NAW Billion Dollar HR Roundtable

May 3rd-4th, 2016 at the O’Hare Hilton

“The NAW Billion Dollar Company HR Roundtable was definitely a good use of my time. The opportunity to network with my peers, hear directly from them regarding tools and programs that bring value to their organization was outstanding. I look forward to future meetings!”
Janann Williams, Vice-President of People, McLane Company, Inc

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Eligibility: Companies with $1B+ in annual revenue.

The NAW Billion Dollar Roundtable is the only opportunity that provides networking and benchmarking exclusively with other top executives of non competing, like-sized Wholesale-Distribution companies.

Salveson Stetson Group is a valued NAW Roundtable Sponsor

The NAW Billion Dollar Company HR Roundtable for direct members was created as a new mechanism for the HR of large distribution enterprises to network with non-competing peers in multiple lines of trade on key HR issues.

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CIO, Operations, CFO, and Chief Legal Officers, this by invitation roundtable is composed of executives from billion dollar companies that meet in Chicago two times per year. This highly interactive group consists of the SENIOR-MOST HR executives. The annual fee is $1,800 per member, which covers meeting costs for two events in a twelve month cycle. Participants are expected to cover the cost of their hotel and travel. Once the annual fee is paid, there are no additional fees to attend the meetings, which will last one day beginning with a reception and dinner the evening before.

The participating companies can also name an alternate who can take the place of the HR, should that person be unable to attend the scheduled meeting.

Become a Billion Dollar Company HR Roundtable member. Click here.

If you would like to learn more please contact John Peter or Tamela Blalock at 202.872.0885.


NAW Billion Dollar HR Roundtable Agenda

May 3rd, 2016 – Day 1

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Drinks & Dialogue Reception
Come prepared to meet and mingle with your fellow participants from the largest firms in the industry.

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Billion Dollar Executive Dinner

Speaker: Jade West of NAW

Make sure to attend the most exclusive executive supper club in Chicago this evening! This dinner is your opportunity to pick the brains of the senior executives for the top wholesale distribution companies in the industry. This is a joint dinner that will include the CLO, HR and Operations executives attending the spring Roundtable.

May 4th, 2016 – Day 2

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Opening Session & Discussion – Joint Session with CLO Roundtable – “Limiting Employer Liability with Class Action Waivers & Employment Arbitration”

Speakers: David Goodman & Lauren Daming of Greensfelder

The session will discuss how arbitration provisions and class action waivers can aid employers in controlling the expense and exposure from disputes with employees. We will discuss the line of United States Supreme Court cases favoring the enforceability of agreements to arbitrate and will also review how the lower federal courts and state courts have handled arbitration provisions and class action waivers in recent years. The session will provide an overview of the benefits to be gained from arbitration and class action waivers in the employment dispute context as well as various challenges that employers can expect to face when trying to enforce these provisions, including strategic options for limiting exposure after class or collective actions have been filed. Additionally, we will review unsettled issues related to these topics that are likely to be litigated in the future and methods for avoiding potential pitfalls in light of this uncertainty.

Employers will understand the benefits of including arbitration provisions and class action waivers in their agreements with employees, the potential challenges involved with enforcing these provisions, and unsettled issues that may affect the enforceability of these provisions in the future.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Presentation & Discussion – “2016 Health Plan Compliance Priorities for Billion Dollar CHROs”

Speaker: Mandy Barthoshesky of Arthur J. Gallagher

The landscape of health plan regulation has changed drastically over the past 10 years, with several regulatory bodies along for the ride. Now that the vast majority of the many Affordable Care Act provisions are effective and enforceable, it is widely expected that group health plan audits and investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service will increase; the IRS will begin enforcing the Employer Mandate and the DOL will continue its increasing non-pension plan priorities related to health plan market reform mandates. Furthermore, legislative and regulatory changes in HIPAA privacy and security rules are expected to play out in the Health and Human Services Phase II privacy and security audits of group health plans. It is more important than ever that employers understand the requirements imposed on their group health plans and are prepared to “show their work” with respect to plan compliance, record keeping, reporting and responding to a federal agency audit, investigation, or penalty assessment process.

Mandy Bartoshesky, J.D., M.P.H, compliance counsel for Arthur J. Gallagher’s benefits consulting arm, will highlight some top compliance topics for 2016, with a focus on potential ACA and non-ACA agency enforcement priorities and action steps to help Billion Dollar CHROs prepare for government inquiries.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Open Discussion
This session is set aside for you to raise any issue you would like and have the group provide their thoughts. This is an open forum to further discuss any item on the agenda or to bring up topics that are not on the agenda. Make sure to take notes during this session, you may find a perfect topic to suggest for the next NAW Roundtable.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Joint Networking Lunch with CLO and Operations Executives
This is the “halftime” period where you meet up with all of the Billion Dollar Company senior executives at this week’s Roundtable to compare ideas and benchmark across disciplines. All 3 groups: Operations, HR and CLO executives will attend this joint lunch.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing Session & Discussion – “Pay Discrimination: The Feds and California Set New Rules New Reporting Requirements, Increased Enforcement, Big Monetary Settlements, and How You Can Protect Your Company”

Speaker: Matt Camardella of Jackson Lewis P.C.

As he nears the end of his term, President Obama made eliminating the “pay gap” his top civil rights enforcement priority. EEOC’s proposal to require annual submission of W-2 earnings, race and gender data for all employees and the new California Fair Pay Act (and copy-cat acts in many other states) change the pay game. These new reporting requirements and employee-friendly laws make it easier to bring and win class-action pay discrimination claims. This session will discuss these new, powerful tools the enforcement agencies and plaintiff’s class counsel are using and how best companies can respond.

This presentation will provide the following takeaways:

  1. Provide practical, easy-to-understand strategies to help defend your organization from the increasingly aggressive enforcement strategies employed by EEOC and OFCCP;
  2. Explain why every employer should be running an EEO pay analysis given the government’s focus on pay discrimination;
  3. Learn how to set up the project to protect the analysis under privilege in subsequent investigations and litigation.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for November 1-2, 2016

2:30 PM

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