadlines and action items to consider for 2017, assuming business as usual. In addition, we will cover the legislation likely to replace the ACA, as well as other changes we should expect to see in the coming months.

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Benchmarking and How to Best Utilize it in your Employee Benefits Strategy

Webinar originally presented: August 24, 2016 by Doug Ramsthel, Senior Vice President, and Ryan Meissner, Director of Technical Finance.

Employers offer a benefits plan to attract and retain employees, but how do you know you as an employer are accomplishing these goals? An important step in this process is knowing how your benefits compare against other employers. This is where benchmarking can be very useful in providing you with a starting point, but like any instrument, it must be used correctly. What data should you as an employer use as your basis for comparison? Should you use same industry? Same demographics and geography? How narrow and specific do you need your benchmarking data to be in order to maximize overall meaningfulness and value?

This webinar will provide an overview of benchmarking, the importance of using statistics efficiently and correctly, and best practices on how to use benchmarking data in establishing your benefits strategy.

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Healthcare Spending and Hyptertension: The Cost of High Blood Pressure

Webinar originally presented: July 27, 2016 by Dr. Gaytri Gandotra, a physician trained in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

Hypertension affects 70 million American adults, or 1 in 3. It remains prevalent irrespective of age, sex, and race. High blood pressure is the #1 risk factor associated with heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. These facts make it a major topic of interest for Medicare, Medicaid, private health plans, and other insurers.

Direct healthcare spending to treat hypertension totaled $46 billion in 2014, with almost half ($23 billion) in the form of prescription drugs. The remaining included the cost of health care services, physician visits, hospital admissions and sick leave.

Healthcare costs are undermining business profits and successes. Employers not only pay higher medical costs, but it also leads to lower productivity, higher disability and injury rates and more workers' compensation claims.

The purpose of this webinar is to raise corporate awareness of the importance of early recognition and treatment of hypertension. This will reduce the both the frequency and impact of disease. Addressing hypertension creates a healthier, more productive workplace.

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The Gig Economy and Your Independent Contractors

Webinar originally presented: June 15, 2016 by John Polson, Partner in the Irvine office of Fisher Phillips.

Lawsuits involving Uber drivers put a spotlight on the evolving Gig Economy and the growing number of independent contractors who no longer consider themselves employees. You may only use a handful of independent contractors in your business, as opposed to the hundreds of thousands affiliated with the Uber lawsuits. However, the challenge is the same for you as it is for Uber - are those people really independent contractors? If you have misclassified them as independent contractors and you should be paying them as employees, there are many serious consequences.

This presentation will provide:

  1. an overview of the expanding Gig Economy and how it affects your business;
  2. an education on the current status of independent contractor law; and
  3. practical advice for avoiding independent contractor issues in your company.

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Informational Webinar: FMLA 2.0: Strategies for Intermittent Leaves, ADA, California Leave Laws and How They Interact with FMLA

Webinar originally presented: May 18, 2016 by Account Executive, Meagan Finegan, and Chief Sales Officer, Scott Vaka, both with CareWorks Absence Management.

Managing FMLA and other leaves of absence is intricate - and expensive - to maintain the status quo. CareWorks Absence Management will lend thoughtful insight on navigating the ever changing FMLA regulations to ensure consistency and compliance while applying best practice strategies for your program. We will also discuss the delicate relationship of FMLA, ADAAA and California leaves within the process.

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Compliance Update - Privacy Issues in 2016: HIPAA and Cyber Security

Webinar originally presented: April 20, 2016 by Vice President and Director of Compliance, Richard Asensio, JD, Vice President, Denise Feldman, and Take Ctrl President, Ryan Markel.

In light of the Office of Civil Rights' recently launched program designed to audit compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)'s privacy, security and breach notification rules, this webinar will provide plan sponsors and business associates with compliance tools needed to prepare them for a potential HIPAA audit.

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Webinar originally presented: March 23, 2016 by by Michelle Hellem and Megan Ellis of LTC Solutions, Inc.

Join us to earn 1 hour of credit for PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification while learning:

  1. What estate recovery really means
  2. Everything your employees need to know about Long -Term Care Insurance (LTCi)
  3. Which exclusive employer LTCi products are available
  4. Why employer requests for LTCi have increased 350% this year

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Compliance Update - Employer Reporting: Helpful tips for completing your 2015 Forms and preparing for 2016

Webinar originally presented: February 17, 2016 by Richard Asensio and Helen Vits.

For employers subject to the IRS reporting and disclosure requirements under Internal Revenue Code Section 6056 (those with greater than 50 full time equivalent employees), we will provide useful information for you to begin preparing now to be in compliance for 2016, as well as assist those employers who are taking advantage of the recently granted two-month delay to comply with 2015's requirements. This webinar will provide specific scenarios to assist you in preparing the Forms 1095-C for your full time employees as well as address questions from attendees regarding other issues encountered in this year's reporting process.

