Construction Industry Benefits Conference—Session Schedule, Speakers and Handouts

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Monday, September 23

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

CN01  Establishing an Effective Culture for Changing Demographics in Construction

Jane Walton Speaker
Jane Walton Consulting
Kansas City, MO

Thomas T. Holsman Moderator
Los Angeles, CA

Recruitment of new members into the construction industry is always a challenge, especially given our increasingly multigenerational workforce. This session will focus on the unique needs of working with different segments of the population, including Millennials, as well as how to implement different strategies and tactics to gain diversity. Topics include: • Generational issues • Diversity issues—Gender, age, race, LGBT • Recruitment and retention • Benefits packages that affect recruitment and retention • Challenges related to health plans and retirement plans. (#10—General Topics)

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

CN02  Legislative Update

Lucinda Lapoff, Esq. Moderator
Trevett Cristo
Rochester, NY

Paul O. Catenacci, Esq. Speaker
Novara Tesija & Catenacci, PLLC
Southfield, MI

There has been a flurry of legal and legislative activity in recent months that has affected your benefit funds. This session will provide an overview of those legislative and regulatory changes in health care and retirement benefits that may impact your plan moving forward. Key areas of discussion include: • Health ––ACA ––HRA regulations ––Personal account plan rules ––Approval of big health mergers • Pension ––The political aftermath of the Joint Congressional Select Committee ––New challenges to funding retirement plans. (#15—Legal/Legislative Update)

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

CN03  Retirement Plan Developments in Construction

Robert Norling Moderator
Norling Trust and Consulting Services
Costa Mesa, CA

Scott D. Newsom Speaker
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Toledo, OH

Retirement security remains a big issue. This session will examine the latest developments in retirement plans for the construction industry and consider: • Hybrid plans • DB/DC • Withdrawal liability ––Definition of construction industry plan exemption • Assumptions ––Mortality and discount rates. (#38—Retirement)

CN04  Health Care in Construction Industry Plans

Michael P. Tomasiello Moderator
IBEW L 400 Trust Funds
Keyport, NJ

S. Bradley Perkins Co-Speaker
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
San Francisco, CA

Simone J. Hollins, J.D. Co-Speaker
Arnold, Newbold, Winter & Jackson, P.C.
Kansas City, MO

Health care has continued to be a heated political debate, and how it’s provided to members is crucial to the stability of your plan. Discussion in this session will focus on the current status of health care delivery and how these changes may impact health plans in the construction industry, including: • Coalitions • Reciprocal rules for your plan • Eligibility standards ––Hour vs. dollar bank ––Hybrid ––Spousal coverage • Non-bargained participants. (#12—Health and Welfare)

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

CN05  Construction Industry Drug Testing

Daniel R. Brice, Esq. Speaker
Partner and Co-Chair
Blitman & King LLP
Syracuse, NY

Donald L. Willey Moderator
Business Manager
Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 110
St. Louis, MO

According to governmental research, the construction industry has one of the highest rates of drugs and alcohol abuse. Ensuring the safety of your construction sites is a top priority, and drug testing programs are a key part of that process. This session can help provide tips for how to evaluate construction industry drug testing, and it will cover: • Rx benefits • State legalization of recreational marijuana • What do the drug testing policies and procedures look like now? • Safety issues on the worksite • Who is covering the cost of testing? (#12—Health and Welfare)

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

CN06  Opioid Crisis

Adam P. Segal Moderator
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Las Vegas, NV

Jenny M. Armbruster Co-Speaker
Deputy Executive Director
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA)
St. Louis, MO

Stephen J. O'Sick Co-Speaker
Fund Administrator
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #2, New York Joint Benefits Funds
Albany, NY

Despite our best efforts, opioid use continues to rise at an alarming rate. It impacts our communities, workplace and families, but there are things we can implement in our plans to help. This session will discuss: • Your health plan’s treatment options • How to avoid paying for the scam treatment options • Pain management and alternative treatments • Prevention strategies • Understanding what your carriers offer • Effects of management—Unintended consequences. (#12—Health and Welfare)