July 28, 2014
Hot Topics Workshops

Participate in discussing timely and pertinent issues that affect your company and other companies in the community. Hear the facts from relevant experts, then make educated business decisions.

ABCs of ACA Health Plans for Small Companies

You are invited to an educational seminar about health plan options for small businesses under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Walsh College, Troy Campus
3838 Livernois
Troy, 48083

This program is free to attend, but registration is required.

Join us for this easy-to-understand program for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The program was designed for you if you are:
Confused about what medical benefits are required by law
Unsure of the range of plan options available
Worried about the increased costs

Attendees can expect to understand the following about their businesses:
Opportunities to help you take advantage of tax credits and avoid audit fines
Obligations to help you understand the laws that you must follow as an employer
Options to help you find the right kind of coverage for your company

Our presenters are experienced professionals providing an educational program with no pressure or sales pitch. They include:
Tina Marie Wohlfield, SPHR, Benefit Review Services, Inc. and Walsh College Adjunct Assistant Professor
Jeffrey Mathiesen, CPA, DKSS CPAs + Advisors
• Amy Wooden, ASR Corporation
• John O’Connell, HAP Account Executive
Dustin VanDuine, HAP Account Executive 

Session Details

Navigating the World of ACA Compliance for Small Business:

Having fewer than 50 employees does not mean the ACA and many of its requirements do not apply to your organization. This discussion will highlight compliance requirements that impact your current and future healthcare strategy.

• Counting and tracking employees
• New compliance requirements for “small group market” health plans
• Benefit plan communication requirements under the ACA 

Tax Issues
Significant tax-related provisions of the ACA went into effect this year. And more are coming in 2015. As a small employer, it’s critical to understand the tax implications of decisions that you make.

The discussion will include:
• Available tax credits
• Small employer vs. large employer ramifications
• Why you must keep an eye on your workforce
• Required additional record-keeping and tax reporting 

Self-funding – Is it Right for Your Business?
Self-funded group insurance plans were really only considered by large groups, until the changes in health care started shaking up the industry. Because ACA mandates do not apply to self-funded plans, they have become an attractive option for groups of all sizes.

The discussion will include:
• The basics of self-funding
• The advantages of going self-funded verses fully insured
• Identifying if your company is right for self-funding 

Individual vs. Small Group Plan Options – Which is Best for Your Business?
Many small businesses are struggling with whether to keep their group coverage or direct their employees to buy individual coverage. But how will each option affect your business?

With you in mind, our presenters will discuss the following topics in an interactive discussion:
• Maintaining employer small group coverage and effective transitions to the individual marketplace
• The Health Insurance Marketplace – the SHOP vs. individual health plan options
• Defined contributions for health insurance
• Learn what questions to ask when discussing group vs. individual coverage

You will leave this event with a checklist of pros and cons for each option. This will help when you sit down with your insurance agent to pick the best option for your business.


Partner Programs

2014 Ethics Conference
With Michigan Women's Tax Association

Tuesday, May 13 8 a.m. to Noon
Walsh College Novi Campus
Continuing education credit available.
Walsh College proudly hosts the Michigan Women's Tax Association annual Ethics Conference. Speakers include Shanta McMullan from Butzel Long.
Tickets are $45, include lunch, and should be purchased online in advance. Register here.


LinkedIn Profiles that Mean Business
With Livonia and Novi Chambers of Commerce
Tuesday, May 20 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Walsh College Novi Campus
In today's working world, your professional online brand is key. Whether you are searching for a job, trying to hire the best candidates, or connect with prospects and business partners, your LinkedIn profile must showcase your personal and corporate brand.  During this presentation, Julie Van Ameyde of Simply Social Media LLC, will provide LinkedIn best practices to help you build a profile that means business. Tickets are $15 for Walsh alumni and $20 for all others. Register here.


Walsh Fifth Annual HR Summit


Thursday, March 6, 2014
Walsh Troy Campus

Walsh College is the area’s leading business school recognizing the importance of the HR function to the success of any business venture.

Speakers included:

 Vendor Showcase
            Benefit Review Services
            Comerica Bank
            DKSS CPAs + Advisors
            Walsh College Career Services
            Walsh PHR/SPHR Exam Prep / SHRM Learning System
            Stanislaw Consulting

Past Programs

Fourth Annual HR Summit

Beyond Wellness: Beaumont Health System, one of the region’s premier healthcare providers, demonstrates its commitment to quality healthcare not only for its patients but also for its employees. Lucy Sternburgh, Manager of Employee & Community Health Promotion, will share how Beaumont’s wellness plan initiatives transcend the traditional wellness goals but also encompasses benefits for the environment and employee engagement.

Leadership Center Sponsors:

Founding Sponsor

DKSS CPAs + Advisors

Platinum Sponsor
Health Alliance Plan

Preferred Sponsors
Benefit Review Services
Butzel Long
Comerica Bank
Core3 Solutions
GPS for Small Business
Merrill Lynch
Stanislaw Consulting

Past Workshops

What's Working in Small Business Marketing was held on Sept. 27.
Read responses to our workshop from Ken Jacobson's blog 
And from speaker Matt Friedman's blog.

Third Annual HR Summit
March 8, 2012
Keynote Speaker was Gail D. Cober,
Director, EEOC Detroit Field OfficeCober shared practical advice to employers about dealing with the EEOC.                

Designing Effective Employee Engagement Programs
June 23, 2011
Presenters were
Dr. Lee Meadows, professor of management at Walsh College; Michelle Lange, MA, Walsh faculty; Tina Marie Wohlfield, MBA, adjunct instructor and compliance manager, Benefit Review Services, and John Hancock, JD, Butzel Long, and panelists Connie Jaracz from Bosco's Pizza, Paul Chambers from Core3 Solutions and Chet Sadowski from Chet's Cleaning Co. 

Next Generation Human Resources 

Recession Era HR was all about
Cost-Containment and Cut-Backs
Recovery Era HR will be all about
Innovation and Investment
HR Summit
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nancy Scarlet, Director of Human Resources for Oakland County, and Lee Meadows, Walsh College professor and author, were just two of the presenters at the half day conference.








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