Webinar Tags: Employee Benefits

Demystifying Medicare

Presented by: Paula Venné, Medicare/Individual Benefits Consultant – Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.
Tuesday, June 28th – 11am

Overview: Ask your employees the first word that comes to mind when you say, “Medicare” and they will probably answer, “Confusing!” Many Americans work beyond their 65th birthdays, and there are eligibility rules and requirements around Medicare that vary due to factors like the size of your company and HSA participation. In this presentation, Paula Venné, Medicare/Individual Benefits Consultant for Walsh Duffield will take the mystery out of Medicare and provide the guidance you need to make sense of this challenging topic.


Legislative Updates_June 2022

Presented by: Frank Kerbein, Director, Center for Human Resources – The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
Thursday, June 23rd – 11am

Overview: The last year has continued to bring about enormous change in all aspects, but particularly in employee leave laws.  We’ll look at all the new HR laws and regulations that apply to your company and talk compliance strategies.


Understanding Key Leave Laws in NY (COVID and Beyond)

Presented by: Jane Kunkel – HR Associate and Laura Lomanto – Leave Administrator – HR Works, Inc.
Tuesday, June 14th – 11am

This session is designed to help participants understand the current landscape of NY leave laws, including when absences related to COVID-19 may be applicable to NY Sick Leave, NY COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave, NY PFL and NY Paid Vaccination Leave.

The presentation covers a brief overview of applicable NY leave laws including:

  • NY Sick Leave
  • NY COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave & Enhanced PFL/DBL Benefits
  • NY Paid Family Leave
  • NY Paid Vaccination Leave
    – Overview of the various rules related to each leave; and
    – Leave Scenarios

Fiduciary Compliance and Key Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act

Presented by: Michael J. Flanagan – Partner, Employee Benefits Practice Leader – Hodgson Russ LLP
Wednesday, June 8th – 11am

Overview: In this session we will discuss the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) and the numerous requirements that impact employer-sponsored group health plans. Additionally, we will review actions employers can take to reduce their fiduciary risk as it relates to the CAA.


Legislative Updates: August 2021

Presented by: Frank Kerbein, Director, Center for Human Resources – The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
Tuesday, August 31st – 11am

Overview: The last year has brought about enormous change in all aspects, but particularly in employee leave laws.  We’ll look at all the new HR laws and regulations that apply to your company and talk compliance strategies. In addition, we will look at the regulations to come as well as the impact of Legalized Cannabis on your company.


COVID-19 Update for the WNY Business Community

Presented by: Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP – Commissioner of Health, Erie County Department of Health
Thursday, July 22nd – 11am

Overview: Within this presentation the ECDOH Commissioner of Health will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and Erie County’s response. Dr. Burstein will share best practices and safety precautions to help businesses keep their clients, customers and employees safe as businesses continue to open and regulations change. In addition, she will discuss any recent developments within the community and address questions from webinar attendees.


Benefit Trends/State of the Marketplace

Presented by: Michael Conroy, Vice President, Group Benefits Director – Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.
Thursday, July 15th – 11am

Overview: The pandemic has unquestionably reshaped the benefits industry over the past year, teaching us significant lessons along the way. But what does the future hold? In view of the uncertainty that still exists in the workforce, there are many employee benefit considerations for those in HR and leadership. In this presentation, Michael Conroy, VP and Group Benefits Director at Walsh Duffield, will review the most relevant benefit topics and trends for employers.


The Post-Election Healthcare Landscape


What’s next for healthcare policy in 2021 and beyond? Join us as we discuss the impact of COVID-19, the future of the ACA and what to watch under a Biden Administration.

Presented by: Roberta Rifkin, SVP Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at Independent Health.


Buyer’s Guide to Human Capital Technology (HCM)

As we recover from COVID-19, now is a perfect time to review your current HR and Payroll technology solutions. It is an important item to consider if modifying the payroll/enrollment processes should be a part of the COVID-19 response plans. Each month brings news of changes to the HRIS/HCM vendor landscape. Whether it’s a merger, a takeover or the launch of a hot new startup, the market is moving faster than ever. Keeping up with vendors and their products is almost a full time occupation! Finding the right software solution for your organization can be overwhelming. It’s a complex decision with high stakes, and often, high price tags. With myriad options, complex business requirements, and an ever-changing technology market, where should you start? We have helped hundreds of clients choose the right HR and Payroll software that resulted in better management of personnel needs and elevated their overall experience. In this session we will provide some insight on the marketplace, tips on how to select the vendor that’s best for you, and how to execute that decision successfully.

Presented by: Ieena Aulakh – Technology Solutions Consultant – Assurance


How Bad Investigations Make Harassment Claims More Likely and Less Defensible

Investigating complaints of workplace harassment is a central compliance and risk management function, particularly in the wake of the #MeToo movement and recent high profile allegations of sexual harassment. Learn to avoid the “bad habits” that can cause your investigation to enhance, rather than mitigate, your company’s risk. Particular emphasis will be placed on investigation obligations and best practices in light of recent legislative changes in New York.

Presented by: Kinsey O’Brien – Senior Associate – Hodgson Russ LLP