Section 8814, Spring 2013 Class begins: 2/23/2013
Class ends: 3/16/2013
Location: 2711 Maggini, Santa Rosa Campus
Days/times: Three full Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM. Class does not meet on March 9th.
NOTE: Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278), Analy Village – C, as soon as possible to better ensure such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.
Fundamentals of employee benefits programs and leaves of absence requirements. Interpretation of California and Federal law to correctly administer employee benefits and leaves of absence. Topics include the administration of group benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, worker’s compensation, unemployment, COBRA, stock options, 401(k), 403(b), and retiree benefits, as well as family, medical, and pregnancy leaves of absence.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to: 1. Develop a comprehensive and legally compliant benefits plan suitable for today's diverse employment base in the context of the employer's size, industry and budget. 2. Determine which leaves of absence apply to specific situations, including a description of the limitations and requirements.
Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: 1. Differentiate between the various health plan formats and describe the strengths and weaknesses. 2. Determine and describe the cost to the employer of an employee benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and retirement plans. 3. Describe the steps necessary to administer the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), Workers Compensation, State Unemployment Insurance (SUI), and other legally mandated entitlement/benefits plans. 4. Identify the most common leaves of absence available to employees in California and describe their mandated and optional characteristics. 5. Describe the characteristics of the different retirement plan options; differentiate between defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
Topics and Scope I. Best Practices and Current Trends in Benefits Administration A. Developing an appropriate benefits package B. Communicating benefits to employees II. Legal Requirements A. Benefits plans B. Leaves of absence III. Costs of Benefits: The Current Dilemma Facing Employers IV. Benefits Plan Options, Characteristics and Requirements: A. Medical plans 1. Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), Point of Service (POS), Indemnity Plan 2. Structural options (FSA, HSA, HDHP) B. Retirement plan options 1. Defined contribution plans 2. Defined benefit plans 3. Retirement plan structural options (401(k), ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan, etc.) C. Dental, Life, Long-term Disability (LTD), Vision D. State Mandated Leaves 1. Domestic violence and sexual abuse 2. Violent crime 3. Kin care 4. California Family Rights Act 5. Pregnancy disability leave E. Federal Mandated Leaves 1. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 2. Coordination of State and Federal leave provisions F. COBRA and HIPAA Administration 1. Leave of absence implications 2. Benefits information implications G. Workers Compensation V. Voluntary Time Off A. Vacation B. Holidays C. Sick time VI. Attendance Policies A. Reasonable accommodations B. Employer rights and expectations VII. State Run Insurance Programs A. State Disability Insurance B. Paid Family Leave C. Unemployment compensation VIII. Federally-Run Insurance Programs A. Social Security B. Medicare
Assignments: 1. Successfully complete a final exam. 2. View a video on health care in the US and write a 2 page opinion paper on which health care plan works best for your family. 3. Develop, outline, and present a simulated employer benefits orientation, using materials from an employer. Hand in the orientation outline that you presented. 4. Participate in a group discussion on leaves of absence laws and recommended policy provisions. 5. Complete an excel spreadsheet on insurance premium information, selecting appropriate premium amounts and calculating information for Accounts Payable.
SECONDARY TEXT: The link below (Littlerforecasts 2010) is to a Report issued by the law firm Littler Mendelson. The report discusses Employment, Labor and Benefit Law Trends for this decade. Information about this Report will be included on the HR66 Certificate Exam and may be part of a required paper for HR66. It is suggested that HR Certificate and HR AA candidates take the time to read the document while they are taking the required prerequisite HR classes (HR60, HR61, etc.).
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION: Punctual attendance is expected of all students. Attendance will be taken at each class. It is further expected that students will be adequately prepared for all classes and that they will participate in them when appropriate.
Tests and Exams
Insurance Benefits Excel Spreadsheet Final Exam (may be assigned in sections throughout the course).
GRADING: Students must earn a C or better in order to pass this class.
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