Policy Conferences

ERIC’s Policy Conferences offer unparalleled opportunities for benefits, legal and government relations leaders at large employers to network with their peers at other large companies, engage with policymakers, and learn the latest on federal and state rules and regulations that complicate their ability to provide health, retirement, and compensation benefits to workers and families across the country. The two-day conferences focus on collaboration and public policy solutions for large employers and are free of vendor exhibits and sales. 

Next Conference:

ERIC 2019 Fall Policy Conference
Wednesday, October 16 - Thursday, October 17

Association of American Medical Colleges
655 K Street, NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20001

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Panel Topics

Paid Leave – Problems, Practices, and Policy
Large employers are already providing generous paid leave policies but still must comply with an increasing number of state and local paid leave rules. In this interactive session, we will review the greatest compliance challenges facing large employers and share what practices employers are implementing to address them. Finally, we will use these challenges and practices to jointly determine what public policies are necessary to ensure that large employers can efficiently continue providing generous paid leave benefits.

Addressing Employer Challenges in Mental Health
As the country continues to address crisis after crisis in mental health, employers are under increasing scrutiny for their benefits offerings. Patients, providers, and policymakers are concerned that access to mental health is being unfairly curtailed by employers and health plans to save money. This panel will look at ongoing policy efforts that affect employers and explore how employers can engage productively.

The Future of Work – Trends and Needed Policy Changes
As the workforce changes, what trends can large employers expect? How can employers prepare for these trends to ensure that they remain competitive and recruit the best talent? And what policy changes are necessary to ensure these new arrangements can still meet the benefits needs of workers? Hear from several panelists who are on the cutting edge of these trends and explore the changing policy landscape.

Defined Contribution Options for Health Care
2019 has seen many changes aimed at creating more health care DC options for employees, but will these changes really move the needle? Or has the HSA “plateau” become the new normal? This panel will examine the policies that Congress and the Administration are considering, discuss options that still need to be addressed, and solicit ideas on what can be done to help large plan sponsors and beneficiaries take advantage of DC strategies in health benefits.

Help Your People to Help Their People - Caregiver Support Programs
Balancing work and caregiving responsibilities can take a heavy toll on an individual’s well-being, productivity, capacity for work, costing employers billions in increased absenteeism, lost productivity, higher health costs, and turnover. This panel will discuss how large employers are currently assisting workers with these responsibilities and the potential policy implications.

401(k)s for the Future
As the workforce changes, defined contribution plans also need to change to ensure they are meeting the needs of the current workforce. Student loan debt, changing compensation structures, increasing longevity, and non-traditional work schedules are just some of the issues driving design. Join us to discuss new policies being advocated by ERIC and changes that Congress and the Treasury and Labor Departments can make to help plan sponsors and their beneficiaries.

State and Federal Fiduciary Rules and the Impact on Plan Sponsors
For the past decade, there has been an ongoing debate, at both the state and federal levels, over the duties owed by financial service providers to their customers, including ERISA and other retirement plans. Several states are considering or have implemented fiduciary rules and the Securities and Exchange Commission recently finalized its rule dealing with the duties broker-dealers and investment advisors owe to their customers. The Department of Labor has stated that shortly it will update the ERISA definition of a fiduciary. This panel will discuss state fiduciary rules, the SEC rule, predictions about the DOL rule, and the potential impacts on large plan sponsors.