Education Seminar

2014 Human Resources Conference
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel

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Earn HR Institute Certification & CPE Credits!

Join your colleagues and our expert speakers to discuss the economic, legislative, legal and industry trends impacting your bank, and your human resources strategy.  This year we have focused on topics you said were most critical to you and your organizations.

In this session we will bring in experts to help you better understand what’s going on in the field, and suggest practical solutions to focus on right now. We will also introduce tools and resources that you can bring back to your office to better ensure you and your organization have more control over your own destinies.


The evening before the conference (May 14) we will have a hosted cocktail reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the hotel. The program will commence at 8:30 a.m. on May 15, with breakfast and registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., and lunch served at noon. We will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration & Breakfast

8:30– 8:45 am
Welcome & Introductions

8:45– 9:45 am
State of the Workforce
Eric Swenson, Managing Director, RSJ/Swenson LLC

  • What businesses have to do post-recession
  • Employee engagement & the millennials
  • The inability of line- and middle-management to deal with those things
  • What “Next Generation HR” looks like at best-of-class companies (including banks)

9:45– 10:00 am

10:00 – 11:30 am
Legal Update 2014: Preparing For the Wave of Claims Heading Straight at You and Your Bank
Richard Curiale, Managing Partner of Curiale Wilson LLP

It’s already starting to happen. The Baby Boomers are rising up. And they often have rights that Millennials and Gen Xer’s don’t have. Baby boomers, especially in banks, are very often employees who have a lot of seniority. And with that seniority comes a few legal “privileges.” Are they exempt from the “at-will” doctrine? As a result of the elimination of mandatory retirement and any cap on the age discrimination laws, employers are going to be inundated with claims of age and disability discrimination from the millions of baby boomers who intend to work well beyond what we think of as the “traditional age of retirement.” Now is the time to prepare your legal, HR and the management team to understand the kinds of comments, policies and actions which will give an employee the basis to bring what could be a very costly age or disability discrimination claim (or both). It is also time they learn how to investigate claims that do arise so that you have a good defense in the event you are ever sued. In this session we will discuss:

  • Managing the risk of disability and age discrimination claims
  • Coordinating the multitude of leaves available to employees: FMLA, CFRA, ADA, PDL and PLO
  • Conducting an internal investigation that will withstand an attack by the best plaintiffs’ lawyers
  • A legislative update for HR professionals

11:30 – 12:15 pm

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Executive Compensation Strategies for Banks
Daniel M. Wetzel, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer & Partners

What does the landscape for executive compensation look like after our emergence from the past several years?  We will discuss from a forward-looking perspective on how financial institutions are addressing the dynamics of retaining key personnel while at the same time meeting the demands of shareholders and stakeholders, including regulators, in managing performance driven compensation plans which do not create excessive risk taking, all within the context of improving industry financial results.  In this session, we will discuss:

  • Determinants of Differences in Cash Compensation
  • Equity Grant Practices and Prevalence
  • The Changing Mix of Pay
  • Issues when Developing Performance Objectives
  • Evaluating Plan Effectiveness
  • Preparing for a Potential Acquisition/Merger

1:30 – 1:45 pm

1:45 – 2:45 pm
HRs Strategic Role in ACA Compliance
Thom Lewis, Regional CEO and Employee Benefits Practice Leader, USI

  • Preparing for the Employer Penalty
  • Defining Full Time Employees
  • Public v. Private Exchanges
  • Shifting Cost Impact on Employer Sponsored Plans

2:45 – 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:45 pm
Performance Management Trends
Eric Swenson, Managing Director, RSJ/Swenson LLC

  • Issues/best practices from performance reviews, to investigations and terminations
  • How best of class HR Departments go from defense to offense
  • How to get rid of mediocre employees faster
  • How to retain great employees

3:45 – 4:00 pm
Final Thoughts & Wrap up


  • Senior HR Officers
  • HR Directors & Managers
  • HR Generalists & Administrators
  • Benefits & Compensation Specialist
  • Training Managers
  • HR Banking Consultants


Confirmed to date:

Richard J. Curiale
Managing Partner
Curiale Wilson LLP

Daniel M. Wetzel
Managing Director
Pearl Meyer & Partners

Thom Lewis
Regional CEO and Employee Benefits Practice Leader

Eric W. Swenson
Founder & Managing Director

Registration Fees

Early-Bird Registration through Friday, April 18, 2014
CBA Member: $345
Non-Member: $545

Regular Registration
CBA Member: $445
Non-Member: $645

Cancellation & Complaint Resolution Policies

Substitutions are allowed, at no additional cost. Written notice is required for all substitutions/cancellations. The full registration fee will be refunded if written notice is received by April 25, 2014 and 50 percent if by May 2, 2014. No refunds will be provided after May 2, 2014. Registrations made after May 2, 2014, are not subject to refund.

Complaints regarding this program should be directed to John Lingvall, VP & Director of Education at (916) 438-4428.

Location Information

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-4000

CBA has a room block arranged at the hotel at a rate of $179/night plus taxes.  If you are interested in reserving a room, please contact the hotel at (877) 622-3056 or click CBA ROOM BLOCK and reference the CA Bankers Association Rooming Block.

Room rate includes guest room internet. Please make your reservations by Tuesday, May 2; requests after this date will be accepted on a space-available basis at the regular room rate.

CBA will host self parking the day of the event.

Credit Information

Program Level: All Levels

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Method of Presentation: Group – Live (Lecture, Discussion, and Case Study)

Recommended CPE Credits: 6.0 Hours Maximum
(Estimated 6.0 Personnel/HR)
Sponsored learning activities are measured by program length, with one 50-minute period equal to one CPE credit.  One-half CPE credit increments (equal to 25 minutes) are permitted after the first credit has been earned in a given learning activity.  Please note that not all state boards have adopted this rule.  Some participants may not be able to use one-half credit increments.

HR Institute Certification Credits: 6.0 Hours Maximum

“This program,will be certified for 6.00 (General ) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at”