ERIC 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 2018 Spring Policy Conference
April 11-12, 2018

Guest Speakers


                             Stu Rothenberg                 Sen. Bill Cassidy
                                  Political Analyst                         (R-Louisiana) 


                             Preston Rutledge                   Tom Reeder
Employee Benefits                   Pension Benefit
                           Security Administration           Guaranty Corporation


Offices of Morgan Lewis
1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Wednesday, April 11
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Networking lunch
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.  U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy
12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Policy Panels
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  Tom Reeder, Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Reception

Thursday, April 12
7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Policy Panels
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Stu Rothenberg, Policy Analyst and Senior Editor, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Policy Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. - Noon  Networking Lunch
Noon - 12:45 p.m.  Preston Rutledge, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  Policy Panels

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Conference Policy Panels:

Prescription Drug Cost Efforts at the Federal and State Level
There are many efforts in both the states and DC that could move forward in 2018. Panel experts will discuss what that could mean for employers, and how industry is expected to react.

State Threats to ERISA Preemption
Reinsurance programs, state retirement plans, fair share premiums, etc. States and localities are aggressively attempting to regulate employee benefits and obtain revenue from self-insured plans. This panel will address the latest threats and what ERIC and large employers can do to combat them.

Delivery System Reform: What’s Next in the Journey from Volume to Value?
This panel will explore health care delivery system reform, including increased telemedicine implementation, with perspectives from innovative employers in the thick of it, as well as regulators trying to move the ball forward.

Lifetime Income
The panel will discuss policies to promote lifetime income products within retirement plans and whether such policies will move the needle in increasing access to such products. 

Executive Compensation – 162(m) and Other Impacts of Tax Reform on Executive Benefits
This panel will discuss recent changes to executive compensation plans due to tax reform, with a focus on best practices and trends now that it has been several months since the implementation date of the new law.  In addition, members can provide feedback on a comment letter we will provide to Treasury on possible guidance to be released later in the year.

Farewell Individual Mandate: How the New Individual Market Realities will Affect Large Employers
Join us for discussion with a panel of experts who will discuss the likely effects this will have on your company’s health plan, your workforce, and how to prepare.

Defined Benefit Grab-Bag
Tom Reeder, Director of the PBGC, will provide updates on a variety of topics impacting defined benefit plans. In addition, other expert panelists will discuss missing participants, de-risking activities, pension funding trends, and other important defined benefit plan issues.   

Paid Leave in the 21st Century
Varying paid leave laws and proposals are emerging across the country. Panelists will consider the myriad and conflicting leave rules and explore the likelihood that federal preemption will exist in the near future to put an end to the burdensome patchwork.

Litigation Update: What's Happening in the Courts
Legal ERISA expert will walk us through the biggest cases affecting plan sponsors, and the health and retirement plans they provide to workers and families across the country.

Tax Reform Trends
How are employers adapting to the changes tax reform made to fringe benefits and executive compensation? In addition, the panel will review other compensation trends in the wake of the corporate rate tax cut.

Plan Audits – How Can You Prepare?
Overly broad rules were proposed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) that call into question the ability to use limited scope audits. Panelists will discuss the additional reporting requirements that could create unnecessary tension between auditors and plan sponsors and make it more difficult for plan sponsors to work with regulated service providers such as insurance companies and bank collective trusts.

Creating Viable Coverage Options Outside of the Large Employer Market
This panel will discuss the pros and cons for employers of legislative proposals, including ones that would allow employees aged 50-64 to enroll in Medicare.

Total Wellbeing – What Large Employers are Doing to Promote Wellness and Financial Security
Beyond health wellness programs and retirement security plans, employers are aggregating the programs into overall total wellbeing efforts. Panelists will discuss what is working and what policies are needed to ensure these programs can work.