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Compliance Update - A Review of the 2015/2016 Legislative Landscape

Webinar originally presented: December 16, 2015 by Richard Asensio.

With 2015 soon coming to a close, this webinar will provide a look back at this year's significant health and benefit legislative and judicial developments, as well as discuss upcoming compliance deadlines and action items to consider for 2016. Our primary focus will be the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but we will also cover other significant federal and state law developments impacting employers.

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401(k) Trends and Hot Topics

Webinar originally presented: November 11, 2015 by Darin Gibson and Greg Hanhauser.

Recent legislation from the department of labor has created a heightened level of attention and scrutiny with regard to retirement plans and the guidance around them. This webinar is designed to provide an overview of the 401(k) marketplace as well as recent trends in the industry. We will discuss investment trends, recent litigation in the 401(k) marketplace and design trends across different size plans ranging from micro to mega plans.

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Compliance Update - Preparing for the Cadillac Tax

Webinar originally presented: October 21, 2015 by Richard Asensio and Ryan Meissner.

With the effective date of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s pending Cadillac Tax provision just two years away, employers should begin to prepare now for its arrival. This webinar is designed to provide an overview of the basic principles of the Cadillac Tax. We will discuss certain issues recently addressed by the IRS, as well those not yet addressed. In addition, we will share some recommendations to minimize exposure to the Tax, and update you on current legislative initiatives to repeal the Tax.

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Compliance Update - Complying with ACA's 2016 Employer Reporting and Disclosure Requirements

Webinar originally presented: August 12, 2015 by Catherine Seitz and Helen Vits.

This webinar is a sequel to our webinar earlier this year that discussed the nuts and bolts of the required employer reporting and disclosure requirements under the ACA. As the 2016 reporting and disclosure deadlines are fast approaching, the objective of this webinar will be to provide you with a review of these requirements, focusing on the preparation requirements for the recently released draft 2015 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. We will also provide you with assistance regarding the vendor selection process and bring you the latest developments from the IRS, including information about the electronic filing process.

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Compliance Update - Complying with California's New Paid Sick Leave Law and Issues with Administering other Leave Requirements

Webinar originally presented: June 24, 2015 by Richard Asensio and Christine Trinh (The Larkin Company).

This webinar will discuss employer action items needed to comply with AB 1522, California's new paid sick leave law that takes effect July 1, 2015, as well as an overview of leave administration issues in coordinating FMLA with other California leave requirements presented by the Larkin Company, specialists in leave absence management.

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Compliance Update - Assuring your Wellness Program Complies with the ADA and other Federal Laws

Webinar originally presented: May 6, 2015 by Richard Asensio and Ryan Meissner.

This webinar will discuss recent guidance in the area of employer wellness programs, including the EEOC's proposed rule that would amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how the proposed rule interacts with requirements imposed by other Federal laws, including HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and what employers need to do to make sure their wellness program is compliant.

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Compliance Update - Play or Pay's Affordability and Minimum Value Safe Harbors

Webinar originally presented: March 18, 2015 by Melanie Thomas and Nooshin George.

Now that 2015 is upon us and ACA's employer shared responsibility ("play or pay") requirements are in full swing, this webinar will provide a review of these provisions with a specific focus on how to ensure employers are adequately prepared to avoid potential penalties for being noncompliant.

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Compliance Update - The Nuts & Bolts of Required Employer Reporting for IRS Code Sections 6055 & 6056

Webinar originally presented: February 18, 2015 by Catherine Seitz and Helen Vits.

2015 is a significant year for Employer Shared Responsibility, better known as Play or Pay. Employers will be required to provide IRS forms similar to W2s & W3s to the IRS to enforce this provision of the bill. Although reporting is not due until 2016, action may be required now to ensure you are set up to comply.

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Wellness - Managing Stress Through the Holidays

Webinar originally presented: December 10, 2014 by Cathy Rodriguez.

Stress is the #1 workforce risk issue, ranking above physical inactivity and obesity. It impacts not only our healthcare system but also the organization. In this webinar, we will discuss the cost of stress and the actions that can be taken to help identify and reduce it effectively. We will be walking through the six-step stress prevention model and show you how to use this model in your organization.

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Compliance Update: Employer Reporting Responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act

Webinar originally presented: June 18, 2014 by Richard Asensio.

This webinar provides a detailed overview of the final regulations on the ACA information reporting requirements under Code Sections 6055 and 6056 regarding the employer shared responsibility ("play or pay") mandate. The deadlines for these reporting requirements are soon approaching, with mandatory reporting for most employers to both covered employees and the IRS due in early 2016 for the 2015 calendar year. This webinar is intended to assist employers in understanding the compliance requirements, describe the specific employer reporting responsibilities, including the distinction between the requirements of sponsors of self-insured health plans versus those of fully-insured health plans, discuss the complex reporting methodologies involved in complying, as well as what employers should be doing now to prepare.

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