Fourth Annual Native American Human Resources Conference

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The Fourth Annual Native American Human Resources Conference will be held January 27-28, 2014 at the Pechanga Casino Resort in Temecula, California. Through a series of panels, round-table discussions, and two tracks geared specifically to Insurance Options and Recruitment and Retention Strategies, attendees will hear from top experts in the human resources field on topics such as labor and employment law, managing enterprises of all sizes, insurance and benefits, financial planning for employees, the benefits of technology, TERO and many more! At this two-day intimate forum, you will network with tribal leaders and human resource professionals who share the common goal of finding the most effective ways to manage their various tribes and enterprises.

 

Who Should Attend:

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Tribal Leaders
  • Council Members
  • Insurance Professionals
  • Compensation and Benefits Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Information and Technology Professionals
  • Third Party Administrators
  • Financial Advisors
  • Risk Managers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • TERO Directors
  • Employee Relations Specialists
  • Training Instructors
To speak with a representative about attending, exhibiting or sponsoring, please call: 201-857-5333

Printable Agenda


    • January 27, 2014
      • 8:50 AM - 10:00 AMHuman Resource Director Roundtable: Best Practices for Engaging EmployeesThe workplace dynamic is changing as a direct result of the various generations that now occupy the workforce. Regardless of the size of your enterprise, it will only function at the highest level if it is managed properly. From motivating employees or making sure all operations are in compliance with tribal and/or state laws, and anything in between, a Human Resources Director always has their hands full. With Millennials, Baby Boomers and Generation X all working together, employers need to find different ways to keep each demographic engaged. How can you align and motivate your employees to your business purpose and also keep them committed to your organization? How can you handle the employees who are not engaged with the company? Furthermore, how can businesses invest in their leaders to ensure that they are at their prime to lead their team? What are some of the biggest headaches that HR Directors face, and how do they hurdle these obstacles? In this roundtable discussion learn from the experience of your peers on how they effectively run their respective enterprises.

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      • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AMWhat the Affordable Care Act Means to Your EnterpriseWith the Affordable Care Act expanding some of the coverage offered to Native Americans, and permanently reauthorizing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, what are your people truly entitled to? What is the Federal Government’s responsibility towards tribes and the Indian Health Service (IHS) in general? How should you structure benefit plans for your members and/or employees in accordance to the new regulations in the ACA? In this panel discussion learn how the ACA impacts tribes and their enterprises, and what your tribe needs to be aware of.

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      • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PMLabor & Employment Law Update: The Latest Developments and Regulations in Indian CountryLabor and Employment Law within Indian Country is an entirely different animal than Labor and Employment Law in general. Tribes and their enterprises need to be up to date on all recent developments to ensure that they are never jeopardizing their greatest asset: their sovereignty. For example, the Department of Justice is looking to increase the number of audits they do in the upcoming year. In cases such as these, what do tribal organizations need to be aware of and what can they do? In this panel learn from legal experts about the latest updates and developments impacting Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country.

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      • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PMBest Practices for Engaging your Employees in TrainingIn this workshop you'll experience firsthand the dynamics of making training engaging. When your employees are engaged with content, with the trainer and with other participants they learn better, retain more and morale improves. Knowledge is not only gained, but transferred to the workplace, where it counts. This training session will be experiential, moving and fun. Come ready to enjoy yourselves and learn best practices for engaging your employees in training.

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      • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PMTrack A: Self-Funding your Health Plan to Save MoneyHealthcare costs for Tribal members and employees continue to increase significantly. In this discussion we will cover; the benefits of self-funding for tribal entities by utlizing Medicare Like Rates and Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund (CHEF) reimbursements, in addition to other items related to claims management that can help generate potential savings of 50%+ over a similar fully-insured benefit plan. Generate additional revenue for your clinic and minimize the cost associated with Contract Health Services by working with a Third Party Administrator (TPA).

