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    • Thu, July 22, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom. Registration opens June 22.


    The Benefits Academy

    Washington is the first State in the Nation to create a Long Term Care (LTC) Trust program, and will be funded 100% through an employee-paid payroll tax.  Most working Washingtonians will be temporarily eligible for these LTC benefits once they have paid into the Trust for three years, and permanently eligible after 10 years of paying the tax.  The LTC Trust does allow for individuals to apply for a waiver from the LTC Tax, but they must show that they have purchased their own LTC insurance coverage before November of this year.  The onus is then on the employee to provide their employer with a copy of the State’s waiver.

    Our speaker will cover a myriad of topics, including the benefits under the WA LTC Trust, typical provisions of LTC insurance, and what types of LTC insurance can qualify to opt out of the WA LTC tax.  The need for LTC will be reviewed, outlining what services Medicare and Medicaid do and do not pay for with regards to LTC-type needs.  And rounding out the hour will be a review of the payroll tax itself, how to document waivers, and what the options are for your non-W-2 employees (such as partners). 

    The session will help you be prepared for the questions your company may soon be receiving from your employees with regards to the tax, the opt out, and the benefits provided under the LTC Trust program.

    Learning outcomes

    • An understanding of why LTC benefits are needed, due to Medicare and Medicaid limitations
    • How employees can opt out, and the self-employed can opt in
    • How the new tax, as well as the State waivers, will affect your payroll processing
    • LTC insurance options available to employers who want to provide employees with an option

    About Sandy

    Sandy Wood is President and Chief Benefits Consultant of The Benefits Academy. She has worked in and around the benefits field since 1990, as a benefits analyst, service representative, agency owner, operations manager, product developer for a private healthcare exchange, and benefits producer.  Now she serves as a consultant to agents, brokerage firms, insurance carriers, and benefits-related vendors. 

    Sandy is a licensed insurance agent in the states of Washington and Oregon and holds her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.  She has presented educational programs at national ISCEBS Symposiums as well as locally for PNW ISCEBS, SSAHU, SHRM, and AWB. Other training has included on-site education sessions for Human Resources personnel and insurance carrier/broker training.

    Approval Pending for 1 SHRM Credit and 1 HRCI Credit


    • Wed, August 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom. Registration opens July 18.

    Abdul Kalumbi

    It has been said Mindfulness is the new workplace “superpower” -- a way of thinking and being in the present moment rather than fixating on the past or imagining the future. It is also accepting our thoughts and feelings without judging them, without believing there is a “wrong” or “right” way to think or feel in each moment. Leaders that practice Mindfulness can increase their positive impact on those they lead. They suspend judgement of their counterparts or subordinates before receiving the complete picture. They wisely respond to organizational problems and other people instead of knee jerk reacting, which tends to exacerbate the problem or makes others feel small.

    Join us to discuss:

    • What is Mindfulness?
    • What is Mindful Leadership?
    • Mindfulness Practice Reshapes the Brain
    • Benefits of Learning Mindful Leadership
    • Guide, Not Control: Learning Gentle Guidance, Avoiding Heavy-Handed Controlling

    About Abdul

    Mzelea Leadership is owned and operated by Abdul Kalumbi. Abdul has a background in political consulting as he worked in the United States Congress for two high profile U.S. senators. With his background consulting in the government sector, Abdul is now taking his experience and skillset to the private sector. As a certified Mindfulness Coach, Abdul has years of experience teaching Mindfulness and practicing it himself. Abdul is also an Executive Coach who teaches what he calls Leadership Mindfulness.

    Pending approval for 1 SHRM PDC and 1 HRCI Credit


    AFTER YOU REGISTER: 2 days before the webinar we will email you the meeting ID and link.  Be sure to check your spam folder if your email provider blocks emails from South King County SHRM.

    • Thu, September 09, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC-08:00)
    • Sun, September 12, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (UTC-08:00)
    • In-Person / Live Online (Las Vegas)

    SHRM is offering an exclusive discount to South King County SHRM members. Save 10% off by registering before June 25 by using SHRM434S promo code.

    Don't miss out on access to premier education while learning with, and from, your peers. Attend SHRM’s Annual Conference & Expo—virtually or in-person.

    New Date: September 9 – 12, 2021

    New Location: Las Vegas

    IN-PERSON: SHRM21 will be held at the new West Hall facility in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Don’t miss the education, networking, and the SHRM Expo while experience all the excitement of Las Vegas.

    LIVE ONLINE: This attendance option offers an equally valuable and engaging conference experience. The best part? You can access the virtual programming for 30 days AFTER the event. This allows you to watch the content when it’s convenient for you.

    The official SHRM21 housing block is now open, plan to stay amongst your peers for convenient networking.

