Construction Industry Benefits Conference

Thursday, January 25 - Friday, January 26, 2024
The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV
Construction Industry Benefits Conference

The construction industry has gone through many challenges and changes in recent years, many of which have had a large impact on the delivery of employee benefits. This conference will provide the opportunity to examine the latest trends, share experiences and solutions, and discuss legislative and regulatory changes as well as how to effectively deliver benefits to participants in the construction industry. Join other trustees, administrators and plan professionals to explore administrative and strategic benefits issues of today while creating solutions for tomorrow.

Have an apprenticeship program? The Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs is being offered on January 22-24, 2024 prior to the Construction Industry Benefit Conference. Extend your stay, expand your knowledge and save US$400 by registering for both programs when using code CONSTRUCT400.

Agenda

  • Available in person
  • Available virtually
  • Health
  • Retirement
  • Canadian
  • General
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Thursday January 25, 2024
8:00-9:15 a.m. PT
New Frontiers
8:00-9:15 a.m. PT

The construction industry is booming. The government’s investment in infrastructure post-COVID has created many opportunities. This session will explore:

  • Bipartisan infrastructure law
  • CHIPS Act
  • Renewable opportunities
  • PLAs
  • Challenges.
Category: Investments
9:30-10:45 a.m. PT
Apprenticeship Best Practices
9:30-10:45 a.m. PT

This session will feature a survey of topics on apprenticeship program best practices including:

  • Highlights from the Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs.
  • Spotlight on NABTU Apprenticeship Initiatives
Category: Legal/Legislative Update
Gene Kent, Jr., M.S.Ed.
Co-Speaker
Gene Kent, Jr., M.S.Ed.
Director
IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (IN-Tech)
Thomas Kriger
Co-Speaker
Thomas Kriger
Director of Education and Research
North America’s Building Trades Unions
9:30-10:45 a.m. PT
Investing Benefit Plan Assets
9:30-10:45 a.m. PT

Economic reporting continues to deliver mixed messages from positive job growth to negative inflation. This session will help trustees understand what they should be doing during times of uncertainty.

  • Market conditions
  • Assumptions
  • Asset allocation
  • Revisiting your investment policy statement
Category: Health & Wellness
Russell D. Kamp
Speaker
Russell D. Kamp
Managing Director
Ryan ALM Inc.
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PT
Legislative and Regulatory Update
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PT

This session will bring you up to speed on the latest legal, legislative and regulatory initiatives. Topics include:

  • Davis-Bacon Act
  • Prevailing wage
  • Return to work
  • SECURE Act 2.0
  • Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021
Category: Training and Education
Paul O. Catenacci, Esq.
Speaker
Paul O. Catenacci, Esq.
Senior Partner
Novara, Tesija, Catenacci, McDonald & Baas PLLC
1:15-2:30 p.m. PT
Mental Health On and Off the Job
1:15-2:30 p.m. PT

Mental health issues are on the rise and impact everyone both on and off the job. This session will focus on best practices that support your members as they deal with:

  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Collateral trauma.
Category: Investments
2:45-4:00 p.m. PT
On-Site Health Centers
2:45-4:00 p.m. PT

On-site health centers offer a unique opportunity to address the health needs of your members in a cost-effective and convenient way. This session will consider:

  • Value proposition of on-site health centers
  • Shared services model
  • Single-trade or multi-trade options
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Results.
Category: Health & Wellness
Sadhna Paralkar, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Speaker
Sadhna Paralkar, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Senior Vice President and National Medical Director
Segal
2:45-4:00 p.m. PT
Variable Plans Case Study
2:45-4:00 p.m. PT

Variable plans have received much attention in recent years, touting DC-like features with DB-like plan design and protections. This session will feature a case study on an organization that introduced a variable plan. Learn from their experience about the process and results.

Category: Pension & Benefits
Ladd E. Preppernau, EA, FSA, MAAA
Speaker
Ladd E. Preppernau, EA, FSA, MAAA
Principal and Consulting Actuary
Milliman, Inc.
Friday January 26, 2024
8:00-9:15 a.m. PT
Benefits Administration
8:00-9:15 a.m. PT

This session will address the key benefits administration issues of today, including:

  • Employment practices
  • Insurance
  • TPA vs. salaried
  • Shared space
  • Compensation issues
  • Setting expectations and metrics.
Category: Administration
Andrea L. Gibbs, CEBS, ITIL
Co-Speaker
Andrea L. Gibbs, CEBS, ITIL
Plan Director
SPFPA™ and Participating Employer’s Benefit Trust Funds
Ronald W. Laudel
Co-Speaker
Ronald W. Laudel
Benefit Plans Administrator
Mid-America Carpenters Regional Benefit Services, Inc.
8:00-9:15 a.m. PT
Marijuana in the Workplace
8:00-9:15 a.m. PT

As marijuana becomes legal in more states, the challenges of creating and enforcing policies have become difficult. Determining whether someone is fit for duty may not be so easy. This session will cover:

  • Federal and state laws
  • Policies
  • Drug testing
  • Best practices.
Category: Health & Wellness
Joseph L. Paller, Jr.
Speaker
Joseph L. Paller, Jr.
Principal
Gilbert & Sackman, a Law Corporation
9:30-10:45 a.m. PT
DB/DC Plan Issues
9:30-10:45 a.m. PT

This session will cover current and timely topics in both DB and DC plans, including:

  • Withdrawal liability exemption
  • SFA update
  • Collecting overpayments
  • Missing participants
  • SECURE Act 2.0
Category: Pension
Benjamin P. Ablin, ASA, EA, MAAA
Co-Speaker
Benjamin P. Ablin, ASA, EA, MAAA
Consulting Actuary
Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC
Neal S. Schelberg, Esq.
Co-Speaker
Neal S. Schelberg, Esq.
Counsel Advisors Inc.
9:30-10:45 a.m. PT
Rx Innovations
9:30-10:45 a.m. PT

Spending on Rx continues to climb as demand for Rx solutions rises and new products are introduced. This session will provide an overview of what’s happening in the Rx world. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Biosimilars and biologics
  • Injectables
  • Obesity and diabetes
  • Rebates
  • Plan design
  • Stop loss.
Category: Health & Wellness
Becky J. Drews
Panelist
Becky J. Drews
Vice President and Senior Consultant
United Actuarial Services Inc.
Christy Piti, R.Ph.
Panelist
Christy Piti, R.Ph.
Chief Executive Officer
Sav-Rx Prescription Services
Michael A. Ledbetter, CEBS
Panel Facilitator
Michael A. Ledbetter, CEBS
Partner
Ledbetter Parisi LLC
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PT
Value Proposition for Work in the Trades—Recruitment and Retention
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PT

As the cost of higher education continues to climb, many are looking more seriously at a life in the trades. This session will feature a discussion on the value proposition of work in the trades, including:

  • Messaging and marketing
  • Recruitment and retention opportunities
  • Driving market share to signatory employers.
Category: General Topics
Thomas T. Holsman
Panelist
Thomas T. Holsman
Consultant
1:15-2:30 p.m. PT
Hot Topics and Open Forum
1:15-2:30 p.m. PT

This timeframe will be dedicated to unique issues that trustees should be paying attention to and will provide an opportunity for you to have your questions answered. Topics include:

  • Suspension of benefits eligibility
  • Fraud
  • Immigration
  • Reciprocity agreements
  • Open forum.
Category: General Topics
Michael A. Ledbetter, CEBS
Panel Facilitator
Michael A. Ledbetter, CEBS
Partner
Ledbetter Parisi LLC
2:45-4:00 p.m. PT
Artificial Intelligence
2:45-4:00 p.m. PT

AI is here, it’s everywhere and its implications are many. This session will discuss how AI has evolved and how it’s impacting your industry and the benefits world. Take away an understanding of the challenges and possibilities.

Category: Technology
C. Anton Ames
Speaker
C. Anton Ames
Data and Information Systems Management Consultant
Anton Ames Group
  • ​Changing Benefit Designs for Changing Demographics in Construction
  • Legislative Update
  • Retirement Plan Developments in Construction
  • Health Care in Construction Industry Plans
  • Constructuion Industry Drug Testing
  • Opioid Crisis
  • ​Communicating Value of Benefits to Your Workforce
  • Fund Mergers—Nuts and Bolts
  • Funds Mergers—Case Study
  • Fund Office Structure—Trustee Relationships With Professionals
  • Investment Strategies

I would recommend this program because it reinforced that our committee’s legal and financial professionals are on the right path.

Charles Graf NECA Local 145 IBEW Pension Fund

​Benefits of Attending

  • Learn from your peers who face similar challenges what has and has not worked.
  • Discover the latest trends in your industry.
  • Hear from experts what best practices are being implemented.
  • Understand how the latest regulatory changes and legislative initiatives will impact your operation.

Who Should Attend

This conference is specifically designed for new and experienced trustees who serve on building trade health and pension funds, fund office administrative staff and key personnel. It is also a great resource for professionals serving the construction industry, including attorneys, accountants, consultants and service providers. Apprenticeship training fund trustees and coordinators will find value in attending this conference as well.

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers for the 2020 conference will be announced shortly. Please check back soon.

Use code CONSTRUCT400 and save $400 when you register for both the Construction Industry Benefits Conference (January 25-26, 2024) and the Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs (January 22-24, 2024). Plan your trip to maximize your learning with these two consecutive conferences on topics that are key to your industry's success.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credit for professions and designations MAY be available for attendance at live sessions. You must register for the program and request CE credit at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the program so that the Foundation can seek preapproval from the governing agency.

Note: Requests made for continuing education credit do not guarantee administration of credit. For further information on continuing education credit, please call (262) 786-6710, option 2.

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS compliance credit. Visit www.cebs.org/compliance for additional information.

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Through 12/11/2023 US $1,425.00 US $1,645.00
After 12/11/2023 C $1,725.00 C $1,945.00
 
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