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      • 2:16 PM - 3:15 PMTrack B: Effectively Navigating the Medical Leave of Absence MazeDoes FMLA drive you crazy? Intermittent leaves, last-minute absences, leave abuse, using leave time for other reasons, incomplete or vague certifications; it's enough to make you throw up your hands in frustration. Is there anything you can do about it? This session will address the common leave issues and best practice strategies for dealing with them.

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      • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PMTrack A: The Benefits of Self-Funded InsuranceWith HMO premiums on the rise, an increasingly popular options for tribes and their enterprises is to operate their own self-funded medical plan. What strategies, used by larger providers, can your enterprise employ without having to shell out the financial commitment for the administrative burden? How can you effectively use technology to monitor and engage “problem patients” and promote general well-being? In this panel hear from Insurance and Human Resource Professionals about how to structure the right Self-Funded Plan for your members.

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      • 3:16 PM - 4:15 PMTrack B: Leader Development GrantThe Leader Development Grant leverages your investments in employee growth enabling your staff to continue their education journey with no out-of-pocket expenses.

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      • 4:15 PM - 5:00 PMTrack A: Identifying and Structuring the Right Benefits Program and Getting Your Employees to Buy InOne of the best ways to help take care of your employees or members is to put together a solid benefits plan. This is easier said than done, however, and adverse selection can lead you to a situation where your rates are going up despite your best intentions. In this panel discussion learn the tricks of the trade that will allow you to structure the best benefits program for your employees and have them buy in. Come away with the knowledge of how to promote wellness while cutting overall costs.

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      • 4:16 PM - 5:00 PMTrack B: The Future Role of Healthcare TechnologyWith the wide adoption of mobile technology there are significant opportunities to impact healthcare through increased consumer engagement and dynamic applications. Mobile technology is unique in its ability to help providers, employers and payers meet the triple aim of higher quality care, lower costs, and better patient satisfaction since it can provide the consumer/patient the answers they seek in a real time. The fact that these answers rest in the palm of their hands makes this evolving technology both relevant and interesting for today's consumer. The impact and opportunities of the mobile healthcare will be discussed and demonstrated.

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    • January 28, 2014
      • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AMHuman Resources and Your BrandYour brand defines your organization, who you are, what you stand for. Your brand is a promise of a certain level of product quality or service level. Do you know your brand? Can you define it in tangible ways? If you can, do your HR systems and programs align with and support your brand? If not, you’re missing out on some important opportunities to reinforce your external message to your customer base. This session will discuss an organization’s brand and how HR can actively support it.

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      • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AMThe Ins-and-Outs of Starting Your Own Wellness ProgramOne of the most effective ways to combat rising healthcare costs is by having healthy members/employees. The better overall health of your tribe or enterprise, less money it will cost per member to insure. What better way to ensure a healthy membership than to create your own wellness program? In this panel discussion learn from tribal leaders and human resource professionals about how creating your own wellness program can help lower your healthcare costs.

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      • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AMDealing with 401(k) and Managing Fiduciary LiabilitySome experts consider 401(k) to be one of the biggest headaches that Human Resource Directors deal with. The Pension Protection Act has allowed automatic enrollment to become a safer option for employers, but how can you convince traditional non-participants not to opt out? Additionally, with the IRS now allowing Traditional 401(k) contributions to convert over to Roth 401(k) what do employers need to be aware of to set their employees down the best path for future success? In this panel discussion hear from HR Directors, along with Financial and Retirement Experts that can point you in the right direction. Also discuss potential risks that can be mitigated through using Fiduciary Liability Insurance, as long as it is used correctly, and not in tandem with Employee Benefits Liability Coverage.

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      • 11:45 AM - 12:45 PMTEROThe most important resource that a tribe possesses is its members. By creating and adhering to a Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO), you can ensure that money and jobs are staying in Indian Country. With TERO being designed to help Native Americans overcome employment boundaries, how can your enterprise benefit from hiring Native? What can be done to make sure that prospective Native Employees receive the best training required to help them succeed? In this panel discussion learn from TERO experts within Indian Country on how to structure the right TERO for your tribe or enterprise.

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