ERIC Policy Conferences

Each year, ERIC hosts Spring and Fall Policy Conferences, both in Washington, D.C. These two-day conferences feature a robust agenda, with a mix of keynotes, panel discussions, in-depth breakouts, small group discussion, and unparalleled opportunities to network with benefits, legal and government relations leaders at large employers. The conferences focus on collaboration and policy solutions for large employers, and are free of vendor exhibits and sales.


Next Conference:
ERIC 2018 Spring Policy Conference
April 11-12 2018

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. Keynote Address
12:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Policy Panels
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Reception

Thursday, April 12
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Noon Policy Panels
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m - 2:15 p.m. Policy Panels

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Conference Panel Topics:

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 large cut to the corporate tax rate.

Farewell Individual Mandate: How the new individual market realities will affect 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.

Delivery System Reform: What’s next in the journey from volume to value?
This panel will explore health care delivery system reform, including perspectives from innovative employers in the thick of it, as well as regulators trying to move the ball forward.
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.

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. 

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.

Defined Benefit Grab-Bag
Representatives from the PBGC (invited) and other experts will discuss the latest on PBGC premiums and regulatory activity that will impact defined benefit plans. 
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.

Litigation Update: What's Happening in the Courts
Legal experts 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.

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 they programs can work.

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.

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.