    27.5 PDCs for either the in-person or virtual pass options. 

    • Thu, September 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom. Registration opens August 16.
    Engaging Virtual Meetings shows you the key secrets to having your attendees say, “I have more energy (rather than less) after 60 minutes meeting with you!”. 


    • Thu, November 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Online via Zoom. Registration opens October 22.

    Randal Weidenaar

    As an HR professional in these challenging times, how do you train your leaders to steer the culture of your organization effectively?  One in three workers say their manager can’t lead them and 28% of HR professionals’ time is spent addressing problems caused by poor people managers (SHRM 2019 Culture Report).  What if there was one thing that motivated both employees and managers in your organization to lead and perform well?

    Drawing on human attachment theory, scientific research, and business case studies, this seminar provides participants with inspiration and actionable insights into what creates healthy, thriving culture.  The presentation is designed for HR professionals on any level interested in learning more about how to pivot your organization toward effective leadership that can build and sustain profitable, winning AND caring cultures.

    Learning Objectives:

      Understand the neuroscience, emotional science and research associated with human connection and motivation.

      Provide practical tools to increase emotional awareness, leadership skills and effective communication.

      Gain actionable insights for increasing, promoting, and developing cultural health in organizations.

      Gain skills to pivot toward psychological flexibility and away from reactive, emotionally-fused responses.

      Understand personality science tools designed to predict leaders' and teams' traits, communication styles, and strengths.

    About Randal

    Randal Weidenaar is a consultant, researcher, author and teacher. His passion is for thriving cultures, born from a desire to make work a place where everyone thrives.  Randal has studied business processes development at MIT Sloan School of Management, quantitative social research methods at University of Amsterdam, and culture-driven team development at University of Pennsylvania.  He has helped corporations, government, HR and non-profit organizations unpack the art and science of leadership and culture creation, and wrote The Ultimate Why workbook to help leaders develop this team culture. In Europe, Randal worked with diverse people teams from over 42 countries, and consulted countless organizations in marketing and culture development.  Randal is the owner and founder of Notionfront, a marketing firm that has clients across the United States.  He is also the director of Grace Encounter, a self-development organization.

    Pending approval for 1 SHRM Credit and 1 HRCI Credit


    AFTER YOU REGISTER: 2 days before the webinar we will email you the meeting ID and link.  Be sure to check your spam folder if your email provider blocks emails from South King County SHRM.

Past Meetings

Wed, May 12, 2021 WEBINAR: Same, Same, But Different: How to Spot and Address Conflict on Virtual and Remote Teams
Wed, April 28, 2021 Sound Careers in Healthcare (Volunteer Opportunity)
Wed, April 14, 2021 WEBINAR: Beat Burnout with the 2 Year Old’s Guide to Work-Life Balance
Fri, April 09, 2021 HR Volunteers Needed - HR Leaders of Tomorrow Conference
Wed, March 17, 2021 WEBINAR: Leading Inclusion and Diversity as an "Accidental" Expert
Fri, March 12, 2021 WA SHRM Employment Law & Human Resources Conference
Wed, February 17, 2021 WEBINAR: WA Dept. of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Response Update
Thu, January 21, 2021 WEBINAR: Coaching Adaptive Skills
Wed, December 16, 2020 WEBINAR: Lead With Laughs: Using Humor To Put The 'Human' In HR
Thu, November 19, 2020 WEBINAR: Supercharging Performance: Build A Coaching Culture to Deliver Results Now
Wed, October 28, 2020 Member Appreciation Event -- Virtual Happy Hour!!
Wed, September 30, 2020 NHRMA 2020: A Rebel's Guide to Your HR Vision
Thu, September 17, 2020 WEBINAR: Perfecting the Employee Experience: Improving Workplace Culture via Strengths Development
Wed, August 19, 2020 FREE Webinar: Strategic and Defendable Terminations - Now You're Just Somebody That I Used to Know
Thu, July 16, 2020 Webinar: The PHOENIX Method: Don't Burn Out, Burn Up!
Wed, June 24, 2020 Webinar: Untangling the Web of Local, State, and Federal Protected Leave During Coronavirus
Wed, May 20, 2020 FREE Webinar: How to Come Back Together When We Come Back Together - Tips for Lessening Anxiety, Conflict, & Bad Juju
Fri, March 13, 2020 Washington State Employment Law & HR Conference
Wed, February 19, 2020 How to Handle Polarizing Conversations
Thu, January 30, 2020 Legal Update: 2019 Year-in-Review
Fri, January 24, 2020 2020 HR Day on the Hill & Party Bus
Fri, January 24, 2020 Multi-Meeting "Meal Deal" Discount
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